Microsoft Fall Update Period: What’s new in Dynamics?

27/09/2018

October is always a busy time for Microsoft with their annual Fall Update conference, and this year is no different. This week’s Microsoft Ignite Conference in Orlando, Florida, has been extremely eventful in terms of the new technologies and tools Microsoft is introducing.

Here are a few of the most anticipated updates and product releases for Dynamics users from Microsoft Ignite:

Out with product version numbers

One of Dynamics 365’s biggest strengths is its ability to receive and implement new software updates directly from the cloud, preventing the need for lengthy downtime and potentially expensive hardware upgrades. Although this update process is already effective, Microsoft is constantly exploring new ways to improve the processes’ efficiency and effectiveness.

One of the key changes Microsoft is looking to introduce this year is the reduction of reliance on product version numbers to indicate which new features and changes are being delivered in an update. As Charles Lamanna, General Manager for Microsoft’s Common Application Platform, has said, this will create “a more seamless delivery of our service through our continuous deployment cycle and is an integral part of the evolution of our platform.”

Connecting Dynamics 365 for Field Service and Azure IoT Central

During July’s Microsoft Inspire 2018 conference held in Las Vegas, Microsoft made it clear that establishing a true Internet of Things (IoT) for all its Dynamics 365 solutions was at the core of their vision for the future. This is perhaps best demonstrated through Microsoft’s recent announcement of Intelligent Edge connection to the cloud for its on-premise Dynamics 365 users.

By connecting Dynamics 365 and Azure IoT Central, Microsoft hopes to encourage organisations to adopt a connected approach to field service scenarios, moving away from on-premise and traditional ‘break-and-fix’ service models . Thanks to this integration, device sensors can be used to alert users to potential problems and help them prevent downtime.

Business Central on-premise to replace Dynamics NAV

Since its release in April 2018, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has been championed as the company’s premier cloud-based financial solution. However, many existing Dynamics NAV users (upon which much of Dynamics 365 Business Central’s functionality is based) have been wondering what the future holds for NAV on-premise.

Microsoft has now made the announcement that from October 2018, Dynamics NAV on-premise will be known as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premise. The company is focusing increasingly on Business Central as their core ERP solution, a strategic move which will be reflected in future roadmaps and should help NAV users gradually make the shift towards the cloud.

If you’re looking to upgrade your solution, or want to migrate to a solution that offers regular, free and powerful updates directly through the cloud; get in touch by email at moreinfo@citydynamics.com or by phone at 020 7065 6868.