Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 368

Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 368

ArcherPoint's long-running Developer Digest is a weekly post that highlights Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central development and Dynamics NAV development, contributed by developers and consultants. In Developer Digest Volume 368, we get a full recap of Directions EMEA 2021, plus some sage advice about writing code!

The Dynamics NAV and Business Central community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff, is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of  sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media...so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there?

So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV/BC Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV/BC experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Reports from the Directions EMEA 2021 Event

Directions EMEA was a successful event, and there is much being shared by those that attended. Overall, the event was very positive. It seems like everyone was ready to reconnect in person and learn from each other how they are handling all the product changes since the last in-person technical event. Here are some highlights:

  1. The fact that the community is aging was emphasized. Partners are having a hard time finding developers. We’re seeing a lack of skilled resources in most industries, and ours is no different. Another impact of the aging work force is the inability to support customers on old, out-of-support versions of Dynamics NAV.
  2. Women in Dynamics was on the scene, launching this gathering for the first time at Directions EMEA. It will be great to see this representation of women in technology at future Directions events.
  3. There was a ton of great technical content this year. Check out Roberto Steffanetti’s blogs from each day of Directions EMEA 2021.
  4. BC SaaS deployments are growing rapidly, not just for new BC partners, but also for “traditional” NAV/BC partners. It seems that the performance improvements and pricing changes are having a positive impact on BC SaaS sales.
  5. James Crowter is the new chairman of the board of Directions 4 Partners and promises much more community activities year-round to keep the partner community connected. Congratulations to James!
  6. The Business Central roadmap was reviewed by Microsoft with discussions about future improvements.

The bottom line for NAV/ C developers: SaaS is here, and you need to be writing code using standards to ensure the solutions you create are viable for the long haul.

Developer Tip of the Day: Advice on Writing Code

On that last note, Kyle advises: “Write code as though the person who ends up maintaining that code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” Yikes! Good advice, nonetheless.

Interested in Dynamics NAV and/or Business Central development? Be sure to see our collection of NAV/BC Development Blogs.

Read "How To" blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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