About Erik Hougaard

Being part of the Microsoft Dynamics community since 1990, Erik Hougaard has worked with every version and visited all corners of the system. He has worked with NAV for the biggest companies in Denmark and across numerous industries. He is a Managing Partner in E Foqus Canada, a Canadian Microsoft Partner developing products and solutions with Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Erik is an active community contributor passionate about sharing his deep technical knowledge, and he has been awarded an Microsoft MVP Award for his Dynamics NAV contributions every year since 2014. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences and has been blogging about the Dynamics since 2013. In 2019 he wrote BUSINESS CENTRAL FIELD GUIDE to help customers understand the system, with or without external help. In 2020 he added a YouTube channel publishing weekly videos with hacks and insights for Microsoft 365 Business Central programming.

Building software tools to ease and automate workflow has always been a passion for Erik, some tools are just for him, some are open sourced, and some are commercial. Erik has developed BCCL, a command-line tool for Microsoft Dynamics that enables powerful export and import of data.

Erik is a Managing Partner in E Foqus Canada, a Canadian Microsoft Partner developing products and solutions with Dynamics 365 Business Central.

As part of the Microsoft ecosystem, Erik has been working with Microsoft .NET ever since the first version in 2002, releasing his first .NET based product in 2003 for E Foqus – a .NET bridge for Dynamics. Erik has been working with most PC based technologies ranging from DOS-based POS system from IBM, covering Microsoft’s ecosystem to open source development based on Linux.

As the primary architect on Glomaris, Erik designed a complete shipping ERP platform, running on Microsoft Azure with distributed services across the globe for the shipping industry.

Erik developed a 3000 users Dynamics NAV system for A.P.Møller Mærsk (MAERSK) from 1999 to 2013

Personal Interest and hobby projects

Erik Hougaard has been programming anything that looks remotely like a computer since he was a child, it started with programming games on home computers and quickly turned to business computers at an after-school job at a local company where Erik helped with PCs in a big mainframe installation.

Participating in several programming hackathons, winner of the 2013 Microsoft //BUILD/ hackathon in San Francisco.

Participant in the Danish robotics championship for many years – Winner in 2000 and 2001. The competition is about constructing robots that can overcome a course without human interaction. Held at the Technical University of Copenhagen (www.robocup.dtu.dk)

Erik has played trumpets, trombones, and tubas since childhood; he played bass trombone at DRAM Big Band, a band within the Danish National Radio and TV for ten years. The band is a not-for-profit orchestra that plays at Koncerthuset in Copenhagen (www.dramband.dk) Currently playing with the Vancouver based South Van Big Band.

Erik has completed the highest conductor education from DAMU (Danish amateur music union) level 3 and has conducted several Danish brass bands. Erik has completed the leadership education from FDF (one of the largest Christian organizations for children and youth in Denmark)