Microsoft Business Solutions : Axapta
Hi folks.... does anyone have any idea about the Microsoft product called 'Axapta' ?
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Steve Jones (UK)
It used to be a company called Damgaard (Spelling may be wrong) who merged with Navision who were then bought by Microsoft.
Axapta contains it's own development environment (if you buy that licence), which uses X++ (it's a C-ish kind of language). It's pretty easy to learn, the hardest thing is propobly to learn how the Axapta application is working, what each object does, and so on.
Its interesting someone's braught this up. I myself am looking for information on Axapta and Navision (erstwhile Attain). The MBS (Microsoft Business Solutions) site contains only promotional material for prospective clients. It doesn't serve any purpose for developers. I had a chat with one of their call center folks and they gave me an email address from where you get developer information on MBS products. The email is email@example.com. ISV stands for Independent Software Vendor. In fact, I did even send them an email and got a response which only said, your request has been escalated to the UK office. Its been more than a week now. Just seconds ago, I received an email from them where they asked me to fill an online survey about the level of satisfaction I had from their service to my inquiry. I also know that the company Navision (which now doesn't exist because it was amalgamated with Microsoft) has an intranet where there is loads of information but again its of no use if you do not have the product license.
And that's correct, the syntax for their development languages is ditto like C.
The Navision product line (Axapta, Attain, etc) seems to be of fairly decent quality compared to most other accounting / financials packages I've seen. It is essentially a closed, proprietary system based on open MS technologies. By this, I mean that if you are willing to stay within the realm of Navision and implement your processes INSIDE the Navision IDE using their tools, the system works quite well and has many RAD-type advantages. However, if you want to try to interface Navision with existing external solutions, you are going to spend some time pulling your hair out. There are various communication / integration modules available for Navision, but they are not well documented and certainly not commonly used in the USA.
The lack of documentation is, as people have mentioned above, one of the greatest problems. The Developers Guide, which is the only technical documentation within Axapta, is propobly the worst documentation that I've come upon (from a company of Navisions size).
Yeah, I had the link to the Technet intranet I mentioned in the post, which you have provided a link to (http://technet.navision.com), but I did not post the link on the site because I was not sure of the consequences. I thought it might be some secret thing because I got the link from one MSFT insider working for MBS Middle East. But I've gone through some PDFs there and they are of no use to the developer, at least not unless you have the product license.
You have to go to the 'Discussions' tab. There you find the discussion board - which I'd guess contains about 10k subjects.
The whole MBS business model is partner sentric with each partner being given access to the type of materials that you are looking for. For example there is an e-academy which gives a basic overview of the functionality per functional area and then there are training manuals which take you to the next level (basic) and then there are the extensive advanced manuals. How do I know this I work for a MBS Business Partner
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