Microsoft Dynamics NAV is powerful enterprise resource planning software designed to help manufacturers improve efficiency and productivity in different ways. That includes working with various clients to address specific concerns with their needs as well as expanding operations in unique and exciting directions. With this in mind, the software is also designed to work out concerns that are associated with growing as a company, adapting naturally to needs as they appear. Understanding the software's abilities allows shops to focus more on important concerns such as customer satisfaction and future projects. Here are some developments from the community that will help firms do better.

Working with international partners
Sometimes, manufacturers have customers they export to in places such as Europe or Asia. While basic information can be easily read, such as what parts are being sent out in an order, some data can be lost in translation due to cultural differences. For example, Americans use periods when marking decimals, especially for determining the cent-based amount of an order. People in Europe or South America use commas. In addition, there are variations on how thousands are separated: While Americans use commas, some countries use spaces and others use periods. This can lead to confusion when sending out invoices to customers in other countries. But it can lead to more difficulty if companies have partnerships with distributors or other businesses and need to send important information on the same software.

Luckily, the Dynamics NAV team offers a solution that is centered on created a personalized "culture code." With this mechanism, information that is sent from one country to another gets "translated" so that cultural norms on how numbers are written is accurately represented based on the country where it is located. This system also extends to how dates are written.

Optimizing aged Accounts Receivable
When customers upgrade from older versions of NAV or Navison to NAV 2015 or even 2013, there is one problem that stands out, according to former NAV consultant Alex Chow: Reports tend to run slower than they did before. This is especially the case in Aged Accounts Receivable, which can be attributed to the original design of A/R aging not translating over to newer versions of the software. Basically, not only do relevant open entries get looped in every report, but also every entry ever done by the customer. The end result is that software slows down dramatically, and the server may even freeze. This becomes a severe problem if companies also have customers that send hundreds of invoices per day.

There are solutions for that, however. Mainly, the issue is that there are no filters currently in place that determine relevant and irrelevant entries. Chow offers some coding that creates a filter that differentiates by only looping entries that are open, as well as any entries up to a specific date. This allows companies to keep entries that only relevant to the current time period for the customer in question. With this sort of system, companies are able to return to a reasonable level of efficiency.

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