2019 Release Wave 2 plan for Business Central

Author: Yuran Shrestha 

To accelerate and support various vertical and horizontal solutions for cloud version of Business Central, Microsoft has released wave 2 plan for Business Central. The 2019 release wave 2 update has now rolled out for new tenants and environments from October 1, 2019. 

Following are the top ideas which are going to be released on October 2019: 

1.Multiple production environments. 

With this update, now it is possible to create a Business Central Production environment for business division, subsidiaries that operate in different countries or regions across the world. 

2. Ability to download a database backup file 

With this update, tenant administrators can create and download a database backup for each environment for that tenant and additionally, this provides the option for customers to download the file locally to import it into a local database. 

3.New option to report production outage in Business Central Administration Center 

When there is system down, then now partner can quickly create a support ticket in Business Central Administration Center. It will be a quicker way to resolve out any system issues with Microsoft Support for Business Central. 

4.Enhancements for customer migration tool 

This tool will allow a user to use Azure Data Factory to connect their on-prem SQL Server Database to a Business Central online tenant and bring their data across. This will be the easier way to migrate from on-prem to on-cloud. 

Besides these enhancements, there are many more feature application updates that are planned to release from October 2019 through March 2020.  

Following are the feature lists that we should learn about and get prepared.

  1. Application enhancements 
Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Cancel issued reminders and finance charge memos End users, automatically  October 2019 
Carry line descriptions to general ledger entries when posting End users, automatically  October 2019 
Write larger item cross-reference numbers End users, automatically  October 2019 

 2. Application lifecycle management 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Ability to download a database backup file Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Improvements in update testing and preparation Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Multiple production environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
New option to report production outage in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Support for performant data upgrade from C/AL tables to AL tables Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

3. Migrations to Business Central online 

This area details our migrations to Business Central online roadmap. 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Enhancements for customer migration tools Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

4. Modern clients 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Add links to your navigation menu End users, automatically  October 2019 
Customize a user profile without writing code End users, automatically  October 2019 
Enhancements to Excel integration End users, automatically  October 2019 
Filtering option fields by multiple values End users, automatically  October 2019 
Full keyboard shortcut support End users, automatically  October 2019 
Multi-tasking across multiple pages End users, automatically  October 2019 
Personalize actions and navigation on your Home page End users, automatically  October 2019 
Powerful filtering for reports End users, automatically  October 2019 
Resize columns with less clicks End users, automatically  October 2019 
Saving and personalizing list views End users, automatically  October 2019 
Speed and agility of data entry End users, automatically  October 2019 
Switch between companies in your Business Inbox in Outlook End users, automatically  October 2019 
Add notes and links to data End users, automatically  October 2019 
Easy access to a capability overview End users, automatically  October 2019 
Modern clients only for Business Central Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

5. Modern developer tools 

For the 2019 release wave 2, Business Central retires the legacy development tool, C/SIDE, and development language, C/AL, replacing them with a modern solution based on Visual Studio Code, Azure DevOps, and an AL language that supports an extension-based approach to customization. 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Access modifiers Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Attach and debug next Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Base application delivered as AL applications Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Code documentation attributes Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Database insights made available in AL Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Improved app dependency handling on build and deploy Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
More power to developers using Designer Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Translating other extensions Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

6. Empower ISV acceleration 

We will focus on empowering ISV acceleration in developing new solutions, moving IP from the source code customization model to Business Central. The ecosystem is extremely broad, but a small concentrated set of ISVs drive the majority of the sales and usage. We will focus on enabling those core ISVs. 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Design for extensibility Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

7. Service fundamentals 

Laser focus on performance, reliability, supportability and security is essential to ensure that service quality remains ahead of the growth in service usage. Accessibility, already in a strong position, must be preserved. 

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability 
Lock-free number series End users, automatically  October 2019 
New Support Request option in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Page Background Tasks Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Partners can enter support contact details in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 
Surrogate keys Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically  October 2019 

Description of Enabled for column values: 

  • End users, automatically – These features include change(s) to the user experience for end users and are enabled automatically. 
  • Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically – These features are meant to be used by administrators, makers, or business analysts and are enabled automatically. 
  • End users by admins, makers, or analysts – These features must be enabled or configured by the administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their end users. 

Referencehttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2019wave2/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features 

What’s Next? 

If you would like to take advantage of the latest updates of Business Central within your organisation, Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation on 01296 328 689. Or email us at info@dogmagroup.co.uk.  

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