As you probably already picked up in the media – Microsoft has released its plans for Wave 1 release (in April) for this year. You can find all the information here: https://aka.ms/Dynamics365ReleasePlan.
The document contains all the information on all we want to know regarding “what’s next” for all related applications, like Marketing, Customer Service, Field Service, …. and also our beloved “Business Central”. And since this is a blog about Business Central – let’s focus on …
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
The Microsoft Docs endpoint that has all information on Business Central is here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features . You can completely disregard this blog, and just read that link, and have all the (updated) information ;-).
But – I’m still going to talk about at least a few of these points. I did that before, and last time, I remember I did rant about one thing (Code Customized AL) – let’s see if there is something to rant about in this release ;-).
What am I looking forward to?
You’ll see I’m focusing most on Tech. and less on functionality. That’s just me – sorry ;-).
I don’t know exactly yet what to expect from this and in which way it will be used in default Microsoft Apps for Business Central, but it is at least a new interesting capability in terms of code architecture.
Yes! Sounds perfect! By using Shift+Alt+E, you’ll get a list of all available event that you can easily search through:
Tip: it seems you can already use it – just use the vsix from the insider-docker-image if you have access ;-). Just be careful though – it seems to add all parameters, even if you don’t need them.. (which in my book is bad practice).
When I read this, my immediate reaction was: “uhm, ok, whatever”. I wasn’t really waiting for this, however, I do think this can really come in handy. Let’s see…
I can’t say I needed this, to be honest, but in the future, when real refactoring is going to be necessary, I really think this is very useful to clearly explain the ins and outs of certain functionality that will have to change, and how to deal with that if you depend on it.
But then again, in my company, we’re rebuilding the product from scratch. If you’re converting/migrating, I can imagine that “refactoring” will come rather sooner than later ;-).
You can see that the AL Language is steadily growing into a more mature dev environment, isn’t it. This is something that is so “normal” to have in any other language, and finally coming to AL. Though, I must say, there are other fish to fry, I guess ;-).
It seems – but I’m not sure – this is an answer on “how to transfer data from a customization in the base app, to an extension”. How this moves to BC online, I don’t know – but definitely worth digging into!
This is obviously really important and need no further explanation! I just hope it’s going to be a painless process, because upgrading to 15 .. Has.not.been.painless.at.all! But a migration is not an upgrade either, is it? ;-).
Business Central integration with Common Data Service – can I get a “finally” here, please? :-). It’s not just “bla bla” anymore – there will actually be some “boom boom” as well – most probably SaaS only.
What am I NOT looking forward to?
Well, I guess this “Application version for aliasing base application” thing. I’m not saying it’s useless, but it looks like this is only added to facilitate “Embed Apps” – which is nothing more than “Code Customized AL” (in my opinion) – and you know how I think about that ;-).
Added to this, the “propagateDependencies” has been a change that will be introduced in the next CU Update – and it has brought me nothing but pain – downloading symbols in a build pipeline just became more complex (luckily, navcontainerhelper eases the pain ;-)).
Is that all that is new?
Of course not! I just didn’t want to “just” copy/paste all items just for the fun of it. All Tech things, ok, but there is so much more that is on the plate:
- Application enhancements (also read Erik Hougaard’s blog about this)
- Country and regional availability (Colombia, Croation, Czech, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia and Peru)
- API to AppSource to be able to hook up your DevOps for your AppSource Apps (really important)
- Modern clients – always interesting to see
what the new client will bring.
What really stands out to me is:
- Navigate trees more easily – treeview is almost back, I guess 😉
- Import profiles and UI customizations – very necessary to be able to use this more efficiently (by consultants and admins at customers). I just hope it’s going to be stable, because I have been removing all customizations too often because of client crashes lately :-/.
- Saving the URL as a bookmark, will include filters now – interesting :-).
- Improvements to data entry is something everyone likes to read in regards of a web client. But it’s not clear what it actually includes (to me) yet.. .
- Enable non-interactive printing with advanced printer selection – looks like a good step into a decent printing experience.. .
- Service fundamentals
What am I missing?
Monetization for AppSource apps – for sure. I might have misread or missed it, but I still don’t see it on the roadmap. Why? Why oh why? Do we really want 100ds of apps on there with all a different implementation of monetization? That doesn’t make any sense.. .
That said – James Crowter wrote a nice article on what HE would have liked to see as prios for 2020. You can find it here: https://msdynamicsworld.com/story/my-dynamics-365-business-central-priorities-microsoft-2020 .
You can see he has much more experience with an actual “load” of Customers on BC SaaS. And I can only agree with his list and argumentation.. .
Anyway – a big “driver” of this content is the “Ideas” website where they gather ideas from the community. You can easily access it by: aka.ms/bcideas. If you miss out on anything, the first question you should ask is: “did I ask for it?” ;-).
Nothing much to conclude besides quite the same as Erik : nothing groundbreaking, but definitely improving and a further evolution.