Directions NA 2019 has just finished and I’m writing this
article in a plane on my way to home. It was great opportunity to meet 925 Dynamics
professionals and not only from North America. It was amazing event and I’m
happy because I had opportunity to speak here. We got a lot interesting
information regarding Business Central Spring Release and to listen about
experience of implementations of this solution here in US.
If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. If you
were not be there, you can find all that news on Microsoft official document here.
I’ll only emphasize some facts we hear from Jannik and Claus on a closing
session as well as they will have a big impact on a future of BC.
In the future, ISV scenarios will include 15 objects for Team Members
From July 1st, we will get device license – CSP pricelist = 40USD
For On-prem transition to BC, user ratio is changed to 1:3 (for each concurrent user in NAV/GP user, they will get 3 named BC users) and this time this includes limited users as well
On-premises partners will get more internal
On-premises license will include one CAL for
external accountant and one CAL for a system administrator, the same as we have
in a subscription
If you read only these few facts, you can understand how
important it is for partners and for clients as well.
We also heard that we will get new certification exams for
Business Central functional consultants in FY20 as well as better
differentiation through the Cloud Business Applications Competency and/or the Small
and Mid-Market Cloud Solutions competency. Also, there will be secondary
transition journey for clients who want to stay on-premises and to use cloud
benefits or to migrate to the cloud (stay on BREP and purchase Midterm Offer).
And on the end, Directions NA 2020 (April 19-22) will be again in Orlando in Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and for me it has a special place in my hearth, because in this place a few years ago, I had an opportunity to speak on Direction North America for the very first time.
In my previous
post, I’ve introduced you with the news from Directions ASIA and Business
Central spring release. As I said in this previous post, there are a lot of
improvements. Some of them are on this slide, and as very important
improvements in performance, reliability and scalability, we can find that now
50% faster Role Center load time
40% faster in Lead to Cash scenarios
2x improvement in RapidStart
Of course, there are a lot of other improvements. I’ve
recently had a session about this topic in eXtreme 365, but this time I’ll not
write about them, because you can find all of them in the following:
In total, there are more than 100 enhancements and some of
them are extremely usable.
But what is also interesting? We got some hints what will be
in Fall ’19 release. And as I mentioned yesterday, the first things – there will
not be Windows Client and C/SIDE anymore; only Modern Client (web) and AL with
VS Code. But in on-prem, you will get full BC code as an app and you can change
this code as you used to work with that in old Development Environment. Not
exactly the same, but you can do it. But even if you can do it, this is not recommendation
as we heard that in one moment in the future we will continue with extensions
only even on on-prem. Nobody can say when exactly, but this is a future.
Because of that, start with extensions immediately.
Of course, team will continue to improve proficiency, to reduce ISV friction, enhance migration tools, to improve service fundamentals… and now we can see plans for CDS in 2020 and further.
What is not so good information (especially for countries without
MS official localization) is that team announce that we can expect expanding
localizations after October release, not before that ☹. But
on the other side, team will invest in really cool things in this period.
And on the end, Directions NA will come in May and we will see if we have stil something new regarding all these topics.