At the end of January, Microsoft published its Business Central 2021 release wave 1 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platforms. The plans give partners a high-level overview of what to expect come April (when the latest releases are ready for rollout). Learning about the latest rollouts in advance also affords us the opportunity to understand the newest developments within Business Central and how they impact our team and our clients’ teams too.
The newly designed features are intended to simplify and improve the way Microsoft Partners administer tenants, and the way admins manage licensing and permissions. The purpose of each release wave is to allow for better enhancements in the app, which allow for better integrations, while further improving the productivity for developers.
Here are five features from the Business Central 2021 Release Wave 1 that Team Silverware is excited to discuss:
Auto creation of Lot and Serial Information Cards
Spoiler Alert: We know this specific functionality is not just a good idea, it is an extremely useful too! Silverware has included this in its Silverware Quality Control App for the last couple of years.
When using item tracking, Business Central has long had the option to manually create the Lot or Serial Information Cards which provide further details about the lot or serial number. This required a few extra clicks with each lot or serial number creation. Now there is a setup option on the Item Tracking Card that automatically creates this record.
Dimension Corrections (for G/L Entries)
Let’s be honest, nearly everyone has posted an entry with the wrong dimension at some point. With this new functionality, there’s no need to reverse the transaction; you can now make the correction to the posted dimensions. A change log will provide visibility to the adjustment and allow users to revert to the original value. Please note that this does not adjust the source documentation, only the General Ledger entry. Admins can also lock dimensions for corrections.
Silverware recommends the use of Dimension Manager from Business Central Addins if you’d like the adjustment to flow from the source document to G/L.
More control over settings for Default Dimensions (Allowed Dimensions)
Previously in Business Central, you could set a default dimension in the Dimension Values for a record. You could allow only enter a specific dimension value for that record by specifying “Same Code” in the Value Posting. If you chose “Code Mandatory” in the Value Posting, one dimension could be defaulted but any dimension could be selected. What about the case where you only want users to be able to choose some dimensions? With the Allowed Dimension Values, users will be able to multi-select which values are allowed for a specific dimension on a record.
Simplified Bank Statement File Import
Users can take a regular flat (.csv or .txt) file of a bank statement and map it to fields in Business Central. This new simplified process takes the mystery out of setting up a bank import.
Business Central will now support Universal Print by Microsoft. Why is this important? You are no longer required to install drivers or manage print servers. Users are now able to print from anywhere when authenticated to Azure (Active Directory) AD.
We think you’d agree when we say that the plans for the Business Central 2021 release wave 1 offer enhancements for both the user and partner. Which feature do you think will make the biggest impact to you as a user? Or is there a feature that you have questions about? We’d love to hear from you and help your organization tap into these features and improve operations. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Silverware is continuously learning about the functionalities available in Business Central so we can help our clients Realize Their Future. Together.