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Now displaying: August, 2020
Aug 12, 2020

Erik Hougaard returns to the podcast with new perspective on Dynamics 365 Business Central development and customization. Over the last few months, Erik has been creating a rich new library of developer skills videos on his YouTube channel, covering everything from OAuth and Javascript controls to web services and String operations.

 

He recently created a Blast from the Past video in which he spun up an old NAV 3.56 system and explored its features, customization language (which was also called AL at the time), and interface. Looking at a 30 year old predecessor to today's Business Central was more than just a trip down memory lane, as he tells us. It can also give today's customers and professionals a better understanding of why the latest version of Business Central looks and acts the way it does. With that perspective in mind, Erik also shares his views on the latest customization trends, ISV solution adoption, SaaS support, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the ecosystem.

 

Show Notes:

  • 1:45 - Why look at NAV 3.56 now?
  • 4:00 - Why now is a good time to create more educational content, and how Erik develops ideas.
  • 7:45 - Contextualizing the on-prem to cloud transition of Business Central
  • 10:00 - How Erik circulated an easter egg through older NAV systems
  • 11:30 - Is it good that so many features of BC today are so similar to NAV years ago?
  • 14:00 - Features or techniques that have potential for a big impact
  • 16:30 - As an MVP reaching the community, comparing video versus traditional blog posts
  • 20:00 - How many companies still need customization with BC?
  • 23:30 - Customer and partner responsibilities around managing DevOps for BC
  • 25:15 - A current challenge around country versions with extensions management, both in development and in releasing apps to AppSource
  • 29:00 - How are BC users doing in the context of coronavirus?
  • 32:00 - Why is development such a big part of NAV and BC?
  • 34:30 - Tips around developing your YouTube channel
Aug 5, 2020

We continue the Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 migration podcast series with a conversation focused primarily around making the case for D365 Finance and Operations, once again joined by Karen Riordan of Menlo Technologies and Peter Joeckel of TurnOnDynamics. In some ways, the path to F&O could be described as only marginally easier than a migration from GP to any other vendor's ERP, so the discussion touches on ERP selection more broadly, the range of approaches that partners in the Microsoft channel have selected regarding their own ERP product sales strategies. Many sell more than one ERP, and for many of those, the other ERP is not a Microsoft product. We also touch on the DevOps debate around Business Central and some of the latest Microsoft incentives to GP customers.

 

Show Notes:

  • 1:00 - Quick recap of the first three episodes
  • 2:30 - What are renewing GP customers hearing from Microsoft and partners?
  • 5:00 - Marketing evaluation: Microsoft's BREP to CSP incentive and surrounding positioning
  • 10:45 - If GP customers don't select BC straight away, what does ERP selection look like?
  • 15:30 - What are signs that a GP customer might be a good fit for evaluating F&O?
  • 17:15 - Customer story: How AX/FO dimensional inventory solved a GP user's needs
  • 27:00 - What drives cost in ERP projects (hint: it's moving from one to another)
  • 30:00 - Why a partner sells both Dynamics ERPs and a competing vendor's ERP
  • 35:00 - The DevOps debate
  • 41:30 - Why so many GP partners will never look at F&O, and perhaps why some never should
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