Please stop insulting our intelligence with “this is the best release ever”. If it was not better than the previous release, you would not have released it.
After reading the fine blogs from Mark Brummel http://markbrummel.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/nav-2013-r2-are-you-in-and-on-or-out-and-off/ and Alex Chow http://www.dynamicsnavconsultant.com/2013/10/recap-directions-2013-dynamics-nav-2013-r2-official/ I decided to add my comments without repeating theirs.
First of all, I do agree with Mark that Microsoft did not explain its new vision that clearly. It sounded to me like they wanted the partners to start selling unmodified 1 to 2 user systems running in the cloud - which may be more of a prospect for C5 if ever sees the light of day in the US.
The multi tenancy could offer some intriguing options down the road with a few more mods. If a company is running multi company and wants a higher level of security or performance or separation, they could run different data databases for individual or groups of companies with the same master code base. It could also be used to separate payroll into a separate database.
I decided to wait until I got home to install the new release and try the side by side after a few brave souls had done the troubleshooting. So far so good, and I have their tips online for when I run into problems.
NAV 2013R2 is a much bigger technical upgrade than NAV 2009R2. Even though you can perform a technical upgrade 2013 to 2013R2, I plan to test it out carefully with my spare laptop.
Note: you do have to be running Powershell version 3 which comes with Windows 8, but not with Windows 7 - so if you are on Windows 7, then download Powershell 3 first. You will also need VS 2012 for reports unless you plan to use the more limited Report Builder 3.
If you look at the changed objects for the NA edition, you will see most objects have new dates - except for the NAV menusuite (1020). So I am guessing no new functionality for us in the US other than new W1 functionality.
I intend to write another blog about my NACHA experiences soon.
Europeans are getting new SEPA features. US - nacha
SQL Server Report Builder will provide the power users an easier reporting tool (tools –> options –>).
Powershell - what can I say? Back to my Unix scripting days! You can even insert, update, and delete with it. (Maybe we can skip the user interface and train our users to use Powershell ).
My thanks to Microsoft for improving the product and keeping our brains active learning new things.
I can’t wait for NAV 2013R2D2 - or will it be NAV 2015?
And the best of all - Directions 2014 will be in San Diego, September 14 through 17.