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 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.
Imagine you have a production business and global presence… or you have global or regional services offering. Probably the most important information you need is a feedback from your clients… and this is necessary as soon as it is possible. Why? If you get a late feedback, there is a big chance you will lose a huge amount of money. Sometime it is important to get a small information what you need to change, but very soon, not too late. And, where you can get the best possible feedback in 21st century? Of course, on a social networks. Social networks will provide the fastest possible noise.
If you want to follow all those social activity automatically, this Microsoft tool – Social Engagement is perfect for you.With Microsoft Social Engagement, you can connect your business with all popular social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn…).
You can find how big buzz is about your new posts, you can find out your followers are happy (they show positive or negative sentiment)… Of course, regarding this, you can track locations, countries, cities, different markets…However, the question is how you can use this information in your advantage.
Social Insights connects you with what your followers say about you or your products, services etc. You can grow a Brand Reputation using all the information you’ve collected using Social Insights. After you grow your brand reputation, you can start Social Care and focus on positive phrases and feelings of your followers.
After all important thing is Social Selling, which you will grow using all this tools, and you will have satisfied customers and followers.
In next few texts I’ll prepare until the end of year, you will understand how to use this amazing tool.
Having embed PowerBI in Business Central is well known fact, but recently in Fall ’18 release, Microsoft made it even better because now you have already added PowerBI reports on all pages where they were planned to be. OK, it is nice to have and it can be time saver, because you don’t need to waste your time to add reports to page-by-page.
But what if you are not satisfy with it how these reports looks like? If you want to change something? Previously it was locked, but now… Now it looks amazing. You don’t need to leave your Business Central environment… everything you need, you will find in your Web Client (of course I’m speaking about cloud version 🙂 ).
Let’s show… Find some PowerBI report and choose Manage Reports command.
When you run this command, you will open PowerBI Management in Business Central (PowerBI Designer) and you can design your reports.
You can change your existed reports or eventually add new tab with new charts… you can do as you want.
When you finish, you just need to save it or to save this new report as a copy (if you want to keep original).
When you close it and open this report in Business Central, you will see that now you have your new report. Simply, right? Amazing job!