22 Nov BUSINESS CENTRAL FALL 2018: ADAPTABLE (IV/IV)
And today we finish with the series of post in which we present the news of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. As you will recall from our previous article, the October release enhancements of Business Central are grouped into four ambitious objectives:
- MODERN: Provide the user with a modern browsing experience.
- UNIFIED: Unify the two product lines (On-Premise and Cloud) in a single base code to ensure the homogeneity of functionality and continuity of both platforms.
- INTELLIGENT: Introduce the great opportunities of artificial intelligence to day-to-day tasks.
- ADAPTABLE: Adapt the tool to the needs of each client without creating high version upgrade costs.
In today’s blog post we want to focus on the last topic: “Adaptable”.
DYNAMICS 365 BUSINESS CENTRAL: ADAPTABLE
The main advantage historically has had Dynamics NAV (or our old friend Navision) versus the rest of the ERP market has been the easy adaptability of the tool. Any customer has been able for years to adapt the tool to their business processes to the smallest detail.
With Dynamics 365 Business Central this advantage is not altered, but it does present interesting news to be taken into account.
What’s the difference between On-Premise and Cloud in terms of customizations?
In order to be able to carry out extensions of functionality and customizations in the Business Central Cloud model, the Appsource portal has been enabled, in which we will be able to acquire small apps that solve specific scenarios. In this portal, all the partners that wish to do so will upload their apps for the global client market and we will be able to acquire apps without having to change partners.
Appsource will offer us great flexibility in terms of apps from different sectors and functionalities, as well as in the choice of opportunities. In the event that none of the Apps meets our requirements, we can ask our partner to do the custom development as we do it now. Of course, it is very important that the partner who makes the developments does it through Extensions. Next, we will explain what the Extensions are.
On the other hand, in the Business Central On-Premise model, we could continue to make changes as we have done so far, but from Triangle we strongly advise against it. We must take advantage of the modernization of the development tools provided by Microsoft and separate the standard code from the customizations of each client using “Extensions”. As an example, these are some of the benefits that we will achieve with the use of Extensions:
- Having our custom code out of the standard code
- Making migrations faster and less expensive (since you stay within the standard)
- Customizatinng to your business logic since you can use functionality that was not previously available
- As it is not about objects in Add-On numbering, you can work with other partners without any problem