Is it the beginning of the end for Dynamics NAV?

So, Microsoft has decided to take an axe to the training and certification requirements for a number of products including Dynamics NAV and GP, preferring instead to replace them with a range of “How to” videos where people will learn by watching YouTube-style clips rather than being formally assessed. My own experience of this style of training came from within the Microsoft walls where a large percentage of courses were delivered via online video; so I understand the scalability and availability …

The chop for Microsoft Dynamics exams and assessments

Microsoft is continuing to rhyme with its lead message from the Worldwide Partner Conference – Dynamics professionals must now develop in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Part of the fall-out from this is the elimination of Dynamics certification to allow for more training emphasis “On Azure” and “In Office 365”. A quote from Microsoft reads: “In a time of major transition to the cloud, we want to give partners the flexibility to use their readiness time and money on the investments …

Go social with Dynamics NAV and Office 365

Two of the big topics at WPC2014 were cloud and mobile.  And the place where I see these two things really converging are with Office 365, which will handily connect with Dynamics NAV.  Couple this to the fact that Dynamics NAV 2015 (which is just around the corner) will look even more like an extension of the Microsoft Office family, it all points to a great user experience. Mostly. Access at any time, on any device Thanks to Office365 being ‘in the cloud’ and its ability to work across …

Will Skype Translate benefit the Dynamics community?

We are heading towards a new era of computing. That was the sentiment Satya Nadella delivered in May when he treated us to the first public demo of Skype Translate. Microsoft claims that Skype Translate will herald a more personal, human time for computing, where we finally bridge geographic and language barriers using computer technology. For those familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this could be our equivalent of the babel fish for universal translation. More poignantly, …

Microsoft redundancies: The human cost

The analysts knew it was going to happen.  After the 3,200 word memo from Satya Nadella about the future of the business, there were predictions that Microsoft was about to carve a chunk out of the workforce but what took many by surprise was the sheer number: 18,000 – the largest ‘lay-off’ in Microsoft’s history.  As with the redundancies that occurred during the acquisitions of Great Plains and Navision that created the Microsoft Dynamics business of today, the market doesn’t seem too troubled …