Merry Christmas

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NAV2013R2…Coming soon

This is blog about NAV and construction business, but I have great emphasis on word ‘NAV’. This vertical solution will become CfMD for NAV2013 very soon and I must to thinking about NAV new release and impact on this solution. I wrote about new NAV version in few posts on Microsoft Dynamics Community blog, but now we have the latest informations.

I borrowed this text from http://msdynamicsworld.com and this is not my post:

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV R2 will deliver exciting new features to support cash management for our customers and prospects.

What it really means for customers

The bottom line is increased productivity – for all our customers – in almost any segment! The new Cash Management features in Microsoft Dynamics NAV R2 will automate and improve the cash management processes that are vital for all our customers regardless of the business they’re in.

Consider this:

  • New Cash Management functionality includes easy registration of payments to ensure faster business processes with fewer human errors.
  • You can import electronic payment files from banks and use them as basis for payments registrations. (In Denmark for Danish banks out of the box. Other countries will require minor configurations)
  • Bank Reconciliation is possible as both a manual and an automated process, with the option to import bank statements from banks and reconcile automatically. A simple tool can be used to set up automation, handle exceptions and complete the reconciliation process.
  • Bank Statements can be imported from 3rd party providers. The same functionality will allow partners to build their own integration to banks, meaning a free choice of providers.

What features are introduced to enable this?

SEPA CREDIT TRANSFER

A new feature is introduced that enables the user to export payment data to an electronic bank file in SEPA compliant format. This gives the user the possibility to integrate electronically with any bank in the Single European Payment Area and get higher efficiency in the payment process end-to-end.

Also, when payment instructions to the bank are managed directly in the system the user gets better control over the payment process and the ability toenhance cash flow due to SEPA rules about dates.

SEPA DIRECT DEBIT

A new feature called SEPA Direct Debit Collections, which provides an efficient way to handle customer’s payment collections through your preferred bank in the Single European Payment Area (SEPA) with less manual entry of data and effective mandate handling.

The feature allows users to collect money from their customers in a seamless connected way with the invoicing process, minimizing the order to cash lead time and increasing their cash management efficiency.

SCHEMA VIEWER

A new tool that enables partners to import SEPA compliant schemas (ISO 20022) into Microsoft Dynamics NAV and export the desired xml tags in an xmlport ready format. This gives the partner an excellent starting point for building up new xmlport to handle SEPA format variations for its customers.

Also, when handling the xml schema, relevant information about each tag is displayed enabling filtering mandatory tags and attributes.

How and when you can learn more on MSDN

We are working on a number of knowledge articles right now and plan to have these ready for you soon on MSDN

Hear more first-hand at DIRECTIONS!

Don’t miss the upcoming Direction events. Join us to hear how Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 offers new cash management features in a harmonized way across country versions. We will demonstrate the new features and you will learn how you can take it to your markets – enabling you to go for volume by having more application features to offer as standard.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 will add multi-tenancy, Office 365 interoperability, SharePoint deployment

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, formerly known as Sicily, will be released in October 2013, Microsoft announced today. R2 will feature improved interoperability with Office 365, including single sign on, deployment to SharePoint sites (Online and on-premise), as well as multitenant hosting on both Azure and partner-hosted deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Office 365 Dashboard

Operational work on construction project

We finished with contracting process, We start with quote requirement from potentional customer and we have gone through full cycle contracting process. Quantity Surveyors finished their Bill of Quantites and customer accepted our quote; contract is signed.

Now we have to start with operational process. Our people and mechanization are on project site. They have own first working day and we need to monitor their activities. Before that, we had to prepare dynamic schedules and our Gantt Chart, but I will explain this process later. Curently, in next posts I will devote to operational work. I will explain all about posting of output and consumption on project. First, I will explain own consumption, and after that subcontractors work.

Tomorow, I will writte about “Output Order” in NAV4Construction…

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What next about NAV and construction?

In my last 15 posts, I described methods for cost accounting for material, finish goods and resource using in constructions and methods for their combining in construction normatives. Before that, I described some basics about Construction Positions and Projects. Now we have complete picture about the basics and we can continue with new topics.

I want present you continuation of the story about calculations. When we have all information from last posts, we can start with making Bill of Quantity and prepare offer to our investors. Next theme will be just that, using normatives and cost accounting to make Bill of Quantity. I want to round up story about quantity surveyors and help them in daily work.

See you soon…

QUANTITY SURVEYOR – CONTRACTING (briefly)

We will use Construction positions from Quantity Surveyor to operational usage and analyzing. At any time we can check out how much work is done by position for the required period. It is possible to monitor the actual expenses incurred in order to perform the position. At the same position it is possible to see what has already been invoiced. It is also possible to monitor and get the real costs, both in amount and in percentage. This monitoring is possible for each specific position or for the entire position group.

One or more versions of normative and price analysis for each normative can be defined for each construction position. It is possible to make the selection of the best norms in the desired position on the actual costs basis. These data are calculated using an automated calculation of cost of materials, products and resources cost accounting. Beside the actual costs, the system can perform analysis and costs on vendor quotes or planed costs basis. Standard processing like “adjust cost of items” is fully applicable in this process.

Actual costs are calculated based on the direct and indirect material cost, as well as the calculation of the finished products cost based on the real material cost and actual consumption in manufacturing capacity. In a similar method, the system enables a calculation of the actual cost of engaged resources, based on the actual costs that are defined for each resource, as well as the total time of their engagement.

Based on the so-defined positions and norms, creating each project and monitoring its life cycle, it is possible to create a Bill of Quantities and follow it through all phases of contracting. In BoQ, we enter all construction position for project with their description and quantity, based on contract. Costs of construction position, we automatic calculate from linked norms and price analysis. On the other hand, actual cost of resources and items (material and goods) in price analysis, we get from integrated automatic cost accounting. From this document, we can make real analysis with cost, price and margin for complete project and for each position, and we can print Construction Quote.

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Besides defining all entities and Bill of Quantities as a single primary document, it is possible to create dynamic execution plans on these data basis. This dynamic execution plan reserves necessary inventories and resources, bearing in mind the availability of all resources. Complete inventory reserving is integrated with standard material planning in requisition and planning worksheets in NAV.

BEFORE CONTINUING…

Before I continue to write about the NAV vertical solution details, I need to give you some global picture of the system. First of all, I must to introduce you with the some new entities in NAV4Cosntruction. There are new categories, specific for construction business:

Project is potential or realized contract and this is the center of all activities. Project is entity based on NAV Jobs.

Construction position is single contract work and represent project WBS. This is a new NAV entity and it is the center of all evidences in the construction. We need to put some work of resources and item consumption to make some position.

Normative is specification of resources and item consumptions or consumption of sub-contractors on quantity basis.

Price analysis is part of Normative based on costs.

Bill of Quantity is the main document with construction position specification for project. This document determines quantities, actual costs, planed costs, prices, margins… From BoQ, we make Quote.

Mechanization is each machine or vehicle and mechanization is part of resource.

We have more new entities, but these are the most important ones to be used all the time.

In next few posts, I will explain the basics of modules, and after that I writte much more detaile…