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Exciting times lie ahead for digital businesses as the market-leading ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365BC) – gets ready for its bi-yearly major update.

Coming April 2021, the new features and functions cover eight key areas of system development such as:

  • Administration
  • Application
  • Enhancements to Microsoft 365
  • Country and regional expansion
  • Microsoft Power Platform
  • Modern clients
  • Modern development tools
  • Onboarding

Let’s take a closer look at these areas and discuss what it means for new and current customers. We also explore how moving to a world class ERP system can help add value when looking to digitally transform. 

1. Administration

Managing licencing and permissions has always been a time-consuming task. With the next release of D365BC, Microsoft have made it much easier for administrators to perform more actions to help support the users of the solution.

2. Application

D365BC is enhanced through its worldwide community of business users who contribute to its roadmap. Areas of improvement can be seen across banking, payments and performance.

3. Enhancements to Microsoft 365

Microsoft’s approach to make better use of the Office 365 suite of products has always been at the heart of the roadmap for D365BC. In October 2020, we saw the first integration with Microsoft Teams to enable collaboration between colleagues.

This has been enhanced even further to allow the look up of contacts within D365BC from Microsoft Teams. Improvements have also been made with the enablement of word merge in Business Central along with the support for Universal Print.

4. Country and regional expansion

D365BC continues it’s global expansion as Microsoft add four new localisations in Greece, India, Romania and Turkey bringing the total number of Microsoft localised versions of D365BC to 24. Other localisations are also available via the Business Central Partner Community and can be found on AppSource.

What's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

5. Microsoft Power Platform

If you’re not familiar with the Power Platform yet, then you need to get on board now! Power Platform is a collective term for four Microsoft applications:

  • Power BI
  • PowerAutomate (formerly flow)
  • Power Apps
  • Power Virtual agents

These tools allow you to take your traditional ERP implementation and give it a 21st century makeover. Tighter integrations with the Power Platform mean that extending your solution has never been easier with these new no-code, low-code applications.

6. Modern clients

Gone are the days of the desktop client. Increased functionality to phone, tablet and web browsers gives users the ability to access information 24/7. Those of us accustomed to using the desktop client now no longer miss it thanks to the web browser capabilities that continue to improve with every release.

7. Modern development tools

Having the ability to extend Business Central capabilities has always been one of the key reasons to its worldwide success. With a move away from the old C/AL development environment to Visual Studio, Business Central has helped introduce a new world of developers to keep them ahead of the competition.

8. Onboarding

Some of the biggest concerns new users have with any ERP implementation is user adoption and how long will it take to onboard users. The new tools in Business Central will allow new users to become more productive in a shorter time frame.

Digitally transform with Dynamics 365 Business Central

The future is bright for any company who takes the step towards implementing an ERP solution. Choosing Dynamics 365 Business Central can make it even brighter.

The product continues to go from strength to strength with this release. And partnered with the power of Microsoft, community of users and dedicated partners across the globe, Dynamics 365 Business Central remains the only choice for your next ERP implementation.

To learn more about what’s new in the April 2021 release, click here.

Or, if you’re interested in learning more about how Dynamics 365 Business Central can help your business achieve its goals, download our guide below.

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