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

Dynamics 365

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.


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. 


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.


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.


Check out Power BI Service’s new look

Introducing the new look for Power BI Service

Resource Credit | Power BI

Power BI announced a public preview of the ‘new look’ for Power BI service. We’re refreshing the user interface to provide a modern experience that’s simpler and builds on customers’ familiarity with Microsoft products. This initial release has updates to the report viewing experience, with more updates planned over the next few months. Here’s a peek into a sample report with the new look

Why the change?

The new look is inspired by the growing use of Power BI among data workers in organizations and is designed to deliver a balance of power and simplicity. In recent times, we’ve seen a significant change in the way users interact with Power BI. Customers love the power of having a rich set of features while also seeking simplicity in user experience.

Power BI is used by millions of people every month, and we recognized the diversity in customer needs. To create the ideal experience for all users, we’ve followed a customer-centric design process, where each enhancement is informed by feedback from several customers and finalized after rigorous rounds of validation and refinement. So far, we’ve heard many encouraging things about the new look from our preview customers. Are you excited? Read on to get more details or head over to app.powerbi.com and explore the new look. 

What’s changed in the new look?

1.  Metadata – We’ve surfaced details such as last refresh date, contact information to help customers find additional context on the report.

2. Vertical navigation – Report pages are now more prominent, building on customers’ familiarity with navigation in Word and PowerPoint. Users can further customize the screen area by resizing the pane.

3.  Simplified action bar – A new, updated action bar designed to surface the most relevant commands front and center for end users, making it easier to export, subscribe, collaborate with others and delve deeper through filters and bookmarks.

4.  New filters experience – The new filters experience including the popup filter list, updated filters pane will be available by default for all reports with the new look.

5.  New colors and icons – Across the user interface, we’ve switched to a lighter color theme and updated icons – so that they complement the canvas making report content the main point of focus.

6.  Feature parity – No functionality has been removed. Additionally commands such as edit, save a copy, etc. can be found by expanding the ‘…’ menu in the action bar. Usage metrics can be accessed from the content list. No changed to edit mode. We’ve kept the authoring experience similar to that in Desktop. The new-look changes apply to the reading view only.

Here’s a summary of the action bar changes for a report in the new look.

7.  Consistent experience – Dashboards are getting the new look too. We’ve made common UX elements consistent across dashboards, reports, and apps while retaining the functional differences. See below a sample dashboard with the new look

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Here’s a walkthrough of the dashboard actions with the new look

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Opt-in, phased roll-out

We recognize that established skills and routines are powerful – and that some of you may be accustomed to specific parts of the user interface. So, we want to give customers time to adapt to the new design through an opt-in roll-out before making the new look the default experience. All Power BI Service users will be able to opt-in to the new look using the new toggle.

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This roll-out is a first step towards making Power BI easier to use and accessible to many more. Over the next few months, we will deploy updates to the new look in stages. We will carefully monitor feedback as changes roll-out and plan to make the new look default experience in approximately 2-3 months.


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