In early May, Directions North America took place at Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The premier conference for Microsoft Dynamics partners who serve the SMB market, Directions covers a variety of Microsoft services and products, chief among them Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. As a national Tier 1 Microsoft Gold Dynamics portfolio partner, Turnkey Technologies always stays up-to-date on the latest news relating to Microsoft Dynamics ERP, customer engagement and modern workplace tools. So, naturally, we sent one of our top Dynamics sales representatives to the event to get the latest scoop on Business Central. Here’s what he learned.
Moving GP users to Business Central
Much of the messaging at Directions revolved around Microsoft’s plans to provide a migration path for Dynamics GP users who wish to move to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Microsoft has already given GP users the opportunity to augment the solution with certain Business Central features via Intelligent Edge. This application allows users to connect to the Intelligent Cloud (which is essentially an instance of Business Central in the cloud) so they can process their GP data in Power BI, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps and machine learning applications. It also allows them to view KPIs such as cash available, sales profitability, net income and inventory value, and gives them the ability to access this information on mobile devices.
The plan to move Dynamics GP users to Business Central is clearly resonating with a significant portion of the GP partner base. Several speakers and attendees at Directions who have long histories representing and implementing GP (including regular GPUG participants) expressed interest in diving deeper into Business Central services. While support for the latest version of GP is likely to last for at least another decade, Business Central will probably start to come up in conversations about GP more frequently as time goes by. In the meantime, however, Dynamics GP users who are still happy with the product will be able to continue using it for the foreseeable future.
Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner Momentum
Since its release in spring 2018, Business Central’s reach and influence has continued to grow. This is best exemplified by the following statistics that Microsoft shared at Directions:
- 311% growth in partners selling Business Central
- 68% of Business Central partner revenue coming from North America
- 300+ Business Central apps now in AppSource
- 50+ new Business Central partners every month
- 75% of Business Central partners also sell other Dynamics 365 products
- 1000+ partners are selling Business Central
Business Central October 2019 Release
Another highlight from this year’s Directions North America conference is the announcement of a Business Central release planned for October. While granular specifics were not shared at the conference, Microsoft revealed that the release will include more than 100 new features, including ones that will increase productivity and enable the creation of super users. Other features will focus on service fundamentals, proficiency improvements, reduced ISV friction and enhanced migration tools.
Further details about the October release will be available later this month
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform October 2019 Releases
Business Central is not the only product getting a release update this fall. The general Microsoft Dynamics 365 stack and the Microsoft Power Platform will receive the following updates and additions:
- 350+ new capabilities and new applications
- Dynamics 365 Customer Insights
- Dynamics 365 Customer Service Virtual Agent
- Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection
- Microsoft Forms Pro
- Dynamics 365 Visualize
- Dynamics 365 Guides
More details on these releases will be available at an unspecified date.
Turnkey Technologies: Experts in all things Microsoft Dynamics
At Turnkey Technologies, we are experts in all things Microsoft Dynamics, from Business Central and GP to Finance & Operations and Customer Engagement. As a go-to resource for each of these products, we always make sure that current users and those considering Dynamics solutions have access to the latest insights and updates from Microsoft, in addition to providing a variety of training and educational opportunities.
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