Dynamics 365 Business Central April 2020 Enhancements

Continuing the schedule of significant releases, Microsoft has announced several new features for Business Central. Some have already been released, and others are scheduled for later in April (or perhaps May). Three significant new features are:Upgrade Upgrading Software Program Icon Symbol On Computer Keybo

  • Extended price calculations. Microsoft continues to increase the number of options for advanced price calculations. For companies that need more complex calculations, see the documentation here. Note the information box on this page with the following key information: “The new price calculation capabilities in 2020 release wave 1 exist in code only, and do not include any user experience. We will provide that in an upcoming release. For now, to use the new capability you must create your own page.” In other words, the pricing calculation features have been developed, but you will need a developer at this point to use them. Contact us at Data Guidance Group if you need assistance with this new feature.
  • Improved Bank Account Reconciliation. The look of this page, and the ability to match statement activity with accounting record activity has been improved in this release.
  • Receive more items than ordered. Several clients have asked about this feature over the years. In practice, sometimes the vendor ships overages (this is quite common in the printing industry, for example). This feature allows businesses to receive more than the quantity ordered in cases where this is more economical, or part of the agreement with the vendor.

We will have more information about the 2020 Wave 1 release in future posts. You can find the full list of enhancements here.

Paycheck Protection Program Details

We have mentioned to some of our clients that the US CARES Act included the Paycheck Protection Program. The Program functions as an SBA loan that is forgivable under certain circumstances. Here is a Forbes article on it:


And here is the application (as of today) on the Treasury website:


It may be just the shot in the arm your small business needs to make it through these turbulent waters.