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A Shot of Business Central and A Beer Episode 17

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

A Shot of Business Central and A Beer podcast


Welcome back to another episode of A Shot of Business Central and A Beer, presented by Solution Systems, a Gold Microsoft Partner.

Ken Sebahar and Michael Intravartolo here and in today’s episode we’ve got a few new Business Central updates to share, in our featured spotlight segment we’ll chat about dimensions, and for our featured app segment we’ll be interviewing Mark Hamblin from Insight Works to learn more about their new WMS Express product for Business Central. But before we get into all of the Business Central things it’s customary for us to open a cold beer and tell you whether or not we like it.

Ken brought in today’s beer of choice so Ken, how are you and what are we drinking on this episode?!


  • Intro and Beer Reviews

  • A Shot of Business Central News

  • Feature Segment: Dimensions

  • Featured App: WMS Express | Interview with Mark Hamblin of Insight Works

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A Shot of Business Central and A Beer Show Notes

Segment 1: Beer Review

Getting back to our roots by celebrating the 33rd year of NAV’s existence by drinking a beer made in Copenhagen.

  • Founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen

  • Brewery suffers from massive fire in 1867. J.C. Jacobsen used this incident to modernize the brewery by installing a cooling system that improves product quality which leads to a dramatic increase in sales.

  • 1868 they began exporting their beer.

  • In 1882 after a falling out with his father, Carl Jacobsen (son of J.C. Jacobsen) sets up his new independent brewery called New Carlsberg. For the next four years they have disagreement after disagreement but reconcile in October 1186 just before J.C. Jacobsen’s death.

  • 1904 the first beers are brewed with what is now the current Carlsberg logo.

  • 1906 New and Old Carsberg companies merge to become Carlsberg Breweries and have effectively been producing beer ever since.

  • Score of 82

  • Rebrewed for 2019, new Carlsberg Danish Pilsner has a light and refreshing qualities with a smooth, full mouthfeel and a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Distinctive citrus hop aromas deliver a greater depth of flavour and a hoppy, moreish aftertaste to the final sip.

  • Review: Crystal clear, golden body; plenty of slowly rising carbonation bubbles; very thick and lasting white head, sticky rings of foam cling to the glass. Pale malt and honey-like notes on the nose; a bit herbal. Nicely balanced flavors of biscuit and honey with a soothing, balanced hop bitterness in the background. Medium body; crisp and warm; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

Carlsberg Danish Pilsner Beer Review

Segment 2: Shot of Business Central News

Update 16.4

2 Noteworthy Platform hotfixes

  • Fix an issue that could cause tenant synchronization requests to return without synchronizing.

  • Fix a bug that prevents Web services telemetry from going into Application Insights.

2 Noteworthy Application hotfixes

  • The approval request is not sent when you use the security filter

  • The Purchase Invoices Due Next Week field displays incorrect information.

Good to know

  • Running a Container-Based Development Environment From 16.4 and onwards Microsoft will stop producing docker images and instead publish builds as artifacts, which can be used together with the generic Docker image to run the image you want. Read more here.

Business Central Browsers

Directions North America

  • Directions has been cancelled for December 1-4 in Orlando, FL.

  • Next scheduled event is San Diego, CA, on April 25-28, 2021.

  • You can keep your registration from 2020 and carry it over to 2021 event or you can cancel your registration for a full refund.

Segment 3: Feature - Dimensions

Dimensions definition in layman's terms: A way to categorize and enhance reporting features within Business Central.

Microsoft's definition of dimensions: Analyzing data by dimensions gives you greater insight into your business so you can evaluate information, such as how well your business is operating, where it is thriving and where it is not, and where more resources should be allocated.

Dimensions can be customized for each Business Central company

The more dimensions used and applied the more detail you will see on your reports. For example, a sales entry could contain dimensions for:

  • The account the item sale was posted to

  • The geographical location of where the item was sold

  • Which person sold the item

  • Information regarding the customer that bought the item

There are two types of dimensions, global and shortcut.

  • Global dimensions are used as filters, for example, on reports and batch jobs. You can use only two global dimensions, so choose dimensions that you will use often.

  • Shortcut dimensions are available as fields on journal and document lines. You can create up to six of these dimensions.

Yes, you can assign default dimension to particular accounts.

If multiple dimensions are setup for an account and there is a conflict you can setup dimension priorities to tell Business Central which dimensions to look at first.

Segment 4: Feature App - WMS Express | Interview with Mark Hamblin from Insight Works

Welcome back to our Featured App Segment. Today we have a special guest who has sort of become a legend with Warehousing for NAV and Business Central. Please welcome Mark Hamblin from Insight Works to the podcast. How are you Mark?

  1. Alright, so the first question we have is: Can you tell me a little about Insight Works and how you got involved with developing Apps for Business Central.

  2. Can you tell me about WMS Express, why you built it, who should consider using it, and some of the benefits.

  3. Should users engage their Microsoft partner when deploying WMS Express, and are there any other things they should be aware of or consider when choosing to deploy WMS Express?

We want to thank Mark Hamblin for joining our podcast and telling us a little bit more about Insights Works latest offering, WMS Express.

Before you go though Mark, do you like Beer and if so, what is your preference?


Do you have a drink of choice or do you stay away from alcohol all together?


Thanks everyone for listening.

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See you next month!


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