Book Image

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Application Design - Second Edition

By : Marije Brummel
Book Image

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Application Design - Second Edition

By: Marije Brummel

Overview of this book

This book is a focused tutorial on Microsoft Dynamics NAV application development to help you develop complete applications and not just application outlines. This hands-on guide starts off by introducing the supply chain that you will be using throughout the book. You will then implement the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP suite and learn to set it up and customize it for various industries. You will learn how to customize Dynamics NAV to suit the different aspects of a business such as financial management, relationship management, production, jobs, trade, storage, logistics, and so on. The book will take you through these Microsoft-designed application features and show you how to customize and extend them safely. Therefore, by the end of this book, you will be able to create a structure of your own in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

The Role Tailored concept

With the NAV 2009 release, Microsoft marketing decided to introduce the concept of Role Tailored ERP. Until now, most ERP systems were module driven, meaning the application has an area for finance, CRM, sales, purchasing, and so on. The access to the individual modules was separated. A purchaser needs to switch to sales in order to see the sales orders.

Most people in a company have specialized tasks that the ERP system should support. In a classic ERP interface, the users would have to decide themselves the location of the parts that they need. This has changed with the introduction of the Role Tailored concept.

This screenshot shows a purchasers' Role Center. As you can see, all information for this person in the organization is in one place and usable in a workflow-like way. Also, the Sales Orders are accessible from the Main Menu window. It is completely different to the menu found in Version 5.0 or before.

However, the Role Tailored concept is not new. Dynamics NAV partners have been implementing it for many years. In the classic menu, as seen in the preceding screenshot, it was extremely easy to create new menus and most companies implemented their own menus per role. When the Microsoft Outlook style menu was introduced in Version 4.0, end users could create shortcut Menu Suites, which also quickly became role centers. You can clearly see that the Role Tailored concept is like coming home for Dynamics NAV.

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, the Windows Client is no longer referred to as the Role Tailored Client as it was in Version 2009. All available clients are Role Tailored.