David Singleton wrote:
I don't see that NAV developers need to move in the .NET direction, I see that NAV developers need to head more into the business analysis direction...So the smart person that has 5 years NAV programming, now has a huge opportunity to leverage those skills and move up the chain.
Just curious, do you see the business analyst as more important than the developer? I see them as equals personally. Without proper analysis you can't do the right work and without proper development you can't do the work right.
So, the general question would be, how could you decide from a company's point of view how to go on with your current team. I mean the same question could be also interesting for an individual. First of all you have to decide what you want to do in future and afterwards choose the way of change.
I asked myself the same question a few years ago. Do I want to stay with NAV? If I do what do I want to do with it? For me, I have absolutely zero interest in doing anything other than development full-time. Part of the territory is that you get to do other types of work, analysis / project management / etc, in this line of development, which is nice. I decided that for me, and for the next few years, the best thing I could do was to continue learning about NAV, but learn .NET as well. The RTC was not necessarily a deciding factor, but it helped. I could semi-return to what I really enjoy doing, which is more user-centric. I studied things like Human Computer Interaction, Information Visualization, Educational Technology, etc. Those things applied in Classic, but they were very limited.
This might sound a little weird, but I think a great NAV developer needs to be an expert at NAV, not NAV programming. That in turn may lead you down some of the more functional roles, but it doesn't have to. You can just as easily go towards .NET, or even SQL Administration / Programming / Reporting. Those two are just the technologies that will apply to every installation. You could learn more about web portals, business intelligence solutions, SharePoint / Performance Point. I guess the point is, these are things you should either decide on your own that you want to do, or be talking with your manager about doing. Knowledge is knowledge and it can only strengthen your position.