Finally, our construction vertical solution NAV4Construction is officially registered as CfMD for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 and has passed all tests by VeriTest and Lionbridge. CfMD meanings “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics”. CfMD is Microsoft Corp.’s highest standard for partner-developed software. This certification represents a significant step in elevating the standard for partner-developed software solutions for industry-specific business applications. Solutions with a successful software test have demonstrated development quality and compatibility with the Microsoft Dynamics product. VeriTest, a service of Lionbridge, performed independent and rigorous testing on the solution’s integration with Microsoft Dynamics.
This vertical solution covers all construction and similar activities in regular ERP usage. You can find more about it on this blog or on YouTube channel.
Now, Microsoft Dynamics partners all around the world can order this solution and add it to their NAV implementation. Of course, before that, they have to make partnership with solution author.
Microsoft updated Microsoft Dynamics NAV Customer Case Studies and Videos page on Partner Source at May 22. Between many successfully customer stories, you can find Case Study about implementation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and vertical solution NAV4Construction in civil-engineering company “Novi Pazar – put”.
NAV4Constrution vertical solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV fully provide AIA billing process for construction business. The AIA billing system is a standardized method of construction percentage of completion contract billing developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Typically, AIA billing system consists of two forms or pages and on the same way NAV4Construction works with them:
- G-702 Contractors Application for Payment
- G-703 Continuation Sheet
When you want to print Invoice from posted document, you can print both of these forms in the same moment or separate if you want this.
Complete process of AIA billing process is presented on the next flow chart:
You can find here completed process with collection and correction systems. This is simplified process on flow chart, and in practice, you can find more milestones for these activities.
You can see part of G-703 Continuation Sheet on the next picture:
This is the great benefit in operational work, because completing the AIA G-702 and G-703 forms by hand is usually frustrating and difficult with lot of possible mistakes. This is only one benefit among all other in this construction vertical solution.
You can find information about main strength of NAVConstruction solution, I’ve already wrote here. Also, if you want to use standard NAV in construction business, you can find information about these implementation possibilities here. You can find more texts about reason for using ERP in construction business in my earlier blog posts.
Some construction workers want separate (specific) solutions for construction and rest processes (ERP). But, in my experience, the main strength of construction in ERP is exactly possibility of using all actual data on each part of ERP. When you use this solution, you can use:
- actual cost from purchase or manufacturing in construction or when you make bids
- actual cost from cost accounting, about goods and/or all other resources
- automatic posting of invoice to G/L with any number of dimensions
- managing with purchase process using construction requirements
- using forecasting and other planning processes for construction, mechanization, subcontractors, manufacturing, purchase, sale, WMS in the same time
Otherwise, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is not real project planning software and someone says that this is weakness of this solution. But NAV4Construction is fully integrated with Microsoft Project Server using web-services. Now, you can use the best things of both solutions; e.g. you can use planning process in Project and Normative and Material requirement process from NAV. Maybe, bidding process is more complex in NAV, but this process is more precise.
On next picture, you can find a short SWOT analyses. If you have additional answers or comments, you can ask and start with discussion.
When you have a lot of resources (hundreds or thousands), you usually have a problem with detail analysis. Maybe, the most important question is when you have to buy new resource? I know, the new resources is prettier, but are you really need new resources. Is your old resource still good?
Using “smart” analysis in BI4Construction, you can make a right business decision. You can make smart comparison of actual costs of each resources per hour (or mileage, or…) in each cost group with cost of e.g. loan or leasing installment costs.
You can see what maintenance cost analytically for old resources is. You can also see what is you additional fuel or oil cost for old resources in comparison with new one. You have realistic cost of staying time for old resources because maintenance periods…
With all of these details, you can always make a right decision. This is usually requirement for big construction companies with lot of trucks and other machinery.
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 brings us some new statistical numbers. As I’m NAV fan, the most important facts are:
- NAV has the most of the Dynamics customers – 102.000
- NAV has the most of Dynamics customer adds – 8.000
That means, people trust and like NAV globally. With Windows Azure and NAV as repeatable solution in the future, these numbers will grow. With this possibilities, we will get new customers, while NAV as easy for customize solution will provide standard growth.
Last year, percentage of Dynamics solutions participation was as following:
Now, with new customer adds, percentage of Dynamics solutions participation is as following:
You can see, only NAV has percentage growth in total Dynamics customers. When you look at total customers adds, you can find next:
- NAV 8.000 (8,5%)
- GP 4.000 (9,3%)
- AX 1.000 (5,6%)
- SL 0 (0,0%)
- CRM 1.000 (2,6%)
All statistics data are taken from: http://msdynamicsworld.com/story/microsoft-dynamics-gp-and-nav-outperform-ax-and-crm-handily-customer-adds
First of all, I want to thanks to the people in Pack Publishing for this book review opportunity (especially to Sagar and Jay). I’m project manager with great ERP experience and I like this topic.
After many years spent in project management and many this topic books read, I was expecting another similar book. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Book is not only standard Sure Step manual. The author has pretty good researched the topics and give us some answers related to question why we need project management.
He is not limited only to the tight topic. He flirts successfully with other project methodologies when he feel this is necessary. Author is successfully introduce us in some new project management area as trusting is. He used parts from Covey’s book “Speed of Trust” and excellent combine them with Sure Step. I like to talk about this area as Trust Management and I think this is the new knowledge area in project management and we don’t think about that often enough.
All parts in book are described with facts, but author used practice examples, as well.
Book pretty good explain what is methodology and how we can choose the right tool for each specific case. Book introduce use in all available Sure Step tools, but also introduce us in tools by 3th party. Also, book teach us how to prepare own tool for specific needs. Very successfully, book explains to us that project management is not something you can learn by heart and this is serious discipline.
This book will be useful for absolute beginners, but also to people with years of experience in ERP or CRM implementation. Author summarized the main items that can make the project successful.
I could have a lot of good to write, but in one sentence, this book should be read. I highly recommend this book.
If you want to buy this book, go to http://bit.ly/1jI9uZJ