Navision 4.0 Guide to Optimization - Anybody read the book yet

What’s you opinion if you read it, is it worth $60 to buy.


I have not read the book, but it looks to me that the title is somewhat misleading. From the reviews it seems that the book is an intruduction to Navision, and more about business processes than how to optimise Navision.

Its odd the reaction that Navision users and implementers have about Naviison Books. If you are an end user, you could be looking at spending $50,000 to $2,000,000 on services alone for Navision. $60 probably equates to 15 - 30 minutes of consulting time, so if the book even contained one hint that would save you even the one hour it took you to discuss an issue with your NSC then the book has paid for itself twice over. If you are a consultant or developer, and your life is Navision then you want to read everything you can.

Of curse its worth $60. I haven’t even read it yet, but the more ideas I get the more value I can deliver to my clients, so I will be ordering a copy.

I was consulting to one client that found the Scott Hamilton book on Amazon just before going live. The CEO immediately bought 20 copies, and put them in the conference room for any user to read. On the basis that if one user picks up just one good idea, then it pays for it self. The book is very general, but for someone getting started its very usefull.

I have read anything and everything I can get my hands on to do with Navision, and every time I read I find something new. And most of you know I have been writting a Navision book for about 10 years now, but never gottpoo far, soimply because of economics, i.e. that no one wants to spend $50 on book, unless they are sure it will help their implementation. Thus being the reason that I publish my book for free, so that at least it will get some circulation.

Anyway in answer to the question, YES of course its worth $60. I see you can buy both together for $65.

I already bought Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision, and it was not worth the $30 I paid for it at the time, some of these books are so general that they do help a complete newbe, but for anyone with basic experience they very well may truely contain nothing of value. The first few chapters I did read of it were so general, things like if you manage your supply chain you can gain a great competitive advantage over your competors, wow what an eye opener that was. Now this is my own money, not a companies so $60 has to provide some value. Any if the book has a complete chapter about how to open Navision, saying things like go to the file menu and select file open, that select the company Cronus. For me, it needs to make my easiers as an end user, not just have the potential to**,** potentail doesn’t put bread on the table. Now I likely will end up getting the book, because like you I do try to learn all I can about Navision. But I do not make my living off of Navision, I am not a consultant and don’t work for a solution center, I am a financial controller for a truck parts company, so if this can help me run the program better it will be worth it. If it has nothing about optimizing Navision performance then it will have been a waste of my hard earned money.

Hi David,

I have to agree with you - when looking at where you are coming from. I actually like that book. Not that I learned much from it, but it was definitly a book I would recommend a newbie in the Supply Chain area, even though it has very general chapters.

And since I think that the poster of the question here comes from a End User background (question posted to the End User Questions forum), then I will say exactly as David Singleton, $60 is approx. 30 minutes consulting, so I would be surprised if it’s not going to save you that amount very easy!

In full agreement with Erik and David about saving money. And sometimes it is even beneficial to use an application specialist (manufacturing, supply-chain, credit control) to look at internal business processes alongside the software; if the book gives tou some leverage the it will be valuable.