Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 390

Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 390

ArcherPoint’s Developer Digest focuses on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central development and Dynamics NAV development. In Developer Digest Volume 390, we talk about workflows, enabling camera support, leveraging Azure Data Lake, permissions and security, and some controversy.

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.

Learn to Write Workflows

Alberto Soben offers a great tutorial on setting up workflows in Business Central in his blog, Workflows Overview in Business Central. Workflows follow the basic pattern of WHEN an EVENT occurs that matches the ON CONDITION, THEN the specified RESPONSE is performed. Workflows can be categorized for the appropriate users: Finance, Administration, Sales and Marketing, etc. Business Central comes with pre-built templates grouped in categories that you can use as the basis to create your own workflows. In a related post, How To Setup Approval Workflows In Business Central, Mr. Soben describes setting up a workflow that sends notifications and waits for approvals.

Take a Selfie in BC with AL!

Erik Hougaard shows how to add camera support to apps in Business Central using AL in his YouTube video, How to Take Selfies in Business Central with AL.

Go Jump in the Azure Data Lake

Azure Data Lake solves many of the productivity and scalability challenges that prevent you from maximizing the value of your data assets. Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is a set of capabilities dedicated to big data analytics, built on Azure Blob Storage. Roberto Stefanetti shows how you can leverage Azure Data Factory capabilities to load data into Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 in his blog, Business Central data exported in Azure Data Lake. One of the benefits of using a data lake as a staging area for your BI and reporting is the ability to store disparate data types in a single location. This can be a great way for Dynamics 365 Business Central customers to host their ERP data in an Azure Data Lake for data warehouse and analytics needs.

Not What I Asked For

For years, Microsoft has added new apps to Business Central code, including new features, bug fixes, and performance updates. And these additions are always welcome. This month, Waldo discusses Microsoft’s practice of adding unnecessary apps automatically to Business Central’s SaaS production environments. Read his blog, Should Microsoft keep installing apps behind your back? along with the reactions of several Microsoft experts around the Business Central community.

User Permissions and Security in Business Central

Data security is important everywhere and setting the appropriate user permissions goes a long way to ensuring everyone has the access they need to perform their jobs. This article from MSDW, 5 Reasons to Include End Users in a Dynamics 365 Business Central Permissions and Security Project outline how administrators can enlist the users to help them set up and maintain role permissions in Business Central. And check out our blog, Who Are You? And Should You Be Here? to read more about access security in Business Central.

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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