Category Archives: Conferences

Stories and announcements about Microsoft Dynamics NAV conferences such as NAVTechDays and Directions

Directions 2016 Easter Egg | C/AL in Visual Studio Code?

Ok, it is official. I regret not attending at least one of the Directions events. They published their agenda and there is a really nice easter egg that you must search for.

When blogging about features that have not been released yet it’s always balancing on the edge of NDA and in this case I will “pretend” not to know any details. In general looking at the agenda for Directions and NAVTechDays is always giving you a good idea what is being released, especially when looking at the description.

Modern Development Experience

Maybe it is smart if I just copy and past the description without adding any words just not to get into trouble with Microsoft. In one of my recent “discussions” with Marko Perisic I was called “impatient”. Well, it is very hard not to be Marko, with all this exciting stuff you are working on. I want it yesterday!

Get back to the point dude!

Where was I, a yes, the Modern Development Experience. It was one of the coolest pieces of work I have seen and I hope they show and discuss that at Directions and more.

This is the session extract:

In this session we’ll demo our ‘work in progress’ design tools for building Extensions for Dynamics 365 for Financials. We’ll show how we’ve integrated with Visual Studio code for code editing, debugging & the move to objects as files instead of the database. We’ll also show the improvements we’ve made for C/AL and go over the event subscriber model for building extensions.

The session is done by Stuart Glasson and Esben Nyhuus Kristoffersen. I don’t know Esben but Stuart and I go back to when I first became an MVP when we were collegues for a week in Boston at TechEd. He is easy to regognise when he has is travel luggage with him since it has the Navision logo from the 1990ies. He has the right amount of Navision experience for this huge task which according to him is more a two year project than a two week sprint.

There is also an interactive discussion with Michael Hammond:

Ask the experts! Come for an interactive session and ask any questions you like about building extensions, new tools & compiler, events and AppSource.


Please! This is what we have been asking for at least a small decade. Discuss things like source control, smart compiler, regognising design patterns, using tempates!

Michael is an awesomely nice and smart guy. Unlike Stuart he has a GP background (AFAIK) which gives us a unique opportunity to mix both worlds, especially from an extensions perspective. Extensions are new to NAV but have been in GP forever (AFAIK).

Let’s do extensions open source! Let’s allow a quick change to a delta file in a production database running on SQL Azure. I have the balls, but I need the software to show them.

“Cloud Ready Software” Track

This year there is no MVP track but that does not mean my former Partner Ready Software friends are sitting in the audience.

Cloud Ready Software is a commercial software development company which spun-off from PRS two years ago when Gary, Waldo and Vjeko wanted to commercialise on the relationship with Microsoft and they did an amazing job. I am impressed. They created a list of sessions and workshops together with Microsoft that are designed to get you inspired to move to the cloud and work with extensions and repeatable software.

If you have to make a list of sessions I would make absolutely sure to put a lot of their stuff on your list.

The team is expanded with Arend Jan Kauffmann and Steven Renders. Go guys!


“Don’t get confused between my personality & my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.”

Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns | The book has shipped!

Today I was a happy man when I got home. I unboxed the first 25 copies of my new book Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns. Just in time for Directions EMEA next week.


I will take 25 copies with me next week. If you would like a copy, find me at the event, between the 1000+ other people. You can easily find me. I am the tall guy with the ponytail wearing a NAV Skills t-shirt.


I hope and expect the book to have a positive impact on the way the NAV partners develop software. I believe it is time to take the next step in proffesional software. This book explains how and which elements of Dynamics NAV are good to be reused.

Looking forward to see you next week!

(Did I say I am happy?)

PS: You can order the book here

Or on Amazon:

Convergence 2015 US | Recap

It’s only wednesday afternoon, the event goes on for another day but it’s my last day at the event so time to wrap up and recap.

Honestly I had forgotten how big this event was. Last Convergence I attended was in 2008 I think. 12.000 people is huge and makes Directions EMEA look like a gathering of friends (which it is).

So it’s an experience being here even though I skipped monday because of my oldest daughters birthday.

I’ve done two presentations for NAVUG. One about upgrades and one about word reporting. Both sessions will be repeated as a NAVUG webinar so if you missed it you should register.


Goal was to squeeze almost two decades of real life upgrade experience into an hour session. I had 46 slides. I managed to do it in exactly 60 minutes with only skipping one slide.

The session was devided into a part about getting from Classic to RTC and a part about upgrades after finishing this journey. The majority of the audience was still on classic.

I hope I inspired people to get the upgrade going and enjoy the better upgrade experience after that.

You can find the slides here.

Word Reporting

I was honestly tempted to ask the audence to leave the presentation if they had ever done  a mailmerge in word, but I did not. I actually managed to spend 45 minutes on the topic with Claus Lundstrom in the audience.

Mark Word reporting

I spent most time of the presentation explaining different datasetconsiderations comparing different versions of the Sales Invoice Report. Once the dataset is easy to understand the word reporting gets easier too.

Nested Iterations

During convergence I also learned that NAV 2015 CU4 fixed the problem of having nested iterations in your word report. That is excelent news.

Glossy Mark

Couple of weeks ago I was asked some interview questions that would be published in the NAVUG magazine. Well that happened and I was quite surprised how cool the result looks in a glossy magazine.


Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 | My Sessions & Workshops

Convergence 2This year in Atlanta I will be attending Convergence for the first time in many years. I am really looking forward to go back to this great event.

I am also speaking at two sessions for this event as part of the sessions delivered by NAVUG.

Ask your peers: Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Word – really!

Would you like to get up-to-speed on Microsoft Word reporting for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015? In this session, we’ll discuss the user-friendly and powerful setup options, layout and formatting possibilities, and report scheduling and notifications. We’ll also show you the exciting Jet Add-in that greatly simplifies using the dataset from Microsoft Dynamics NAV. After spending a little time with us, you’ll be ready to do it yourself! This session is presented by NAVUG/MVPs.

Ask your peers: Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics NAV – myths and facts

When upgrading to the latest and greatest, everyone is faced with challenges. You are not alone! How do I determine budget? Am I dependent on vendors? Will there be downtime? What about existing hardware and peripherals? Do I need to upgrade SQL Server? What about Microsoft Azure vs. on-premise? We’ll separate the myths and facts so you can proceed intelligently, and we’ll prepare you for questions to ask your partner to help you upgrade effectively. This session is presented by NAVUG/MVPs.

Design Patterns Worskhop

Are you visiting Convergence and curious about learning more about Design Patterns? Together with Mike Doster, Lead MCT, I am hosting a workshop in Atlanta the same week as convergence. On March 19th and 20th you can learn everything about design patterns and programming best practices in NAV.

The price of the workshop is 580 USD. You can register via this website. You can also use the contact form on this blog.

Here is a short intro video to the Design Patterns

See you in Atlanta!

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Introduction to Design Patterns and Upgradable Code | Free Webinar

For the NAVUG Summit in St. Louis 2014 I did a presentation called Introduction to Design Patterns and Upgradable Code“. This presentation was very well received with top ratings. Therefor NAVUG have asked me to repeat the presentation in a webinar which is free for anyone to attend.

The Webinar is on January 27th from 21:00 to 22:00 CET (Europe) and 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST (US)

Here is the link

The session will be recorded too.


Reporting from Directions 2006

This Blog Article was brought forward from my old blog


First thing to say is: My appologies for not reporting on a daily bases. Directions is way different from TechEd and much busier for me.

I have also had troubles getting online with my laptop, so I had difficulties reading my email and even listending to my voicemail. My appologies for that also.

About me

For those of you who do not know; my life turned kind of upside down the last couple of months. It was about 6 months ago I got an email saing: You have been rewarded MVP. About a week later, an email came asking for help at TechEd by Microsoft as a MVP. I figured since a MVP award only lasts for 12 months it would be wise to go, since it might be my only chance.

At TechEd I met David and Karen Studebaker from Liberty Grove Software, they have been in the Navision channel for ages. They are serving the US partners with their expertise, especialy doing Upgrades, Training, Development and Consultancy. We were talking about a lot of things and one of those was my intention of starting my own business helping partners.

I started my own business about 4 weeks ago and I joined Liberty Grove as an European Associate. It is a company serving partners and customers helping them implementing and working with Navision. David and Karen were a big help for me profiling myself, they were also the ones inviting me to come to Directions in Atlanta. Please note therefor that visiting Directions was not part of the MVP program.

About Directions

Directions is an event by Microsoft NAV Partners for Microsoft NAV Partners leaning new things about NAV [5.0/5.1] and meeting each other and learning about each others stengths.

About 5.0 and 5.1

I think there is no need in discussing the delay of the new client being now the 5.1 client instead of the 5.0 release. At directions we have had a lot of discussion about this, but I personaly I do not think this is any suprise. I have not had access to the internet for a couple of days but I think there has been lots of discussion about this going on online.

The delay; This is not a suprise to me, unfortunately. Personaly I ‘d rather have a good release than a forced one. Some of you might now that I was able to play around with the new client for half a day at TechEd Boston. I did not have the same pleasure today but what I did see were the huge improvements they have made since June this year.

I have very much confidence in the 5.1 team in to delivering a great release, looking at the improvements they have made since june; imagine them having a full year to finish the product. I have met some of the people working on the product directly and they are so entousiastict about it.

Details about where the discussion went is just not a thing I want to mention since this was not a open event like TechEd.


Just as an example: At TechEd I missed the Lookupforms, because they have these nice dropdown lists, but you cannot filter on those. I was happy to see here that using a Lookupform had become an option.

Wrapping up

When writing this I am waiting for my airplane to leave for Germany, my in-between stop for Amsterdam.

Nice to know

What I also would like to mention is that my reports from TechEd were read by the Senior Product Manager of Navision in Denmark which I think is very good to know for our newsgroups/forums. I won’t mention is name to avoid him being swamped with emails. :mrgreen:


Next up for me will be Convergence Munich and TechEd Barcelona. Both a lot closer for me and without the jetlag wich will probably kill me the next couple of days.

Personal Note

I would like to thank David and Karen Studebaker for inviting be. As mentioned I will be their european associate.

One of the best things about Directions was to meet al the great partners implemening the NAV product in the US.


For my SQL performance tuning in The Netherlands and Belgium I found a  partner in SQL Perform by Hynek Muhlbacher.


Best regards,

Mark Brummel

TechEd 2006 | The Downloads

This Blog Article was brought forward from my old blog

The downloads of the powerpoint presentations are available for download at the download section.

Including the preview presentation of NAV 5.0 If there are questions about the presentations, just contact me or start a topic on the forum.


Mark Brummel