RoleTailored client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 was one of those things for me that looked really nice in presentations, but in real-life, I didn’t see much value there. It looked good from far, but far from good. I would dare saying it saw more runtime at conferences and presentations than in real life. For partners, it was difficult to sell it. With new customers, okay, there were considerable chances the RTC would convince them. With old customers, you were been better-off not showing it at all.
IMHO, RTC wasn’t market ready. For me, it looked like a proof of concept. A darned good one, but still just a proof of concept.
Have you noticed I have been talking in past tense? It’s intentional.
Because I’m changing my mind today, and I’m doing it lightning-fast.
In my opinion, here’s where RTC has always rocked:
And here’s where it sucked:
There were many more smaller rocks and sucks about RTC, but for me (and obviously for a better part of the market as well) the sucks part outweighed the rocks part.
But now that 2009 R2 is just about to hit the shelves, I am really going to both start using AND selling RTC, because now it’s approaching mature product stage. I say “approaching”, because it’s still not mature, but it’s mature enough.
Since there are just a couple of points I made up there about what rocks, and what sucks, I’m just going to mention two, but colossally big, rock points of RTC R2:
Again, there are plenty of other rocks points (and actually none extra sucks point) about RTC R2, but I’m not focusing on them now. Once I actually get a chance to lay my hands on it, I’ll try being more specific here.
What I’m really glad about is the direction in which Microsoft is pushing NAV through RTC. Couple of years ago, NAV was sitting safely on premises. Today, NAV was hosted all over Convergence. It was out in The Cloud. And all this is going to become not possible—because it was possible already (you could host NAV earlier, you could even launch it to the Cloud through Web services)—but a reality. It’s now here. You can pretend it’s not, but with economic pressures and experience from recession, the Onpremisaurus is going to die. And for NAV, the RTC R2 is the one to deliver the mortal blow.
Apart from R2 delivering the much needed improvements to RTC, there are two more forces, one pretty obvious, and one still somewhat invisible, that are going to influence the gradual extinction of the Classic client, in partner channel, and in customer’s backyards:
So yes, I wasn’t a huge fan of RTC. And if you attended any of my What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 trainings, you could tell that. I was never speaking directly against it, I wasn’t just as enthusiastic about it as guys from marketing at Microsoft. I was telling you stuff they weren’t.
And guess what? Tomorrow I’m flying to Belgrade, Serbia, to deliver another What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 training. And I’m going to go out of my way to explain to you all the benefits and opportunities that RTC R2 is bringing to you. And I’m not stopping there, trust me.
I was never an opponent. I was a sceptic. But now, I don’t have any more doubts. RTC is the way to go. Even with all those sucks points about it taken into account, both mentioned and unmentioned, the RTC R2 still is the way to go, and there was any doubt about it earlier, now it is absolutely certain.
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