After a storm of the kind of speculation that typically proceeds the most-anticipated new product releases, Microsoft is at last unveiling Dynamics NAV 2015.
The official release date of Dynamics NAV 2015 will be on October 6th.
Word of NAV 2015’s introduction first arrived by way of program management director Marko Perisic during the mid-September Directions 2014 conference, the only Microsoft Dynamics NAV event driven by NAV partners. The news was later confirmed by Dynamics NAV MVP Luc van Vugt on his company blog.
Dynamics NAV 2015 is aimed primarily at mid-size businesses. In characteristic fashion, it arrived in the market under cloak of a codename. The erstwhile “Crete” outdoes its predecessors with a raft of updated features and new functionality.
For one, NAV 2015 heightens its integration with Microsoft products like Office 365 and Power BI, both tools designed to simplify the upgrade process (purportedly such that upgrades can be completed inside of a weekend) and document reporting. It also comes furnished with new support for Microsoft Social Listening, the funky new software that allows companies to monitor customer sentiment by combing social media networks for posts that make mention of their products.
Additionally, NAV 2015 distinguishes itself with improved cash-management capabilities and new “expressive tiles” aimed at improving user interface.
Finally, this Microsoft newcomer is enhanced with mobile support, a development foreshadowed by the company’s release of no-charge Windows Store Dynamics NAV apps for Windows, Android and iOS-based devices in mid September.
Perisic set the stage for the successful release of this much-anticipated NAV product at the Directions 2014 Conference with news that Microsoft improved new customer adds by 35 percent in fiscal 2014, and that the company has a five-year goal of doubling NAV’s customer base to more than 200,000 souls.