We at iNECTA are excited to announce a new release from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In the “2020 Release Wave 1” overview, Microsoft detailed a series of important updates that directly affect users of Dynamics 365 Business Central. As most of you all know already, Dynamics 365 Business Central provides a comprehensive business-application solution designed and optimized for small to medium-sizes businesses specifically. Since its official launch nearly two years ago in April of 2018, BC has experienced a substantial uptick in adoptions by organizations aiming to digitally overhaul their businesses.
For this particular installment, Business Central investments have zeroed in on service fundamentals to meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base. In addition, BC has increased productivity, geographic expansion, and top customer-requested features. Microsoft has also made some substantial improvements in migration tools, indicating a clear prioritization of taking current on-prem Dynamics NAV customers and converting them to Business Central online.
Here is a full overview of the Business Central 2020 Release Wave 1 courtesy of Microsoft:
Service fundamentals: Performance, reliability, and supportability are at the core of the business. This wave focuses on service quality and accessibility. This wave also brings the results of a material top-to-bottom investment in Business Central service security.
Partners are a critical component of the Business Central ecosystem; this wave brings telemetry visibility for partners through Azure Insights. We are delivering top partner-requested improvements to the integration with Common Data Service to improve the extensibility of integrations with other Dynamics 365 workloads. Finally, feature flighting and support for managing deprecation of code in the AL language enable the non-disruptive future evolution of the service.
Productivity: End-user productivity is critical. This release continues the pattern of delivering improved productivity with enhancements to the modern client experience, streamlined data entry, and requested features, such as auto-insert for recurring sales and purchase order lines.
Geographic expansion: 2020 release wave 1 adds the ability to install multiple language translations for each tenant. Also, this wave adds localizations for Slovenia, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Peru, and Columbia. Localization for Brazil and India will follow in a later wave.
Customer requested enhancements: Business Central continues to respond to top customer-enhancement requests. In addition to multiple features picked from the product Ideas portal, we are enhancing areas that receive significant feedback, such as bank reconciliation.
Customer migration tools: To simplify the journey for existing Dynamics customers to Business Central online, we’re adding support for migration from a broader set of Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV versions, making improvements for selective migration of Dynamics GP customers and vendors, and enhancing the Dynamics GP Chart of Account setups migration.
As you can see, there’s exciting things on the horizon for customers of Microsoft Dynamics. These enhancements are designed to drive further customer adoption by empowering the migration of customers of NAV to Business Central.