If you didn’t already know, Microsoft has recently revealed its plans for the upcoming Wave 2 update due for release during October 2023. To help break this down for you, in our latest blog article, we will take you through 6 new improvements that will be coming to Business Central as a result of these plans.
1 – Edit in Excel extended capabilities
You will find that improvements have been made in the Edit in Excel action within item journals and warehouse worksheets that now allow you to change records in Excel and then publish these changes straight back to Business Central. You will find that when Excel opens, you will be able to see the Excel Add-in on the right-hand side.
2 – Comprehensive Power BI reporting
You will find that all businesses will now be able to access Power BI reports for finance, sales as well as inventory. This equips users with robust reporting and data analysis capabilities.
Furthermore, the functional areas of sales, finance and inventory will enable you to do the following:
3 - Intuitive AI tools with Copilot
Business Central introduces Copilot, a set of intuitive AI tools that enable users to accomplish more with less effort, without requiring expertise in data analysis.
For example, the bank account reconciliation feature in Business Central has been improved through:
4- Enhanced data analysis with multiple tabs
Business Central now allows users to analyse, group, and pivot data from multiple queries using multiple tabs.
You will find that analysis mode was launched as a public preview feature back in the Wave 1 release earlier this year as a new way of engaging with data on list pages. This meant that instead of running reports using different options and filters, you are able to add multiple tabs that showcase different tasks or views on the data.
The above concept has been built upon in this release:
5 - Accelerate development with Microsoft's Power Platform
Another significant improvement is the integration of Microsoft’s Power Platform with Business Central. You will notice that Business Central can easily connect with Power Automate, allowing triggers on Business Events to activate Power Automate flows and logic. To put this into context with an example, a new sales invoice can trigger an approval request flow with customisable events based on the approver’s response. Negative responses trigger notifications and emails to the requester, whilst the positive replies are added to an Excel spreadsheet in SharePoint and then send a chat update in Teams.
6 – Improved data loading and application performance
You will find that there is now an improved data load speed on the server which can benefit all usage scenarios such as web service integrations, background jobs as well as interactive sessions.
This improved load speed focuses on optimising two essential parts of the data stack within the Business Central server:
You will find that as a result, users will see rapid improvements when executing tasks such as:
If you are a business that is looking to take advantage of the some of the new features above by implementing Business Central in your business or looking to make the move from Dynamics GP to Business Central or moving from Dynamics NAV to Business Central then please do reach out to our team of Dynamics 365 experts now to discuss your requirements in more depth.
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