If something, Stratus has taught me how buggy the implementation of Web services in Microsoft Dynamics NAV is. Let me be clear from the onset: Web services are a great functionality in NAV, one of the best additions (together with .NET interop) to NAV stack in a long while. But it’s buggy.
Being buggy doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It only means you need to twist and bend your code to achieve things which you would expect to work out of the box. During development of Stratus, we had to make a series of workarounds in Web services to achieve simple goals, and I decided to share those bugs (and workarounds) with you, to help you be more productive in your Web services based projects.
So, here we go for bug #1: lowercase codes in primary key.
Today, Stratus has officially entered the pilot phase in Latin America, after the latest build of Stratus Setup Wizard has smoothly and flawlessly configured Stratus in a local customized version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2.
Through cooperation with a partner company from Colombia, Stratus will soon be commercially available in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
What makes me feel really thrilled, is that the month in which Stratus will officially RTM (fingers crossed!) has started with a flawless and smooth deployment of Stratus in a localized copy of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It was a great test of the Setup Wizard which now automates most of the steps necessary to deploy Stratus. After the Windows Server, SQL Server and NAV were installed, it took less than half an hour for the Latin American NAV to appear in the browser on my iPad.
Stay tuned for the fresh news, because this month there’s going to be plenty of them.
The summer was hot in this part of the world, and Stratus only helped keep the heat up. We were not only snorkeling through the summer, we did a lot of work to keep up with our goal of going live in September, and we are still on track. So far so good.
Over the past two months, we have done the following:
Signed up 100+ companies for test drive
Reached 60+ countries
Signed a series of contracts with partner companies, including NDAs, MOUs and final agreements
Started several pilots with telecoms in Europe and Latin America
Demoed Stratus at a number of events, in Europe, United States and New Zealand
Today, 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
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!