This isn’t a post listing all the features of NAV 2016. There are too many for one post. Some of them (like deferrals) will probably get a “that’s nice, but I don’t really need it…” from some users. From a few users that really need and want deferrals, they’ll get a “that’s great! We really wanted that!”
Continuing Feature Upgrades
This post is about the trend we see in the last few updates. When NAV 2009 was announced, Microsoft made it clear that it was intended as a transition version. The old “classic” interface was going to be phased out, and the new Role Tailored Client (RTC) was being phased in. For the 2009 version, customers could choose to use either the RTC or the classic interface. After 2009 R2, the 2013 version would implement only the RTC.
Also, the strategy was that 2009 brought a few improvements. Future versions would pack in the features. Improvements under the surface in the plumbing technology would be made as well. In 2009, the strategy was to improve the plumbing with the promise that future versions would pack on the features.
Now we have the 2016 version. If you’re a current user, don’t get too excited; the upgrade toolkit that converts data and other items won’t be out for a bit yet. We’re expecting to see it at the first of the year.
But what we do see is that the newer versions are following the trend we predicted when 2009 came out. There were a few new features in 2013; more new features in 2015; 2016 version brings even more. So here’s a sentence about two or three of the features we like the best.
Dynamics NAV 2016 New Features and Improvements
I’ll start with a simple one. In the previous versions, to see the total of a document (purchase order, sales quote, etc.) including or excluding tax, you pressed F9 (Statistics). In 2016, it’s right there below the details of the invoice, quote or order. As you enter the line items, the totals update. This includes discounts, tax, and item totals. See below.
Deferrals allow you to spread payments over several accounting periods automatically. The insurance you pay for in November can be spread to the next 12 months. Posting Preview shows you the GL and other entries that will be generated by sales and purchase document posting as well as General Journal posting.
Microsoft Word can now be used to change report layouts. Excel and Word integration has improved. Import and export have improved. Document Workflow is more functional, and paperless processing is possible.
And I didn’t even mention that now there’s an app that runs on Android and iOS versions to allow remote access to the system.
And that’s just a taste of the things we’re discovering.
More as we dig in.