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How to set up an Extension Development Environment using Visual Studio Code

As a leading Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Software Factory, and one of the largest providers of Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 Business Central on Azure services globally, we often receive questions from Microsoft Partners about the configuration of Extension Development Environments.

Therefore, we’ve created a two-part blog series to share our best practices and to address the issues that Partners most commonly come across. In part one, we’ll be reviewing how to set up an Extension Development Environment using Visual Studio Code.

 

The time to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS is NOW

The Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS platform, with Navision at its core, has over 30 years of history and continuous product improvements. Today this time-tested, cutting-edge technology helps to revolutionize the way we do business, by providing enhanced functionality and support for ERP computing in the cloud. But when to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS, now or later?

A Review of 2019 & Predictions For 2020 – From 1ClickFactory CEO

The Cloud Is Coming…Has Arrived

Most of you are familiar with the fable about the boy who cried wolf. For me, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Cloud offerings have been a bit like that the past few years. 

Speed Up The Transition From C/AL to Extensions

The technological changes in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS market require a lot of preparation from Microsoft Dynamics Partners. Dynamics Partners often struggle to understand the level of disruption and the resources required to successfully adapt. Thus, when transitioning from C/AL to Dynamics 365 Business Central Extensions, Dynamics Partners often look for an experienced consultant or solution architect who can help to analyze Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions. It usually takes around 2-3 weeks to figure out how big the changeover to an Extension can be, which is time consuming and costly; an exercise that can often result in delays to the project.

A “Clean start” Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central SaaS

If you read our previous blog post on a Phased transition to Business Central SaaS (if you haven’t yet, you really should read it😊) you would have noticed that we refer to Dynamics 365 Business Central in the Cloud (Microsoft’s Software as a Service solution or ‘SaaS’ for short) as to the Eldorado, or destination of gold and eternal bliss. However, if your current version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is very outdated, you may wind up in a Sisyphean whereabouts, rather than Eldorado. In this blog post, I’ll share the best upgrade approach for very outdated Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions so that they can effectively move to the latest version. We call this upgrade concept a - “Clean Start”, aka clearing the path to Eldorado…

Phased Transition to Dynamics BC SaaS – The Risk Free Path to the Future

Today, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics Business Central on-premises customers see Dynamics 365 Business Central in the Cloud (Microsoft’s Software-as-a-Service solution or ‘SaaS’ for short) as the Eldorado (a destination of gold and eternal bliss). Therefore, the biggest consideration is discerning how to successfully move customers from Microsoft Dynamics NAV (any version) or Dynamics Business Central on-premises to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS smoothly, timely and safely.

Would You Awaken Your Dynamics NAV/BC On-Prem Customer this Fall if They Were Sleeping Beauty?

As we have heard many times before, it is likely your Dynamics NAV and Dynamics Business Central On-Premises customers are confused and raising questions surrounding the Dynamics 365 Business Central Fall release 2019. Well, simply ask them if they were sleeping beauty, would they want to be woken up this fall or wait years and years to eventually be awoken?

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.