Dynamics Business Central 365 On-Premise Wave 2 Release

Written by | Raoul Smith & Romy Haselsteiner, allonline365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premises 2019 – Wave 2 Release

Dynamics 365 Business Central provides a complete business application solution designed and optimized for SMB organizations. Since it’s launch in April 2018, Business Central has seen increasing adoption by organizations looking to digitally transform their businesses. Enter the wave 2 release: Microsoft has officially released the first Business Central version without the Windows Client or Development Environment (C/SIDE) client.

The gap between the web client and windows client is being bridged with the release of some ‘new’ features. The features are not new to the Windows client but new to the Web client.

Some notable features that have been added to the web\universal client include:

1.  The addition of a Navigation Menu and bookmark function

A navigation pane is positioned at the top of the page where selected menu items are rooted for easier access.

When exploring the menu items you will see a bookmark icon in the top right-hand corner that can be selected. Once selected, a notification will confirm that the bookmark has been added to your navigation menu on your role center.

You  can also add bookmarks from the search function

Once you have added a bookmark it will appear in the Navigation Menu in your role center. This new feature adds convenience to each individual who can customize the bookmarks that are relevant to them.

 

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2.  Notes and attachments in Fact Boxes

Improvements to the notes and attachments section have been made in Business Central. Fact Boxes have been broken up into two groups:

  1. Details – Which includes all business-related information
  2. Attachments – Which includes attachment, links and notes options

These Fact Boxes are only shown when needed to ensure a clutter-free screen.

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3.  Saving and personalizing list views in Business Central

A powerful feature of Business Central is the ability to customize your data views with advanced filtering, as well as the function to save your data views for future reference.

Users are able to save their list filters and similar personalizations to create different ways of slicing their data. List views are given a name, such as “Items I sell”, and might include:

  • Filters on totals and dimensions
  • Filter tokens (such as %MyCustomers) to dynamically filter to the correct data
  • Different sorting options to allow more complex and tailored views of a list.

Users can quickly switch between different list views which include their own personalized view, or standard views that come with their business application, in apps, or for their role.

Similar to other personalizations, list views roam with users no matter which device or browser they sign into.

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4. Easy access to a capability overview in Business Central

The previous version of Business Central did not have the ‘Department’ view that many users have become accustomed too. This has now been added to the latest web and universal client view.

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With the latest updates in the Business Central wave 2 release, users can only become more efficient and productive. If your company is looking for a new business solution to assist in digitally transforming your business, contact allonline365 on  info@allonline365.com or  +27 (21) 205 3650 today.

Resource Credit | Microsoft 

Dynamics 365: What it is, who it’s for, & why it matters

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Blog Written By our Partner| LS Retail

In today’s fast-paced retail environment, productivity is critical to success. Yet, too many businesses are still using yesterday’s tools – and unsurprisingly, they are finding it harder and harder to stay on top. Three years ago, Microsoft set out on a mission to increase business agility by reinventing business processes. Enter Microsoft Dynamics 365. The idea was to do away with the siloed, badly integrated business apps most businesses are using, and which kill productivity day in and day out. To make work quicker and more efficient, all these disjointed apps should be united in a single experience. The unified view helps simplify management, cut the time spent looking for data across multiple systems, grant a better overview of the enterprise and its customers, and speed up change and innovation.

The business solution for the modern workplace

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is an intelligent cloud platform that combines all of Microsoft’s most popular and advanced technology from Azure, cloud services, to Office 365, Dynamics ERPs, CRM, AI, Business Intelligence, and more. All of this is offered as a single experience linked by a common data model. Since its release in 2016, Microsoft Dynamics 365has launched not only a new way to be productive, but also a fresh approach to how business software is sold and consumed. Microsoft Dynamics 365 has brought the ERP to the cloud and tied it to all the intelligence tools available there: think advanced analytics, Business Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence tools. Today, retailers can choose if they want to run their ERP on-premises or in the cloud, and no matter which deployment option they choose, they can tap into the resources that run in the intelligent cloud.

Built for growth and speed

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is built upon the concepts of scalability, enhanced productivity, and intelligence.

Scalability

One of the reasons behind the success of Dynamics 365 is its flexibility. The system is designed as a series of plug-and-play business apps, where you can use only the capabilities when you need them, and pay only for what you require. Then, as you grow and your business needs evolve, you have the option to extend the system. Microsoft AppSource, the official marketplace for Dynamics business apps, lists hundreds of vertical and horizontal extensions and add-ons built by Microsoft partners. Dynamics 365 users can pick and mix the apps that best fit their business needs (for example, if you were a small retailer you would want to extend your ERP with a Point of Sale app like LS Express). And as business processes across all applications are integrated by a Common Data Model, you can add extensions quickly and easily, without any disruptions to your business. 

Productivity

Dynamics 365 is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Office 365, Power BI, Flow, PowerApps, and the Microsoft intelligent cloud, All of these rolls now work together in a single environment, accelerating collaboration and speed. Yesterday, a retailer or restaurateur might have had to look for a bill in Outlook, copy it onto an Excel file, compare the information to the one in the ERP, edit the figure if it didn’t match, and then copy the data into another email in Outlook. As a result, a lot of time would be wasted on a simple task. Today, with Dynamics 365, the same business manager can access a sales order inside an email, amend it, and resend it without ever leaving Outlook. As Office 365 is integrated into the Dynamics 365 platform, the intelligent system takes care of finding the sales order in the ERP and making the requested changes. The ability to accomplish daily tasks like these in a single environment saves users a lot of time and drastically decreases the risk of errors. Dynamics 365 is also accessible on any type of device. This means you can stay productive and engaged with your business, keeping track of orders, approving quotes, and viewing your Power BI dashboards wherever you are, whenever you want.

Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is embedded in the whole Dynamics 365 solution stack. AI enables businesses to transform their data into actionable insights, predict outcomes, and simplify daily tasks. For example, AI tools can be used to forecast delays in deliveries or payments, so a retailer or restaurant manager can better predict and manage cash flow. AI can also improve productivity, for instance with software that understands what you are looking for and helps you find the information you need quickly and easily. Thanks to machine learning algorithms, these systems also learn from experience, becoming more and more efficient – and indispensable to the bottom line – the longer you use them.

Two versions

The Dynamics 365 ERPs are available in two versions: Microsoft 365 Finance and Operations, designed for the enterprise market, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, for medium-sized to larger businesses.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations is the latest incarnation of Microsoft Dynamics AX, and it is generally suited for complex business requirements and global financial management/ This is a large, scalable solution that can be customized with a variety of modules. One such is LS Hospitality, our powerful foodservice solution for QSR and fast-casual restaurants, which is showcased on AppSource as an extension for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, one of the most installed mid-market ERP systems in the world. Business Central is available both on-premises and in the cloud as a single product, with the same codebase. The shared codebase also opens the possibility of hybrid implementations, whereby businesses can design their preferred mix of on-premises and cloud-based tools. The hybrid way enables retailers to leverage the benefits of a true cloud solution while maintaining their current on-premises infrastructure. “The hybrid deployment is a great solution for retailers that want to explore the advantages of the intelligent cloud while limiting risk and keeping control over their data,” says Martin Kleindl, Product Director at LS Retail. “A retailer might decide to run the system and maintain their business data, on-premises, while leveraging intelligent tools and services in the cloud such as Power BI, machine learning services, Flow, and more.”

Moving to a new way of doing business

Business is changing. To keep up, you need to equip yourself with tools that enable you to use the data you collect to understand your customers, get a unified view of your business, and make quick, smart decisions. The Dynamics 365 stack represents a great opportunity for retailers and foodservice businesses: they can now upgrade to a modern solution that has the same flexibility of use and rich functionality they are used to – and with automatic upgrades, more intelligent tools, and better performance to boot. And with our unified commerce platform LS Central, there is no reason to wait at all.

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Top 5 budgeting Mistakes To Watch Out For

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Disorganization, illogical budgets, and only one budget owner are just some of the issues that can impact your company’s finances.

Not everyone likes budgeting. Even the people who like budgeting don’t like budgeting mistakes. Budgeting mistakes are the ones that often bite the hardest because you may not catch them until late in the game, so best to be on the lookout for them now. here are five budgeting mistakes to watch out for.

1. Leaving out the revenue forecast

It’s not about how much you spend – if you don’t have the money to spend, it doesn’t matter if you budgeted for it. Revenue forecasts are the starting point for making sure you aren’t budgeting too much.

2. One budget owner

Yes, your financial person is the one who keeps the budget, but he or she is not the one doing the majority of the jobs the budget is spent on. If you want purposeful, effective budgeting, make your team leaders budget owners. They know what line items are unnecessary and which ones are crucial.

3. Disorganization

Make sure your accounting for every dollar and where it should be spent and where it actually was spent. Don’t leave gaps – it should be simple, but it’s one that often catches smaller departments as they grow big.

4. Illogical budgets

Your budget should show you how your investments in time and money will lead to growth. What money do you expect to make, and what money do you need to spend to make it?

5. Include time

Yes, money is what a budget is tracking, but knowing how much time you have available and how much time you spend is a very good factor in knowing whether you’re on budget – ahead or behind.

People think of budgeting as a restriction, but when done well, it will let your company make more money, which hopefully lets you do more things that increase your budgets.

One way to improve your budgeting setbacks and ensure forecasting and financials are on track is to use an integrated system that looks at all departments of your company holistically. Dynamics 365 Business Central offers the capabilities to monitor your business in real-time, base business decisions on current and historical data, gain business insights from artificial intelligence and run your business from one central system. To find out more contact allonline365 on  info@allonline365.com or  +27 (21) 205 3650

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Resource Credit | TechRepublic

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