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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – First details known for October release

In October, Microsoft is going to roll out new releases for its business applications. Dynamics 365 Business Central will then also be equipped with some improvements and innovations. The release notes recently published by Microsoft provide an overview of the new key features. They also confirm that the on-premise version of Business Central will be the successor to Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

With the upcoming October release, the availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central will be extended. From this point on, the solution can be operated in the cloud, on-premise and as a hybrid model. Customers who currently have a local Dynamics NAV solution in operation can continue to use it. However, subsequent versions of the Dynamics NAV product range will no longer be available under the usual name. Instead, the solution will become “Business Central On-Premise” as part of the new releases.

Optimized productivity and user experience

The new version of Business Central will bring some productivity and usability improvements in the Web Client. Besides a new modern look, improved keyboard navigation and new keyboard shortcuts make working with the program considerably faster and more convenient. Enhanced search functions for pages and reports as well as new filter options for lists also increase user-friendliness – regardless of whether the data is accessed via Web Client or Universal App Client (Smartphone, Tablet or Windows 10).

Dynamics 365 Business Central
The October version of Dynamics 365 Business Central also offers some visual changes (Source: Microsoft)

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Release in April

Microsoft announced the official name and release date of its new cloud ERP solution. Dynamics 365 Business Central will officially be available in April.

The cloud-based all-in-one business management solution, which was formerly known as Dynamics 365 “Tenerife”, will have the full functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The On-Premise version will continue to exist.

Starting April 2nd, Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available in 14 countries (including Germany) in two price packages: “Essential” and “Premium”. The “Essential” version contains all the key modules, such as those required for finances, operations, sales and customer service, as well as human resources, project and supply chain management, whereas the “Premium” edition has additional modules for service order management and manufacturing.

Business Central is intended to upgrade entry-level accounting software and ERP legacy systems easily and quickly. Updates are performed automatically by the cloud solution to eliminate complex upgrade processes. The basic functionalities integrate with other Microsoft cloud services (e.g., Office 365) and can be customized and extended with PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI for specific, growing, and changing business needs.

Microsofts’ primary goal is to create a flexible cloud platform through automated tasks and workflows (using familiar tools such as Office, Outlook, Word, and Excel), networked data and intelligent technologies to offer users a standardized and efficient way of handling business transactions. The created company networking will be helpful to make informed decisions. Dynamics 365 Business Central has also a new modern user interface to provide a better overview and increase productivity.

Dynamics 365 Business Central
Dynamics 365 Business Central comes with a new modern user Interface (Source: Microsoft)

With the enhanced user experience, its extensibility, and the full functionality of Dynamics NAV, the all-in-one business management solution offers many benefits – particularly for companies, which are looking for a flexible solution that grows and changes with them just as their requirements.

Digital transformation – in business applications as well?

Commercial applications have not been left out of the discussion on comprehensive digitization of our environment. While digital solutions are only now starting to take up a central and active role in numerous areas of our everyday life, e.g., autonomous driving, many operations of all serious companies and industries have been inconceivable without IT for a long time. In fact, these companies were the driving force behind IT development long before the private sector.

Digital Transformation with Dynamics 365

Today’s digital transformation is not just about technology. Rather, it entails a comprehensive strategy that puts organizations and business models to the test of implementing new ways of interacting with people, data, and processes. A significant part of the added value will be in the digital sector in the future. This has consequences, not least for business software. The roots of many ERP systems still date back to the 1980s and the systems have continuously been adapted over time to suit the respective requirements. Another update will not be enough to adapt the software to meet today’s requirements for the comprehensive digitization.

Why do we also have to rethink our business software?

Today customer relationships work more differently than a few years ago. The market transparency is many times higher and the opportunity to operate internationally has become much easier – competition is diverse. That makes it even more important to establish a stable and reliable cooperation with our customers, that guarantees the same level of quality across different situations. Studies foresee that the “customer experience” in dealing with a company is becoming increasingly important and will soon be just as relevant as “price” or “brand”.

Skills shortages are not an industry-specific problem. Our corporate resources are limited and the productivity of each employee is critical. Fast training, project-oriented way of working instead of controlled routines and teamwork across different locations are the keywords that now set the bar for the IT infrastructure of a company. Attractive workplaces must be modern and meet the desire for flexibility and mobility, which knows a new generation of private software usage habits.

Technology enables speed and flexibility. In today’s environment, the features a software should keep are changing fast. New business models emerge and increase competition constantly. Many companies are forced to act, to stem the loss of market share at least. Companies that offer their own new and better IT-based services can gain new customers quickly and offer well-targeted and individual products and services. With Dynamics 365, Microsoft has rethought the conventional ERP and CRM concepts and launched a solution that is well suited for a modern business applications architecture.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 – Extensions

Since the publication of Dynamics NAV 2017, the NAV environment has been comprehensively expandable with additional modules or extensions. Partner solutions will also be made more and more available as extensions in future.

The extensions “PayPal Payments Standard” and “Sales and Inventory Forecast” are already included in Dynamics NAV 2017. The former can insert a PayPal payment link into the invoice document and the latter uses Cortana Intelligence for the targeted analysis of corporate data as well as for the subsequent creation of meaningful forecasts – calculated by means of p0werful machine learning. In Dynamics 365 for Financials, further modules can be installed directly via Microsoft AppSource. For Dynamics NAV, partners have the possibility to make the solutions available as a NAVX package to be installed locally.

NAV 2017 - Extensions
NAV 2017 – Extensions

As an additional layer, extensions contain all object changes, new objects and rights and can also include .NET add-ins and initial data, for example for set-up tables. This layer can be installed and activated without restarting the service tier. The service tier changes all relevant SQL tables upon activation and shows the extensions to the user.

The objective is to simplify the entire update process. The basic system can be updated and the extension layer is automatically also updated by the service tier. You can always stay up-to-date without dispensing individualisations, as long as the basic system maintains all references for the additional layer.

The enlargements of extensions are available in the developer environment both in the debugger and in the code coverage. It is also possible to remove extensions again residue-free. Thereby, all additional fields and table data will be removed.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 – Optimised CRM Integration

With Dynamics NAV 2017, Microsoft continues the improvement of CRM integration and user experience. In addition to the simplification of the setup process, the latest version of the ERP system also offers improvements in CRM use on the smartphone.

For instance, the basic CRM functions of the previous version have been fundamentally revised and expanded. With the linking of Dynamics NAV 2017 and Dynamics 365 for Sales (previously Dynamics CRM Online), for example, the user is now supported by a new assistant that leads him conveniently through setup and ensures seamless linking of Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 for Sales data. Moreover, by means of mapping and synchronisation it can be ensured that the data (e.g. prices and articles) in Dynamics 365 for Sales will always have the most current NAV status.

Mobile working with the CRM module within Dynamics NAV is also now even more pleasant thanks to Dynamics NAV 2017. For instance, customer relationships can be maintained more effectively in future from smartphones and some of the newly introduced expansions of the CRM role center can also be used on a mobile basis. The special CRM for smartphones includes contact management, various interactions and sales opportunities. In addition, all e-mails of the exchange server that belong to a contact can be journalized in Dynamics NAV.

Optimised CRM Integration on Smartphones
Optimised CRM Integration on Smartphones