Saturday, 28 April 2007

Do Butterflies Have Teeth?

This site is a place for me to write about Dynamics NAV. Do you know what that is? It's an ERP system that is now owned and developed by Microsoft. If you want to find out about it, go to the Dynamics NAV site, but I'll warn you - it's pretty boring.

So why do I want to blog about something that's boring? Well for starters, it's one of the few things I know anything about. I work with it, I see how it is used in businesses and I think about it way too much. I want to make the product less boring, interesting or even fun!

I have a cunning plan: I will draw people in to my site by offering little bits of advice, solutions to the odd problem, hints on new features, and possibly some ramblings on totally unrelated topics. Then, when I have enough followers, I will stage a revolution. We will march to Redmond and demand a change.

I think it would be great if people that care about Dynamics NAV tell Microsoft what they want. There are
over a million Dynamics NAV users. I wonder how many of them know how to suggest product enhancements? There is a site where you can post your ideas for new product features and people can vote for your suggestion. Allegedly the product development team discuss the features with the most votes and consider them for future releases. I have tried posting suggestions here and the most votes I have had is seven. One million users. Seven votes. It is possible that my suggestions were bad but I think the system is broken. Do the Dynamics users have a voice? Do they know this site exists?

I feel the need to calm down so I will leave you with a rambling.

I was reading the story of
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to my daughter and, when I got to the end, I was struck by a very curious thought. I am sure most people have read this book at some point in their lives. At the end of the book, our hero builds a small house around himself, called a cocoon, and after two weeks he nibbles a small hole and then emerges - a beautiful butterfly. Now the part that I found disturbing was the "nibbles a small hole" bit. Do butterflies have teeth? Is the whole innocent, friendly insect thing a cunning disguise?

A quick trip to google tells me that, apparently, butterflies do not have teeth. But the question remains: how does the beautiful butterfly nibble his way to freedom?

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