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ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest - vol 211ArcherPoint's Developer Digest Weekly Blog

The NAV community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff, is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of  sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media...so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Cumulative Updates Available

Below are the links for downloading Dynamics NAV Cumulative Updates for the month of September 2018:

Cumulative Update 09 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 (Build 24232)
Cumulative Update 22 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 (Build 24238)
Cumulative Update 35 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 (Build 50538)
Cumulative Update 47 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 (Build 50585)

Thanks to Pavithra for keeping us up to date!

Microsoft Builds New Azure DevOps Platform

In their effort to make development tools for any and every workflow, Microsoft will split Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) application lifecycle management system into five Azure-branded services.

Peter Bright with ARS Technica reports that this division will make it easier for developers to adopt portions of the Azure DevOps platform without having to go all in on VSTS. The five components we can expect VSTS to be available under the new Azure DevOps brand are:

  1. Azure Pipelines – an integration, testing, and deployment system that can connect to any Git repository
  2. Azure Boards – a work tracking system with Kanban boards, dashboards, and reporting
  3. Azure Artifacts – a hosting facility for Maven, npm, and NuGet packages
  4. Azure Repos – a cloud-hosted private Git repository service
  5. Azure Test Plans – for managing tests and capturing data about defects

Bright further reports that Microsoft is making Pipelines available for free for open source projects.

Existing VSTS customers will have their projects migrated to Azure DevOps automatically. Some URLs will change, but the functionality should remain the same.

Lastly, the on-premises Team Foundation Server will be renamed to Azure DevOps Server.

Stop Wasting Money on Team Building

In the HBR article, Stop Wasting Money on Team Building, Carlos Valdes-Dapena, who has spent 25+ years of research and practice in the field of team effectiveness, says don’t waste your time and money on things like ropes courses, haka learning, or countless other “team building” type exercises to increase collaboration and effectiveness in your teams.

Instead, take a lesson from Mars Inc., and look inward, work within to clearly understand what is already going on in your organizations. Do you reward and expect qualities like “action oriented” and “results focused”? Then maybe you don’t have the framework that encourages collaboration. This article is worth the read to learn how Mars Inc. did it.

If you are interested in NAV development, be sure to see our collection of NAV Development Blogs.

Read the "How To" blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and contact ArcherPoint if you need assistance with Dynamics NAV.

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