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The tablet revolution of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is leading Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first approach. Ever since Satya Nadella took over from Steve Balmer as CEO of Microsoft earlier last year, it was clear that priorities were changing at the corporation.

Steering in a new direction

Nadella’s priority has always been to make Microsoft more agile in terms of how it develops its IT solutions, and to increase focus on its cloud-first, mobile-first ethos – something Nadella takes extremely seriously:

“When we say mobile first, we really mean mobility first.” He continued “It’s about offering users a great experience across devices, some ours, some not ours, that we can power uniquely.”

NAV 2015: built first for cloud

This applies across the whole of Microsoft, but the place where most gains are being made is in the corporation’s commercial cloud revenue department – which includes Azure and Dynamics. FY15 Q2 figures show growth of 114%. This equates to $5.5bn annualised revenue.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, which was recently released, is perhaps the Dynamics component that pushes furthest in the cloud-first, mobile-first direction.

According to the NAV team, most of the content displayed in the tablet client “consists of application pages coming from your Dynamics NAV 2015 server.”

This means that what’s displayed is essentially identical to what gets displayed on the desktop version of the client. NAV 2015, then, could be seen as one of the first Microsoft products to be developed primarily for tablet, and extended to desktop – rather than the other way round.

Flexibility in all things

In addition, the Dynamics NAV team were acutely aware of how many different types of people would need to take advantage of NAV 2015: from warehouse workers to retail managers to salespeople in the field – NAV needs to be scalable and flexible enough to be the perfect solution for them all. With Dynamics NAV 2015, this has been the primary focus.

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

“Microsoft has a unique ability to harmonize the world’s devices, apps, docs, data and social networks in digital work and life experiences so that people are at the center and are empowered to do more and achieve more with what is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity – time!”

If you’re a Microsoft Dynamics NAV end-user, or you’re a Dynamics partner with feedback from your NAV customers, we’d like to know whether you think Microsoft is right to approach everything with a cloud-first, mobile-first attitude. Also, if they are, we’d like to know whether you think they’re doing a good job of it with Dynamics NAV 2015. Leave a comment.