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Join us for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Launch Event streaming live April 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time and then available on-demand. See what’s next for Dynamics 365 Business Central and get access to breakout sessions available on-demand as well as live chats with product experts. Read our preview below, and then register to join the event.

In a recent Microsoft-commissioned IDC survey of small and midsized businesses (SMBs) across the globe, 60 percent of leaders indicated that 2021 will be spent on pivoting and focusing on recovery. These leaders stated that their top three business challenges included increasing business agility, productivity, and revenue.

While the good news is that moving to the cloud with a modern business management solution can help SMBs address these challenges, many leaders within SMBs struggle to carve out the time to create a digital transformation strategy. That’s where we can help.

Dynamics 365 Business Central helps SMBs adapt faster, work smarter, and perform better

Dynamics 365 Business Central provides a connected cloud business management solution for growing small and midmarket organizations. Connected means you can bring together your finance, sales, service, and operations teams within a single application to get the insights needed to drive your business forward and be prepared for what’s next. We focus our product innovations on investments to help SMBs:

  • Adapt faster—Be prepared for disruption with the insights needed to pivot quickly, shift business models, and cultivate strategic plans.
  • Work smarter—Stop app switching and boost productivity using interoperability with Microsoft Teams, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Perform better—Enable better business performance with continuous process improvements, real-time insights, and responsiveness across your entire business—not just financials.

Take a look at a few of the updates that we are introducing in the 2021 release wave 1 for Dynamics 365 Business Central to help you adapt faster, work smarter, and perform better.

Adapt faster: Onboarding guidance

Pivoting quickly is only possible if you can get everyone across your company to adopt new business apps, processes, and models. While to go-live is critical for all new business management solutions, time to productivity for your people is the better measurement of success. In the 2021 release wave 1, we are investing in getting started checklists, a welcome banner, and in-app contextual help with teaching tips to ensure your people can onboard and deliver results faster.

Business Central onboarding welcome screen

Work smarter: Better together on the Microsoft cloud

Microsoft is the only company that provides productivity, collaboration, development, AI, business intelligence, and business applications all within a single cloud. The result goes beyond the ability to support remote work, improve security, and control costs. By connecting Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Power Platform you will empower your organization to be more collaborative, more productive, and more impactful. In the 2021 release wave 1, we have improved interoperability with Microsoft Teams, Word, and Excel, along with enabling integration between Dynamics 365 Business Central virtual tables into Microsoft Dataverse solutions. Additionally, we have enabled support for Universal Print to streamline the way companies manage printing from Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Business Central app for Microsoft Teams

Perform better: Improved dimensions and expansion to more geographies

We continue to invest in capabilities that help our customers optimize financial performance and drive continuous business process improvements. The 2021 wave 1 release supports global expansion, as we bring Dynamics 365 Business Central to more countries, with availability in India, Greece, Romania, and Turkey. We have also invested in simplifying working with dimensions and general ledger entry corrections. Consistent and accurate dimension value attributes on operational and financial transactions ensure greater insights from your business data.

Business Central dimensions screen

Learn more

This is just a glimpse of the latest innovations for Dynamics 365 Business Central. We have also invested in delivering improvements requested by our partners and customers, including enhancements across banking, payments, performance, supply chain optimization, and usability. Learn more about how Dynamics 365 Business Central can help you adapt faster, work smarter, and perform better.

Register for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Launch Event streaming live April 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time and then available on-demand and get access to breakout sessions and live chats with product experts.

Sources: IDC, SMB leaders survey, 2020

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