Dynamics 365 Business Central Roadmap

It has been recently announced by Microsoft that Dynamics 365 Business Edition is now officially called Dynamics 365 Business Central. It brings the full capabilities of Dynamics NAV into the cloud. Below is the roadmap which has been presented at Directions Asia 2018


Directions Asia 2018 – Dynamics 365 Business Central Roadmap

The roadmap reveals that the Dynamics NAV 2018 will be the last release of NAV branding. From that point on, we will be witnessing the rise of Dynamics 365 Business Central (On premises & SaaS).

Dynamics 365 Business Central will present the full functionality of Dynamics NAV under two different offerings:

  • Essential:
    • Financial Management
    • Supply Chain
    • CRM
    • Human Resources
    • Project Management
  • Premium
    • Service Management
    • Manufacturing

For further information on the Dynamics 365 Roadmap which provides a snapshot of what Microsoft is working on, check this link Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadmap.  The roadmap is used to find out what is being made generally available and what is in development. All dates and features that are in development are preliminary, are based on current expectations, and are subject to change without notice.



Dynamics 365 Business Central


Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi


Announcing Dynamics 365 Business Central

It’s now official, Microsoft has announced recently that Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available on April 2, 2018 in 14 countries – United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland, and will be sold only through our Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners. Australia and New Zealand will be generally available beginning July 1, 2018.

Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud. As such, Business Central has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies that have served 160,000 customers and millions of users worldwide. As a single, end-to-end application, Business Central offers:

  • Business without silos. Unify your business, and boost efficiency with automated tasks and workflows—all integrated within familiar Office tools like Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Actionable insights. Achieve greater outcomes and gain a complete view of your business with connected data, business analytics, and guidance delivered by Microsoft’s leading intelligent technologies.
  • Solutions built to evolve. Start quickly, grow at your own pace and adapt in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend Business Central based on your changing business needs.

>> Reference





More blog posts will be covering the functionality of Dynamics 365 Business Central when time comes. Until then, stay tuned

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Dynamics NAV 2018 – Employee Account Type

Microsoft Dynamics NAV has always had a Human Resources module which is quite simple and could barely cop up with the local requirements on an international level. We always consider a local HR and Payroll solutions for Dynamics NAV rather than using the standard module.

Although, in several implementations, it’s highly important to record ledger transactions on an employee, either as an advance payment, business advances, sales invoices …etc. In such cases, we suggest to configure a vendor or customer card or that purpose.

Now with the release of Dynamics NAV 2018, employee account type is introduced to fulfill this requirements, as you no longer need to use the vendor/ customer or even bank account as an alternative work around solution.


Employee Ledger Entries


Employee posting group should be configured initially in order to define the payable account on the GL level, on which general journals will be posted.

Employee Posting Group

Employee Posting Group


Now when posting a payment journal, it is possible to specify the employee account type to whom the payment is issued as illustrated below:

Payment Journal

Payment Journal – Employee

Here is the preview posting for the GL Journals:

GL Juornal

GL Entries

Here is the employee ledger entries:

Employee Ledger Entries

Employee Ledger Entries


Technical Additions

The following tables have been added to Dynamics NAV 2018 as related to the employees account type enhancement:

  • 5221 Employee Posting Group
  • 5222 Employee Ledger Entry
  • 5223 Detailed Employee Ledger Entry
  • 5224 Payable Employee Ledger Entry
  • 5225 Employee Payment Buffer

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Item Attributes are Missing from Item “Fact Box”

In a recent implementation of Dynamics NAV, we have imported a huge number of items with several characteristics. The “Item Attribute” have been intensively used for this company in order to keep track of all the details of the products such as: color, usage, fabrics compositions, length, width, season, model year ….etc.

After completing the import of the item attributes, they were showing on the “Attributes” section perfectly. Although, all the attributes details were missing from the “Attribute Fact Box” as illustrated below:

Missing Item Attribute

Missing Item Attribute – Fact Box

Although, when checking the “Attribute” form, all the attribute details are perfectly imported as illustrated below:

Attribute Page

In a standard NAV, the item attributes automatically shows on the item attribute fact box. For instance, in NAV 2018, here is a screen shot of a specific item which is associated with a set of attributes. It shows how attributes are shown on both; the attribute sheet and the attribute fact box.



The item attribute fact box retrieves the values considering the language which should be defined on the system. When checking the system “Languages”, the “English” language was missing which is why no attributes were showing.



Here is the final result for the item attribute fact box:


Item Attributes – Resolved

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Dynamics NAV 2018 – Features and Enhancements

It has been recently announced that Dynamics NAV 2018 is available now with interesting new features and enhancements which addresses the powerful capabilities of this product and its continuous improvements to ensure an exceptional added value to businesses worldwide.

At Dynamics Innovations, we’ve started to introduce this product among the other ERP offerings (Dynamics AX, GP and CRM) in the middle east as derived from our strong belief in its powerful capabilities.


Dynamics NAV Roadmap

You can download Dynamics NAV 2018 from Microsoft partner source of the following link >> Download Link

It’s important though to shed a light on the major enhancements introduced in this release which will be thoroughly illustrated throughout several post series on Dynamics NAV Essentials.

Setup and Extensions

A new “action” has been added for the “Manual”  and “Assisted Setup” which can be accessed from both profiles; business manger and accountant. Through this long list, setup has been made easier, more structured across the various modules of the system


Users Tasks

Users can now create new tasks which can be considered as reminders, which can definitely be assigned to other users as well with a given due date and priority




Employee Ledger Entry

Employee is now an account type on the general journal line which can be used for transactions either with a “payment” or “blank” type. The employee can be used on balancing account type as well.


Image Analyzer

The Image Analyzer extension uses powerful image analytics provided by the Computer Vision API for Microsoft Cognitive Services to detect attributes in the images that you add to items and contact persons, so you can easily review and assign them.

  • Contact persons Recognize a person’s gender, or age.
  • Items Identify attributes like type and color.

For example, whether it’s a table or a car, or red or blue. Image Analyzer suggests attributes based tags that the Computer Vision API finds with a confidence level.


Pre configured Excel Reports

These reports can be reached from both profiles; business manager and accountant. On which you can print put predefined excel reports for balance sheet, income statement …etc.



Power BI Reporting

More interactions with Power BI reporting, for instance, when selecting a customer from the customer list, Power BI report could be displayed in order to highlight specific visualization for business-essential information

Further important features includes:

  • Updated integration with Dynamics 365 for sales
  • Synchronize vendors with Lexmark ICS for better OCR results
  • Cancel or correct job related posted invoices
  • Posting setup improvements and missing posting notifications
  • Bulk posting of orders, invoices and credit memos
  • Change global dimensions improvement
  • Intrastat reporting improvements
  • Submission of EC Sales List with more than 9999 lines
  • Posting directly to general ledger accounts from documents
  • Migration from QuickBooks
  • Bulk invoicing from Bookings
  • Application user docs
  • Changes to C/AL functions, data types, properties, and triggers
  • Dynamics NAV Server instance and application configuration settings for default language and supported languages
  • Change server settings without restarting the server
  • Delayed delete of company data
  • Change the display name for a company
  • New MediaSet data type functions
  • SessionSettings data type
  • ObsoleteState and ObsoleteReason properties on tables, fields, and keys
  • Tenant management codeunit
  • Personalization in the Web Client
  • Report preview in the Web Client
  • … etc.



Stay Tuned, features will be thoroughly illustrated on dedicated blog series.


Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Notifications in Dynamics NAV 2017

With the release of Dynamics NAV 2017, several enhancements have been introduced which represent such a considerable move. One of the most interesting features is the notification enhancement.

In previous releases of Dynamics NAV, notifications used to be as messages popping up on the screen in case of a specific event such as but not limited to:

  • Transaction has been posted successfully
  • The customer has an overdue balance
  • The customer has exceeded the credit limit
  • Item availability
  • …. etc.

Now notifications are shown on the a bar on the top of the screen which provides the end user with the ability either to ignore and close or to dig for further details as related to the notification.

Here is the notification setup, on which you can enable or disable specific notification for specific business events


Notification Setup

The interesting thing about notifications setup is that you can enable the specific conditions for the notification so that messages only pops up for specific customers/ items ..etc.

Here is a screen shot of how notifications are presented in Dynamics NAV 2017, the below case is related to inventory availability check in which a message pops up when there is no sufficient quantity in the site to fulfill the demand


Notification Bar

When you click on the “Details”, you can dig for further information as related to the inventory availability check:


Item Availability Check – Details


Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Rapid Start Services in Dynamics NAV

Rapid Start services are considered as the import / export utility of Dynamics NAV through which you can setup / configure a new company, import customers, vendors, chart of accounts, items …etc.

Basically, in order to navigate to the rich functionality of rapid start services, use a predefined profile which is “Rapid Start Services Implementer“, here is a screen shot of the home page of Rapid Start Service:


Rapid Start Services – Profile

Lets try to break down the structure of Rapid Start Services into the basic components which we can be used:

  1. Configuration Worksheet
  2. Configuration Templates
  3. Configuration Questionnaire
  4. Configuration Package


Let’s try to simplify things by understanding how data can be imported into Dynamics NAV without digger in the depth of terminologies. The very first step which you need to take is to create a configuration worksheet which is much more like a project plan, on which you can categories the entities (tables) to be imported under several groups.

For instance, you can create a group called ” Master Files “, under which you can list down all the master files entities such as ( customer, vendors, items, GL accounts … etc) . Another group can be created for the opening balances which may include (item journal, GL journal …etc) . The output of your worksheet would look much more like the below:


Configuration Worksheet

In Dynamics NAV, the import utility deals with tables, so for instance if you want to import customers into the ERP system, yo need to include the customer table (18) in your worksheet.

The next step is to create a configuration package on which you can specify the required fields to be imported for each table. Although, before digging into the fields, we need to assign the worksheet to that package, so that the package will retrieve all the assigned tables, to do so, click on “Assign Package” on the configuration worksheet and then choose the specific package.

Assign Package

Assign Package to Configuration Worksheet

On the configuration package, you can work on each specific table apart in order to include a set of fields to be imported/ exported, in addition to table relation and validation options per table field. Here is a screen short:

Table Fields

Configuration Package – Table Fields

In the example above, I am specifying the table “Item” and clicking n the table drop down list for further actions. Clicking on “Fields” will bring up all the table fields so that we can choose which fields are to be included/ validated …etc.



Table Fields

On the table fields, there are several options which I may dig further into in further articles, these options represents  considerable set of features which are developed to enhance the import experience. This includes:

  • Validate field
  • Field mapping
  • Create missing codes

The next step is to export the template including the included fields, so that it can be filled out with the required set of data and imported again into the system.

Export Import

Export Import Table Template

Most importantly, the data imported into Dynamics NAV are stored in a staging area so that it can show import errors, once import errors are resolved, you can apply the package in order to migrate data into the associated tables.

It’s important to address the fact that this article has not shed a comprehensive illustration on other “optional” tools in the rapid start services such as templates and questionnaire. Further articles will shed a light on the technical aspects of the rapid start services and its relation with the SQL tables.

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Item Consumption Quantity Decimals are rounded on Production Order

When creating a production order in Dynamics NAV, line item components are automatically derived from the bill of material, on which the standard quantities are provided.

I have been working on a case in which the consumption quantities are being rounded automatically when creating a production order, for instance, if one of the line components is 1.2 the consumption quantity on the production order is rounded into 2

It would quickly come to mind that the scrap % is the root cause, which could be defined either on the item card level or the production order level. Although, in this specific case, the scrap % is set to zero on all setup levels.


Production Order Components – Quantity



Production Journal – Consumption Quantity


The reason for such system behavior is related to a field called “Rounding Precision” on the item card, which by default is set to 1. If you check the MSDN for further information, you will find the following:


Item Card – Rounding Precision

” Defines how calculated consumption quantities are rounded when entered on consumption journal lines. Quantities less than 0.5 will be rounded down. Quantities equal to or greater than 0.5 will be rounded up.

You can set the field to round to the nearest decimal (maximum 6 decimal places) or to the nearest number divisible by any whole or decimal number.

  • 0.01 Round to two decimals
  • 0.05 Round to a number divisible by 0.05
  • 1.00 Round to a whole number (no decimals – divisible by 1.00)
  • 10.00 Round to a whole number (no decimals – divisible by 10.00)

  Reference: MSDN – Rounding Precision Field, Item Table

So basically, you need to setup the rounding precision as 0.001 for instance, and everything will be working as expected.


Production Order Components – Quantity


Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Item Transfer in Dynamics NAV

When working with inventory, transferring items from one site to another is a very common business requirements. Such requirement can be processed in Dynamics NAV in two different ways, each of them fulfills specific business needs.

Inventory Transfer Order

Transfer order is one easy way for transferring items from one site to another, although, it needs to be done from one location to another through an in-transit site. Below are brief of the advantages and disadvantages of this process:


In Transit Transfer Visualization


  • Segregation of duties, this process guarantees that the two warehouse keepers involved are working on the same process from start to end. One ships the items from their own warehouse to the in-transit site, and the other warehouse keeper receives the items from the in-transit into the destination site.
  • In case any items are damaged while being transferred, it will not be received and can be reported easily since it will remain in the in-transit location
  • If any item charges are associated with such inventory transfer, it can be easily assigned to the items and allocated accordingly.


  • It might be perceived as long process from a system perspective, especially when the transfer is physically between two sites which are managed by the same warehouse keeper
  • It requires the use of In-Transit location, which is sometimes not physically involved

Transfer Order can be found on ( Departments/Purchasing/Order Processing/Transfer Orders) :

Transfer Order

Transfer Order

When posting the transfer order, you will be asked either to Ship or Receive the items. You definitely can not receive items if they are not shipped yet.

Transfer Order – General Ledger Journal

The journal entry which is posted to the general ledger includes primarily two accounts, the inventory adjustment account and the inventory account which are configured on the inventory posting setup

When posting the “Ship” on the transfer order, the following journal entry is generated, and the second journal is posted when posting the “Receive” on the transfer order

Account Debit Credit
Inventory Account ( Source Location ) X
Inventory Offset X
Inventory Offset X
Inventory Account ( In Transit Location ) X
Account Debit Credit
Inventory Account ( In Transit Location ) X
Inventory Offset X
Inventory Offset X
Inventory Account ( Destination Location ) X

You can navigate to the posted transfer and receipts on the transfer order as illustrated in the screen shots below:

Item Reclassification Journal

One of the other options which can be used to transfer items from one location to another without too much complication is the item reclassification journal which simply takes quantities out of one location and adds it to a new location.


It’s worth to mention that this journal is not designed to transfer items from one location to another, this journal can be used to re class items for the following other purposes:

  • Bin to New Bin
  • Dimension to New Dimension
  • Location to New Dimension

As for the financial journals, both inventory adjustment and inventory account are included in the posting journal.


Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi

Dynamics NAV 2017 – Item Attributes

The release of Dynamics NAV 2017 presents several important features, which proves how advanced this release is. One of these important features is the item attributes which are highly essential features especially for companies with high variations of SKUs such as but not limited to distribution, retail and manufacturing companies.

Item attributes are completely different that item variants, you may refer to the previous post on Dynamics NAV essentials for a better understanding of the item variants on this link.Item attributes are more of characteristics of the same SKU while an item variant is a variation that can be tracked under an item SKU.

Item Variants versus Item Attributes | Example:

Lets suppose that a distribution company has an item which has three specific colors (red, blue and white). There are two different scenario that can be considered:

1- Creating one item card, with three different variants (red, blue and white) | for that the system will support quantity tracking for all variants across all locations. Although, the system will have one item code under which there are three variations.

2- Creating three different item cards, and creating one attribute called (Color). The first item will be assigned to the item attribute value (red), while the second will be assigned to the second item attribute value (blue) and the third one will be assigned to the item attribute value (white). Although, there will be three separate item codes in the inventory module.

Understanding Item Attributes

In Dynamics NAV 2017, item attributes can be assigned either to single items or to item categories. Although, it is definitely better to assign attributes to the categories in order to make sure that they are inherited by items when assigned to categories.


Item Attributes

When creating a new item attribute, you can choose from one of the following types:

  • Option (predefined list)
  • Text
  • Integer
  • Decimal

Note: Both decimal and integer can be assigned to a predefined unit of measurement.


Item Attribute Values

Now the next step is to assign a specific set of attributes for either an item category or to an item card. As shown below, the item category (Table) is assigned to a set of attributes which are (Color, Depth, Height and Material Description), it means that once an item is added to the system and assigned to the item category (Table), it will automatically inherit all these attributes.


Item Category – Attributes


Item Card – Category and Attributes


Item Card > Attributes Values


It is worth to mention finally that item attributes could have default values either on the item category level or item card level.

The next post will shed a light on the technical aspects of item attributes, SQL tables and import insights.

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi