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Back when we released Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 and transformed all our classic reports to RDLC reports, dataset field names were auto-generated and were also used in the RDLC definition of the report object. This solution did a great job of
making the reports work with RDLC, but the auto-generated names were not meaningful.

For Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, we have therefore cleaned up the reports to gain better maintainability and compatibility with the latest version of RDLC. The project actually went further than that, and we included a visual update of external reports, such as document reports, using new user experience (UX) report guidelines.

In summary, we have:

  • Upgraded 788 Reports to RDLC 2008, including cleanup, refactoring, and optimization of dataset and RDLC. This has resulted in improved performance and maintainability of the reports.
  • Visually Updated 228 of those Reports to comply with the latest UX guidelines. This has added significant value to customers. For example, the Sales Invoice now actually looks so nice that it can be used directly.

The result of all this work is that Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 has reports that are easy to maintain and that bring additional value to customers and partners.

Coen Overgaag

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