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A Shot of Business Central and A Beer | MRP Cage Match | Ep 53

Welcome, business enthusiasts, to a special episode of "A Shot of Business Central and A Beer"! In this action-packed edition, we've got breaking news, cutting-edge AI updates, and a thrilling showdown in store. Brace yourselves for an unbridled, no-rules-apply MRP Cage Match between our intrepid host, Ken, and the MRP maestro, Mark Heick.

Ken, your co-pilot for today's journey through the latest in Business Central, is set to face off against Mark, armed with their sharpest MRP automation strategies. The stakes are high, and there are no holds barred in this battle of wits to determine the ultimate MRP automation techniques.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride as Ken and Mark leave it all on the battlefield, vying for the title of MRP master. Only one will emerge victorious, armed with the top suggestion for MRP mastery!

But before we dive into this epic showdown, there's a crucial matter to address – the beer! So, grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and join us for a showdown like no other. Let the MRP Cage Match begin!

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A Shot of Business Central and A Beer Podcast Show Notes

Beer we're drinking

Indulge in the velvety goodness of America's Stout's "butter half." Our beloved Milk Stout boasts enticing notes of rich coffee, creamy milk chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, and luscious vanilla cream, harmoniously paired with the delectable essence of peanut butter. Tilt the bottle and pour decisively to unleash the enchanting Nitro infusion, and witness the mesmerizing cascade that follows. Once the plush, billowy head settles atop, the Nitro's luxurious texture caresses your palate as smoothly as a spoonful of velvety peanut butter. With the robust chocolate malt base dancing in harmony with this nutty addition, each sip lingers, akin to savoring a liquid peanut butter cup. Embrace the pour. Savor the nutty delight.

Style: Milk Stout Brewed with Peanuts

Alcohol: 6.2%

IBU: 25

Color: Black

Malt: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate, Munich, Rolled Oats, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley

Hops: CTZ, US Goldings

Beer Advocate

Score: 85

Average Rating: 3.79 out of 5

Latest Business Central News


  • 11 Platform Hotfixes

  • 67 Application Hotfixes

  • 1 Local Application Hotfixes

  • Hotfixes for:

    • Canada, Czech, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, and United States

  • 1 Regulatory Feature

  • Local Regulatory Features for:

    • Australia, France, Mexico, New Zealand, and Sweden

Feature Changes

The Invoice Posting Buffer table used to cause problems when making changes to how financial transactions are recorded. It couldn't be easily modified without causing issues for other specialized solutions. This was especially tricky for specific regions like APAC, BE, ES, IT, NA, and RU.

Now, with the update, it's much easier for partners to customize how sales, purchases, and services are recorded. They can adjust how the system combines financial entries based on specific details like document lines, posting groups, or tax setups needed by local laws. Partners can also replace their previous customizations and fix any old issues related to the Invoice Posting Buffer table.

This change means that the core application doesn't rely on the Invoice Posting Buffer table anymore. Instead, there's a new component for recording invoices, which can be adapted to suit different needs.

Users with a Device license in Business Central can now schedule tasks to run at specific times. These users are like shared seats, so when it's their turn to run a task, they'll be logged in automatically in the background. While their tasks are running, they're counted as using a device license.

However, there's a small catch. A Device user can't be the very first person to log in. It has to be someone with an Administrator, Full User, or External Accountant type of account to set up the system initially. For more details, you can check out the Administration of Business Central Online guide.

when you use Business Central to record financial transactions, like expenses, you can attach links to documents or files (like receipts) for reference. These links are stored on the General Journals page.

After you've recorded and confirmed these transactions, Business Central automatically copies these links to the Posted General Journals page. This way, you can easily access the supporting documents even after the transactions have been officially logged.

Get reference information for a customer ledger entry through posting (link is not yet available)

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Martin Karlowitch from NETRONIC is conducting research for his annual State of Business Central Report

AI Snack Time

Copilot in Windows (in preview) empowers you to create faster, complete tasks with ease and lessens your cognitive load – making once complicated tasks, simple. We’ve made accessing the power of Copilot seamless as it’s always right there for you on the taskbar or with the Win+C keyboard shortcut providing assistance alongside all your apps, on all screen sizes at work, school or at home.

Bill Gates: AI will be teaching kids literacy within 18 months.

In a fireside chat at the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, Gates explained that the “AIs will get to that ability, to be as good a tutor as any human ever could.”

A study conducted by computer and information science researchers from the UK and Brazil has raised concerns about the objectivity of ChatGPT. The researchers claim to have discovered substantial political bias in ChatGPT’s responses, leaning towards the left side of the political spectrum. Published in the journal Public Choice this week, the study – conducted by Fabio Motoki, Valdemar Pinho, and Victor Rodrigues – argues that the presence of political bias in AI-generated content could perpetuate existing biases found in traditional media.

Determining the exact source of ChatGPT’s political bias remains a challenge. The researchers investigated both the training data and the algorithm itself, concluding that both factors likely contribute to the bias. They highlighted the need for future research to delve into disentangling these components for a clearer understanding of the bias’s origins.

In its latest environmental report, Microsoft disclosed that its global water consumption spiked 34% from 2021 to 2022 (to nearly 1.7 billion gallons, or more than 2,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools), a sharp increase compared to previous years that outside researchers tie to its AI research.

“It’s fair to say the majority of the growth is due to AI,” including “its heavy investment in generative AI and partnership with OpenAI,” said Shaolei Ren, a researcher at the University of California, Riverside who has been trying to calculate the environmental impact of generative AI products such as ChatGPT.


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