story by Mary Lanham, Lanham Associates, Partner Member
anham Associates’ relationship with Microsoft Dynamics NAV started in 1997 when we created the first distribution functionality for what was then Navision software. We’ve been creating complementary supply chain planning and execution products built directly inside Microsoft Dynamics NAV ever since. With more than two decades of software development in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV arena under our belt, we’ve seen our fair share of change. If you look at the chronology, we started creating supply chain solutions in Navision, which became Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Classic: C/SIDE code). In 2009 there was another tectonic shift when the RTC (Role-Tailored Client) rolled out with its new architecture. And now, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central represents a whole new world of challenges and opportunities for ISVs and end Users alike.
Application Changes When using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central you will notice several dramatic changes: »» First, there is no Menu System. You navigate to different areas of the application from the various Role Centers or by searching for a Page or Report name. This is more startling at first than it turns out to be. Many Users now search this way in the Windows Client. »» The Web Client is the “go-to client” for accessing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, and this has caused changes in not only how the pages are rendered, but also in how data is displayed. For example, Fact Boxes are used to display additional information from the list page or document line that the User is viewing.