Stratus receives the WinDays ISV Award

windays11Today, at Microsoft WinDays11 conference, Stratus, the web client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV that I announced here nearly a month ago, has received the ISV Award from Microsoft, being ranked #1 as the solution with highest value for small businesses. Thanks to everyone who participated in the selection process, you made a smart decision, and you know it Smile

As much as it was difficult for me to keep this award stuff secret over the past week that I’ve been officially notified by Microsoft as having been selected as the winner, it is equally difficult for me to announce two other big news, which I’ll just have to keep secret until Wednesday.

A lot of you have asked me about Stratus over the past month, and I know that I missed the deadline I announced for opening Stratus for general public testing on March 31, but I’ll offer a plausible excuse: the things developed much quicker than expected and my company has started negotiations with some true hot-shot companies about marketing and deploying this solution. Unfortunately, due to this, we had to postpone the plans, and push the release date a bit forward, but I’m sure this won’t be much. A couple of weeks, at most.

If you here, in Rovinj, don’t miss my presentation on Wednesday at 10:10AM, it’ll be around cloud opportunities with NAV and Stratus will be a part of the talk. But I won’t just talk the talk, I’ll also walk the walk, so you’ll be able to see Stratus in action, deployed in the Cloud. I’m looking forward to delivering it and seeing you there!

Web Client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

imageWhen the story you are supposed to tell reaches you from the other end, the rumor has obviously had it long enough.

So let me announce it publicly: “Stratus”, the Web-based client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV I’ve been working on for well over a year is nearly finished. As a matter of fact, it is entering the pilot phase.

Without much fanfare, I’m turning this post into a sort of FAQ which should give you enough understanding of the product, its purpose and its roadmap.

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Can Microsoft Dynamics ERP move to the cloud?

imageThe Software Advice blog has started a series of short five minute interviews with Microsoft executives in charge of Dynamics technologies, and today’s one has caught my attention: it’s entitled Can Microsoft Dynamics ERP move to the cloud, and the interview was with Guy Weismantel, director of ERP Marketing at Microsoft.

Cloud computing is something that has been tickling my imagination ever since I first heard the term, and I’ve spent past couple of years not only thinking how to do something with the cloud, but actually doing it (stay tuned!), so it was interesting to see what’s Microsoft’s unofficial official position on ERP in cloud perspective, can it be done, should it be done, where is it all going, etc.

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Panorama Consulting 2011 ERP Report

imageYesterday, Panorama Consulting Group has published their new ERP report, and it was a really interesting read. It shows some interesting effects of economic recession on ERP industry, but it proves once again that ERP projects are risky, prone to budgeting and scheduling issues, and still chances to get reasonable benefits are roughly 50:50.

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Definitely not normal

It all started with Waldo and his Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 is not a “normal” release … beware! post two weeks ago. Waldo did not complain (much Smile), he explained what R2 is and what it isn’t, and it turns out that it isn’t many of the things people hoped it was.

Then Luc followed with his Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 is … post, in which he again says NAV 2009 R2 is not normal.

I’m sorry to say, but I am definitely joining this “not normal” party, ‘cause there is something strange going on with NAV, and I believe there will soon be either a SP(how does NAV 2009 R2 SP1 sounds?), or a series of hotfixes.

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