Peter Tijsma is one of our strongest technical resources on PrintVisCloud and NAV2013. After spending a year in the dungeons of NAV2013 PV2013 and Azure he has the following takes on what is most important when comparing to earlier version 2009:
- True Cloud solution, connect directly from a local client to a Cloud based database. Since NAV2013 is a real 3-tier application, all business logic is executed on the service-tier in the Cloud hence relieving the work With Microsoft Azure in mind, it’s even possible to login using your personal Live-ID the same way as you would login to any other service on the web, but still as secure as you can and will have to expect when running a business critical application in the Cloud.
- The performance has drastically improved moving to PV2013 (In some ways even faster than the 2009 Classic client) NAV2009 was the first NAV version with 3-tier technology, but Microsoft has learned so tremendously from this experience with the new Role Tailored Client in NAV2009 that it’s really not even fair to compare it to the new Windows Client (RTC) in NAV2013.
- 2013 is the first version to have a Web Client standard available for practically all available Windows Client (RTC) pages This is a huge leap forward in the NAV world. Before NAV2013, the only way to connect to NAV thru a Web page, was to make use of external solutions which cost additional investments. Now with NAV2013, all this is standard available and installable without the costs of any external solution. Your normal Windows Client (RTC) pages are simply available in the Web Client without changing 1 single line of code! The other cool thing about the new Web Client is that it’s even designed to be Cross-browser & Cross-platform. How cool is that!
- Full debugging possibilities on all possible clients (including Webservices and NAS) Do you remember the good old debugger in NAV2009 Classic and the versions before this? And haven’t you missed this a lot when using the NAV2009 RTC Client? Or what about Webservices. Great! We’ve got Web Services in NAV2009, but how the heck do we debug this…… Well with NAV2013 a complete new era has arrived. The NAV2013 debugger has been completely rewritten and runs completely from the Windows Client (RTC). All possible session types can now be debugged without a problem, this includes: Windows Client, Web Service, NAS, Background Session. Debugging a Windows Client doesn’t even freeze the whole system anymore. It only freezes the client that’s being debugged, all others won’t notice anything and can just continue working.
- No more C/Side Native Database, Only Microsoft SQL Server is supported This might be the only downside you might say, but I disagree. Supporting both Native Database and SQL Server had its costs. Now that only SQL Server is supported, the performance for one has increased, all data stored in NAV is now Unicode and much more benefits have become available.
In short, NAV2013 vs. NAV2009 is like comparing a Ferrari to a Volkswagen Beetle, whilst the pricing is nothing even remotely close to this comparison.
Peter Tijsma, PrintvisCloud developer