Microsoft Corp has released Service Pack 1 for the Navision 4.0 application suite and its major feature is that is uses SharePoint to provide an employee portal, opening up the application to a wider range of users.
The Employee Portal is built from the integration between Microsoft Navision and both Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, to provide a Web-based interface that will enable employees to work with critical business information within a secure intranet environment, accesses, modifying and creating data through a familiar Microsoft SharePoint Web interface.
The Service Pack also offers improved integration with other Microsoft components and functionality improvements such as inventory costing enhancements and planning resiliency. A batch of SQL properties are geared towards enabling partners to fine-tune Navision when running on Microsoft SQL Server and it support the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
A new C/FRONT.NET dynamic link library should enable developers to build external applications that can access the Navision database based on any .NET language such as C#, Visual Studio.NET or Visual Basic.NET.
Navision, which has around 48,000 customers, is one of the applications that has been rebranded and forms part of the recently announced Microsoft Dynamics family of business applications.