NAV AS 101 Lesson 3: Where else can you learn about Account Schedules?

LearningIf you’re reading this, you are probably looking for answers now, as in “my implementation goes live in a month and I don’t have my financial statements figured out yet”. This is by far the most common question I get from people looking for answers about account schedules.

Assuming you are already a Microsoft Dynamics NAV customer, and you’re current on your BREP (Business Ready Enhancement Plan) or other service plan, you need to go to CustomerSource to get access to e-learning modules and training manuals that are just waiting for you to find them. CustomerSource is Microsoft’s official site for user documentation and e-learning modules and your partner should have set you up with access and shown you how to use it when you purchased NAV for your company. If not, give your partner a call to ask them to get you set up now. The CustomerSource site has had a makeover in recent months, and my general impression so far is that the site looks better, but they still have a lot of work to do in making user documentation and e-learning resources easy to get to.

For the last three versions of NAV, here’s where you’ll find information about Account Schedules. As a quick tip for finding things, type in just the course number (ex. 80535) listed into the search function in order to get to what you need fast.

NAV2013 search for: 80535 Finance Advanced in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and 80440 Trade in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

NAV2009 with the RTC (Role Tailored client) search for: Course 80050 Business Intelligence for Information Workers. You may also try Course 80258 Trade in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 to expand into the topics of analysis reports and analysis by dimensions.

NAV 5.0 or below with the Classic client search for:   Course 8875 Business Intelligence for Information Workers in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0Course 8939 Trade in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0, and Course 8713 What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 Part I (chapter 8 talks about some of the improvements that were made to account schedules between version 4.0 and 5.0).

Choose documentation for the version that you are currently using since these resources will illustrate examples in screen shots that are familiar to you. If you’re not yet using the RTC, you don’t need to struggle through documentation shown in an interface that you’re not using yet. I’ll maintain that the basic functionality of account schedules is the same (so far), and the major difference between the Classic client and the RTC is navigation, as well as look and feel, of the new matrix.

Find the link to this wealth of information here. Remember, you’ll need to be logged in with the Windows Live ID that is associated with your company’s CustomerSource account.

This posting is part of the NAV Account Schedules 101 series.  Find the entire list of lessons here.

Don’t forget to visit the Account Schedule Formulas and Account Schedule Examples pages if you’re looking for even more ideas on how to improve your financial reporting using account schedules with Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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