What to Look for in Business Central’s October 2020 Wave 2 Release

Posted on: November 5, 2020 | By: Josie Mah | Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Since Microsoft Dynamics Business Central’s October 2020 wave 2 release, you may have noticed your Business Central environment looks a little different. In its latest update, Business Central focuses on delivering world-class service to meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base. The upgraded platform boasts improved performance, better handling of file storage, geographic expansion together with support for Group VAT, top customer-requested features, and deeper integration with Microsoft Teams.

Below is a sampling of the best new features that you can expect with Business Central’s 2020 release wave 2 update:

  • Seamless service: Performance, reliability, and supportability are essential to ensure that service quality remains ahead of the growth in usage. In 2020 release wave 2, increased accessibility is preserved, and better support for resizing pages is added. The update also incorporates the results of a material top-to-bottom investment in Business Central service security. Partners are a critical component of the Business Central ecosystem; this release wave enables further telemetry visibility for partners through Azure Insights. Additionally, the update brings improvements in conflict handling for synchronization with Common Data Service.
  • Productivity: This release continues Business Central’s commitment to world-class productivity. The update includes requested features such as returning to the request page after previewing a report and the ability to change the assigned printer before printing a report.
  • Microsoft Power Platform integration: This release includes further investments in its integration with the Microsoft Power Platform through enhancing both existing connectors as well as enabling virtual entities.
  • Modern development tools: Business Central has moved entirely to Visual Studio Code and continues to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers.
  • Office 365 integration: Business Central 2020 release wave 2 enables integration with Microsoft Teams to help businesses collaborate by accessing their business data from Teams channels.
  • Geographic expansion: The 2020 release wave 2 lays the foundation for future onboarding of more countries and regions, including Brazil, Ireland, and Lithuania.
  • Customer-requested enhancements: Business Central continues to focus on responding to top customer enhancement requests. In addition to multiple features harvested from the product Ideas portal, top feedback areas such as email setup and use are enhanced.
  • Customer migration tools: To simplify the migration process to Business Central online, support is added for a broader set of Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV versions. Improvements are also made for selective migration of Dynamics GP customers and vendors along with enhanced migration of Dynamics GP Chart of Account setups.

Together, wave 2’s updates are designed to drive further service growth by empowering migration from various versions of Dynamics on-premises, activating partners that bring their vertical solutions to Business Central online, and accelerating the growth of net-new customers to Dynamics 365. The upgraded platform offers improved service quality, supportability, end-user productivity, and improved experiences for customers and partners.

Next steps

Logan Consulting has helped various brands transform their business using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and other similar services. If you are interested in Business Central or want to find out how Logan Consulting can help you optimize your business, contact us today for a consultation.



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