Business Central October 2019 update
With Dynamics 365 Business Central, you get an all-in-one business application, designed and developed for small and medium-sized companies who need a flexible ERP system that allows the business to grow. Since Business Central was released in April 2018, many companies that have sought the digital transformation to the cloud, have adopted the solution. With the inclusion of Dynamics NAV in the October '18 update, Business Central also became available on-premise and thus available for companies that wants to host the solution themselves. In the last update, the April '19 update, the main focus was to improve productivity for the users. In the October 2019 update, Microsoft's ambition is, among other things, through the independent partner network, to move more existing customers to the Business Central Cloud.
In addition, we will continue to see a number of improvements to Business Central, as Microsoft continues to optimize the performance of the application's most widely used functionality areas.
Existing users of Dynamics 365 Business Central have many good reasons to look forward to the October 2019 update, where Microsoft will focus on fundamental system improvements, as well as improve the solution's stability and reliability, support, performance and, not least, security
According to Microsoft, the October '19 release will be the the first version of Business Central (and Dynamics NAV) that does not have a Windows client available. So, if this turns out to hold hold true, users will be forced to access Business Central via the browser or their Android / iOS mobile apps
New developer tools
As previously announced, Microsoft will remove their well-known development environment known as C/SIDE. Therefore, in the future, developers will have to use and the code language AL, which will be based on visual studio code with Azure DevOps. The ambition is to make the development of Dynamics 365 Business Central much more consistent in future
Microsoft continues to work with their Dynamics NAV ISV partners (Independent Software Vendor) to migrate their solutions from NAV to Business Central. Since a wide range of Extensions at AppSource will provide access to a lot of new functionality for the end-users, making Business Central an even better product, the product shift is an important part of Microsoft's business strategy
In relation to the October 2019 update, Microsoft also releases a number of improved tools that will help customers with the migration process through data replication tools in Azure Data Factory. These tools will make it easier for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP customers to benefit from the 40% discount Microsoft offers to customers switching to Business Central before June 2021
These improvements proves Microsoft's continued ambition to make Navision, now Business Central, a user-friendly all-in-one business application for managing the entire business.