Dynamics 365 Business Central release wave 2 preview
Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 Release Wave 2 Preview
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 release wave 2 preview. The 2019 release wave 2 update for Dynamics 365 Business Central is coming in October. To help you prepare for this update, a preview of the release is available now in sandbox environments. This gives tenant administrators and users early access to the new release to prepare for the coming update.
Key dates for this release wave
Here are the key dates for the release to help you plan with confidence for new and changed capabilities.
- September 2, 2019: Release preview
Try the new capabilities today. Test the new functionality in a sandbox environment to prepare for the update in production. We expect to provide a new preview version every two weeks until the update is generally available for production environments.
- October 1, 2019: General availability
The 2019 Dynamics 365 Business Central release wave 2 update will be available for new tenants and environments. We will also begin scheduling existing tenants to be updated to the new version. Tenant administrators will receive an email notification when each Business Central environment is scheduled for the update. See our documentation on updating environments for more information.
What’s new in the release
The 2019 Dynamics 365 Business Central release wave 2 provides a wide range of phenomenal enhancements across the Business Central clients, application functionality, platform, and development tools. To review a full list of the new features in the release, see the Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 release wave 2 plan.
How to get the preview
You can get access to the preview by creating a new sandbox environment from the Business Central Admin Center. When you create a new sandbox environment, choose the preview version from the Version list.
This creates a new sandbox environment with a preview version of the application. This way, you have easy access to an environment where you can review the new features that are part of the upcoming release.
The preview sandbox environment contains demonstration company data. We aren’t yet able to provide the option to include production company data in the preview. However, it will be important to test the update against production data in a sandbox environment. This option will be available when we release the new update in production in October.
We need your feedback on the preview! Let us know about your experiences with the new version. You can provide feedback on Microsoft Collaborate:
- Browse to aka.ms/collaborate
- If you have not registered before, please complete the registration form to access Collaborate
- Choose Engagements, and then choose Join
- Under the Ready! for Dynamics 365 Business Central program, find 2019 Release Wave 2 Preview in the list of available engagements, and choose Join
Once you have joined the 2019 Release Wave 2 engagement, you can submit your feedback by filling in this form. You must specify if you are reporting a technical issue, a translation issue, or a documentation issue. The default severity is set to 3, which is the normal severity for most defects and means that the system is not crashing and users are not blocked from doing their work, but you can change that. When we have triaged your issue, you can see changes in Collaborate.
Tip: If you get stuck trying to join collaborate, please submit a support request, and please be explicit about the error you’re getting.
The first step is to get the preview.
Next, once you have the preview, start using it:
- Review the new functionality.
Try it out, and begin training employees on the new features that are coming. Note that this is being rolled out gradually across the world, so if the option isn’t showing up for you today, please try again tomorrow.
2. Validate your extensions.
Install your extensions and run through the functionality. Verify that the customization continues to work and is compatible with the new version.
3. Test the quality.
If you run into issues related to the preview, please provide the feedback following the steps outlined above.
Principal Program Manager
Update closely connected data in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement using Flow and native workflow
When thinking about data structures, it’s often important to update related information. Take for example child records in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement. When a parent record is updated, getting that information passed along to recontextualize child records is very important, and this process can be achieved with a few simple steps using Microsoft Flow. Flow can be the best approach for situations involving users with no coding skills but a need to develop. Aside from saving effort and leveraging existing talent, Flow makes the process easy to track and debug.
After fields on an account are updated, the same data should get updated on a specific child entity of the account record such as a contact. For implementing the logic, we will need a custom workflow or plugin, together with Flow.
- Flag field on Account Entity
- Workflow to set field as true on satisfying business condition
- Flow to retrieve child records and update them with data after verifying flag is set to true
- Create a new field on the parent entity with the “Update child record” option–one of two option types in the CRM. We will use this field in Flow as a flag.
- Create a workflow: Whenever “CURB ID,” “Driver License Number”, and “Email” are updated on the parent record a workflow will trigger. Select the fields that you want to update on the child. Change the “Update child record” field value to “yes.”
3. Create a flow. Select “When record is updated” as the trigger and then enter a condition: Set the “Update child record” field equal to “true”.
4. Select “List records” action in Dynamics 365. This will retrieve all the related records for the account.
5. Update child records by using an “Apply to each” loop together with the update a record action in D365.
Enter the values in fields that you want to update.
6. Update the parent record by setting the field value to no, the same as the settings we created to trigger the flow.
After completing the flow and the workflow, hide the field from the form that we are using to trigger the flow.
Why do we need these different elements such as workflow, custom attribute and Flow? Put simply:
- Workflow: Needed to update the specific attribute after the condition is satisfied for triggering the flow
- Attributes: Act to trigger the flow and serves as a condition check for Flow
This process is a useful way to update closely connected data in D365CE by using the complementary capabilities of the Power Platform.
Software Engineer, CloudFronts Technologies
Azure Updates: Form Recognizer; Logic Apps; Azure Stack; Site Recovery; Vision AI Developer Kit
Microsoft began ramping up for a new season as September got underway, highlighting new visual AI capabilities and notifying users of developer updates and soon to be deprecated features.
Principal program manager Neta Halby discussed ways to use Azure Form Recognizer. To date, the system has already extracted table, text and key value pair data from documents, such as W-2s, but now adds handwritten text recognition and “mixed-mode,” applicable to medical, financial, insurance and manufacturing forms. Halby indicated a potential value proposition that includes reducing manual digitization of forms, extending data sets back to handwritten documents or creating a single application for multiple document types. So far, Avanade is an early adopter of the new features reducing manual input of handwritten contact information on paper sheets at trade shows.
Several Azure Blueprint samples are available for compliance. The most recently released is NIST SP 800-53 R4, which maps Azure Policy controls to NIST controls, which focuses on compliance for US government users.
Among geographic updates, M-series VMs are available in the France Central region, while cross region read replicas for Azure Database for MySQL are now live. Microsoft is introducing monthly payment options for Azure Reservations, Azure SQL Database instance pool previews for pre-planning vCore compute resources and an integration between DevTest Labs and Azure Bastion to connect VMs in Azure portal via SSL.
SQL Server Data Tools are now available as part of the Visual Studio 2019 preview, supporting stable change management and deployment when creating solutions with SQL Data Warehouse.
Azure Stack is now integrated with the Government Secret cloud for hybrid scenarios, offering Pay-As-You-Go billing and marketplace billing. Stack is also offering general availability of diagnostic log collections, sharing logs with Customer Support Services, and work is underway to produce solution patterns to help developers create AI inferencing for video streams at the network edge.
Ms Dynamics World Editorial Team
Microsoft to launch Power Platform-driven Nonprofit Operations Toolkit for small organizations
Microsoft will launch a Nonprofit Operations Toolkit in October 2019 aimed at small nonprofits. The solution, part of a new wave of productivity, training, and business tools focused on organizations with ten or fewer employees, will be built on the Power Platform and is intended to “help small nonprofits implement effective project and awards management processes that reduce costs and build trust with funders,” according to an announcement attributed to Justin Spelhaug, General Manager, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies.
The Nonprofit Operations Toolkit has been built with model-driven and canvas PowerApps, Power BI, cloud storage, and Excel, according to the company. It will be available in preview this month and will go live in October through Microsoft cloud solution partners.
Other solutions announced in the post include:
- Microsoft 365 Business for Nonprofits offer – provides 10 donated seats of Microsoft 365 Business, with the option to purchase additional seats at $5 per user per month.
- Microsoft Digital Skills Center for Nonprofits – launched in partnership with TechSoup, it provides a learning path platform full of product training and skill-building content to help nonprofits successfully use technology.
The efforts aimed at smaller nonprofits stems from the fact that most nonprofits have fewer than ten employees and work locally. “Small nonprofits are at the greatest risk of being left behind in the digital world,” the blog post states. “Their size, funding and infrastructure do not always accommodate purchasing the latest technology, training their employees on how to use it, employing designated IT staff, or investing in resources to keep their organization secure.”
The three new offerings are meant to reflect the needs in the space that span education, digital security and management, and operations.
Ms Dynamics World Editorial Team
The Monkey and The Crocodile
Once upon a time, a clever monkey lived in a tree that bore juicy, red rose apples. He was very happy. One fine day, a crocodile swam up to that tree and told the monkey that he had traveled a long distance and was in search of food as he was very hungry. The kind monkey offered him a few rose apples. The crocodile enjoyed them very much and asked the monkey whether he could come again for some more fruit. The generous monkey happily agreed.
The crocodile returned the next day. And the next. And the next one after that. Soon the two became very good friends. They discussed their lives, their friends and family, like all friends do. The crocodile told the monkey that he had a wife and that they lived on the other side of the river. So the kind monkey offered him some extra rose apples to take home to his wife. The crocodile’s wife loved the rose apples and made her husband promise to get her some every day.
Meanwhile, the friendship between the monkey and the crocodile deepened as they spent more and more time together. The crocodile’s wife started getting jealous. She wanted to put an end to this friendship. So she pretended that she could not believe that her husband could be friends with a monkey. Her husband tried to convince her that he and the monkey shared a true friendship. The crocodile’s wife thought to herself that if the monkey lived on a diet of rose monkeys, his flesh would be very sweet. So she asked the crocodile to invite the monkey to their house.
The crocodile was not happy about this. He tried to make the excuse that it would be difficult to get the monkey across the river. But his wife was determined to eat the monkey’s flesh. So she thought of a plan. One day, she pretended to be very ill and told the crocodile that the doctor said that she would only recover if she ate a monkey’s heart. If her husband wanted to save her life, he must bring her his friend’s heart.
The crocodile was aghast. He was in a dilemma. On the one hand, he loved his friend. On the other, he could not possibly let his wife die. The crocodile’s wife threatened him saying that if he did not get her the monkey’s heart, she would surely die.
So the crocodile went to the rose apple tree and invited the monkey to come home to meet his wife. He told the monkey that he could ride across the river on the crocodile’s back. The monkey happily agreed. As they reached the middle of the river, the crocodile began to sink. The frightened monkey asked him why he was doing that. The crocodile explained that he would have to kill the monkey to save his wife’s life. The clever monkey told him that he would gladly give up his heart to save the life of the crocodile’s wife, but he had left his heart behind in the rose apple tree. He asked the crocodile to make haste and turn back so that the monkey could go get his heart from the apple tree.
The silly crocodile quickly swam back to the rose apple tree. The monkey scampered up the tree to safety. He told the crocodile to tell his wicked wife that she had married the biggest fool in the world.
Moral: Don’t underestimate yourself. There are bigger fools in this world.
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