Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2: Silverware’s Five Favorite Features

The Silverware Team | October 27, 2021

A man juggles 5 blocks to illustrate 5 features of the Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2The Silverware team is always learning about the functionalities available in Business Central. With each Release Wave update, we’re afforded the opportunity to check out the new features and learn which ones will impact our team, our customers, and their operations. After Release Wave 1 in January, we put together a list of our five favorite features, so it made sense to do the same for the Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2.

Please see Silverware’s five favorite features of the Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2 below:

  1. Rounding for base unit of measure – This is a big deal, especially if it works in the way that Microsoft has planned, allowing its users to convert a larger base unit of measure to a smaller one (e.g., a 12-pack base unit of measure (UOM) could be converted to each (EA) without any issues). This feature is dependent on the nature of your business, and the biggest impact is for those that have items serving more than one purpose, and are sold, received, or consumed in different measures through the sales, purchase, and production processes. Read more about this feature and its business value here.
  2. Item variant code on demand forecasts – This feature is particularly relevant to businesses that manage a lot of nearly identical items or products. It allows the business to plan at a more granular level, supporting their actual inventory structure. Without item variant code on demand forecasts, companies using variants cannot successfully plan for specific products that have variations tracked at that level. Learn more about creating sales and productions forecasts with the demand forecast page here. 
  3. Default line type in the sales and purchase documents – This release allows the user to select the default line type that will be populated automatically when adding lines to documents. While our team agrees that this is a small thing, our customers repeatedly ask for this capability. Having the ability to specify a default type for sales and purchase documents improves efficiency, saving both time and money.
  4. Planning worksheet now considers BOMs and routings at the SKU level – This update allows the user to easily identify a bill of materials (BOM) and route on an item and assign them to the SKU. Business Central increased the number of activities, which recognize the values in Production BOM, and Production Routing fields specified on SKUs. Learn more about the processes here and how they can benefit inventory management. 
  5. Copying Sandbox environments rather than just production environments – This capability improves how companies can manage the environments and provides greater flexibility. With Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2, there’s additional support for copying the environments within and across different environments. For example, the user can now copy production to production, sandbox to sandbox and sandbox to production.


How has the Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2 made an impact on your business operations? Is there a feature we didn’t include in our roundup that deserves a mention? We’d love to hear your feedback. Contact us here, send us a tweet or message via LinkedIn.

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