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.
In November last year, Microsoft launched its new cloud-based solution Dynamics 365 on the North American market. Release in four more European countries is planned for this year. The Business Edition of the product, which includes Dynamics 365 for Financials (Project Madeira), is based on Dynamics NAV, but varies from the ERP system in many aspects.
Although Dynamics 365 for Financials includes some of the functions of Dynamics NAV, it is not meant to and will not replace it – Dynamics NAV will be developed further in future as well. Unlike the latter, which can be run on-premise, via a private cloud or Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 for Financials is a purely cloud-based solution. Since the features of the platform are reduced mainly to basic functionalities of the financial accounting areas, sales and purchasing, it is particularly suitable for small and medium-sized organisations. The simplified functional scope, the high user-friendliness of the intuitive application, as well as assistants and tutorials ensure comfortable acclimatisation and quick understanding in Dynamics 365 for Financials – especially for beginners. Dynamics NAV, on the other hand, comes up with far more extensive processes and additional modules (e.g. assets, production, service and project module), but is also more complex in use.
Comfortable platform expansion via apps and extensions
The flexible cloud platform Dynamics 365 for Financials enables to put the entire system individually together for oneself from various business apps and to adapt it to the requirements of the company, the industry or the role of the user. The corresponding applications can be obtained via Microsoft AppSource and can be supplied and used independently of each other.
For example, you can start with a few fundamental apps and add more as needs rise. The solution deployed includes only functionalities that are actually required in day-to-day operations. Thanks to this flexibility of Dynamics 365 for Financials and the opportunity to implement changes and expansions even without the help of the IT department, it is possible to react quickly and easily to the constantly changing market or company conditions.
Starting with the current 2017 version, the classic Dynamics NAV can also be expanded conveniently thanks to the extensions available. In addition, basic objects in NAV can be changed directly, thus allowing even the most customised adjustments. Updating the respective additional modules in Dynamics 365 for Financials and Dynamics NAV has different levels of difficulty. While Microsoft updates the applications acquired via the AppSource along with the basic application on a monthly basis automatically, extensions installed and basic objects adjusted in Dynamics NAV must always be migrated separately in the event of an update.
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.
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.
As announced a few weeks ago, Microsoft has now officially launched its latest release Dynamics NAV 2017 on the market. According to Microsoft, the new version of the ERP system puts the worlds of NAV and Office 365 closer together, enhances the platform in different areas and creates completely new opportunities with various apps and Extensions.
With the release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017, users and developers have now the following new functions, enhancements and improvements available:
Linked directly to Office 365 for easier navigation between Dynamics NAV and Office applications, such as Outlook or Excel as well as Power BI integration
Numerous functional enhancements in Financial Management and E-Everything (e.g. improvement of OCR services, cash flow, financial reports, faster payment of invoices thanks to integrated links to payment services such as PayPal and simplified creation of account categories)
Integration of Cortana Intelligence for the specific analysis and use of business data and generation of intelligent forecasts and decision making – calculated by powerful machine learning
Enhanced user experience due to numerous web, app, and phone client improvements as well as Smart Notifications, which guide users through processes relevant to the context and an Assisted Setup Wizard, which supports the setting up and importing of data, besides other things
Improved CRM integration through simplified usage within Dynamics NAV and enhanced CRM functions
Simplified categorization, management and filtering of articles by allocating article attributes and enhancing sales documents
Many new options for users thanks to helpful extensions that are provided by the already rolled out AppSource (e.g. Quick Box and PayPal)
Numerous other new features, such as the integration of Power Apps to create and publish streamlined apps and Microsoft Flow to link various cloud-based data and services as well as many enhancements for developers (e.g. additional object types)
You will soon be able to obtain detailed information regarding the feature highlights mentioned and many other new functions in Dynamics NAV 2017 in our new Dynamics NAV 2017 blog series.
On November 1st, Microsoft also released its new cloud-based business solution Dynamics 365 on the basis of Dynamics NAV 2017 in North America and Canada. We will keep you informed about its content and differences to the “traditional” NAV.
With Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft has announced a new platform for cloud-based services that will enrich and correlate the current ERP and CRM applications. Furthermore, the future offer is to include new business apps for domains such as finance, marketing, sales, and customer Service.
Microsoft refers to this service as “end-to-end suite for smart cloud-based business”, which will be available from autumn 2016. The user will then be able to use the individual applications as required. In the event of changing requirements or new challenges, the solutions can then be readily expanded by the new services – allowing users to only pay for what they actually need. Pricing details regarding Dynamics 365 are yet to be announced by Microsoft.
There will be two Dynamics 365 editions – a Business and an Enterprise Edition. The Business Edition Financial will be published this fall in the US and Canada, followed by its release in four European countries and the worldwide availability of the associated sales and marketing module in 2017. The worldwide availability of the Business Edition Financial is planned for 2018. There is no official release date for the also announced Enterprise Edition of the service, yet.
Moreover, the cloud service will natively integrate the two tools “Power BI” and “Cortana Intelligence” in order to support companies in the field of predictive analytics and regarding specific recommended actions based on their data.
Additionally, the integration of Dynamics 365 and Office 365 is intended to increase productivity, especially when working in teams, through the use of structured workflows. In order to facilitate the processes of managing and analysing data, both solutions draw on the same data model. For example, the applications are linked using “PowerApps” or the “Flow” tool already available with Office 365 today.
The perfect app for your business requirements
Via the new AppSource platform already rolled out by Microsoft, the various applications published so far can be viewed. On the one hand, entire industry solutions can be procured, and on the other hand partial solutions which enrich a default solution for specific purposes and corporate requirements. Look for more Details in the following video:
Up to now, we are not able to provide any comprehensive information on experience of the quality and compatibility of the individual offers. However, we will continue to keep you up to date here. Please feel free to provide your own experience as a comment.