Change in your ERP can be a complete distraction when things go wrong, but it can also enhance opportunities when things go right. Change is in the works for Business Central, but don’t stress, we have you covered. Each year our NAV/BC team travels to Microsoft’s partner conference, Directions, for the inside scoop. We absorb the latest features, product updates, and strategies to determine how the future for our users may change. To make it easy, we’ve picked the 5 major updates from Microsoft Directions 2019 that will influence your immediate product use and long-term strategy.
- A Better NAV to BC Conversion Ratio. The upgrade process just got sweeter! When moving from NAV to Business Central On-Premise, the user conversion ratio used to be 2 named Business Central users for 1 concurrent NAV user, or 2:1. Now, the ratio has increased with 3 named Business Central users for 1 concurrent NAV user, or 3:1. If you’re growing your business or thinking of upgrading, it’s never been more affordable to make the switch. This conversion ratio applies only when converting from NAV On-Premise to Business Central On-Premise conversions.
- C/AL Code Cutoff. The April Release from earlier this year is the last major version of C/AL code for on-prem. Starting with the OCT 2019 Release, the full transition will be made to the modern development environment (AL). For all Microsoft partners, this means continued access to the source code and customizations for on-prem systems are possible, but going forward, extensions will be the best way to future-proof your environment and will significantly lower costs on future upgrades.
- Access Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge. The Intelligent Cloud applies Artificial Intelligence within Microsoft Azure to create insights into the data of connected devices. Intelligent Edge is the network of connectable devices and systems that interact with the Intelligent Cloud. Don’t miss out on actionable information the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge provides by installing the latest update. For Business Central and NAV 2018, use Cumulative Update 16 and newer. Learn more about Azure’s Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge here.
- Connecting Business Central to Flow. There’s a Flow to make almost anything easier in D365, but since BC doesn’t talk to Flow yet, how can you gain access in the meantime? Flow communicates with Common Data Table objects. Knowing this, you can create a custom Common Data Table using a data connection from BC. This allows Flow to read and write to BC from other Office products. Microsoft’s long-term plan is to integrate BC tables into Common Data Tables, which should streamline this process.
- End of the role-tailored client. As of the October 2019 release, prepare for an interface change where only the web client remains. The Windows client will no longer be available. This means more creativity is required when designing ways for all hardware to communicate. It also means a lower IT footprint in both labor and spending. IT will no longer need to prep or install software on new computers or purchase high performing hardware that can accommodate NAV workloads. Only a web client is required for complete NAV/BC access.
*Bonus CRM Finding in Microsoft Directions 2019*
Teams talks to Dynamics CRM. The latest Dynamics CRM integration allows CRM functions inside Teams. Prior to the plugin, the lacking CRM connection was a huge weakness for Microsoft Teams. Now users have direct access to Dynamics CRM within Teams, similar to the Dynamics Outlook integration. The main benefits include access to Dynamics CRM without leaving Teams, a more seamless mobile experience with talk-to-text capabilities, and a programmable chatbot to reduce keystrokes and automate multi-click queries. See demo here.
We know you don’t always have time to fret over the future of your ERP. That’s our job. We’d rather you spend your time on your customers and your product where it matters most. So rather than having you stress about the future, let us gather the details. Now that you know more about the 5 Major updates from Microsoft Directions 2019, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the updates we chose or if you’d like to hear more.