This is a story with some glimpses from my professional life. I hope it gives you a picture of who I am and what I do.
I’ve been working with NAV since the very beginning in Sweden. In 1997 I took my first training on Navision 1.10. Back in those days we tried to convince the customers that “less is more”. Navision was really just a foundation, a toolbox. It had some basic ledger functionality and some rudimentary inventory and sales & purchase functionality but you really had to build a lot on your own in each project. Much has happened since then, and I am really impressed that the foundation still remains and works so well. The legacy still remains and that in a good way!
The last years I’ve been working with an add-on for Transport Administration called LogTrade Connect. To me it’s amazing that it’s possible to support users from version 5.0 (and even older in some cases) up NAV2015 on pretty much the same code base. Code written for a version released in 2007 can, with a few modifications, be used in the Role Tailored Client and on the web. That gives me a lot of confidence looking forward. Both mine and my customers investments has been protected. Like many other people working with NAV I’m kind of addicted to this and will probably continue working with NAV for a very long time.
My biggest strengths are probably in design. I do a lot of development and integrations also, but the real fun is to build a really solid structure. Understanding business needs has always come easy to me and the NAV application is my backyard, so translating Customer needs to a solid NAV design is my number one. I believe in aligning to standard NAV principles. Both users and developers should recognize the patterns. I also believe in avoiding change in standard NAV. When working with design you can choose if you should add and change in standard objects or find another way to solve your problem. The add-on LogTrade Connect for example, is a big solution (+250 objects) with a lot of integration to standard NAV, but still no (zero!) changes in standard objects. My partners can simply import the objects in the customer database and be up and running in a very short time. I have developed many integrations using the same design philosophy and I have experienced myself how easy the upgrades to later versions has been compared to if I would have changed a lot in standard objects.
The last three years I have been working with a global company selling digital ad’s through their music streaming service for non paying customers. It has been a very challenging task handling integrations, data warehouse for analyzing 30+ companies and custom functionality in NAV for revenue tracking and invoicing. All this together with a very rapid growth on a global market.
Another customer that I have had the pleasure to work with since 2002 use NAV to sell both hardware and their own built security software. Little did we know back in 2002 how much of their business we would be able to support in NAV 10 years later! They really made the right decision back then. Today their security products calls home to NAV (where the license was sold and coinfigured) to activate and decide which functionality that shall be available. They are now also moving into the cloud and NAV will follow also there. Now we track usage based on minutes and seconds and charge the customers based on the actual usage of the products. To achieve all this we have used a lot of web services for communication with other back end systems.
Recently I upgraded a 5.0 solution to 2013R2. This is for a hotel chain in Sweden running hotels under many different brands. This leads to that we have to integrate with many different front end systems. Having built the integrations over the years hardly without touching standard NAV the integrations were no hazzle to upgrade. Pretty much all the code was reusable and all that was needed was some pages instead of forms. It would have been even easier upgrading to NAV2015 with the new data conversion tools in CU1 for NAV2015!
Besides this I enjoy my life in Umeå in the nothern part of Sweden. Umeå is a “lagom” big city and life is easy here. It’s also a very vibrant city with a big university, many cultural institutions, Swedens most nothern opera house and much more. 2014 Umeå has been the European Capital of Culture. You should really come and visit! We have plenty of space here 🙂
You’ll find my LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larswestman