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.
NAV TechDays 2018 has just finished a few days ago and I can say this was the best NAV TechDays ever. I don’t know what name will be the next year NAV or BC TechDays (or something different), but I’ll be there for sure and I’m promising I’ll prepare session for next year. Now, all sessions are already published and I want to have all of them on the one place. There are all of them:
What’s new in Developing for Business Central
Practical approaches for upgrading your NAV database and moving to extensions
Performance: Business Central reloaded for the Cloud
Crazy mix of integrations: Dynamics 365 Business Central and Azure services
Add some magic to Business Central with Machine Learning
Business Central: The new face of the client
Evolution of a titan: a look at the development of NAV from an MVP angle
Designing for extensibility: Learn straight from the Application Architects
Under the hood of Business Central service
The future for developers and consultants
Real life scenarios and best practices for using NAV on Docker
After amazing conference in The Hague this fall – Directions EMEA, we have two another great events until the end of this year. First in Europe, NAV TechDays will come in November 22-23 and after that we will go to US on eXtreme 365, December 2-6, Austin Texas.
This event was dominantly Dynamics CRM conference for a years, but in a last few years, we have more and more topics in ERP area as well. And now it is Dynamic 365 conference and it is very important because we have more and more partners from CRM world who want to start ERP practice as well.
This time we will have a lot of interesting content there and I’ll provide six sessions about Dynamics 365 Business Central, each in 75 minutes (7,5 hours in total – not so bad).
Directions NA has just started this year. Unfortunately, this year I have to miss this event, but thanks to my friends I can share some information. This time, I’ll share only the future roadmap for Dynamics 365 Business Central:
Also, something new is that from the next year, Directions will held during the spring and the next year it will be in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For all of you who want to see what I prepared for this year conference season, I can share that I’ll have sessions on two conferences this fall.
First, I’ll be on BCUG/NAVUG Summit at Phoenix, AZ, US and after that I’ll be on Directions EMEA in the Hague. On both of these conferences, I’ll have the similar sessions – How and Why You Should Combine ‘Dynamics 365 for Talent’ with ‘Dynamics 365 Business Central’ / ‘Dynamics NAV’. But the first one will be more how you can do it if you are user, a the second one how you can do it as partner and how you can make this as a model for the future implementations.