Some people ask me how I decided to work on NAV projects. In fact, I never decided this. To understand it better, you need to travel back to summer of 2001: Laptops are big and expensive, screens are 17” CRTs, Internet is unstable and slow, what the f**k is Wi-Fi, and you are real techie if you own your own 1GB pen drive.

Navision is not a Microsoft product yet. The latest Navision version released in Spain is 2.60 and most of the companies are still working on version 2.00. You can think “Well, that should not be an issue…” Actually, it was a big issue. Companies were facing a currency change from Peseta to Euro and the first Navision version including a multi-currency functionality was 2.60. Because of this, the currency conversion tool was developed for version 2.60 so every company in Spain had a countdown timer on an upgrade and a currency conversion before January 2002.

That summer, I just finished my first year on University and I had a short-term job to pick some cash. That job was on a frozen warehouse and had nothing in relation to my studies. All my experience on development had basically taken at home, doing some projects as part of my hobbies. One of my relatives was working on a Navision partner who was recruiting people to join the team. I can imagine how difficult was to find Navision professionals as the work load everywhere was very high. This partner (Aston Group in that time) called me for an interview. I thought they would reject me as soon as they see my (un)experience so I was not nervous at all, and that was probably the key of success. I remember the interviewer asking the magical question: “Why do you think you can help us?” and how I replied something like “Because I can learn quickly and because it is easier to learn something which actually is your hobby”. The silence after that terrified me. Now I understand I said the only good answer to that question in that situation. I started next Monday.

I remember myself walking with my rubber noisy shoes on an extraordinary place where the only work I had for first weeks was to learn Navision. They gave me some books and a Cronus database. Can you imagine someone learning how to create shipments from orders and then running the combine shipments process without any idea of what was an order, what was a shipment or why to combine shipments? Just the week before I had to get very tired to earn some cash and the week after I was getting paid for spending my time on learn. I couldn’t believe that!

There was no time to lose, actually there was no training at all, apart from the books used on self-training. Few weeks after I was asked to do my first developments and soon I showed special skills on building reports. Consequence: All reports went to me 😜. I also helped (or at least that’s what I think) on comparing objects for upgrades. That was especially hard, but I need to say that reading lots of pieces of codes with modifications over then standard Navision made by my colleagues, was an incredible exercise to learn quickly.

All this happened almost 17 years ago, but I can remember perfectly how I was completely sure these days would mark an important milestone on my career.