by Barbara Plagens for KCP Dynamics
To keep myself organized and plan for this blog, I keep a running list of possible topics. One topic on my list is Document Approvals – a feature allowing companies, for example, to route Sales or Purchase documents through a series of approvers based on the dollar amount of the document. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Document Approvals do not exist in NAV 2016 – they have been replaced by Workflows!
I knew that Workflows were a new feature in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016; however, I had not ‘connected the dots’ to realize that meant Document Approvals were now Workflows. Being aware of the latest product features is a challenge as new versions of NAV are released – I am still discovering features in NAV 2016 and now NAV 2017 is here!
This leads to the question of how do users and consultants manage to learn the new product features and expand their knowledge of the NAV version their company or client is using? One excellent resource is NAVUG.
NAVUG, the Dynamics NAV User Group, is a global organization of just under 17,000 NAV users. The philosophy behind NAVUG is for the individual members to freely share knowledge across the user group based on their experience as end-users, with the goal of helping everyone use NAV to its fullest potential. Partners are also members; however, the focus is on end users.
NAVUG organizes separate annual conferences in both the US and EMEA. At the same time NAVUG meets, AXUG, CRMUG, and GPUG meet in conjunction with NAVUG. Earlier this month, Bob Bergman, Bert Robertson, and I had the pleasure of attending NAVUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida – along with about 950 other attendees. Bert spent time networking and researching solutions at the EXPO. Both Bob and I presented and attended sessions.
This year the Keynote Address was delivered by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group. To accommodate the attendees for all the user groups, the keynote was held in the Amalie Arena, a hockey and concert venue in Tampa. Here, Guthrie made the official announcement of the release of Dynamics 365 – signaling the importance Microsoft places on the user group meetings.
As a presenter, I can attest to the guidance given by the NAVUG team on preparing and delivering powerful presentations. I attended multiple sessions during NAVUG and was impressed by every one of the presenters. The depth of the knowledge amongst the users was amazing – these folks use NAV and understand the intricacies of the product and how to apply it to their businesses.
If you have the opportunity, I would encourage you to become a member of NAVUG and attend the Summit next year in Nashville, Tennessee. I am sure you will find the experience educational and rewarding. And, if asked, volunteer to present a session – you won’t regret it!
As always, feel free to contact KCP Dynamics with your questions and please check back next week when we share more tips and tricks for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 from KCP Dynamics!