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What’s New in Business Central April 2019 Release

April ’19 brings an update to Business Central that aims to enhance current customer satisfaction with the product.

Powerful new features for business users

Keyboard-centric features like speed of data entry and analysis, such as quick entry, list sorting, and data values. Improvements to features related to the customer context, such as work date and the company indicator, options enabling advanced users to be even more productive, such as focus mode, totals for lists, improved search, and the new page inspector. Enhancement related to filters in Excel export, common auto-save experience, and modern interface elements, such as the date picker, refreshed action bar, and all-product navigation.

Performance, reliability, and scalability enhancements

Along with innovative new features, Microsoft invested heavily in boosting performance, reliability, and scalability of Business Central, across the platform and business application.

The experience in the browser will be more responsive using technique of on-demand loading of page elements, server resources are optimized for fast user interaction, and the database has been tuned to handle more data and load it faster.

Users requiring assistance now have a single screen through which to find self-help material, share ideas with the community, and request support that has also been streamlined to reduce response time.

Business Central continues to meet ISO27001, ISO27017, ISO27018, SOC 1 & 2 Type 2, HIPPA BAA, and FERPA industry security and privacy compliance standards. For more details and a list of all certificates, see here.

Accessibility

Business Central is ready to support the diversity of your workforce where both the desktop and mobile interfaces are now highly accessible.

Base application as an app

Microsoft is making big investments in the platform to make it easier for ISVs to get into the cloud. This is achieved by splitting the big application that we have today into a system app and an app on top of that as an extension, compiled in AL using Visual Studio Code.

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Data and AI

The last major investment for the April release is Data and AI future. Strengthen and prepare integration with Dynamics 365 for Sales through CDS and ensure Business Central data contributes to intelligent insights (notes synching, late payment prediction) in Dynamics 365 AI for Sales apps and Business Central users get intelligent insights generated by Dynamics 365 AI for Sales (predictive opportunity scoring).

Borne from Overview of Dynamics 365 Business Central April ’19 release article.

New and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Features that are planned to release between April and September 2019. Previews for some features will start in February 2019.

Below table lists functionality that may not have been released yet. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (see Microsoft policy).

Productivity enhancements for business users

Feature Release type Online vs on-premises Date
Application enhancements General Availability Both April 2019
List views General Availability Both April 2019
Rich notes and links General Availability Online April 2019
Document focus mode General Availability Both April 2019
Work date indicator General Availability Both April 2019
Context or system indicator General Availability Both After April 2019
Quick Entry General Availability Both April 2019
New keyboard shortcuts General Availability Both April 2019
Autosave indicator General Availability Both April 2019
Improvements to scrolling in lists General Availability Both April 2019
Improved contextual search experience General Availability Both April 2019
Improved all-product navigation General Availability Both After April 2019
Personalization enhancements General Availability Both April 2019

Self-help and support

Feature Release type Online vs on-premises Date
Simplified Help and Support experience General Availability Both April 2019
Page inspection General Availability Both April 2019

Productivity enhancements for administrators

Feature Release type Online vs on-premises Date
Hardening the integration between Business Central and Dynamics 365 for Sales General Availability Both April 2019
Enhancements for application lifecycle management General Availability Both April 2019
Enhancements to the intelligent cloud for Dynamics SMB and Dynamics 365 Business Central General Availability Both April 2019

Powerful features for developers

Feature Release type Online vs on-premises Date
Designer enhancements for developers General Availability Both April 2019
Visual Studio Code and AL General Availability Both April 2019
Application as an app General Availability Both April 2019
Standard Web API General Availability Both April 2019

It is always suggested to see Microsoft Links for more details and any updates in future.

 

 

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Those planning for Upgrade – Some Important Information

As per the roadmap which Microsoft has published for Business Central, it shows that the Business Central product name will be continued for future. It means there will not be a Dynamics NAV 2019.

BC Road-map

Looking at your investment in terms of license and annual BREP, it is sense able to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, whether your solution is deployed in Cloud or on-premises.

Don’t take me wrong I don’t mean to say that Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 for finance and operations, Business edition are now obsolete.

Microsoft is not closing support to these products, it is still available to them. Only any new updates to these solutions we cannot expect any more.

One important note: New customers will still be able to purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 till 31st March 2019. Same concept of concurrent user license with starter/extended pack.

From 1st April new customers will not be able to license NAV 2018, but existing NAV customers using the solution can still be able to purchase additional licenses as per their requirements if any.

If you missed earlier post do check this Link also.

 

What had changed in license model for Dynamics 365 Business Central

 

One change that a major one is now no more Concurrent licenses, new license purchased will be for named user.

One user one license, however named user will be able to access the application from multiple devices.

As earlier starter & extended pack was available now it will be Essentials and Premium.

Stander version of Business Central is termed as Essentials while with additional modules Service and Manufacturing is termed as Premium.

When comes to licensing you are not allowed to mix and match essentials & premium licenses, it should be from either of them.

Where is Limited user? Don’t worry it have been taken care as Team Member License. Read access throughout the application and write access to maximum of three tables excluding General Ledger entries.

License can be purchased as Perpetual or Subscription basis.

Licenses for Business Central differ from Dynamics NAV licenses in several ways:

  • Dynamics NAV licenses are calculated from concurrent users, where multiple users can share a license. Business Central licenses, on the other hand, are calculated from named users
  • With Business Central it is no longer necessary to have a Starter Pack. As a minimum, you need a Premium or Essentials user
  • It is only possible to have either Premium or Essentials users in your license. You can purchase Teams Members for both Premium and Essentials licenses.

 

What deployment options are available?

  1. Perpetual License – On premises
  2. Perpetual License – Cloud
  3. Subscription License – On premises
  4. Subscription License – Cloud
  5. Software As A Service (SaaS)

 

When you can upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central?

 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is now generally available worldwide for cloud, and on-premises deployments. However you can check if it is available for your country from your local partners.

Local Functionality in Dynamics 365 Business Central

You can go-ahead with upgrade planning whenever you want too. Just get in touch with your current ERP provider.

For free lancing upgrade/development tasks you can contact us too at KSD Consultancy Private Limited. We are taking new project booking till 31st March on our old price, could be fixed or hour basis, which ever suitable to you. You can save lot from your local partners cost.

 

What’s on offer for existing customers?

 

Customers up-to-date with their BREP can upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises using LMT Upgrade.

Due to change in licensing model in Business Central. Below you can see exchange rate from perpetual NAV concurrent license to Business Central named user licenses.

If you have purchased your Dynamics NAV with Perpetual Licencing before October 1, 2018, your current NAV licenses will be converted from:

  • One Full User in Extended Pack to two Premium users
  • One Full user to two Essentials users
  • One Limited user to one Team Member

In addition to the converting of licenses, the licensing setup is different. As mentioned, Dynamics NAV licenses are calculated from concurrent users, where multiple users can share a number of licenses. Business Central licenses, on the other hand, are calculated from named users. The total value of your current licenses will remain the same – even after the conversion.

For more details on Licensing please refer here, make sure you always check with latest version of documents or discuss with your partner for current effective offers.

Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises Upgrade Policy​

Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises Licensing Guide

Similar to Dynamics NAV, the functionality of the D365 Business Central is divided into two ‘packages’, Essentials and Premium. The functionality of ‘Essentials’ corresponds to NAV’s ‘Starter Pack’ and the functionality of ‘Premium’ corresponds to NAV’s ‘Extended Pack’

Brief idea as below:

D365 Business Central Essentials /
Dynamics NAV Starter Pack
D365 Business Central Premium /
Dynamics NAV Extended

Financial Management

General Ledger
Cash Management
Fixed Assets
Currencies
Consolidation

Financial Management Extended

Inter-Company (Essentials)
Cost Accounting (Essentials)

Supply Chain Management

Sales Order processing
Purchase and procurement
Item management
Locations
Basic Warehousing

Supply Chain Management
Extended

Advanced Warehousing (Essentials)

Jobs and Resources

Job Planning, Budgets and Invoicing
Resource allocations
Timesheets

 

Contact

Management Contacts
Campaigns
Opportunity Management
D365 Sales Integration

Service Management

Service Contracts
Service Items
Service Order Management

Assembly

Assembly Bill of Materials

Manufacturing

Production BOMs
Works order management
Capacity and Demand planning

It will be always advised to verify before you make up your mind. However you can trust to Microsoft links provided in above post.

 

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