This years’ general session didn’t start out with rock and roll music and surfboards, but rather cool Jazz and low key presentation by Jesper LaChance and Eric Tiden. Tiden is the new NAV R&D General Manager, and has some big shoes to fill after dynamic Dan Brown left last year. New to the NAV space, but not ERP management, Tiden said “it’s really unusual to hear people say things like “I LOVE NAV” when they’re talking about their ERP, and it’s a great responsibility to live up to!”
LaChance and Tiden kicked off the general session with celebration of stories from customers who use NAV including Habitat for Humanity, Slainte Healthcare, and All for Kidz.
It seems the theme for the session was “NAV2013 is the greatest release every (and you should upgrade)!”, and LaChance and Tiden repeatedly stressed this point and then backed it up with demos of:
- the president role from the role center, highlighting use of charting based on account schedules which can be controlled by the end user without partner assistance
- new assemble to order capabilities shown using the NAV web client
- refreshable Excel information into and out of NAV, powerview wth ODATA, an Jet Express
- a preview of the Sicily release using a Surface with the web client, Office 365 and SharePoint integration
A quick listing of next NAV version “Sicily” with a 2014 date revealed improvements to cash management, “a lot more” integration with office 365, better support for large scale hosting, and UI web services.
Customer response to the session seemed a bit luke-warm, with only scattered applause from time to time, but the room did respond well to the customer success stories, nodding and laughing, and managed to perk up at the end when given information to access a free NAV2013 Azure demo for a limited time.