What's New in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Wave 2 (Version 19)
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Wave 2 (Version 19) was released on October 1, 2021. This article outlines the significant product enhancements available in this release:
- Unified procurement – Process non-inventory items, such as services, on planning and worksheet documents, much like how you handle inventory items, allowing for a unified procurement process.
- Easier deployment – Ease initial deployment of the environment with scripted environment creation, configuration packages, user permissions, and user groups.
- Share Business Central pages in Teams – Share any page in Business Central in Teams from Business Central web client.
- Detailed error descriptions – Get better explanations and guidance on errors caused by posting setup and dimensions problems. Copy technical details, such as session ID, and AL call stack, to the clipboard and share this information with a support representative.
- Extension versatility – Remove tables and fields without deleting the entire Extension.
- Send emails using Word templates – Use Word templates to include content in email communications and personalize it using Word’s mail merge features using data from Business Central.
- Copy environment to a sandbox – Copy any type of environment to any type of environment (previously, you could only copy the production environment to a sandbox).
- Secure data synchronization – Ensure more secure connections and data synchronization by using the Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL).
- Efficient synchronization with Dataverse – Select multiple records, such as hundreds of customers or contacts, and Business Central will create a single synchronization job per batch of selected records, reducing the load on the task scheduler that runs the background jobs.
- Snapshot debugger – Get details of the code that was running, code execution time, and call stack views, providing developers with code performance metrics when replaying the snapshot.
- Alternate units of measure – Specify items using different units of measure in purchase, production, and sales order documents. For example, items might be purchased by the pallet but consumed individually in production. This also allows users to adjust for incomplete orders (for example, broken/missing items from a container).
NOTE: Customers can create a preview environment to preview new features and test for any conflicts between their customizations and the latest update.
Find more comprehensive release notes from Microsoft at What’s new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central. To see features that have been moved, removed, or replaced in this release, visit Deprecated Features in W1.
View the Business Central 2021 Wave 2 Launch Event on demand.
Protect Your Investment in Business Central with an Upgrade Subscription Plan
If you are already on Business Central SaaS customer, it is important to keep up with what is changing. First, know that being on a SaaS product does not mean the end to upgrades. As a SaaS customer, you receive notices through Business Central from Microsoft, but you must also ensure you’re monitoring those notices and know what to do when you receive one.
One way to ensure you never miss an update with an upgrade subscription plan through a qualified partner with specific expertise in managing your on premises or SaaS upgrade cycle. ArcherPoint offers several fixed-fee upgrade subscription plans with a range of services for both on premises NAV and Business Central deployments, including BC SaaS “proactive” (Managed Services) and “reactive” (Break-Fix) options. Proactive plans keep you in front of updates before they are pushed out, eliminating potential downtime.