Here I am after a while. I’ve just started new video series about great new product Dynamics 365 Sales Professional. I’ll create probably dozens of different videos about functionalities and configuration, but in this first one I’ll start with how to create a trial environment.
If you didn’t already hear for this solution, just to know this is the great Microsoft CRM solution especially for small and midsize organizations and it is available as full SaaS solution.
Now, I hope you will enjoy in this first video, and I’ll notify you as soon as I publish the new one:
If you’ve already read my previous article about introduction in BC and Talent integration, then you probably expect the next part. I cannot put everything in one blogpost as it will be a huge one and it can be confused to track all details, so I decided to write it in parts. Today, I’ll write how to prepare Business Central and Talent and how to locate data/entities you will handle with.
As I’ve already mentioned in previous post, as we don’t need all HR capabilities in Business Central and we will use all of them in Talent, we will enter data directly to Talent and move to BC only data necessary for other areas in BC. We will move data to Employee table as this table will be used in other parts of BC.
As we will create new employees in Talent, we need to configure No. Series to be fit with Talent requirements. If you want automatic numbers, you need to be careful and to make it exactly the same as in Talent, but I’ll recommend to configure Employee number series as Manual Nos.; this will keep the same numbers in Business Central as we have in Talent and you will avoid all potential risks.
As connectors with Business Central, we will use API’s. Employee table, for example already exists as an API, but if you would like to connect something more, you will probably have to create custom API and custom connector.
What we can synchronize? As I said, minimum we need in BC is Employee table. And you need to find entity as a source in CDS (I’ll explain later). You can connect entities as following:
If you want to find all details about Workers data in Talent, the best is to use the following Worker entity relationship model. But the best is to integrate only what is really necessary… only what you will really use in Business Central.
As we need to locate Talent entities, you need to open list of CDS entities in PowerApps platform (you don’t need to do nothing in Talent environment and you can use it only if it will help you to better understand environment; for all integration purpose you will use CDS – PowerApp). When you open PowerApps web page, you need to choose environment created for Talent.
After that, you need to open Data and Find Entities. In Entities, you can easily find Worker entity as this is a place where we can find our information.
Opening this entity, you can address all necessary fields you want to use in integration. And how to do it, you will see in the following post.
When I think about new Business Central features, the first thing in my mind is openness for integrations. As a part of Dynamics 365 family, the main power of this solution is when it can work simultaneously with other. Because of that, I showed these capabilities in a few conferences. As I got lot of requirement to explain it in more details, I’ll write about good example of BC integrations with one other Dynamics 365 solution – with ‘Dynamics 365 Talent’.
‘Dynamics 365 Talent’ is a new Microsoft Dynamics HCM solution (new name ‘Dynamics 365 Human Resources‘). This solution was initially based on AX HRM, but now it is separated solution. As we can use it independently and this solution is really amazing HCM system, I think it can be interesting how we can integrate this solution with Business Central and make them as the powerful tool together… and with no code.
If you are thinking how to make it and how to make it with no code, the answer is using one of the Azure services – Logic Apps. As ‘Dynamics 365 Talent’ has entities on CDS and Logic Apps has connectors for CDS and for ‘Business Central’, only what we need to do is to map entities and fields in both systems and of course, to think abut business logic on the first place. Depends what is the primary reason for integration, we can choose some of the options:
integrate HRM core system with HR in Business Central
integrate Attract or Onboard apps in Talent with Business Central.
In second option, we will use HR module in Business Central and use only one or two parts from ‘Dynamics 365 Talent’. On the other side, in first option we will use core HR in ‘Dynamics 365 Talent’. In this text, I chose to explain the first option.
In this first text, I’ll just explain some basic concepts and you will find more details in the following texts with this topic.
Basic setup in Business Central
First, as we don’t need all HR capabilities in Business Central (we already have all of them in dedicated HR solution – ‘Dynamics 365 Talent’), we will move only data necessary for other areas in Business Central. In this example I’ll show how to move data to Employee table as this table can be used for example in a Payroll system or you can use this information in Fixed Assets card.
Locate information in Talent
Now when we have the basic configurations, we can continue with integration. First, we need to find where an employee’s data are saved in Talent. To find this we need to open list of CDS entities and we can do it using PowerApps platform.
When we have these basic information, we can continue with technical parts how to do it in a practice.
NAV TechDays 2019 has just finished a few days ago and I can
say this was amazing event and again the biggest one – with 1452 attendees. As
I promised the last year, I prepared session this time and made it together
with an MVP Renato Fajdiga. I hope to see you next year again.
In a meantime, all sessions from the first day are already published and I want to have all of them on the one place. As soon as we have sessions from the second day published, I’ll add them. There are all of them:
The road from C/AL to AL
Development Methodologies for the future
How to run faster in SaaS
Unlocking new integration potential for 365 BC with Azure Event Grid and Azure Integration
Give Business Central access to your data files
Control Add in development supercharged
Developing for Modern clients
Using Docker and the ContainerHelper to convert your C/AL solution to an AL solution
#MSDyn365BC new Era of Integration: Intelligent Edge, SmartLists, Azure Service Bus and more!
Recently Microsoft announced new rebranded BusinessApps icons. I wanted to show you all those new logos on one place. There are all 28 Microsoft BusinessApps icons… YES, we have 28 apps in Microsoft BusinessApps family. Few of the are still in a preview mode, but this is really amazing number of different apps.
In a month, BCUG/NAVUG Summit in Orlando will start. There will be dozens of amazing lectures and if you are NAV or Business Central user, this event is probably something you must attend, especially if you want to continue with improving your knowledge.
I like to come back to this event every year as this is probably only one opportunity where you can get directly feedback from thousands of Dynamics users.
This time, I would try to explain why you should attend this amazing event using video message and I hope you will like it 🙂
Directions Asia has just finished, and we will continue with
spring conference season in Dynamics. The next Directions will be in North
America in Las Vegas in period May 5-8 in Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. Registration
is still available.
This year I want to show you about benefits of integration
with different Dynamics 365 solutions. Why? Generally, I think we have great
features in Business Central, but possibility to integrate this solution with
other solutions using Azure tools or using different UI are the amazing
possibilities. These options are why it is important to have Business Central
in Dynamics 365 family.
Because of these reasons, you can find my sessions in agenda. From today (April 12th, the full agenda is available):
‘Dynamics 365 for
Talent’ is a new Microsoft Dynamics HCM solution. This solution is available
independently or through Unified Operations plan. Because we can use it
independently, it is interesting if we can integrate this solution with Business
central. You will see how to integrate Talent with Business Central and very
important thing – without coding. And of course, you will see different
integration options based on different user scenarios.
Although on the first
sight, there is no so common things between Business Central model driven
PowerApps, it can be very useful if we could use it with Business Central. Generally,
model driven PowerApps is a tool for CRM development, but there are many
reasons why to use it with Business Central. If you want to know why, come to
this session to see why to do it and how to do it… and maybe even more. As we
expect more and more CRM and ERP solutions in simultaneously work, it can be
OK, I will not write more, but if you think these topics are
interesting for you, you are welcome on my sessions and see you in Las Vegas.
And of course, my sessions are not only reason to come on
Directions 😊. You will find great sessions there… you will
see details about Business Central Spring release ’19 as well as amazing
sessions by MVP’s and other experts.
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.
Directions ASIA has just started a few hour ago. On a first
day keynote, we could hear a lot of interesting information. I’ll start with
some numbers. As this is third Directions in Asia, number of attendees still
increase every year. This year we have the following statistic:
Number of attendees: 453
Attendees from 157 companies and from 32 countries
Number of sessions: 70
Number of speakers: 55 (Microsoft, MVP’s and
Now, what we could hear about product and market? Based on
showed information, Business Central and NAV together are implemented at
223.000 customers with more than 3.3 million users in 196 countries. Impressive
numbers, right? And I really hope, this solution will continue as previously
and even better.
As this is announcement of Business Central Spring ’19 release,
we can see what is new in this release and the full roadmap for this solution. During
keynote, we could see that product team is extremely proud on stability, security
and performance. Of course, there is a lot of new features. In my following
texts, I’ll write about all these things.
Currently, we could see new roadmap for our solution, and it
We can see that system already got a lot of new feature, especially
trying to improve user experience. And I can conclude, they really succeed with
But if we look in more detailed roadmap, you will find two
very important facts. This release will be the last one with Windows Client and
with C/SIDE and C/AL.
From October ’19 release, we will have only Modern Client (web
client) and VS Code + AL in development side. If you used only BC on a cloud,
you will not recognize some difference, but if you used on-prem solution, then
it is the right moment to migrate to web client asap. And in development,
please start with extensions immediately. But to be honest, in on-prem solution
you will still be in situation to change a code, but this time in VS Code using
completely BC system as an App. But it will still be much better if you start
to move all your customization to extensions.
Of course, there are some other news, but I cannot put
everything in one blog post, but you can expect all this news soon.