Dynamics Business Central

Business Central

Coming April 2nd 2018 — Microsoft has rebranded Dynamics Finance and Operations to Business Central.

Along with many feature improvements and user interface enhancements Business Central will be the new face of Dynamics.

SharePoint 411 is looking forward to this release!

The following is from the Dynamics Spring 2018 Release notes:

The Spring ‘18 release of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations delivers enhancements in system performance, servicing, reliability, and extensibility. It also offers new ways of integrating with other Dynamics 365 products and adds to our suite of business productivity tools. Highlights from this release include:

  • • A shift to Microsoft-managed platform and financial reporting updates, to improve service reliability and availability, and also to ensure that customers have the latest improvements and can take advantage of cloud scaling capabilities.


    • • Changing our approach to customization by moving from over-layering to enabling no-code extensibility. Extensions let Microsoft service Finance and Operations without disrupting customers, minimizing the impact and costs of subsequent releases. We’ve also added the ability to embed PowerApps in Finance and Operations forms pages and the ability to add custom fields without writing code.
  • • Data integration capability that synchronizes data using customizable projects. Standard templates can be used to create custom integration projects, where additional standard and custom fields and entities can be mapped to adjust the integration and meet specific business needs. New data integration functionality is provided between features in Finance and Operations and features in Dynamics 365 for Field Service, Dynamics 365 for Talent, and Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation.
  • • Lifecycle Services (LCS) tools that make it easier for customers to get support when they need it, including:


    • o Telemetry-driven knowledge-base (KB) recommendations that help us understand how well hotfixes have solved an issue and proactively push out hotfixes to customers. This will allow customers to spend less time looking for solutions to issues that a hotfix already exists for.
    • o Returning a list of KB recommendations when customers enter a support case and continuously refining search results based on the user’s input. This feature provides more relevant search results and reduces the need for customers to submit support cases by helping them find the solution before submitting a case.
    • o Ability to report a production outage, providing a quick and effective channel to escalate issues to Microsoft Support if the services in a production environment are degraded or become unavailable.
    • Intelligence applications that analyze customers’ business processes and data, and proactively provide insights and recommendations. These include Optimization advisor and Credit and collections.
  • • Enhancements to vendor collaboration and warehouse management tools, allowing customers to streamline and expedite business operations.


  • Investments in globalization features, including support for the India Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Project management and accounting modules, enhanced code-free configuration, and the ability to translate documentation (.docx and .html formats) by using Dynamics Translation Service (DTS).


April ’18 – General Availability
Business productivity
  • Alerts – Client-based alert functionality enables a user to define alert rules based on business events, such as when an invoice is paid or a customer changes an address.

  • Optimization advisor – Uses telemetry to analyze customers’ business processes, finds optimization opportunities, uses application data to quantify the opportunities, and then recommends solutions.

  • Project timesheet mobile – Employees can create and submit project timesheets. The use of saved favorites and the ability to copy from a previous timesheet facilitates rapid, accurate time entry.

  • Edit default project fulfillment hours – Project resource managers can edit the default hours as part of the project booking fulfillment process.

  • Reserve project resources past the task end date – Project resource managers can fulfill resources on tasks past the current planned end date for the task.

  • Person search report – You can find a person and their personal data in Finance and Operations.

  • Data sharing for customer and vendor tables – Data can be shared across customer and vendor tables and many related tables across multiple legal entities.

  • One voucher deprecation One voucher is turned off by default, through a General ledger parameter.
Extensibility and customization
  • Customizations through extensions only – Migrating customizations from one release to the next has been simplified by moving away from over-layering to the use of extensions.

  • Extensibility requests – Customers can submit a request to Microsoft for extension support to be added to the product for a needed scenario. The Spring ’18 release enhances this feature by moving it to Lifecycle Services.

  • Extensible project work breakdown structure – Enables customization of the project work breakdown structure using extensions. This replaces the hierarchical grid control used for the project work breakdown structure with a standard grid that supports hierarchical data.

  • Embedding PowerApps in workspaces and forms – Use PowerApps to embed data from external sources into Finance and Operations data.

  • Custom fields – Organizations can add custom fields to tailor their application to their business requirements, using a no-code extensibility experience.
  • Integration with Common Data Service (CDS)

  • Integration with Dynamics 365 for Field Service – Provides data integration to support scenarios where Field Service activities are done outside Finance and Operations, leveraging the data integrator.

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