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Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Leadership Changes as Veteran Founds ISV

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

As of November, the Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen (MDCC), the birthplace of Dynamics NAV and Navision Software, will have new home in nearby Lyngby, Mark Brummel noted in a recent blog post.

While this move is not really news, Brummel, co-founder of the Partner Ready Software (PRS) initiative, noted this fact because PRS used to hold meetings at the MDCC campus and will now be moving its meetings as well.

Additionally, Brummel revealed that Michael Nielsen, Microsoft's director of development for Dynamics NAV in Denmark, and a big supporter of the Dynamics NAV community is leaving Microsoft after 28 years.

Vincent Nicolas will be taking over for Nielsen and will also be doing the keynotes at NAVTechDays 2015, Brummel said.

"Being #5 on board [Nielsen] was the last man standing after the founders left the company and [was] the face behind the product, at least for us techies," Brummel said. "He built the original C/AL compiler and was part of an endless chain of decisions."

Last year, Nielsen gave the NAV TechDays audience a preview of the features that were planned for NAV 2016, including baseline capabilities around workflow, document management and OCR, and E-services integration.

Brummel said he was "intrigued" by Nielsen's knowledge and stories about the product.

"A few months ago Michael asked me to test some software he had been playing with in his spare time, on the condition not to talk about it to anyone," Brummel said.

So Brummel tested it and didn't talk about it.

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.