Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Release Wave 1: What to Expect

Kyle Lim
01-Apr-2020 14:24:00

Ever since its initial launch in 2018, Microsoft has been regularly releasing updates for Business Central twice a year. Each update has implemented new features and functionalities based on feedback, to expand its capabilities for Business Central users and developers.

This time around, the 2020 Release Wave 1 update for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central will be going live today, 1st April 2020. Early Access to the update has been available since February.



For 2020 Release Wave 1, Microsoft will focus on meeting the demands of a growing user base for its ERP software by implementing upgrades to service fundamentals, enhancing productivity tools, and introducing some of the most-requested features by the users of Business Central.

In addition, this update also brings improvements to the migration tools that assist users of Microsoft’s on-premise ERP solutions to Business Central as well.

Let’s look at some of the highlights that the 2020 Release Wave 1 update has in store for users of Business Central like yourself.


1. Improvements to Business Central's Service Fundamentals

Every business demands that their enterprise software performs well in supporting their processes, works reliable, and is easily scalable with the growth of the organisation. To that effect, the 2020 Release Wave 1 is focused on enhancements to service quality and availability. You will also see the results of Microsoft’s big investment into improving the service security of Business Central.

Because partners like AFON are a crucial component of the Business Central ecosystem, this update will give partners access to telemetry visibility through Azure Insights, allowing us at AFON to monitor the performance of your Business Central software through an Application Performance Management (APM) service.

Azure Insights

To enable your Dynamics 365 Business Central tenant sending telemetry data to Application Insights, click on Enable Application Insights and insert the relative Instrumentation Key. Source: Stefano Demiliani

With this, we can be more proactive at preventing any performance issues that may be caused by web service requests and reports from happening in the first place, and keep your business operations running smoothly without a hiccup.

Microsoft has also delivered improvements to integration with the Common Data Service (CDS), which has also been heavily requested by partners. With the 2020 Release Wave 1, Business Central will now allow for the creation of CDS tables and table extensions, allowing for any custom attribute to be synchronized when you develop an extension that integrates with the CDS.


2. Improvements to Business Central's Productivity Features

Your end users must be able to work effectively with Business Central to realise its potential to improve the overall productivity of your business. The 2020 Release Wave 1 will bring improvements to several features that enable and promote productivity in your workforce.

The Modern Client will offer an enhanced user experience with an optimised page layout, improves the load times for complex pages, and allows advanced users to customise more of the user interface without needing to code for it.

Modern Client Features

Bookmark a link to any page in Business Central, and add the link to the navigation menu of your Home page. Source: Jatin Patel

Another improvement that the update will bring is the introduction of auto-insertion of recurring sales and purchase order lines, a functionality which has often been requested by users of Business Central. Recurring sales or purchase lines will now be automatically inserted into documents that are set up for the customer or the vendor.

If there are multiple recurring sales or purchase lines, you will be notified of such and given the choice of which line to insert into the document. Otherwise, these recurring sales/purchase lines will be inserted automatically.

Sales And Purchase LinesMultiple items selection. Source: Code the Coffee


3. Improvements Requested By Business Central Customers And Users

Microsoft continues to actively solicit feedback from Business Central users, and acting on them to further improve the ERP software. In addition to implementing multiple features that were chosen from the product ideas portal, other features and functionalities which have received a significant amount of feedback from users are being enhanced.

One example of this is bank reconciliation; the Bank Account Reconciliation page now comes with more space for data, giving you a better overview and understanding of the bank statement lines and the related bank account ledger entries.

It also provides a Bank Reconciliation Report which identifies both ongoing and posted bank reconciliations and statements, which helps you pinpoint if there are any missing payments or suspicious transactions caused by errors more efficiently and promptly than before.


To reconcile bank accounts without simultaneously applying payments, use the global search for Bank Account Reconciliation. Source: Crestwood


4. Transitioning From Business Central's On-Premises To The Cloud

Microsoft has been encouraging customers of their on-premise ERP solutions – such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, SL and NAV – to transition into cloud-hosted Business Central. To that effect, 2020 Release Wave 1 delivers enhancements to several migration tools.

If you’re using on-premise Business Central and have upgraded to the 2019 Release Wave 2 update, you can migrate directly to the cloud-hosted version with the 2020 Release Wave 1 update, without having to carry out an upgrade on-premises beforehand.

If you’re using Microsoft Dynamics GP instead, Microsoft has implemented enhanced migration tools for the following;

  • Dynamics GP Chart of Accounts
  • All or only Active customer and vendor records
  • Dynamics GP Inventory data

With these enhancements, 2020 Release Wave 1 greatly simplifies the migration process for users of Microsoft on-premise ERP software, making it easier for them to make the transition to the cloud-hosted version of Business Central.


Questions About Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central’s 2020 Release Wave 1?

The 2020 Release Wave 1 update for Business Central continues where the previous update left off, delivering much-needed enhancements to various features and functionalities which are heavily informed by user feedback.

With the addition of new migration tools and improvements delivered to existing ones, Microsoft has also signalled its intent to encourage users of its various on-premise ERP offerings to make the move to the cloud-based Business Central.

For the full details of what this latest release entails, head to Microsoft's notes on the 2020 Release Wave 1 update.

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