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To Business Central SaaS or to Business Central On-Premises, That is the Question?

Most customers will think about Business Central in the Cloud (Microsoft’s Software as a Service solution or ‘SaaS’ for short) as the Eldorado (or destination of gold and eternal bliss).  Frankly, I would agree with that in the long term. The fact is, though, that we are not ready to move all types of customer installations to Business Central SaaS, today.

To Business Central or not to Business Central, That is the Question?

The changes that Microsoft have made not only encompass changes with the basic concept (the solution is now also available in the Cloud, without losing any strength in customization), but there have also been significant changes to the core of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which is changing the application development language, basically for the first time since 1990. This will bring a lot of advantages for customers but also requires Microsoft ISVs and partners to rewrite a large portion of the code that has been built into their customer base since 1995.

Setting up the Excel add-in for editing Business Central data using PowerShell

Have you been struggling with updating data using Excel on Business Central? There is a solution - one of the convenient features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the ‘Edit in Excel’ functionality. After reading this blog post you should be able to set up the add-in in half an hour or less. The script provided in the blog allows you to run a fully functional ‘Edit in Excel’ add-in with just a few clicks.

Choosing the BestPath for Extensions to Dynamics 365 Business Central

As a Microsoft appointed ISV Development Center, 1ClickFactory, renowned for its upgrade tools and expertise is honored to efficiently support technological transformations to Dynamics 365 Business Central Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). From numerous interactions with Dynamics Partners, we’ve learned that a number of Dynamics partners have embraced an isolated approach to development practices.

Dynamics 365 Business Central: The importance of using a prefix or a suffix

When it comes to writing AL code for Dynamics 365, it’s a best practice to ensure that the name of each new application object in your extension contains a prefix or suffix. For optimal results, each control/field/action/group of Table Extension or Page Extension, must also be defined with a prefix or a suffix.

Important announcement! We’ve released the 1ClickFactory Upgrade Analyzer service!

1ClickFactory has just released the Upgrade Analyzer at Directions EMEA 2018 during our ISV session. A true gamechanger, the Upgrade Analyzer will not only make upgrades to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central easier. It’ll also let you analyze and configure endless upgrade scenarios to fit the exact needs of your customers. So, what can you expect from this unique new online service?

The Push to Extensions 2.0: What It Means for You!

One of the biggest cost drivers for Partners and their customers, since the introduction of add-ons in the mid-1990’s, has been the cost of managing and upgrading these add-ons in customer solutions to keep up with Microsoft’s numerous releases. This has become an even greater issue with the release of the newest version of Dynamics 365 (NAV / AX). 

Mitigating the Limitations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Upgrades (Beyond Standard Upgrade Tools)

Historically, Microsoft NAV Upgrades have been painful and time-consuming projects.  It is not surprising many Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partners preferred to perform new Dynamics NAV installation projects over existing Dynamics NAV upgrade projects.

The dawn of the new Microsoft Dynamic NAV upgrade tools has spelled relief for many Partners upgrading solutions from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and later versions. The introduction of these new tools, like Powershell, has allowed major upgrade obstacles to be removed and in some cases even automated.

Conquering the Peculiarities of Dynamics NAV Extensions

When Dynamics NAV 2016 was launched, Extensions were introduced as the new way to build Add-Ons. At that time, Extensions had too many restrictions, so developers were playing around with them, but only the brave actually started developing real Extensions implementations.

With NAV 2017, the number of restrictions have significantly decreased. Now the Extensions Marketplace (App Source) is growing at a rapid pace.

Following 1ClickFactory‘s vision, all companies will someday run on the latest version(s) of their software(s), 1ClickFactory‘s NAV developers commenced several Extension development projects to make it easier to upgrade Add-Ons.  Through this work, a couple of peculiarities surfaced that you may want to make note of for your own Extensions development.

Plan for the Future NOW at Directions EMEA 2017!

You must plan for the future, especially as an ISV, designing your business strategy moving forward on Dynamics NAV and/or Dynamics 365. It is likely a number of questions regarding how to move forward as a Dynamics Partner have already surfaced in your business in one way or another. We here at 1ClickFactory gathered our elite team to discuss and prepare the bundle of the hottest topics in the Dynamics market to help you find the answers and the right path for your business in the ever changing Microsoft Dynamics landscape. Join us for our planning sessions and workshops to understand your options, advantages/disadvantages and best path scenarios to plan your strategy to stay current and keep your customers happy.