Microsoft Dynamics NAV 6.0

Dead_Raccoon.jpgI was in line to get a hamburger at a fast food restaurant. When what should I see in front of me but a couple of legs sticking up from the side of a truck bed in front of me. Well, I grabbed my trusty digital camera and shot this picture.
Yesterday afternoon, I got the newest and best issue of the newsletter from Microsoft. And right there was what I’d predicted all along: NAV 5.1 (now we’re going to call it 6.0 like we should have been doing all along) will be released (projected) Q4 CY2008. If you’re not a Msoftie, that stands for 4th Quarter, Calendar Year 2008 (as opposed to 4th Quarter, Fiscal Year 2008 which would be 2Q CY2009 or something like that).
Anyway, the “preview” for partners will be out H1 CY2008 (yep, that’s the first half of 2008), and we’re just sure it’ll be out promptly.
Now that I’ve allowed my snide and cynical side to write a few lines, let me tell you what I think this means from a business perspective.
One of the reasons we at DGG selected this product as one we would support was its design. Bluntly put, Navision (the Danish company) did a heck of a job developing not only the features and functions that are built into Dynamics NAV, but developing the tools that were used to build it. These tools are the same ones that clients and implementers use to do development work, and they’re really top-notch for the type of work that is needed in an accounting system.
Anyway, NAV has been integrated into more of the Microsoft stack than most of the other products (it has–over the years–worked with BizTalk, Forcasting, FRx, Commerce Server, SQL, etc.) Many of these things were in place 3-4 years ago, long before other Microsoft ERP products integrated with these traditional products.
Also, NAV has far and away the largest feature set of any product in the Microsoft cradle. When we use our software evaluation database (that contains 150 or so products) to do needs analysis, NAV is often one of the last products left outside the Tier I space (that is, SAP, J D. Edwards, Oracle, etc.).
So I think it’s pretty reasonable that it’s taking Microsoft a while to make sure they’re getting it right. Also, the last few demos I’ve seen of this new technology, Microsoft seems to be getting closer and closer to keeping the product easy to modify, install, and use.
I’m expecting to blog a lot more at the beginning of November from Directions 2007, the Dynamics NAV conference. Hopefully, we’ll be able to tell you a lot more.
So if you think you see something dead in the back of Microsoft’s truck…it’s not a bad thing. Just think of it as a raccoon-skin hat. Oh, boy, that’ll bring down the tree huggers.