Much ado about nothing

There is really nothing special with this post. I just wanted to let you know that I updated my About page, and I added some more information to the sidebar to the right. Nothing spectacular, but I hope all of this would both help you know me better, and also help you get in touch with me otherwise than posting comments here.

While I must admit I seem somewhat lazy lately, with no relevant posts whatsoever, there is some real stuff coming soon. For now, I’m finished with face-lifting, and nothing serious is going to happen to this blog from presentation perspective, at least not until I move it to its own domain, which is something I plan to do soon. See you later!

Look and feel update

I decided to upgrade the look and feel of this blog, so I start with the new header picture. I am not a designer, and I don’t have a clue about why graphics are good or bad, I just have a gut feeling which tells me what is nice, and what is not. This one looks nicer to me, and leaves some room at the bottom to implement page navigation later on. If you think the old one was better, please let me know, I value your opinion as much as my own 🙂

This is just a first step in facelifting this blog with new look and feel, new navigation, new information, etc. As most of other things here, neither will this come all at once, but please be patient, and stop by frequently.

And last but not least, thank you all for making this blog alive, for reading it, commenting on it, giving suggestions and opinions. I’ve never thought this blog would live long enough to see this kind of traffic and interest, so this blog is what it is as much because of you, as it is because of me!

Why are “mandatory” fields baaad?

Last time, I gave you a recipe on how to do a bad thing. If you really need to do something bad, I figure it’s better to do it the way that would hurt the least, or the way that isn’t so bad after all. I wouldn’t have dreamt of a comment on that blog post, but Ian came, and gave the perfect example which really explains why things like that *ARE* bad. Funny thing is, how many customers really go for such a requirement, and even funnier, how many consultancies give in. I gave in once, most of you probably did. But, why are mandatory fields so bad after all?

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Master data completeness validation

Microsoft Dynamics NAV has a very consistent user interface, that helps user get used to it pretty fast. Yet it has its own ways, that aren’t so intuitive to most of typical business application users. There is one specific feature which causes a lot of confusion, especially with those users only starting to use NAV. It’s the data persistence: as soon as you enter something in a form, it is automatically saved, you don’t need to press any Save button. Nor is there any Cancel button to forget the changes entered.

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Accounting vs. ERP: The saga continues

Running a business using only accounting data can be pretty much the same as driving a car using rear-view mirror only. The purpose of accounting is to provide accurate and reliable overview of financial situation to interested parties. What this financial overview consists of is the stuff that has happened in the past, in other words: history. However, there are many drivers of business success other than just history of events that contributed to wherever you are at the moment.

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