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Doing more with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015: Key user experience enhancements

by Elliot Fishman
CEO, Catapult

In Sunday's keynote at NAV Directions (#Directions14 if you're following along on Twitter), Microsoft presented three pillars behind the vision for Dynamics NAV 2015 - that it is quick to implement, easy to use, and has the power to support SMB ambition.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 SMB ambitions

Based on early experiences with NAV 2015, it's clear that the new release aims to align itself with Microsoft's wider strategic goals as explained recently by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:  

"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud first-world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."

The changes in NAV 2015 range from subtle to bold, but they all fall under the umbrella of providing users with a simplified, tailored, and more integrated experience. The nod to 'One Microsoft' rings loud and clear in this release. There are a few key features worth exploring now to understand what's coming when the product is officially launched in the first week of October. Below is a summary.

Faster Loading in Web Client

In 2015, pages render 30% faster and 4x less bandwidth is required to run the web client. A simple but significant improvement in the efficiency and satisfaction department.

Simplified Pages

Ideal for light users, NAV 2015's simplified pages feature fewer menu options. This concept is building on the limited user licensing ...

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About Elliot Fishman

As CEO of Catapult, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner that helps SMBs perform at their best with managed services and long-term support for Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM solutions, Elliot's accountabilities including setting vision, providing leadership and driving alignment, and ownership of the company brand and promise to customers.

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For nearly 20 years Elliot has been helping organizations use information technology to improve their business operations and performance. His experience spans domains such as ERP, CRM, business intelligence, workflow and document management. Prior to leading Catapult, Elliot was Executive Vice-President with Habanero Consulting Group, the leading Canadian provider of enterprise portal solutions. Elliot's experience also includes senior management consulting and systems implementation with KPMG and management roles in Finance and IT with the University of Chicago.

Elliot mentors young entrepreneurs and CEOs through the Canadian Youth Business Federation and the Simon Fraser University School of Business.

Elliot is passionate about mountain biking, kitesurfing, and boating, his family and the business he leads.

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