The 1st of December is the launch day of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. There were lots of rumors about new Dynamics NAV version, as we remember, but finally, the new Dynamics NAV 2018 is here and let‘s shortly review it and get some insights from Simplanova team about NAV 2018.

You can find more information and download Dynamics NAV 2018 here.

Dynamics NAV 2018 is deeper integrated with Microsoft’s Products

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 we will see deeper integration of Dynamics NAV and Microsoft products by connecting them with each other in the same business environment, such as Dynamics 365 applications, PowerApps, Flow, Office 365, Power BI and third-party applications. From the vision of Microsoft, we can see that the goal of integration is to offer full software package to a small and mid-size business.

Extensibility with Extensions

Dynamics NAV 2018 has a new, modern, state-of-the-art extensibility model which will enable to extend and customise clients’ current Dynamics NAV solution to further fulfill their business needs.

Advanced algorithms amalgamate AI

Totally new features in Dynamics NAV 2018 include Microsoft’s Cognitive services. These services use advanced algorithms which allow users to amalgamate artificial intelligence into the applications. Automatic facial, speech and language recognition can be employed in HR contexts and automate procedures. Product recognition places items in the correct categories by providing much more automatization in product management.

Interaction with Microsoft Flow in Dynamics NAV 2018

Dynamics NAV 2018 boasts a wealth of core improvements including the interaction with Microsoft Flow which will further improve finance procedures by speeding up approvals processes.

 “Extensions will bring a whole new level to Dynamics NAV solution, this is one of the long waited functionality by both customers and partners. While we believe that it is currently still very limited, it holds a bright future for further developments in NAV. Having this in mind, we see NAV 2018 as a bigger leap and thus worthwhile upgrading now comparing to the NAV 2017 solution, so we expect to see more customers converting after December 1st. – says Petras Butenas, CEO Simplanova.

 

 

Let‘s review technical enhancements and features of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018

  1. Ceridian payroll (Related only to North America localization)

You can now Import payroll transaction files from Ceridian HR/Payroll in US and Ceridian Powerpay in CA by installing the Ceridian Payroll extension.

  1. Quickbooks File Import

You can now import payroll transaction files in the Quickbooks IIF format by installing the Quickbooks Payroll File Import extension.

  1. Integration API

To empower developers and service providers to easily integrate with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft is adding a REST API based on web services with easy-to-use authentication.

The entities in the API can be used on their own or in combination with extensions when there is a need to add user interface elements or business logic Dynamics NAV. The first iteration of the API publishes common record types, including company information, customer, vendor, employee, item (product), sales order, sales invoice, account, and journal.

  1. Synchronize Vendors with Lexmark ICS

Also, there is a possibility now to take advantage of vendor synchronization when using Lexmark ICS. This will improve the vendor recognition rate in the Lexmark ICS and allow manual selection of vendors when performing visual training of new invoice layouts.

Vendor information including number, name, address, VAT registration, phone, and bank account data is transferred to Lexmark ICS when synchronizing. IMAGE

  1. Personalize your workspace

Personalize your workspace to your tastes and work style! With our upcoming personalization tool built directly into Dynamics NAV, all it takes is a few clicks to display the right data for your role and your business or optimize for data entry in the browser.

  1. Preview and Print Reports

Invoices, tax reports, checks and balance sheets – our upcoming Report Preview feature will display all kinds of reports directly in Dynamics NAV without having to download as a file (also there will be a possibility to print directly from the browser).

  1. Analyzing Financial Statements in Microsoft Excel

In the Business Manager and Accountant Role Centers, you can choose which financial statements to view in Excel from a drop-down menu in the Reports section of the ribbon. When you choose a statement, it will be opened in Excel or Excel Online. An add-in connects the data to Financials.

  1. 3 Checks per Page (related more to North America localization)

A new format has been created for check printing.  Now there is a possibility to print 3 checks per page to save paper and make check printing faster.

  1. Full CRM Synchronization can be run in background

The Dynamics CRM Connection Setup guide now includes coupling of salespersons to CRM users as this is a prerequisite for any synchronization of data between Dynamics CRM and Financials.

The guide now allows you to run full synchronization when the CRM connection has been set up. The synchronization runs in the background so that the user can continue working.

  1. Submission of EC Sales List with more than 9999 lines

You can now submit EC Sales List Report with more than 9999 lines. All you need is to set a threshold on a number of lines in VAT Report Configuration for EC Sales List report in Maximum number of lines field to 9999 and we’ve got you covered. When you submit such large EC Sales List report a number of messages will be generated and sent them to Government Gateway. You can see results of submission in Log Entries.

What‘s the most important for Developers?

With every new Dynamics NAV version, NAV Developers have to learn new things and adapt to new rules. With Dynamics NAV 2018 developers should:

  • Start using/learning Visual Studio code as Dynamics NAV development will migrate to it from old C/SIDE.
  • Start using events & subscription & Events.

 Domas Kudzevičius, experienced and certified Dynamics NAV project manager at Simplanova shares his thoughts about the changes, which will be relevant for developers after the release of Dynamics NAV 2018: “Extensions 2.0 should be part of  Dynamics NAV 2018 release (at least I expect so). It means that there will be no more development sandboxes dedicated only to extensions. Finally, we will be able to start doing AL development in real development environments. Together with Extensions Dynamics NAV Developers will be forced to use Events for code customizations, that will be quite challenging for some NAV Developers as the approach to development will have to change. Meanwhile, Simplanova’s developers are looking forward to this challenge, as there will be plenty of space to innovate.”

 

By analyzing all the given material from Microsoft and their presentation during key conferences, the future of Dynamics NAV is the cloud, VS Code, customization with events & web client. Now it‘s time to touch in reality the Dynamics NAV 2018 and share with You our insights in upcoming blog posts.

Sources:

– Oksana Kuzmina Blog

– Jatin Patel Blog

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