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Navision Book Reviews

These days there is a pretty good selection of aftermarket or third party Navision / Dynamics NAV books out there. Many are written for Nav developers or professionals, but there are also some targeted towards end users. Here are the books we've found that are worth reading:

Books for End Users

Navision & Dynamics NAV User Guide: General Guide for All Users
by Ruth Lestina

This book was created in response to all the requests for a general introduction for new users. This is a short book - 92 pages - and is only applicable to Navision 2.x, 3.x, 4.x, and Dynamics NAV 5.x and 2009 Classic Client. It contains detailed, step by step instructions with screen shots for most standard tasks typically performed by all users. This is basically a compilation of some of our most popular mini-manuals in one easy reference book. Topics include: How to create a customer, enter a sales invoice, receive a payment; How to create a vendor, enter a purchase invoice, process a payment; How to find the information you need with flow and field filters; How to apply a payment or credit memo to an invoice; How to delete or reverse a posted invoice or credit memo; How to void a check and how to use prepayments; How to set up fixed assets and sales tax. The book includes detailed step by step instructions with screen shots for each of these tasks.


Navision & Dynamics NAV User Guide: Advanced Tips for Accounting and Financial Users
by Ruth Lestina

This book was created in response to all the requests for a step by step user guide, sort of "Dynamics NAV for Dummies". This is a short book - 68 pages - and is only applicable to Navision 2.x, 3.x, 4.x, and Dynamics NAV 5.x and 2009 Classic Client. It is basically a compilation of some of our most popular mini-manuals in one easy reference book. Topics include: How to create recurring and reversing journal entries, How to reconcile a bank account, How to create and edit financial statements, How to change the layout and look of screens and forms, and How to close the year. The book includes detailed step by step instructions with screen shots for each of these tasks.


Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision
by Scott Hamilton

Although this book was written for version 4.x, the vast majority of the information is still quite accurate and relevant, and there is no later edition available. This Navision book is very business process focused, and does an excellent job of presenting an integrated view of how to leverage Navision to improve your supply chain effectiveness and efficiency. As the name suggests, Managing Your Supply Chain is focused solely on the supply chain related features and functions of Navision, and therefore addresses trade, items, warehouse, purchasing, and so forth, but provides little or no information related to the other functions of Nav such as financials, jobs or service. If you use or intend to use Navision to manage your supply chain, this book is a must-read; if you don't, it's probably not worth your time due to it's laser-like focus on the supply chain.


Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
by Laura Nicolas Lorente & Cristina Nicolas Lorente

A very good overview of Nav 2013 and the ERP implementation process in general. This would be a great book for a relatively new Nav consultant/project manager to read, and also would be a useful resource for someone acting as the client lead for a Nav implementation. There is a nice section on upgrades, and the discussion of when and whether to write custom code is excellent. However, a lot of what it covers is likely to be too basic for an experienced Nav professional.


Books for IT Professionals

Programming Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 2013
by David Studebaker

Written for experienced programmers who aren't familiar with Navision, this is a top-notch guide if you're trying to learn C/SIDE programming. However, if you're not already a coder, you'll probably find this book very heavy going, and it has little information that is geared towards the non-programmer end user.

This is the second edition of this excellent book, updated to cover Nav 2013. Note that it specifically focuses on 2013, so if you need information on developing for 2009 or earlier, you may want their earlier edition. This book introduces C/SIDE from the ground up, and also includes a nice section on debugging. The section on web services is a little light and could be more clear, but the overall book is useful and well written.


Microsoft Dynamics Nav Administration
by Sachdev Amit and Oberoi Sharan

A very detailed, solid Nav implementation and administration guidebook. Don't be fooled by the "administration" part of the title -- this book is actually as much or more about installing and implementing Nav as it is about post-deployment administration. This is a "must have" book for the IT manager who has been saddled with a Navision server to manage. It addresses version 5.1 and 2009, and includes 2009 RTC (Role Tailored Client) installation instructions. We especially like the sections on the job queue, stylesheets, permissions, and SOX compliance. There is a section on coding, but it is relatively light, although it includes a few handy tips. A good multi-purpose administration handbook.


Programming Microsoft Dynamics Nav
by David Studebaker

Written for experienced programmers who aren't familiar with Navision, this is a top-notch guide if you're trying to learn C/SIDE programming. However, if you're not already a coder, you'll probably find this book very heavy going, and it has little information that is geared towards the non-programmer end user. Note that there is a newer edition that covers programming in Nav 2013, so you should only buy this one if you specifically want information on programming in Nav 2009 and earlier.


The Nav/SQL Performance Field Guide
by Jorg Stryk

Specifically focused on Microsoft Dynamics Nav running on SQL server, this highly detailed, well-written book is packed with useful information for SQL administrators running Navision in their environments. It is written specifically for experienced SQL admins, though, and should be used with extreme care if at all by anyone not already pretty familiar with SQL server. It is specifically written for SQL server version 2000 and 2005, and Navision version 4.x and 5.x. It does not address Dynamics Nav 2009, and due to the new 3-tier structure in that version, it is only partially applicable. Hopefully the author will come out with a revised version that addresses Nav 2009 soon. Meanwhile, though, this is the best (and only) Navision book on optimizing Nav in a SQL environment.


Books for Nav Professionals

Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2013: Application Design
by Mark Brummel

Finally, a book that covers, in detail, the technical aspects of how Nav is designed and organized. Up till now this has always been more "tribal knowledge" passed from one person to another, or learned and re-learned by each person independently. Now this book makes it possible for application developers or anyone with good technical skills to understand how to design custom applications inside Nav, in a way that leverages that power of the application, rather than working against or around it. If you have less than 20 years of Nav design and development experience, this book will teach you a lot - actually even if you do have 20 years Nav experience you'll probably learn something. We particularly liked the mapping of base Nav against major industry verticals and the discussions of which areas most commonly benefit from customizations or vertical solutions.


Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2009: Professional Reporting
by Steven Renders

This is a wonderful book on many aspects of Navision reporting, with sections on both the Classic client and the Nav 2009 Role Tailored Client. The section on reporting in Role Tailored Client is quite strong, with good sections on charts, what they are and how they work, how they are different from reports, types of reports, and the relative strengths and limitations. There is also a very nice, detailed introduction to Visual Studio, and the ins and outs of the role tailored report designer. The section on visualization methods was a bit didactic and overly theoretical, but in general this is a hugely valuable book for designing and working with reports in the RTC. The Classic client reporting section was also nicely done, but much more limited - the real focus of this book is RTC reporting.


Implementing Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2009
by Vjekoslav Babi and David Roys

This is one of the best Navision books out so far that specifically focuses on Dynamics Nav 2009. Very well-written and enjoyable to read, this book provides an excellent, detailed guide to the key new features of Nav 2009, specifically the new role-tailored user interface, the new three-tier architecture, and the resulting dramatically improved ability to interface Nav 2009 with the web and with non-Navision applications. It also has a nice section on implementations and the sure-step methodology. Although the stated target audience is Nav consultants and developers, it is actually a very worthwhile read for anyone who is implementing or considering implementing Nav 2009 in their environment; you don't need to be super 'techie' to get a lot of value from this book.


Microsoft Navision 4.0: Jump Start to Optimisation
by Paul Diffenderfer and Samir El-Assai

Although written for Navision 4.x, the vast majority of the content of this book is still useful and applicable to later versions of Navision. This book has a wide range of information, including a chapter on how to create and edit reports, a section on creating flow fields and other introductory development, and several other interesting topics. While the range of information is very good and the expertise is top-notch and very accurate, the book feels a bit like it jumps around from topic to topic. It is also written by non-native English speakers, so to an American audience the English feels awkward at times. Given Navision's roots as a Danish program, though, the 'Danglish' writing is a small price to pay for the tricks and insights into the software provided by this book.




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