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Release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Since 1 October 2018, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (previously Microsoft Dynamics NAV) is available. Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC brings the full NAV functionality to a SaaS environment and is available for cloud, on-premise and hybrid solutions as part of the larger Microsoft Dynamics 365 offering. Last December, Microsoft already announced that the company will continue to work on applications that are modern, unified, intelligent and adaptable. What does this mean for Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Modern user interface

New version, new user interface: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is fresher and more modern. Among other things, this includes an optimized navigation that makes relevant information faster accessible and more visible to the user.

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The data layout is clearer and the space on the screen is better utilized. This applies for all devices (laptop, desktop, tablet, phone).

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There are also a number of new features designed to increase productivity, such as:

  • New shortcuts (a list can be found here)
  • Headlines with rotating texts and links in the role center
  • Buttons that improve usability and are intuitive to use
  • Copy and paste records and rows (also from Excel)
  • Versatile filter options for rows and sums

Search feature “Tell Me”

With the artificial intelligence-based “Tell Me” voice-search feature, users can search for pages or reports, and find what they need faster and with fewer clicks. The window now also includes actions from the current page that can be activated immediately when needed, as well as online help content.

Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge

The future belongs to those who understand how to link their data, evaluate it and make the best possible use of it. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft is improving the prerequisites for doing just that. In the future, users benefit from additional analytics, reporting or forecasting capabilities to improve facts-based decisions. For example, based on customer payment information, future incoming payments can be better predicted.

Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge are the keywords for the ever-expanding set of connected systems and devices that collect and analyze data. With Business Central based on a SaaS cloud, the so far locally operated (“on-premise”) Dynamics solutions (“edge devices”) can be seamlessly connected to the Intelligent Cloud. The user decides which data will be replicated. Among others, Power BI, PowerApps, Flow and AI services are available.

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The connection between on-premise and cloud solutions via Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud Insights is explained in this video:

Editable permission sets

Permission sets can be added, changed, or deleted in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In addition, notifications for changes can be made on request.

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Seamless connection to Power BI

Enhancements to the current Power BI embedding include (native) Power BI reports, selecting standard reports, and managing reports without leaving Business Central. Reports can also be customized, filtered, shared with other users, or browsed.

For Developers: Improved Visual Studio Code AL environment

This is another area in which Microsoft made numerous changes and extensions. The following list is just a selection; If you are looking for detailed insights, you can find helpful information here.

  • Cloud sandboxes with demo data can be set up
  • New event tracking client
  • Improved Visual Studio Code AL extension
  • Improvements to the debugger
  • Documentation for AL language constructs used for both online reference documentation and IntelliSense
  • Help links for all properties in AL, both on-hover and IntelliSense

6-month release cycle

Microsoft has announced that the company will no longer offer a new release every year, but will provide an updated version every six months.

With its product announcements and enhancements, Dynamics 365 Business Central is just as interesting for current users as it is for companies looking for ERP requirements in the cloud. We are happy to answer your questions about the new features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Contact us!

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