Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365 for FinOps) is a cloud and on-premise based ERP, formerly Dynamics AX. An exciting feature about this release is that now it’s gone a device-independent user interface. Yes, you heard it right, now your client UI can be viewed in Laptop, Desktop, Mobile browser, and Tablets. All you need is just a compatible web browser to access your functionalities.
D365 for FinOps production environments can be hosted in the following ways:
a) Cloud-based systems – Microsoft owns the production environment access with Azure capabilities. It’s easy to control the system size with multiple Tier of environments based on the number of users. More the users, more the AOS tiers to enhance faster processing
b) On-premise systems – As a classical way like AX2012 if the customer decides to maintain the database within their local premises(instead of cloud), then Microsoft provides series of hardware requirements to the leisure of having the database and systems locally.
Apart from these two production hostings, Microsoft also offers a pre-configured Dev environment as VHD files, which are termed as OneBox environments. This can be hosted locally on HyperV and used for development purposes. In real-time scenarios, every developer will be having their own Dev box by connecting to DevOps URL.
Now let’s see some of the most buzzing features of D365 for FinOps:
a) Office 365 Account – Now office 365 account is no longer just an email feature. It acts as a Single sign account for accessing various connected applications like the D365 FinOps portal, Power Platform and so on… Users are controlled by the Office 365 Admin portal.
b) Life cycle services(LCS) – Web application which provides the capability to maintain the cloud-hosted machines and majorly used for code deployment activities to Prod environments. LCS provides a way for depleting your customizations(packages) to the production environment. Even if you require backup of the Prod database it has to be requested through this portal.
c) Power Platform – D365 for FinOps offers tight integration with Power platform tools such as PowerBI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow by consuming underlying data entities using OData services. Cool features like BYOD (Bring Your Own Database) allows storing the D365 data in Azure SQL which can be further used for BI reporting
d) DevOps – Exciting source control features that allow storing the codes secure with various branches and builds. Automatic build pipelines do the perfect job of deploying the package to build environments in scheduled time. Every single requirement or work items can be maintained and tracked with code changesets.
e) RSAT – Regression automation testing tool adds additional capability to record the tasks and execute the tests repetitively. It offers integration with DevOps Test plans, moreover, the test can be auto-scheduled in DevOps pipelines.
Oh, that’s short to speak about new features of this cloud debut from Microsoft. It’s a direct success in its first attempt, can’t wait to try all exciting features added day by day. Stay in touch with this area to see more detailed updates on topics from our next series of blogs.
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