Microsoft just launched the April ’19 versions of its business solutions – including Dynamics 365 Business Central.
In addition to some previously announced new features that make working with the software easier and more productive, the April release also includes an optimization of performance, stability and security. Furthermore, Microsoft is concentrating on the development, cloud and update capability of the ERP system in the new version. The possibility of designing the user interface in the Web Client has been expanded as well as the functionality in the new development environment Visual Studio Code.
No more Windows Client in autumn
With the upcoming October version, the classic development environment (C/SIDE) and the Windows Client will finally be completely abolished – the April ’19 version will thus be the last release with the classic development environment and the Windows Client.
With the NAVdiscovery Toolbox developed by prisma informatik, the BI solutions Qlik Sense and QlikView can be quickly and easily linked with Dynamics NAV or Dynamics 365 Business Central as well as Dynamics CRM and many other data sources. The release of the new version 2.01 NAVdiscovery includes some new features.
The new functions in NAVdiscovery 2.01 concern in particular the grouping function and the task administration. In addition, the release contains new features regarding the SQL SELECT statement, the option to generate NAV links automatically and a new test mode.
Scheduler (Automated Task Management) By setting up recurring tasks, NAVdiscovery processes (e.g. Full Back-up, Qlik Script Export, updating grouping elements) can now be executed cyclically and automatically.
Double Grouping Two tables can now be combined as data source in a grouping.
Automatically Generated NAV Links In each exported NAV table, a corresponding NAV link is generated by the NAVdiscovery Export. Data records can be selected directly from Qlik.
Editing the SQL SELECT Statement NAVdiscovery 2.01 enables the processing of the SQL SELECT statement for queries on SQL level and the direct selection of the data on database level.
Test Mode By activating the test mode (test of “where”-condition and “select”-command) it is possible to test loading conditions without changing the original query.
Neutral Grouping By using group elements, you can create your own table in NAV with individual, self-defined contents and use it for grouping functions in NAVdiscovery.
NAVdiscovery 2.01 is available for Dynamics NAV 2016 and newer versions. In addition to the new version of the Management Suite, we are planning to release further connectors for Qlik Sense with the Dynamics 365 product family in the next weeks. We will keep you up to date!
Microsoft has the aim to simplify and optimize the handling of everyday business processes using various cloud-based productivity and analysis tools. With Intelligent Edge, customers with on-premises solutions such as Dynamics NAV now have easy access to the same cloud services available for Business Central.
Previously, customers with on-premises installations haven’t been able to easily connect their solutions to the intelligent cloud. With the latest release of Business Central, Intelligent Edge was introduced for several on-premises Dynamics products, including Business Central (On-Premises). Dynamics NAV 2018 will be supported with the upcoming April version.
The intelligent network edge facilitates the replication of the on-premises Dynamics solution with the cloud version of Business Central to access Microsoft Flow, PowerApps or Machine Learning.
Once the connection has been established, the desired on-premises data is securely replicated to the intelligent cloud, where it can be used by the corresponding cloud-based services for helpful evaluations and insights, for example. The produced analyses and results can then be displayed directly within the on-premises Dynamics solution, providing users with effective added value for their daily business.
In April Microsoft will release the next version of Dynamics 365 Business Central. Now first official information and news have been published.
Microsoft had previously announced that the April 2019 version will continue to guarantee the user a system that is modern, adaptable and intelligent. About ten weeks before the official release, it was also announced how these requirements should be implemented.
Powerful new functions for business customers
In order to make working with Dynamics 365 Business Central more pleasant for business users, the April 2019 version enables, among other things, more keyboard-centric scenarios. For example, functions such as quick entry and an improved list sorting will be available for faster data entry and analysis.
In addition, the new version offers a number of functions that enable advanced users to understand the work context better and faster. These include, for example, a work date that is displayed directly on the screen in relevant scenarios and an enterprise indicator that facilitates switching between different companies and databases.
Other productivity enhancements include features such as the focus mode for documents, the new page inspector, an improvement of the filters in Excel export and some modern interface elements (e.g. date picker, refreshed action bar and all-product navigation).
The current autumn releases of several Microsoft business solutions are on the market for a few weeks now. In addition to new features and improvements, the ERP software Dynamics NAV has also officially been named Dynamics 365 Business Central. Along with the new title there is also a new licencing model for the product.
What remains unchanged is the option to choose whether to purchase the software under the perpetual licencing model or simply rent it via subscription licencing. The former allows the buyer to purchase the solution for unlimited and unrestricted use and requires annual maintenance fee of 16%. In contrast, subscription licencing constitutes a model where the software can be used for a certain period of time. The subscription licencing model is therefore much more flexible and particularly suitable for cloud-based use as Software as a Service (SaaS). The product is billed monthly per user.
The licencing model underwent some changes during the introduction of Business Central. Instead of the previous Concurrent User model, the Named User model, which is already in place for nearly all other Microsoft products, is used now. The Concurrent User model merely offered restricted access to a set number of users being able to log into the system at the same time. In contrast, with the Named User model, only licenced users can be authorised – no matter whether they are working in the system concurrently or at different times. Every user who wants to access the system therefore requires his own licence. Existing Dynamics NAV customers with an active enhancement plan up to and including the 2018 version still have the option to extend their licence. In this case, previous Concurrent Users will also be available for purchase in the future.