The industry discussions were especially active with industry chatter about Microsoft’s project which was code-named “Tenerife.” Industry pundits described the project as a restructuring of the Dynamics 365 product built from parts of NAV and Dynamics 365, and significantly – the system would be hosted in the cloud.
A recent announcement from Microsoft has shed further light.
Microsoft announced the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Generally available beginning April 2nd, 2018, Business Central is a cloud-hosted, single, end-to-end cloud solution for managing finances, operations, sales and customer service.
As Microsoft notes, Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud. The release focuses on modern, modular applications, expanded analytics and AI software delivered via a secure cloud platform.
Impact on the Manufacturing, Distribution Enterprise
This is news of note for those organizations entering into enterprise software selection projects.
A key takeaway from this announcement is the transition of the NAV product, even as the technology is reframed as “Business Central” in this release.
The technology will continue to serve those manufacturing and distribution enterprises relying on the NAV platform.
The availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central in a true cloud deployment is significant.
The cloud model offers cost advantages, flexibility and “anytime, anywhere access” that is especially useful to today’s manufacturing and distribution organization.
About Business Central
Dynamics 365 Business Central integrates with other Microsoft cloud services including Office 365 and can be customized or extended for specific industry needs with PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Power BI.
As noted by Microsoft, Dynamics 365 Business Central will be generally available on April 2, 2018 in 14 countries – United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland, and will be sold only through Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners. Australia and New Zealand will be generally available beginning July 1, 2018.
Users can use Dynamics 365 Business Central pre-built applications, available through the AppSource marketplace, to extend their solution.
See the full announcement from Alysa Taylor, Microsoft General Manager, Business Apps & Strategy
Additional background and product descriptions can be found at Dynamics 365 Business Central website.
Microsoft offers information and an exploration of product capabilities on the Dynamics 365 Roadmap.
Contact the Ultra team for further insight on your specific enterprise technology requirements.