Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) with over 110,000 companies using this business software solution. Built for mid-sized organizations, it is fast to implement, easy to configure, and simple to use. Right from the start, simplicity has guided, and continues to guide, innovations in product design, development, implementation, and usability. Here is a brief explanation of what's new in NAV 2018 since the NAV 2017 release.
What's New in NAV
- User Tasks
The new User Tasks allow you to create tasks to remind you of work to be done. You can create tasks for yourself and assign tasks to others or be assigned a task by someone else in your organization.
- Employee ledger entries
In general journal lines, there is a new account type and new balancing account type, Employee. Posting a general journal line with Employee as account type or balancing account type will generate an employee ledger entry. When posting a general journal line for an employee, the Document type field must be either blank or set to Payment.
- Image Analyzer
The Image Analyzer extension uses powerful image analytics provided by the Computer Vision API for Microsoft Cognitive Services to detect attributes in the images that you add to items and contact persons, so you can easily review and assign them.
- Power BI reporting
Dynamics NAV provides Business Intelligence in the place and time you need it. With the new Power BI reporting control, you can gain awareness to your Power BI reports by making them visible from within the most highly-used lists in Dynamics NAV. Not only are you able to view Power BI reports you select, but you can also interact and filter the reports by selecting records from the associated list page.
- Updated integration with Dynamics 365 for Sales
Connect to your Dynamics 365 for Sales solution in a few easy steps. The assisted setup helps you synchronize your data across the two apps, including sales orders, item availability, units of measure, and currencies. The existing integration with the app formerly known as Dynamics CRM has been rebranded and simplified to work better out of the box.
- Synchronize vendors with Lexmark ICS for better OCR results
Take advantage of vendor synchronization when using Lexmark ICS. This will improve the vendor recognition rate in the Lexmark ICS and allow manual selection of vendors when performing visual training of new invoice layouts.
Vendor information including number, name, address, VAT registration, phone, and bank account data is transferred to Lexmark ICS when synchronizing.
- Preconfigured Excel reports
The Business Manager and Accountant Role Centers have a new option in the ribbon for Excel Templates. From the Excel Templates list, users can choose a preconfigured report that is ready to print from Excel.
- Cancel or correct job related posted invoices
Now you just choose the Cancel or Correct actions on the posted invoice and a credit memo will be created. The job planning lines will be created automatically in the background. Remember, though, that you may need to review the planning lines later if you decided to modify a corrective invoice. You are not allowed to post corrections for jobs that have the status Blocked.
- Posting setup improvements and missing posting notifications
You can now see a visual indication of mandatory G/L accounts that must be set to cover most of your scenarios related to specific posting setup. For example, in Inventory Posting Setup, you'll see the Inventory Account having mandatory asterisk, while in General Posting Setup, the Sales and Purchase accounts.
- Bulk posting of orders, invoices and credit memos
Are your sales going so well that you can’t process the avalanche of invoices fast enough? Is this luxury problem becoming a drain on resources? No worries, now you can process batches of orders, invoices, or credit memos in one go by choosing the documents, and then choosing Post selected.
- Intrastat reporting improvements
You can now indicate that you're required to prepare Intrastat reports and set the default transaction types for normal sales and purchases as well as sales and purchase returns to make your Intrastat reporting faster.
- Submission of EC Sales List with more than 9999 lines
You can now submit the EC Sales List report with more than 9999 lines.
- Posting directly to general ledger accounts from documents
If you need to add an additional fee or service of some kind to a sales or purchase document, but the item isn't in your item catalog, you can now add it on the fly in the document and post the revenue to the correct general ledger account from the document lines.
- Enhancements for North America Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) functionality
With Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), you can pay vendors using electronic payments. You'll be able to modify the format that is used to create the EFT file to suit your needs.
- Migration from QuickBooks
You can now import payroll transaction files in the QuickBooks IIF format by installing the QuickBooks Payroll File Import extension.
- Bulk invoicing from Bookings
For companies using the Bookings app in Office 365, we have added the ability to do bulk invoicing for bookings.
Application User Documentation has Moved
The docs are available as part of Help Server, but they are also available online at the new Docs.microsoft.com site. The main entry page is here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-nav-app
What's New for Developers and IT Pros
Download the full document of What's New to see the information for Developers and IT beginning on page 12.
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