Organizations that heavily utilize the Microsoft Dynamics ERP system should be pleased to hear that the company is putting out a new version of the software that will include features for multitenancy and better integration with Microsoft office. InfoWorld reported that the NAV 2013 R2 update will be released next month and allow customers to share a single application instance while their respective data is kept separately.
"This helps vendors run their operations at greater scale with less overhead, such as by applying patches and upgrades to all customers at the same time," the news source said. "Dynamics has historically been sold through partners, who specialize in various industries and markets and tailor the software to customers' needs."
On the Dynamics blog, it was written that this new update represents a long-term commitment to the community by adding enhanced features for small and midsize organizations. The improved interoperability with Office 365 should help get rid of the barriers that exist between business data and people getting work done, the company said.
Another feature listed on the blog is enhanced cash management, which Microsoft believes will better allow people to drive business growth and manage risk by allowing for automatic and manual payment processing, support for debit and credit transfer and bank reconciliation tools.
"Powerful usability enhancements across both the web and desktop clients make Microsoft Dynamics NAV even simpler to use and faster to deploy," the blog said. "A restyled user experience aligned with Office 365 makes it even easier for people to access, view and edit business data and processes."
Building on the Past
With these improved capabilities, the Dynamic blog said they are trying to build on the launch of previous updates that helped the program work with Windows azure and gave the customers the knowledge that their program is protected by a trusted provider.
The company quoted one executive at an organization that works with Dynamics, who said NAV 2013 fits in perfectly with their needs and lets them know they no longer have to worry about servers, backup or software updates. Now, the professional said they can simply worry about focusing on and running their business.
InfoWorld said Dynamics has enjoyed special status within Microsoft, as it is seen as a conduit to sell other products to companies. Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the program creates a "significant opportunity" for the organization.