Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: 2019 Release Wave 2

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Wave 2 of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 2019 release will make landfall on October 1. Our last blog covered enhancements to Finance and Operations. This entry will provide an overview of what’s in store for Business Central.

Enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Because Business Central is just over a year old, having been released in April 2018, independent software vendors are scrambling to develop add-ons for the solution in response to user demand. To accommodate them, Microsoft is focusing on adjustments to Business Central that will support its burgeoning ISV environment. Therefore, the updates unrolling in October will cluster around the following pillars: service fundamentals, modern client, modern developer tools, empowering ISV acceleration, and customer migration.

Here are specific enhancements surrounding these pillars:

  • Service Fundamentals
    • New Support Request option in the Business Central Administration Center
    • Partners can enter support contact details in the Business Central Administration Center
    • Lock-free number series
    • Page background tasks
    • Surrogate keys
  • Modern Client
    • Add links to your navigation menu
    • Easy access to capability overview
    • Enhancements to Excel integration
    • Full keyboard shortcut support
    • Longer timeout period for the server connection
    • Personalize actions and navigation on your Role Center
    • Powerful filtering for reports
    • Resize columns with fewer clicks
    • Saving and personalizing list views
    • Switch between companies in Outlook
    • Multitask across multiple pages
    • Customize a user profile without writing code
    • Filter option fields by multiple values
  • Modern Developer Tools
    • Code documentation attributes
    • Convert tables from C/AL definitions to AL table definitions
    • Database insights made available in AL
    • Translating other extensions
    • Access modifiers
    • Attach and debug next
    • Base application delivered as AL applications
    • Filtering XmlPort Objects
    • Implement hierarchical menus
    • Improved app dependency handling on build and deploy
    • More power to developers using Designer
  • Empowering ISV Acceleration
    • Streamlined migration from Dynamics NAV source code customization to Business Central
    • Auto format management
    • Blob storage
    • Caption class
    • Compression management
    • Confirm management
    • Cryptography management
    • Data classification
    • Date-time dialog
    • Environment information
    • Extension management
    • Field selection
    • Filter tokens
    • Language
    • Object selection
    • Password dialog
    • Record link management
    • Server settings
    • Tenant license state
    • User login times
    • User selection
  • Customer Migration
    • Enhancements for SMB customers to migrate from Business Central on-premise, Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Dynamics SL 2018 CU2
    • Separate migration tool for older versions of Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL
    • Dynamics NAV to Business Central online migration path: Dynamics NAV → Business Central on-premise → Business Central online
    • Added checklist for completing migration using Azure Data Factory and SQL Server

For more details on Dynamics 365 Business Central enhancements, check out Microsoft’s online release notes or their official PDF.

Check back soon for more news about the upcoming release wave. Our next blog will summarize enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales.

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