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Karen Lengel

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Training For Your Navision / Dynamics NAV Business Software

Posted by Karen Lengel on Jan 15, 2014 8:31:00 PM

It’s early in the New Year, and a great time to evaluate your business software internal training plans. 

Has it been over a year since you have implemented your Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision solution? If so, some of your staff would benefit from a refresher, or a “Question and Answer” session. What about re-assignments of your resources? You may have personnel who were originally trained in one area, but have since added another responsibility to their plate.  Are you sure they have a full understanding of how to use the Software?

Here are some things to consider:

1. New hires who are trained solely by other users may be missing some important points that would be covered by a professional MS Dynamics NAV consultant.  Ideally, this training is done with an internal manager alongside who can address any policy questions that arise while a MS Dynamics NAV consultant will ensure that all aspects of the functionality are fully explored.

2. Existing personnel who have taken on additional responsibilities or who have changed roles often self-train and would benefit from formal training.  Do you know what they may be missing?

3. Devoting some time during the year for training will allow certain questions to be raised that might otherwise remain unmentioned (and therefore unresolved).  Giving your MS Dynamics NAV users a forum to ask their questions is a great way to start the year!

Contact your BMI Project Manager to make a plan that works for you and get the most out of your business software.

Topics: Navision, Navision Training, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, NAV Training, Microsoft Dynamics Training

Smooth Dynamics NAV Software Conversions Aided By MS Excel

Posted by Karen Lengel on Oct 3, 2012 5:20:00 PM

In my experience with many companies during a major Dynamics NAV software implementation, “Going Live” appears to be very similar to running a marathon. In recent years, books have been published giving runners a guideline for preparation - starting with the basics and eventually achieving a level of fitness suitable for race day. Ultimately, the degree of “smoothness” of a Dynamics NAV software conversion and the final successful result is highly dependent on the “fitness level” of the key users as the go-live approaches. In both cases – running a marathon and completing a Dynamics NAV ERP implementation – the level of preparation directly affects the outcome!

One key area that is often excluded from preparation when converting to Microsoft Dynamics NAV  is the general education in standard MS Office software – in particular Excel. There are so many aspects of the project where Excel is used that a company must investigate the many low-cost and even free sources of Excel training as a requirement for key users. Continuing education classes offered at facilities easily accessible to the users are a possibility, or make use of materials found on-line. Years ago, I invested in a small MS Office training video library that was made available to the users in our office, and it was a worthwhile investment. Given the use of Excel in data migration, reporting and even testing activities during a project, it has become critical for end-users to have a solid working knowledge of Excel, and it is even necessary to have at least one user with advanced capabilities.

Implementing Dynamics NAV software in your distribution business will be greatly aided by having users that are conversant with Excel.

Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft