NAV 2017 new features – intimate Office 365 integration
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 is nearly here.
With Dynamics NAV 2017, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to connect it ever more closely with other Microsoft products such as Office 365 and PowerBI, under the banner ‘Two Worlds together’.
Today we’ll have a quick look at how Microsoft are pushing NAV to work ever-closer with Office.
Office 365 – Why integrate the products?
Microsoft wants to enable its customers’ staff to be more productive by using more of its software applications, combined together. Their aim is to enable their customers to benefit from:
- More attractive, accurate communication via visually-pleasing email messages with embedded invoice information, readable on any device, without opening any attachments.
- Consistent messaging using company-wide templates regardless of who sends the message, or the device used.
- Flexibility via multiple layouts to suit different customers
- Reuse of invested time and purchases in report layout customisation and use of out-of-the-box Microsoft Word invoice cover-letter layout examples
This is just a small part of Microsoft’s new mission of empowering everyone on the planet to achieve more. Noble aims indeed, but not completely altruistic – this of course widens the range of Microsoft products and numbers of licences sold, and makes each individual application more “sticky”.
What specific features are there?
Custom email covers for invoices
You can now create beautiful, professional-looking email cover-letter templates that include images and invoice information, such as totals, due dates, and payment terms, to use when sending emails to customers.
Trigger invoices from your calendar
For your organisations using Office 365, Dynamics NAV 2017 includes an add-in so you can invoice your customers based on entries in your Outlook calendar.
- From a calendar appointment, you can open the Dynamics NAV add-in and get an overview for the customer associated with the appointment.
- Then, you can create and send an invoice for the services provided in the meeting – all of this happening right in the Outlook calendar.
OCR from Outlook straight to NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 will work directly with attachments in emails. Users will be able to send the email attachments directly to the Incoming Documents list in NAV 2017 and process PDF files via an OCR service so that the invoice information can be added automatically to NAV – with a much lower risk of errors and much higher levels of productivity.
The Contacts List in Dynamics NAV can be synchronised with Office 365 People, and vice versa. This can be done manually, and also filtered so you only sync the contacts you want, rather than everyone (many of whom will be irrelevant to NAV).
Where can I find out more?
There are three easy ways:
- To get an up to the minute overview on launch day, October 24th, join the NAVcast delivered by Microsoft’s NAV expert, Andrea Ely
- If you work for a Microsoft Partner, look at the marvellous Dynamics Learning Platform (DLP). If you are a freelance or independent Dynamics consultant, we’re delighted to say that you can now get access to specialised Microsoft Dynamics training and professional resources via 365 Talent Portal.
- For those who like information in bite sized chunks over time, we’ll also be publishing more in this series over the next few weeks. Keep a track here.
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