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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 – Some Exciting New Features

“Giving you more options and features to further empower your business”

The recent release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has seen a plethora of new capabilities added to further enhance usability and extend the reach to those using tablet devices. Whilst there are many new features in this release I have picked a few that really stand out as innovative and further add value to what is already a great solution.

Optimised for deployment on tablet devices

NAVScreen1Dynamics NAV for tablets gives you the flexibility to move away from your desktop or laptop, now allowing you to get access to the data you need from your preferred device. Designed for touch devices so that you can get work done at home, work or on the go. NAV for tablets is available on Windows, Android and IOS and can be downloaded for free from the relevant online store for your preferred device. Currently there is only support for tablet devices with a screen size greater than 7” however it has been optimised for 10” tablets.

 

Document Report Design Integration with Microsoft Word

NAVScreen2Microsoft Word has now been introduced as a report layout editing option for document reports allowing easier customisation of reports or customer/supplier facing documents such as statements, invoices, credit memos, purchase orders, remittance advice and more. Historically you would be reliant on developers to make changes to your documents but now with this new functionality and little guidance you can make changes simply and quickly using the familiar MS Word.

 

 

 

 

 

Interoperability with Office 365

NAVScreen3Interoperability with Office 365 enables you to drill down, analyse, share and collaborate with peers like never before. With a simple click of a button, export data from NAV for analysis then share through email or SharePoint. If you are currently using office 365 or plan to use office 365 then you can use your same office 365 account to login to the NAV 2015 windows client.

 

 

 

Simplified User Experience

NAVScreen4Features have been introduced to not only make tasks easier but to also make performing tasks faster therefore improving efficiency. For example, you can mark fields as mandatory so that it is clear to users which fields as a minimum must be completed. Unnecessary UI elements can also be removed if a user does not have permission therefore leaving a nice uncluttered screen and only showing what is really relevant to a user. Additionally 60+ new pages have been added to provide a simplified experience aimed at making it easier for small businesses allowing users to enter and process data quickly and easily.

 

 

Bank Integration

NAVScreen5Whether you are paying vendors or need to import your bank statement for reconciliation, Dynamics NAV 2015 allows you to import/export bank files using formats such as SEPA. There has also been the introduction of advanced financial management features, simplified payment reconciliation, improved payment export, verification of VAT registration numbers to name a few.

 

 

Improved tiles on role centre

NAVScreen6Enhanced functionality of tiles, gives users more control over the appearance. Instead of just showing the number of documents in the system, it is possible to implement expressive tiles to show the most important information that users need to act on.

 

 

 

 

 

RapidStart Services for Upgrades

NAVScreen7Some handy new features are now available to speed up the process of upgrades, this is significant as it make it easier and more cost effective to keep on the latest version and make use of new functionality as it’s introduced.

Season’s Greetings From Advantage Business Systems

December 15, 2014Keith HauLatest News0
 

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Collaborate with Yammer – now part of Office 365!

YammerYammer is a product, bought by Microsoft in 2012, with an integration path aligned with Office 365. It is an enterprise social network service based on forum-like discussions.

Where Sharepoint is positioned as a project tool, Yammer is seen as a service discussing topical information across a user network. While Sharepoint is used by teams on separate project ‘silos’, Yammer users span an organisation and choose which discussions to engage with.

Users comment on ‘water cooler’ conversations. Topics aren’t always high profile but discussions often unearth important feedback. Yammer is also used to manage organisational change. Rolling out 365, for example, can be helped by Yammer forums, firstly with a pilot group and then a wider audience.

Yammer gives personality, depth and co-ordination to internal communications which an email model does not provide and where Sharepoint would be too formal.

Social engagement drives the principles behind Yammer deployment. LexisNexis polled its staff after a 10,000 staff Yammer implementation to gauge work satisfaction. It found regular Yammer users polled 20 points higher than non-Yammer users.

Microsoft’s objective is for Yammer to be fully integrated with Office 365. Currently, Yammer is launched as a separate platform from 365.

Yammer reflects the trend to fit technology around a business cultural model.

To discuss a cultural fit with technology – call the Managed Services Team at Advantage on 0203 004 4600 or email john.pereira@advantage.co.uk.

Cloud Storage and Backup for SMEs

Cloud storage & backupData is the heart of any organisation. Storing and backing up this data is a key part of a business strategy. More and more, small to medium-sized businesses are embracing cloud technology for both storage and backup as it offers significant benefits such as  greater accessibility, greater reliability, rapid deployment, data backup, disaster recovery and lower storage costs.

Cloud Storage refers to files which are stored directly to the cloud. One obvious model for cloud storage is Microsoft Office 365/SharePoint/OneDrive where files are created and stored directly to a cloud environment. This allows synchronisation of cloud files to local devices in case the need arises to work “offline”.

Benefits include:

  • Teams collaboration on the same ‘one true’ document; avoiding several versions flying around the organisation.
  • Data centre backups as part of its Disaster Recovery plan.

Cloud backup refers to a model where an organisation will save files to their local on-site server and then back up files to the cloud, typically with a set retention policy. Cloud backups are fast, replacing traditional expensive onsite tape drives/libraries. Microsoft Azure Backup has gained popularity due to its built-in integration and its pay-as-you-go model with Windows server 2008 R2/2012.

Benefits include:

  • Data located in a remote location. Many SMEs are still storing tape backups in the same building as their servers
  • Flexibility in growth. No need for a new expensive tape drive when your data exceeds its limitation

For advice on cloud backup and storage, and suggestions on the questions you should ask yourself regarding your internal process – call the Managed Services Team at Advantage on 0203 004 4600 or email john.pereira@advantage.co.uk.

Windows Server 2003 – end of life

Windows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 is a Microsoft server operating system released in 2003 and updated as 2003/R2 in 2005. Its successor was Windows Server 2008 which in turn was eventually succeeded by Windows Server 2012.

Support for 2003 and 2003/R2 ends on July 14th 2015. This means Microsoft will no longer develop, update or release any security patches.

From July 2015, 2003-based applications will be running on an unsupported and increasingly vulnerable operating System. Microsoft advises that this will trigger issues of non-compliance for many organisations.

Discover – Assess – Target – Migrate

Microsoft advises Server 2003 customers to first discover what applications run on 2003. This can be done using (amongst others) the free Microsoft MAP toolkit which will help catalogue applications. Then assess priorities for migration. Choose a migration targetwhich ranges from: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Azure, Cloud OS Network, and Office 365. After analysis, customers can then migrate their apps and data to their new chosen destination and technology type. Customers typically engage a Microsoft partner to help them with migration.

Migrating to a cloud environment, transforms IT processes for many organisations.

To discuss upgrading Server 2003 and your IT Roadmap, please call the Managed Services Team at Advantage on 0203 004 4600 or email john.pereira@advantage.co.uk.

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