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Whats new on Dynamics NAV 2013?

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is now Released to Manufacturing (RTM) and is bundled with many new features. But before we start, for those of you don’t know…

What is Dynamics NAV 2013?
Dynamics NAV is part of a range of ERP (enterprise resource planning) products offered by Microsoft. Some of you might have known it as Navision Solutions before it was re-branded by Microsoft in 2005. NAV was designed for small and medium-sized enterprises intended to assist them with the following business sectors:

  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Supply chains
  • Analytics
  • Electronic commerce

When Microsoft released Dynamics NAV 2009, it saw a huge success within mid sized companies due to its effectiveness and easy customization of the software.
NAV 2009 was the last release, making the 2013 edition a highly anticipated piece of software within many organisations. The release of the RTM is showing many of the new features that will highly increase the productivity of any company. It is the first of any ERP products to embrace cloud technology through Windows Azure.

Max Beuker from Microsoft recently blogged: «Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is a landmark release, building on a strong product foundation to deliver new levels of customer and partner value through faster, more efficient implementations, compelling new and enhanced application functionality, and unparalleled levels of customer choice on how to deploy and access the solution».

Whats New on NAV 2013?
Many new features have been released. In the RTM announcement, they stated: «Dynamics NAV 2013 has powerful and diverse new application functionality, ranging from charting to cash flow analysis to time sheet registration to assembly to expanded out-of-the-box RoleCenters to Unicode». Another post stated the following: «The user experience innovations range from the SharePoint and web clients to end user productivity features on the rich client to improved integrations with OneNote and Excel.»

Among all of the features, here are some them:

Changes to the RoleTailored Client

  • New dimensions
  • New Chash Flow module
  • New Cost Accounting
  • Introduction of the VAT rate change tool
  • New VAT reports
  • Additional entry views

Warehouse Management features, redesigned or enhanced:

  • Documents for Inventory movements
  • Dedicated Bins
  • Warehouse Management integration to the service module
  • Additional Item availability views by event, Timeline or BOM level

In the supply planning a number of features has been redesigned or enhanced:

                       

  • Enhancements to Calculate and Carry
  • Introduction of Assembly management (light weight manufacturing module)
  • Extra Planning parameters:
  • Time Bucket
  • Rescheduling Period
  • Lot accumulation Period
  • Dampener Period
  • Overflow level

Job module enhancements:

  • Enhanced Work in progress functionality
  • Usage tracking
  • Demand overview

Firebrand has released two new NAV courses with certifications. NAV 2013 Financials and NAV 2013 Developer.

Gaining your Dynamics NAV Financials certification will demonstrate that you have the know-how to help your company handle key financial functions, including cash management, budgets, the management of VAT, journal development, transactions, the general ledger and receivables and payables management. It would only take you 6 days to gain your certification.

Gaining your Dynamics NAV 2013 Developer certification will demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to to do the following in your organisation: Use C/AL (Client / Application Language), program in C/AL, write C/AL statements and expressions, debug C/AL, use custom controls with C/AL, extend Microsoft Dynamics NAV Using COM, use the Development Environment and designing applications, develop for multiuser environments, and use multilanguage functionalities. It would only take you 8 days to gain your certification.
There are two areas to focus on when integrating NAV 2013 into a company:

Firebrand has also released two new courses focusing on these two areas. You will get an in depth insight into the new functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 development, installation, application and use with a view of all the new features with a hands-on experience. The courses only last 3 days and 2 days respectfully.

For more information on whats new, visit the MSDN web-site from Microsoft here.

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september 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

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Hvorfor oppgradere til Windows Server 2012

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Ed Bakers live Windows Server 2012 spørsmål og svar var en stor suksess, og vi klarte å innhente mye informasjon om forbedringene og de nye egenskapene. Så her er noen av de mange grunnene til at vi mener du bør oppgradere til Windows Server 2012.

Hyper-V-replika

Hyper-V er Microsofts svar på VMware og blir kalt den viktigste endringen i serververdenen. Selv om VMware har blitt en ekstremt vellykket virtualiseringsplattform, hevder mange IT-teknikere at den har blitt overgått av Hyper-V på mange områder. Og med utgivelsen av nye Windows Server 2012 har enda flere funksjoner kommet ut, og en av de viktigste er Hyper-V-replikaen.

 

Hyper-V-replikaen er en replikasjonsmekanisme som er et nødgjenopprettingsverktøy som fjerner behovet for kompliserte og dyre replikasjonsløsninger. Den logger endringer av diskene i VM og bruker komprimering til å spare på båndbredde og kopierer fra en primær server til en replikaserver. Du kan lagre flere øyeblikksbilder av et VM på replikaserveren og velge det du ønsker å bruke.

SMB 3.0

SMB-protokollen (Server Message Block, servermeldingsblokk) har blitt betydelig forbedret i både Windows 8 og Server 2012. Den støtter nå nye filserverfunksjoner, inkludert SMB Scale Out, VSS for SMB-fildeling, SMB Multichannel, SMB gjennomsiktig nødomkopling, SMB Direct, SMB PowerShell, SMB-katalogleasing og SMB-kryptering. I tillegg fungerer den også veldig godt med Hyper-V.

Valgfrihet innen grensesnitt

Hvis du installerte Server Core i tidligere Windows Servers, kunne du bare ha kommandolinjen som grensesnitt. Men nå gjør Server 2012 brukergrensesnittet til en funksjon som kan slås på og av etter behov.

Dynamisk tilgangskontroll (DAC, Dynamic Access Control)

Selv om mange hevder at Microsoft har mistet fokus på sikkerhet i løpet av de siste årene, hjelper DAC IT-teknikere med å skape mer sentraliserte sikkerhetsmodeller for tilgang til nettverksressurser ved å merke følsomme data både manuelt og automatisk, noe som er basert på flere faktorer, som filinnholdet eller skaperen.

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september 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

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Hva er Six Sigma?

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Mange spør om hva Six Sigma er og hvorfor det er så populært?

En rask definisjon vil være at Six Sigma er en administrasjonsfilosofi som har gjort om organisasjoner og hjulpet dem til å bli mer effektive. Men dette effektive verktøyet er så mye mer.

George Eckes fra Colorado gir en effektiv forklaring på og introduksjon til hva Six Sigma er.

Han bruker en interessant historie som kalles 3 blinde menn og en elefant. Historien er som følger: 3 blinde menn berører forskjellige deler av elefanten og trekker veldig forskjellige konklusjoner. Den ene berører støttannen og sier at det er et spyd, den andre berører kroppen og sier at det er en vegg og den tredje blinde mannen berører halen og sier at det er en slange.

Poenget med historien er at avhengig av ditt perspektiv og dine synspunkter kan det bety veldig forskjellige ting. Six Sigma er en metrikk, det er en forbedringsmetodologi, det er en administrasjonsfilosofi og det skaper et felles språk gjennom hele organisasjonen.

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september 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

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Certified CompTIA Network+ technicians recruited by Apple

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Smartphones and tablet computers are being seen as the future making the demand for certified technicians with the understanding of building services and apps for iOS, Windows Phone and Android devices like the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia.

 In a recent survey by Computerworld studying the hiring trends in 2012, it was found that 61% of IT executives are looking to hire technicians with skills, knowledge and certifications in programming and application development.
In another recent study by CompTIA called “Trends in Enterprise Mobility”, it was found that companies are focusing more on smartphones and tablets rather than normal mobile phones. Thanks to these changes, companies like Apple are now recruiting more and more technicians for their Apple Consultants Network (ACN), which is a group of independent service providers and consulting firms who supply on-site services for Apple and general support for home users and businesses.
It’s been almost a year now since the ACN started to accept the CompTIA Network+ certification as a prerequisite for their program and many people have benefited.
CompTIA Network+ certified IT technician, Jonathon Praay from Preferred Computers stated: “When we were first approached about joining the Apple Consultants Network and getting the Mobility Competency, I noticed that CompTIA Network+ was now an accepted prerequisite. A few weeks later, I was enrolled for the next CompTIA certification class in my area,» he added that «Mobile computing solutions are built on the networks they operate on; so when these topics came up in class I had no trouble grasping the concepts and challenges. This class helped me see yet another exciting application of my network knowledge in a relatively new area.»
As mentioned in a previous blog post, CompTIA Network+ is now an ISO, ANSI accredited and an internationally recognised certification. It shows that the technician has the skills and knowledge needed in order to implement defined network architectures with network security.
Jonathan Praay was able to use his Network+ certification to help him gain Apple’s Mobility Technical Competency Designation (MTC). The MTC is designed to certify that the Apple consultant has the necessary knowledge of the Apple mobile platform. Jonathan Pray added that “the CompTIA Network+ certification really enhanced my network knowledge, something I use every day,»
«As my experience continues to show me, this certification gave me a foundation to build on. I learned the basic standards and concepts as well as troubleshooting methods.»
He continued to state that he “would recommend CompTIA Network+ to anyone who will ever configure/design/sell/manage Apple devices for a business to get their Apple Mobility Competency”
“I think its great when different organizations such as Apple and CompTIA can work together to find ways to reach a greater number of IT professionals with new and innovative programs.»

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september 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

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30 years of Microsoft Technology – Infographic

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Microsoft recently marked 30 years of creating industry defining Technology and the launch of Windows Server 2012, Firebrand decided to celebrate with creation of an Infographic.
Microsoft is known by everyone as the provider of Office and the Windows operating system (which of us have on our PC’s). But what many fail to remember is the fact that Microsoft has been creating technology for over 30 years that affects just about everything we do both at home and at work. The infographic follows the three decades of Microsoft technology which has affected our lives.

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september 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

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Free Windows Server 2012 Q&A with Ed Baker

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Firebrand Training is hosting a free live Windows Server 2012 Q&A. It will be a one-hour Q&A session with Ed Baker – Firebrand’s Windows Server instructor.
The live video feed will be hosted on the Google+ page, on Thursday 6 September at 11.00am. To attend, follow Firebrand on Google+ (plus.google.com/107980348326548394993?prsrc=3), then sign-up for free on the following link:
server-qanda.eventbrite.com
Ed Baker, as mentioned in the previous post, is currently in the top three UK Microsoft professionals on the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy). He has earned an impressive 4001 points and a Platinum medal.
Don’t forget to ask Firebrand all your Windows Server 2012 questions below, or on the Facebook page.
You can also ask questions via Twitter (@BeAFirebrand) – include #server2012. Ask questions before, and on the day.

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september 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

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Twitter opens up for third party products

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Twitter is releasing a certification program for third-party business applications.

Through the new program, Twitter will evaluate third-party applications which are built for its website and that are designed to help businesses better understand and communicate with their customers.
A few weeks ago, twitter announced that included in the latest version of its API (application programing interface) is changes made to encourage developers to create applications.
Seth Bindernagel from Twitter blogged that «with this program, we’ve identified areas where we see huge demand for innovation on Twitter’s platform”
Twitter is awarding certification in the following areas, Engagement, Analytics and Data Reseller. Applications in these areas are mostly designed to help businesses monitor, filter and analyse tweets that have something to do with them.

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september 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

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