Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Paperback – Import, 11 Feb 2013
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Laura Nicolas Lorente started to work with Dynamics NAV back in 2005, first in the support department, mostly solving functional issues and doubts. She soon jumped to full deployment: consulting, analysis, development, implementation, migration, training, and support. Right from the beginning she realized that it was very important for a Dynamics NAV consultant to have a deep knowledge of business workflows. Technical skills are just not enough. So she started to train herself accounting, taxation, supply chain, logistics, and so on. She discovered a whole new world and she found it very interesting. After having enough consultancy experience, she got to manage the first project on her own. And then she realized that tech and business knowledge is not enough: she also needed management skills. This is why after reading different management books and trying different approaches on the projects she worked on, she decided to deepen her knowledge by taking a Masters in Project Management. She is now transitioning to Agile Management and Agile Development for better project success. She continues her training in the three areas (tech, business workflows, and management) whenever she gets the chance. The net is a huge source of inspiration for her: groups, forums, blogs, books, and so on. She also contributes by sharing her knowledge and experience with the Spanish Dynamics NAV community. Laura is also co-author of the book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, which had really good comments coming from different Dynamics NAV experts. Cristina Nicolas Lorente has been working with Dynamics NAV since 2005. She started in the ERP world as a developer, but soon evolved to a complete Dynamics NAV professional, doing all the tasks involved in Dynamics NAV implementation: consultancy, analysis, development, implementation, training, and support to end users. When Cristina started developing solutions for Dynamics NAV she had no idea about accounting or about any kind of business workflows. They don't teach those kind of things for a technical university career. Soon she discovered that it is important to know the set of tools used, but even more important to understand the meaning of whatever you develop. Without knowing the accounting rules, practices, and legal requirements, it is impossible to develop useful accounting functionalities even if you are the best developer. Only when you fully understand a company's processes you will be able to do the appropriate developments. Having that in mind, she has taken courses in Accounting, Warehouse Management, and Operations Management. She is also willing to take courses on any other company related topics. She thinks that the best way to learn is to teach what you are learning to someone else. She has actually learned almost everything she knows about Dynamics NAV by responding to user questions on internet forums, by writing a blog about Dynamics NAV, and of course by writing the book you have in your hands. When you have to write about something, you have to experiment, try, investigate, and read. It is definitely the best way to learn. Cristina is also co-author of the book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, which had really good comments coming from different Dynamics NAV experts.
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It may not answer all the questions you have about the application but it certainly gets you pointed in the right direction.
I look forward to it being a useful reference
The current 2013 version is also promoted by the text as more customisable than its predecessors. Microsoft migrated 2013 to a 3 layer architecture. The bottom being a SQL Server (naturally!) that holds the data. The middle is a NAV server. While the top are various clients, that connect via a web interface.
You may also want to quick scan the brief summary of the product's history. The antecedants go prior to 2002, when the product was bought by Microsoft from another firm.
Chapter 2 is all about the deltas. What is new in 2013 and what is no longer supported. Probably you might just treat this as a reference chapter. Quickly skim it and then later go back to it if necessary.
Chapter 4 is really where the meat of the text starts. It acknowledges the reality that each firm is different and unique. That you need to implement NAV specifically for the needs of that firm. Really non-trivial. This and chapter 5 may well be the key sections for you to focus on. Whereas chapters 6, about migrating data, and 7, about upgrading to 2013, are more mundane; about back compatibility or lack thereof. In an alternate formulation of the book, chapters 2, 6 and 7 could have been grouped together under this theme.
Something I really liked about the book is that there is a list of the functionalities and what they do. Each functionality is explained briefly but to the point. Even when I know (most) of the functionalities of NAV, I did really like it.
And one phrase from the book I really like to quite: "We've placed our kanban board next to the coffee machine.". It makes me wonder about which other places are used to place the kanban board.
Also for developers/implementers/.... with lots of NAV-experience it is a nice book. It also explains a lot about the NAV-philosophy of how things work. A lot of it I know intuitively but never saw it written somewhere or was told about it and a lot of it I told others but now I can explain it better and even refer to a book were it was written.
It also explains how to write customized code. This is not to be taken as "the" correct way, but it definitely a good start.
Also interesting is an example on how to start using the Mergetool, Powerpivot, Jet Reports, Zetadocs.
In short: I recommend the book for people who start implementing with NAV2013. Even if you have been implementing NAV for years, you will definitely have some "WOWS!" (I had some anyway!).
Is it useful for customers? Depends. It definitely is useful for the customer's project leader.