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[Podcast] A Shot of Business Central and A Beer. Pilot Episode.

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

A Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Podcast | S4E1 A Shot of Business Central and A Beer

Welcome to the pilot podcast of A Shot of Business Central and A Beer! We've completely revamped our previous podcast to make this podcast more entertaining and informative for you the listener. New segments include a craft beer discussion, a shot of Business Central, a spotlight of a Business Central feature, and a featured app.

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Show Notes


What's New in Business Central

Directions 2019

  • Attendee Count – 905+

  • Dynamic users – 3.3 Million

  • Dynamic Customers – 223,000+

  • 350+ New features in April Release

  • 300+ Apps available in Appsource

  • Dynamics 365 growth 51% compared to 24% for all others

  • Rapid Start 2x faster in April release

  • The sandbox will soon allow you to have all data, extensions and add-ons included when created

  • In June we will receive the first draft of release notes for the October Business Central release

  • October release will only have modern client

  • The October release will work to improve performance and user proficiency (Desktop Productivity, Data Entry speed)

  • Certification exams to return in 2020

  • Heavy investments by Microsoft in the Power Platform (Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow)

Business Central Feature Spotlight

Featured Business Central App

What segments would you like to see added to the podcast? Do you have any beer recommendations for Ken and Michael? Let us know in the comments section below!


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00:28 like to start talking you about is that

00:30 we have some exciting new changes that

00:32 have happened with the podcast we've

00:35 completely revamped the podcast to make

00:37 it more entertaining and informative for

00:39 you the listener our new podcast name is

00:43 a shot at Business Central with a beer

00:45 and just as the title alludes to will be

00:48 discussing business central topics and

00:49 craft beers while enjoying a cold one

00:53 ourselves so this podcast not only has a

00:56 new name but it has a new format and a

00:58 new co-host as well and without further

01:02 ado I present to you the man who

01:04 actually brought the beer mr. Ken said

01:07 aha so Ken why don't you tell the people

01:10 a little bit about yourself and what it

01:12 is you brought for us today all right

01:13 thank you Michael I am super excited to

01:17 be here and loving being part of this

01:20 thank you for including me and taking

01:25 some of my suggestions so yeah so with

01:29 this new format what we're gonna be

01:31 doing is each podcast we're gonna focus

01:35 on one specific craft brew we're gonna

01:41 figure out we're going to talk a little

01:42 bit about the brewer where it's made and

01:46 a little bit some fun facts about the

01:48 beer maybe and then of course you know

01:52 we're gonna have to share our thoughts

01:54 on the beer with you as we go through

01:57 this so we're going to talk about beer

02:00 we're also going to talk about shots

02:02 except right not shots like what you're

02:06 thinking but shots of business central

02:10 so some news updates

02:13 feature spotlights and also some app

02:17 spotlights where we're gonna we're gonna

02:19 focus on some apps that are available an

02:21 app source talk about those a little bit

02:24 and so yeah so I'm drinking taking a

02:28 drink right now here and let's do a

02:30 little quick toast to right to our first

02:33 shot of business central with the beer

02:35 pot right first one and we're gonna get

02:37 it rolling here so right off the bed

02:41 it's a it's a very good beer what is it

02:47 yeah no Three Floyds yeah so what we're

02:51 drinking is a beer called zombie dust

02:53 hahaha

02:55 so zombie dust is probably the the most

02:58 well known of beers that are made by a

03:03 brewery called Three Floyds brewing

03:06 which is based in Munster Indiana this

03:10 is kind of a local yeah local to us here

03:13 in the Chicago area they're just right

03:15 across the Indiana border off of us just

03:18 south of i-80 interstate 80 not too bad

03:21 no so so they're right there they have a

03:23 tasting room founded by you know two two

03:26 brothers and their dad back in the late

03:29 1990s 1996 I think and relatively new

03:34 yeah so so they've been sent in 2000

03:38 they moved to a new facility in Munster

03:40 Indiana and and I think they're broke

03:43 their beers are available throughout I'm

03:45 not sure regionally or probably or

03:48 nationally I do know that in 2018 Three

03:54 Floyds says here a crap cracked the top

03:58 50 list of brewing companies by sales

04:02 volume so they're number 49 overall

04:06 brewery sales very nice

04:08 so I'm guessing they must be must be a

04:11 national brand but but this one here

04:14 zombie dust it's always hard it's always

04:18 been hard to get really

04:19 so I think they you know hoggle an area

04:21 you mean or

04:22 think everywhere I think you know it's

04:25 it's it's available year-round if you go

04:27 to their brewery and in Indiana but

04:32 trying to find it in a store has

04:34 historically been very difficult just

04:36 because of the demand so why did you

04:38 pick this beer this localized in Indiana

04:40 are you a Notre Dame fan well no as this

04:44 is our first segment I wanted to start

04:49 with the best haha so for me this is the

04:53 gold standard this is your gold fan this

04:55 is it yeah I'm a little biased I grew up

04:59 not far from Munster Indiana so I'm able

05:03 to frequent their brewery quite a bit in

05:06 my opinion this is one of the original

05:09 beers that started the whole craft

05:12 graduation scene and specifically Pale

05:15 Ales American Pale Ales IPAs or India

05:18 Pale Ales it's officially an American

05:21 pale ale or APA but it's it's that

05:26 fruity super hoppy a little bit sweet

05:30 mm-hmm beer it's made with like Citra

05:33 hops yeah definitely get the super hoppy

05:34 part you know 6.2 percent alcohol so

05:38 it's it's stronger than like a Miller

05:41 bud product yeah but it's not you don't

05:44 taste that alcohol right no no no that

05:47 alcohol like some of those 10 or 12%

05:49 beers yeah yeah you don't really enjoy

05:52 it as much you don't taste it so so I'm

05:54 gonna so I'll you know admit that in my

05:59 beer rating if you know on so on our

06:01 scale of 0 of 0 to 100 in rating a beer

06:05 for me

06:06 zombie dust I'm gonna put that right at

06:08 the top really at a hundred yeah

06:10 hahahaha so so now there's no we know

06:13 set on the bar as yeah we got to find

06:15 something better than going forward

06:16 right away right at least to match it

06:19 maybe maybe exceed it meter you know

06:21 what maybe I'm gonna go 9800 just leave

06:25 a little bit of room I'm gonna go

06:26 ninety-eight I want to give myself a

06:27 little bit of leeway in the future if

06:29 you happen to

06:29 across something that's that's even a

06:32 little bit better I want to leave some

06:34 room for there so how about yourself I'm

06:37 gonna put this at about I give it a

06:41 solid 94 it's a really good beer I tend

06:45 to prefer more Mexican beers so that's

06:48 why those those are gonna be more and

06:49 more of my top tier beers but just

06:52 because of it like a lager Pilsner yeah

06:55 exactly

06:56 Corona Corona Modelo Pacifico not bad

07:02 Tecate it's not too bad yeah I'm gonna

07:05 put it a good solid 94 it's a really

07:07 good beer hoppy I wouldn't say I would

07:12 crack it open on a hot summer day though

07:14 yeah have you yeah it's a little bit

07:16 more heavy then yeah I agree

07:19 hot summer day after I've been doing

07:21 something outside light like yeah I see

07:28 that yeah Corona Lite kind of comes to

07:30 mind for me yeah I'm sitting on a super

07:33 hot day yeah really thirsty all right

07:36 right yeah you're not gonna be lighter

07:38 you're probably not gonna drink a dozen

07:39 of these no all this is more sit back

07:41 and relax

07:42 you got a nice cigar or something Julia

07:45 exactly yeah so so that's our focused

07:50 beer we'll probably come back through as

07:51 we go throughout the rest of this

07:53 podcast and talk about it a little bit

07:56 more and ask some more questions of each

07:58 other and then yeah see how it gets as

08:01 it warms up yeah so I think in our next

08:06 that's about it here of our next segment

08:07 we're gonna be following this following

08:10 up this beer with a shot business not a

08:13 business central alright so we're gonna

08:15 talk a little bit about business central

08:18 it's been a while since our last podcast

08:20 so there's been many things that have

08:21 happened a lot of new features a lot of

08:25 developmental new features for that as

08:29 well so Ken what you got over there you

08:32 got anything to talk about for yeah I

08:34 think you know along with what you're

08:36 saying I think it's we should start with

08:38 a timeline recap

08:39 Piron so like what's been going on let's

08:42 go back to last fall so last fall around

08:45 October Microsoft came out with this new

08:50 product Microsoft Dynamics 365 business

08:55 central long name and you know really

09:01 what that was is is it's a new product

09:04 that's based on a previous previous

09:08 solution right Microsoft Dynamics NAV

09:10 right and what Microsoft did was

09:13 obviously kind of gave it a fresh name

09:15 Dynamics 365 business central but also

09:19 delivered it kind of as two separate

09:21 solution two different options two

09:23 different deployment solutions so you

09:26 you have the big the big major news was

09:30 that there's a Microsoft hosted version

09:32 right that's animal completely run on

09:36 Microsoft's cloud all you pay is a

09:38 monthly subscription fee per user and

09:42 Microsoft deals with the infrastructure

09:44 they deal with the upgrading and keeping

09:47 you current and on the releases so

09:51 that's really the the big announcement

09:54 but they also took nav which it was

09:57 previously known rebranded it as

09:58 Dynamics 365 business central and call

10:01 that the on-premise version so for those

10:06 who are running nav or have always the

10:09 were otherwise loved nav and want to use

10:12 it or considering using it it is still

10:15 available Microsoft Dynamics 365

10:17 business central on-premise now does it

10:21 have a lot of the same functionality as

10:24 they have a lot of the same look it has

10:27 almost these full functionality between

10:31 both products there are there are going

10:35 to be certain advantages if you're

10:37 running on the Microsoft cloud version

10:39 where some of the integrations with if

10:42 you're running office 365 or some of the

10:46 Cortana artificial intelligence or power

10:48 bi those integrations are

10:51 blurt is set up there like automatically

10:54 enabled if you will because you're

10:55 authenticating through office 365 so

10:58 there are going to be some some

11:00 advantages to that but if for whatever

11:02 reason you still wanted an on-premise

11:06 solution or just full control over the

11:09 the administration of the sequel server

11:11 database or whatever you can still run

11:15 the traditional kind of quote on premise

11:18 version even if you're running that on

11:20 an on an azure server it's a private

11:23 cloud you can respectively create your

11:26 own private cloud and now you have full

11:28 administrative control over everything

11:30 very nice so is the private cloud

11:32 quicker than the multi-tenant cloud in

11:37 terms of speed mm-hmm

11:40 you know the performance I here's what I

11:42 would say is the the performance so far

11:44 we've had no negative feedback on the

11:46 performance of the Microsoft cloud

11:47 hosted version but having your own

11:52 private cloud or on-premise server does

11:55 give you yourself directly more control

11:59 over adding horsepower so if it is slow

12:02 you add as much RAM or processors as you

12:06 want right whereas other Microsoft

12:09 clouds hosted solution right Microsoft

12:14 Microsoft is responsible for making sure

12:16 your performance is good so companies

12:18 that are traditionally busier in a

12:20 certain season of the year can ramp up

12:23 power on their own cloud yes on their

12:27 own by that loud reset when they're not

12:29 as busy correct you could save them a

12:31 little bit of money yeah absolutely we

12:34 have customers that do that so the and

12:36 what it is is you basically kind of you

12:40 know temporarily shutdown and just

12:42 change your Azure resource allocation

12:46 and then you restart your business

12:49 central services and now you have

12:51 doubled or tripled or whatever it is

12:53 your horsepower and it's it's it's a

12:55 pay-as-you-go model so if you happen to

12:58 have that server jacked up for like two

13:01 days in four hours you pay

13:05 for that extra capacity for two days or

13:09 in four hours

13:09 oh very nice very nice and just so the

13:12 listeners know Kenya is obviously

13:14 business central nav expert and it's

13:18 kind of my job to try and stop them

13:19 during the podcast yeah I'm gonna give

13:25 you a question here let's see let's see

13:26 how it goes

13:28 business central full cloud multi-tenant

13:30 running in the cloud yeah how far back

13:33 can you retrieve information if

13:35 something crashes well they're in in

13:40 business central there is no there's

13:44 there's no automatic data deletion or

13:47 data archiving if you if you're using

13:50 business central you've got your posting

13:52 transactions in there those trains at

13:54 those posted invoices those general

13:57 ledger journal entries or receivable

13:59 entries they're there as long as you're

14:02 running so we have customers today that

14:05 are running Dynamics NAV right the

14:08 legacy that probably solution for

14:09 business central who have literally

14:12 twenty years of data that they've

14:15 accumulated within their database so do

14:18 you know that is it possible if somebody

14:19 deletes the data in the cloud to contact

14:22 Microsoft and have a restored or if well

14:26 I mean there are you mean someone at

14:29 your organization and say deletes a

14:31 company yeah the whole company yeah you

14:35 know what that's a good question oh it's

14:41 over so so one is one solution to that

14:46 is that they have created what they call

14:48 a sandbox environment so what you could

14:51 what the customer so the end user has

14:53 the ability to do is at any point they

14:57 can log into business central on the

14:59 cloud and they can create a sandbox

15:03 environment which is a full complete

15:06 copy of their live production

15:08 environment nice so they have all the

15:09 data backed up if they need yeah you can

15:11 use it obviously as backups or you could

15:14 use it as

15:16 for as a testing environment or training

15:19 environment right so there's a lot of

15:21 different ways that you can use that I'm

15:23 kind of have it there are also tools

15:25 that you can use if you're if the data

15:28 is this a concern where you can call

15:34 power a tool called power query yeah

15:36 where you can directly pull data out of

15:38 business central into tables or yeah

15:44 beautiful very good I just had

15:49 experiences I'll tell you later this is

15:51 yeah so yeah so so going back so that

15:56 was October right so since then

16:00 Microsoft on a regular basis they apply

16:03 updates fixes and things like that to

16:06 the cloud environment yeah and and then

16:09 they came out with a spring release so

16:11 this is April 2019 just last month

16:14 they came out with this April release

16:16 and this April release is for both the

16:18 Microsoft cloud hosted and the

16:21 on-premise version Oh which is different

16:23 usually than then they have update where

16:26 they said right generally once a year

16:27 right it previously was like on a roll

16:29 there's a nad 2015 2016 2017 now it's

16:34 more twice a year is the plan so what

16:37 will expect a fall and a spring release

16:41 coming out and and there's a document

16:44 that's published and it lists all of the

16:47 features that were released I don't want

16:50 to I don't want to get it spoil my next

16:52 segment here we'll put in the show notes

16:54 though so everybody can download yeah

16:55 look at it but there's there's a lot of

16:57 new features that came out so where

17:00 we're at right now so if you're running

17:02 business central in the cloud you may

17:05 say well hey it's May

17:07 I don't see my updates so during the

17:12 month of April Microsoft has been

17:14 rolling out the that spring release

17:17 updates to all the different business

17:20 central environments that it's hosting

17:21 right and it does that kind of piece by

17:24 piece we call them their home clusters

17:27 of environments so you may already have

17:30 your business central environment

17:34 updated you may not so what you want to

17:36 do is if you're running in the cloud go

17:39 to the global search type in system

17:41 information and if you see an update

17:43 that starts with fourteen point

17:45 something you're updated if you're at

17:47 thirteen point five something you have

17:49 not been updated yet right yep so and

17:55 also you do have the ability which is

17:58 really cool so let's say you haven't

18:00 been updated yet but you know there's

18:02 this release out there if you go in your

18:07 partner so something that we can do on

18:09 behalf of a customer is we have the

18:11 ability to build a new sandbox for our

18:14 customers who are running business

18:15 central and we can actually specify that

18:18 that sandbox uses the new version called

18:22 the preview version right so people can

18:25 test out things before right so you're

18:27 running your live up your live version

18:29 and hey there's this cool new spring

18:32 2019 update that's out there this allows

18:36 you to go in and actually build the

18:38 sandbox with your data and your

18:41 interventions and apps in there

18:44 and actually test it and see how it

18:46 works and make sure everything's gonna

18:48 work before you schedule and confirm

18:50 your live update I think they'll

18:53 regardless I think everybody has to be

18:55 updated no matter what eventually right

18:59 you can't hold off it's a no I don't

19:01 want that updated and not have it I

19:03 think so it might be a six month period

19:07 or something yeah now because so yeah

19:09 because you can write extensions you can

19:12 write your own individual apps if you

19:15 will for business central if we're you

19:17 know your specific environment something

19:20 unique that like your business does we

19:22 need to add these fields here so

19:25 Microsoft will run through they'll do

19:27 they'll test upgrade all the

19:29 environments and then it is possible

19:31 that there's some sort of conflict so

19:33 that update could fail right right but

19:36 yeah you're right there is a point where

19:39 I have to be on they will push you

19:41 eventually now we're still really new

19:44 right this is the first major updates

19:46 that's come out it's early May right now

19:49 there are some environments that are

19:51 still haven't been updated Microsoft is

19:54 working on those we're working on a

19:55 couple with them we you know so we

19:58 expect those issues are going to be

19:59 resolved shortly now and then we're

20:02 gonna share with you on this podcast our

20:05 experiences with updates and keep you up

20:07 to date on you know what's going on and

20:11 maybe give you some tips before you if

20:12 we decide for any sin division yeah hey

20:14 by the way don't do this or try to stay

20:17 away from this so so so that's kind of

20:20 where we're at it's it's it's being

20:22 deployed right now there are a ton of

20:26 new features that are that are in there

20:28 some pretty cool stuff we'll get to that

20:31 and a little couple minutes here but the

20:33 other kind of two things I wanted to

20:35 just touch on today was you know with

20:38 business central it is a cloud hosted

20:41 solution and Microsoft is regularly

20:45 applying updates on a regular basis yeah

20:48 but that does not mean that you can't

20:50 tailor it for your business but instead

20:55 of going in and updating the source code

20:56 you can't do that right because if

20:59 you're changing the source code how

21:00 could Microsoft then I go update it but

21:03 you can extend the functionality so they

21:06 call these extensions or that's our term

21:08 for like an app and what that means is

21:11 that we can take a piece of standard

21:13 functionality within business central

21:15 and we can add things to it so we can

21:17 add fields to the customer table we

21:20 could then add business logic that does

21:22 something with those fields or we add a

21:25 report right and it's we can virtually

21:28 add anything right there's really no

21:30 limit right to be done you need a whole

21:33 kind of module built we could build a

21:35 whole you know module within the

21:37 business central environment in the way

21:40 that we do that is through my Christine

21:44 derd Microsoft development tools and

21:46 this is one of the coolest new things is

21:49 that

21:50 the new dove the new they call it the

21:51 modern development environment you do

21:54 this using Visual Studio code which is a

21:58 Microsoft development tool yeah I think

22:01 it's I don't what don't quote me like

22:02 the number one used developer tool in

22:06 the world oh right so there are

22:08 literally you know thousands of people

22:10 all over the place that use Visual

22:12 Studio code to do their development for

22:16 various different solutions so for us

22:19 now in business central to be able to

22:21 leverage that huge community of

22:23 developers who can who now can go in and

22:27 with that without needing a special

22:30 license or certification right can go

22:32 begin building extensions for Business

22:35 Central it's huge yeah it's me a lot of

22:38 extensions out there really soon right

22:39 yeah yeah so so that's that's one thing

22:43 that we're really excited about here we

22:45 obviously are you know are building our

22:47 own extensions we're going on publishing

22:49 extensions an app source yeah we were

22:52 you know we're building custom

22:54 extensions for our customers as they

22:56 need it so those are things we're doing

22:59 every day but that's one of the one of

23:01 the cool coolest new things and kind of

23:03 the last kind of topic I wanted to touch

23:06 on for our shot of business central

23:09 today is the feedback feature and this

23:13 is central this is new so yeah you're in

23:15 business central right you've got some

23:17 icons up on the top right one of them is

23:20 feedback so if you click on feedback you

23:22 know you're looking for something you

23:24 don't like how something works yeah

23:26 click on feedback open it up and you can

23:30 directly provide your feedback to

23:33 Microsoft so right from business central

23:35 you can tell them whether or not you

23:36 like it or don't like it correct or say

23:38 or if you want to see something

23:39 different yeah hey why can't I also do

23:41 this yeah and here's great here's the

23:45 best part

23:45 so that's that's kind of cool because

23:47 before you'd have to go to a website

23:49 right yeah and I think it would go to go

23:53 to a website there was a feedback and I

23:55 got voted on or couldn't there was well

23:57 there was a community feedback site and

23:59 I'm gonna say

24:01 for my own person I want to speak for

24:03 anyone else I'm not really sure what

24:05 happened to that it kind of went out

24:08 into the ether sphere right hit say the

24:12 cloud and and whatever happened with

24:14 that be back well here's what's

24:16 different about business central all

24:18 that feedback is visible in there right

24:20 and then you can see how many other

24:24 people have voted on these different

24:28 feature requests can you feedback right

24:31 right from business central yes oh wow

24:33 so you can log in and go oh I I do a

24:37 search and you can search inside the

24:39 feedback for a certain thing you're

24:40 looking for payment terms so you search

24:43 in payment terms you you find four

24:45 articles and you can see that though

24:48 there's one similar to what you're

24:49 looking for and like four hundred people

24:51 have already voted on this or they like

24:54 it right so you know if it's popular or

24:55 whatnot and right the more popular

24:57 whatever has chances of it actually

25:00 you can also so yeah what what's what

25:04 are the what are the big things people

25:06 are asking for you can sort that list

25:09 based on the number of feedback lights

25:12 oh really so you can see what the most

25:14 popular thing is it's right so and then

25:17 what that means is you can now see what

25:20 are the features that are most likely to

25:23 be included in the next release because

25:26 Microsoft is using that yeah they're

25:29 looking at it and in the spring release

25:31 there have already been features that

25:34 we're sitting out there in the feedback

25:36 that now they they're listening ways

25:39 great I mean that's it's it's the

25:42 customers way of getting their voice

25:45 heard and getting the features that they

25:47 want Microsoft is actually listening

25:49 right not a lot of big companies do know

25:53 it's great to see that community

25:55 feedback no you see that and just to

25:58 know that you're not the only one

25:59 struggling with this or that others

26:00 would like it or maybe on the other hand

26:04 on the opposite right you're you're

26:06 you're asking for this go log in and

26:08 check up on it yeah wait no one else's

26:11 yeah no one else likes that

26:13 one else has feedback on that okay you a

26:15 little crazy with what you want it's

26:17 just maybe it's just you alright

26:19 so so that that's pretty cool I check in

26:23 on that periodically and see what some

26:25 of the most you know kind of that most

26:26 popular ones are yeah because it tells

26:29 me what what are the things that are

26:31 likely to maybe show up and then I

26:34 please I think what is it two months

26:36 before the actual next release which

26:38 will be in October so two months before

26:40 that Microsoft will release their

26:43 release notes which will detail what's

26:46 coming in the October release always two

26:49 months beforehand yeah so that is it for

26:52 my for my shot of you did my shot take a

26:58 swing of it well that's why I finished

27:00 my zombie dust oh nice I'm ready for

27:05 another ready for number two so alright

27:08 well start number two as we start the

27:10 next section alright alright so the next

27:15 feature section that we want to talk

27:17 about is well this is actually our

27:18 featured spotlight section is directions

27:21 there was actually a recent Direction's

27:24 conference in Las Vegas I had a lot of

27:27 attendees a lot of good information and

27:31 solution systems we had a couple people

27:33 attend and they brought back some

27:35 interesting tidbits yeah yeah so the

27:40 first one I know of is that the attend

27:41 the attendant attendee count was over

27:44 905 Plus which I believe is their

27:48 highest ever for directions I bet it is

27:51 yeah yep it's pretty uh just a lot yeah

27:55 I'm gonna I'm gonna crack myself another

28:00 yeah so yeah so you've been to it

28:05 directions I have right yeah where was

28:07 that

28:08 where was that help Arizona Arizona

28:10 Arizona yeah was that right outside of

28:13 Phoenix downtown or was it at all

28:15 Biltmore

28:15 no I was a cowboy or something saloon it

28:20 wasn't in downtown

28:21 went for the actual cat together we had

28:24 to be bussed in the Phoenix downtown so

28:27 it was built more Resort no no it was

28:31 okay something saloon nice place though

28:35 it was actually called saloon yeah well

28:36 something saloon unless I must have

28:38 missed that one I was at the first

28:40 Direction partner so directions I don't

28:43 know if everyone knows this so back in

28:47 2000 I'm gonna guess 2004 there was

28:52 there was really no get-together for

28:55 Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners to get

28:59 together and collaborate and talk right

29:03 and and get together with is B and you

29:07 know app vendors and things like that so

29:09 a group came up with this conference the

29:12 very first one was in Stone Mountain

29:13 Georgia South Side of Atlanta yeah and

29:17 so I attended that one and I was seeing

29:21 a so for so there have been probably

29:22 about 15 directions conferences 16

29:25 whatever it is I've been to about a

29:28 dozen of them Wow so I've missed a few

29:30 the first one how many people would you

29:33 say attended - you know it was more it

29:36 was like a few hundred yeah yeah more

29:39 than I would have expected yeah it was a

29:40 couple hundred people it's probably

29:43 there and then most of them over the

29:46 years you know it's funny there's

29:49 probably four to six hundred you know

29:53 probably around five hundred people six

29:55 hundred people but it's it's it's great

29:57 it's a great community mm-hmm you see

30:00 the same people every time you go you

30:04 can see the same sort of the same people

30:05 in each session that you go to right

30:07 right and and and it really creates a

30:11 good community

30:12 and I think that the Dynamics NAV

30:14 community and our business central

30:15 communities is great so this year I

30:19 didn't go so we had a couple other into

30:24 a few other individuals here attend so

30:27 we're just sharing some of the notes

30:28 that they have right some of these 10

30:31 accounts I'm a little bummed we didn't

30:33 get to go it was the Red Rock Casino and

30:40 Resort in Vegas so could try out the but

30:45 one of the people went for us is big on

30:46 mechanical roulette oh yeah yeah we got

30:51 to find out it was just this week I

30:52 don't know did he win uh and I think he

30:56 I think he lost a little bit him him and

30:58 Mark both lost a little bit but they're

31:01 still holding true to their their

31:02 philosophy that yeah so yeah you

31:05 mentioned like nine hundred attendees

31:08 and some of the figures that they shared

31:11 with with at the conference is there are

31:15 currently over three million

31:17 dynamics users Wow license users out

31:21 there so it's a cooties if you think

31:24 about it yeah right imagine that all

31:25 these people show up to work every day

31:28 and they log in and they're using

31:30 Microsoft Dynamics yeah products right

31:33 so it's huge over 200,000 businesses

31:38 running this now in terms of Microsoft

31:41 you know the business central solution

31:45 with the April 2019 that they just came

31:49 out with over 350 new features Wow right

31:55 it's amazing yeah I mean 350 new

31:57 features on an ERP system within just

31:59 six months they just released this one

32:01 ever

32:02 so there's fanuc they're actually

32:04 listening to feedback they're profess

32:07 ting that money yes those that money

32:09 that you that a user spends is getting

32:12 reinvested on a regular basis back into

32:15 the product

32:16 so they'll believe in the product yeah I

32:19 personally believe in the product yes I

32:22 think the people that have used it

32:24 believed in the product so I think the

32:27 future is bright one of my favorite new

32:30 features we're gonna talk about a few

32:32 features section here session here

32:34 I'm gonna save this one my favorite one

32:36 well cliffhanger for later but one of

32:41 the things is there are over 300 apps

32:43 for business central now available a NAB

32:47 source it's crazy because what a year

32:49 ago there was 12 maybe something like

32:51 that yeah if that yeah for the longest

32:53 time there was only so this is the the

32:55 business central de partner and

32:57 development community who's been hard at

33:00 work over the last six twelve months

33:03 yeah

33:03 Building Solutions for business central

33:08 yeah and I only imagine that if that if

33:11 we if this product continues on at the

33:14 trajectory it's at and and continues

33:16 with I mean we've been so successful

33:18 with nav for years if this is going to

33:21 continue being successful there may be

33:23 over a thousand apps by the end of the

33:24 year I good over/under I completely

33:27 agree with you right yep I think it'd be

33:29 right around a thousand and I think it's

33:31 gonna be twofold basically every year

33:33 from that on them yeah

33:34 the Damien the growth of the dynamics

33:36 365 product line over 50 percent Wow

33:41 over a 50 percent growth rate for the

33:44 dynamics product line so that's huge you

33:49 know other features we talked about the

33:51 sandbox environment how you can copy all

33:53 your data and extensions into there you

33:56 mentioned how the the release notes for

33:58 the October release actually June

34:00 actually more than two months right yeah

34:02 so in June we should have a preview of

34:06 what's what's coming up in there have

34:10 you heard anything though when people

34:13 can actually get into the sandbox and

34:16 create a sandbox and use those features

34:17 you know I I don't I only know that this

34:22 release it was it was about 30 days

34:25 right so I would assume that it will be

34:28 approximately

34:29 days before the release where you can go

34:32 make a sandbox with it with those

34:33 matures in there so so there they're

34:37 continuing to invest a lot of money in

34:40 there

34:42 you know they've improved the efficiency

34:44 that there's rapid start data migration

34:46 tools yeah they've improved the speed

34:49 over two times between the previous

34:52 release so they forgot again gotten the

34:54 feedback from the community and they've

34:57 improved the performance of that so you

34:59 can convert your data faster in there so

35:03 going back to your city you're talking

35:04 about they're reinvesting in the product

35:06 and whatnot I see that there's they're

35:09 putting a lot of investments also into

35:11 the what they call the power platform

35:13 power bi power apps and yeah inflow

35:16 which are all great tools to basically

35:19 help extend business central as well

35:21 right yeah so the whole power platform

35:25 power bi power apps and flow these are

35:28 these are software solutions created by

35:30 Microsoft really that are kind of

35:32 generic in nature mm-hmm right you can

35:35 use these solutions to build your own to

35:39 build your own app yeah that does

35:42 whatever you need it to do it could be

35:44 nothing to do with Dynamics right and

35:47 you can use power bi as a business

35:50 intelligence solution to connect to any

35:53 data source you know it is not just for

35:56 Microsoft no but Microsoft is they're

36:02 smart enough to to integrate these with

36:05 business central mm-hmm so when you're

36:07 running business central cloud you have

36:10 direct integration capabilities with

36:13 power bi and absent flow and and there's

36:16 a lot of workflow solutions you can

36:17 build with that business intelligence

36:19 reporting so that's pretty cool and I've

36:22 actually built a couple I have some

36:23 power apps it's very easy very uh you

36:26 know very quick to do when I think are

36:29 you a developer no I'm not a developer

36:31 but I had to try it out so look it's

36:34 really simple yeah really simple but I

36:36 think that one of the things that the

36:37 biggest upside is Microsoft flow once

36:41 they're able to

36:42 put more commands in there to let you be

36:44 able to say - do you know if I do this

36:47 then I can do that I think people are

36:49 really gonna take advantage that right

36:50 it's gonna be amazing going forward

36:52 could you build us an app to track our

36:56 craft brew craft brews maybe the

37:00 consumption the rain radius consumption

37:04 back definitely we could do that right

37:07 there you go that's it that's a good one

37:09 speaking of that these zombie dust are

37:11 going down pretty pretty smooth now

37:14 they're uh they're very good yeah maybe

37:17 yeah I can see why they're the radii so

37:20 how long you been drinking zombie dust

37:21 for though um you know like I said

37:24 zombie dust is one of the original brews

37:28 that Three Floyds made I said I grew up

37:31 around there yeah so we we were able to

37:34 go to the brewery and get it locally

37:37 like Twelfth Night I would say back you

37:39 know it was when you know I round like

37:43 when you know Sam Adams Oh got popular

37:45 was it was popular right craft brew

37:48 right all right

37:50 so like Sam Adams Sierra Nevada back in

37:55 the early days of craft brews is when

38:00 I've been drinking this for it's always

38:02 been hard difficult to get it so you

38:05 don't I went to a bar in the Chicago

38:08 area and it was actually a restaurant

38:12 bar in restaurant and I sat down with my

38:16 lovely wife Heather and we sat down to

38:19 eat and I looked at the specials menu

38:20 and on the specials menu was zombie dust

38:23 oh really

38:24 so I waitressed came over and I said I

38:28 go oh I go hey I see you have specials

38:31 you have zombie dust on the menu huh she

38:33 goes yeah I said wow that's rare

38:37 I've not seen you know restaurants do

38:40 you ever you have like a keg she goes

38:41 yeah we got one keg in oh I said okay oh

38:44 that's awesome

38:45 I'm gonna call my friends she goes well

38:48 you better hurry it'll probably be gone

38:49 by the end of the night Wow

38:51 so it's popular so it's got its got a

38:53 crowing base so I look around

38:55 the restaurant I'm not exaggerating

38:58 there were at least 10 people I could

39:02 see drinking haha meet us within eyeshot

39:06 of it because they were serving him in a

39:08 you know special glass so you had to get

39:10 it while you can get it right so yeah so

39:13 it's amazing it's been a while alright

39:17 so let's see what else anything else

39:22 that you notice from the directions that

39:23 uh you know I I think there's some

39:30 partner stuff that people don't care I

39:32 mean one of the things I guess maybe

39:33 maybe from a from a customer standpoint

39:35 they care is that that they're good that

39:38 they're coming up with a new

39:39 certification program for partners so in

39:44 order to be certified for business

39:46 central they're bringing back some

39:47 certification exams that you have to

39:50 have we're lucky you know we're like you

39:52 know forty employees we've got a lot of

39:54 people with a variety of skill sets so

39:58 you know historically these exams have

40:01 been on things like financial management

40:03 CRM trade which is like distribution

40:09 manufacturing installation and then

40:12 development right so we're not too

40:15 worried I think I think that you know it

40:19 may become a differentiator between

40:21 partners of who's certified are you

40:25 certified are you not certified I'm kind

40:29 of on the fence about the whole thing I

40:30 think that you know whether or not you

40:33 have how many people certified does that

40:36 really is that really an indicator of

40:39 how good you can how well everything

40:41 right yeah I think customer references

40:44 yeah you know the number of customer

40:47 references and the quality of those

40:49 customer references is much more

40:51 indicative yeah and also how long you've

40:53 been in prison for right stay in

40:55 businesses but you know it's a positive

40:58 sign it means that Microsoft cares that

41:01 who is implement who is helping their

41:03 customers implement a software

41:05 right so so from that perspective you

41:07 know that's good to see

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41:42 each podcast we're gonna highlight a

41:44 specific feature of Business Central and

41:48 today we're gonna talk a little bit

41:50 about the outlook what do you call it

41:54 over there the outlook integration

41:57 contact contact insights contact

42:00 insights yeah so I know Ken's got some

42:03 notes on it and a few points he wants to

42:05 touch on yeah so so you know what we are

42:08 what we know right is hi you sit at your

42:10 desk most of the day right you use

42:15 outlook I'm all day long all day right

42:18 now you're sitting there you're looking

42:23 at outlook all right no you're not alone

42:25 everyone does that right 100% sure right

42:29 so one of the great new features of

42:32 business central is that if you're using

42:34 office 365 for email you can launch

42:41 business central from within outlook is

42:45 that so yeah so you're sitting there

42:48 you're working hard at whatever it is

42:52 you do yeah Bing here comes a new email

42:55 so you click when you you instead of

43:00 just opening the email and having to

43:02 then go into the ERP solution look up

43:05 the customer or find out what's going on

43:07 you can click on a button up on your

43:10 ribbon called contact insights

43:14 what it does is it looks at the email

43:17 address the sender of the email compares

43:21 that to your contacts list in Business

43:25 Central and goes oh I know Tom Thomas he

43:30 works for Canon Group he's one of your

43:33 customers and it displays the Canon

43:36 group's customer information right

43:38 within outlook so what you're saying is

43:41 that people can save time by not

43:43 switching between applications and just

43:46 staying outlook and ultimately become

43:48 more productive and get more work done

43:49 and make life a little bit easier

43:51 based on this integration yes if you

43:55 want to be lazy and there you go it's so

44:03 hard you got to minimize you gotta click

44:05 over somewhere else

44:07 right right you don't have to do that

44:09 anymore you're you know click a button

44:12 oh there's canon group and by the way

44:14 once you once it's not just a view of

44:17 the data you can drill into information

44:20 through outlook in Outlook Oh never

44:24 launch business central your in Outlook

44:26 the customer sends you an email that

44:28 says it can when is my order for you

44:32 know number one two three gonna ship I

44:34 can click in Outlook on a little there's

44:38 a pane that opens on the right side I

44:40 can click on a on a tile that shows my

44:43 open orders open the order and see what

44:46 that expected shipment data is it's

44:49 right from with Outlook that's amazing I

44:50 can create new orders customer wants to

44:54 order five new widgets right from our I

44:56 can create that order and I can send

44:59 them an email confirmation of their

45:00 order without leaving outlook so is this

45:03 using maybe the Cortana intelligence to

45:06 a point where it recognizes what's in

45:09 Outlook or is it just basically scanning

45:11 outlook and looking for keywords and

45:13 knowing that so yeah so there's well

45:15 there's it's I would kind of put it in

45:17 two separate features the first is the

45:20 ability to launch the customer or vendor

45:23 information right right from within

45:25 outlook and business central the second

45:28 thing is there is artificial

45:30 intelligence or machine learning or

45:32 whatever you call her built-in so if the

45:37 customer in the body of their email it

45:39 happens to say I want five widgets and

45:41 ten panel side panels it will suggest

45:46 quote or order lines for you nice based

45:50 on the data within the body of the email

45:53 very nice

45:54 yeah this only works with office 365

45:57 yeah you have to be running exchange

45:59 online so your email has to be running

46:01 through exchange online or running

46:04 office 365 for an email but but it's

46:08 it's you know in addition to running on

46:10 the app right on your tablet or your

46:13 phone which you can do with business

46:15 central a lot of people work in Outlook

46:18 so you know from from a usability

46:21 standpoint the the fact that you can sit

46:24 and outlook get an email click on a

46:26 button and have full access to that

46:28 vendor or that customer or contacts

46:32 information right there without having

46:34 to leave Outlook is it we think a huge

46:37 new feature Oh a differentiator right I

46:40 mean who's not going to like that

46:42 everybody's gonna like that that uses

46:44 outlook in business central maybe

46:46 someone who doesn't run outlook maybe

46:48 they maybe I don't okay maybe they won't

46:51 maybe they won't I still want to go in

46:52 their hotmail right so they're pop

46:54 account than ever they can do that right

46:57 but yeah so so it is yeah obviously

47:00 alright it's part of the vision of

47:03 Microsoft that you're you're using

47:05 office 365 you're using business central

47:08 full integration between the two almost

47:11 like email is one concept right we kind

47:13 of think of it like business Central's

47:14 becoming a it's almost like it's just a

47:16 part of your office experience it's

47:20 almost a right well you exactly yeah the

47:22 whole dynamics 365 family it's just that

47:24 it's everything that you need the

47:26 dynamics 365 office 365 you really don't

47:30 need too much more right

47:33 that that's the vision so so yeah so we

47:36 think this is a great feature that's

47:39 included with business central again

47:42 probably 349 more new features out there

47:46 to go check out with the spring update

47:48 though but that's one we think is worth

47:50 mentioning do you think this is

47:52 something that the customer can set up

47:56 by themselves or they need an expert

47:57 like us to do it no customers should be

48:00 able to do this on their own we're

48:03 available to help to assist and walk

48:06 through there

48:07 you know there's kind of their setup you

48:09 Wizards within business central you know

48:13 and how you authenticate and everything

48:15 right and there's plenty of videos

48:18 online that they're walking sites they

48:20 ask to an online help so so hey

48:24 integration is good kind of like

48:26 integrating this uh beer with some

48:28 peanuts maybe in our next podcast you

48:31 know what we do need snacks don't we

48:35 that's right

48:36 yeah we're learning as we go this is our

48:39 maiden voyage right so you know next

48:43 month we'll be we'll be drinking

48:44 something else yeah and you get to be in

48:47 charge of the beer I'll get I'll be in

48:48 charge of snacks there you go and now

48:50 we're talking that's right I'm in

48:52 alright so for one of our last uh one of

48:55 our last two segments we're going to

48:56 talk about this week it's gonna be a

48:58 couple of featured apps were going to

49:00 talk about credit card processing apps

49:02 and and things like that mainly charge

49:04 logic centric business solutions and

49:06 something that I'm not too familiar with

49:08 called Microsoft pay that my co-host

49:11 just sprung on me now

49:13 so Ken what you tell us a little bit

49:15 about let's sure yeah so I guess the

49:18 main the the first point is you know if

49:22 you're running business central yeah the

49:24 first thing to understand is you know

49:26 can you go in and record customer

49:28 deposits and cash receipts yes you can

49:32 more and more people today right use

49:35 credit cards yeah so how do i process a

49:38 credit card I'm taking an order and the

49:41 customers wants to pay for this on a

49:43 credit card or the customer owes me a

49:46 bunch of money for some

49:47 to invoices and I want them to I want to

49:50 I want to accept the credit card and pay

49:52 with a keep track of it yeah so the

49:55 standard business central software when

49:57 you install it does not have that so

49:59 that's the first old credit card process

50:01 right out of the box right but there are

50:05 apps available so if you go to app

50:07 source you can do a search on credit

50:10 card for business under Business Central

50:13 and you'll see that there are multiple

50:15 solutions the first and let's talk about

50:19 the first right is Microsoft pay so

50:22 that's an app you know now Microsoft pay