Welcome everyone to episode 48 of A Shot of Business Central and A Beer where we discuss all things related to Business Central while enjoying a cold beer. In this episode, we’ll be discussing the latest news in the world of Business Central, our thoughts on the Imperial Biscotti Break Beer, and we’re introducing a new segment titled AI Snack Time! So, sit back, grab a beer, and let’s dive in!
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A Shot of Business Central and A Beer Podcast Show Notes
Beer we're drinking
Brewed With: cacao nibs, vanilla, almond, and biscotti
Style: Imperial / Stout
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 11.5%
Beer Advocate Score: 96
Notes (Funny!): The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale. (Forza means Strength / Let’s go!)
Poor color: Very dark. Oil like.
Head: Dark brown color and 2 fingers thick.
Smells: Chocolate, coffee, nuts
Taste: Cocoa, coffee. High alcohol content is noticeable for some.
Mouth feel: Heavy bodied.
Can art: Better than some but worse than others. Nothing too special.
Shot of Business Central (Latest News)
Business Central version 22.0 began rolling out this month.
Business Central on-prem licensing
As of April 1, 2023 perpetual licensing and pricing is no longer available.
Michael's thoughts: The writing has been on the wall for a few years now with Microsoft’s opinion of on-premise software. That being said, I think it’s important to have an on-premise offering and I’m not too sure how much the option of not owning users will have an effect on an organization’s choice of provider.
Enhancement rates will be increasing by 1 point from 17% to 18% on October 1, 2023.
Michael's thoughts: Inflation is real and workers are demanding and commanding higher wages. However, the question we should ask is whether or not Microsoft is raising these prices to combat inflation and higher costs or to ease customers off of on-premise and toward the cloud.
Several countries will also see pricing increases for Business Central starting in October. License costs will go up between 9 and 15% in several currencies including: Euro (EUR), Danish Krone (DKK), Norwegian Krone (NOK), Swedish Krona (SEK), Japanese Yen (JPY), and Indian Rupee (INR).
Since the perpetual model includes price protections, this change will only impact functionality or users licensed after that date.
Michael's overall thoughts:
On-premise software will cease to exist within 5 years.
Microsoft introduced CoPilot, and AI-powered assistant that works with Business Central and other Microsoft cloud software. The goal is to assist users in performing tasks with greater speed and precision.
Performs natural language processing (NLP)
This means you can use natural language when giving commands or requests.
Copilot can learn from your behavior to tailor help and answers for you.
Works with inventory items
Upload a picture and Copilot will analyze the picture and quickly suggest a category and then generate a product description.
AI is going to have more of an impact on our lives that the internet did. Whether it’ll be good or bad depends upon our knowledge and use of the product.
Google CEO (Pichai), “AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.”
Very impressed. Intelligent, experienced, and down to earth.
Beer Ratings (we had a few people point out that we didn’t rate the beer)
Soren mentioned this to us. We haven’t used it yet but will definitely give it a shot. Looks like you can discover other beers, rate beers, share your thoughts, etc.
Biggest takeaway: onboarding automation is not for every business.
The smaller the organization the more you can use.
Is it going away? Michael is of the opinion that yes it is.
Starting April 1, 2026, sales to new Dynamics GP customers is being discontinued.
According to MsDynamicWorld (MSDW) Article by Jason Gumpert – Microsoft to end new Dynamics GP sales in 2025 and 2026:
Microsoft has alerted partners of plans to end the sale of Dynamics GP to new customers over the next three years.
A Microsoft spokesperson told MSDW that the company will continue to uphold its commitments to existing GP customers with support and updates. They stated: This change doesn’t impact Microsoft’s plans for providing necessary regulatory/security/usability updates for Dynamics GP beyond this date. Longer term, we will recommend new customers seeking an on-premises ERP solution consider Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises or Dynamics 365 for Operations on-premises, Enterprise Edition.
Microsoft's spokesperson added that the changes are part of the company's goal to achieve licensing alignment across Dynamics on-premises and online solutions. We aim to achieve ‘one price, one purchase model, full flexibility’. We began last year in better aligning our primary on-premises reseller agreement (SPA) with the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program agreement and launching a new Bridge to the Cloud 2 promotion to facilitate customer movement from Dynamics on-premises to Dynamics 365 online.
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