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The Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business
Central community has been on a rapid journey over the last few
years. Events, Extensions, automated testing, SaaS, AL, and VSCode
are just some of the topics that have forced a whole different
level of reskilling on users, partners, and ISVs. Usually, we
become aware of the change one year and then by the following it
becomes mainstream and critical to our success.
My bet would be that 2020 is the year that DevOps for Business
Central goes from an excellent idea to the mainstream. I simply
cannot see how we are going to continually certify current
compatibility for the hundreds of ISV solutions (likely to be
thousands by the end of 2020) and hundreds of thousands of
per-tenant extensions using the old fashioned manual test and
I'm putting my money on it this year because Microsoft is
getting increasingly frustrated that its SaaS ERP platform is being
run like thousands of on-premises systems. Both ISV and per-tenant
extensions are continually and repeatedly blocking Microsoft's
upgrade process, forcing the Business Central systems team to run
an ever-increasing number of concurrent platform versions because
of a few tenants stuck on each. This situation isn't viable as
Business Central scales ever larger. Imagine the howl that would go
up if something they were doing was costing us thousands a week.
Isn't it fair then, when the reverse is true, they coax us to do
Expect Microsoft to get harsher in applying the rules: 90 days
past the launch of the new updates and your tenant will be upgraded
without your failing extensions, even in your production instance.
Tough if you haven't got it sorted by then; you should have. That
condition is in your terms of service, so why should Microsoft be
penalised because a few customers haven't fulfilled their side of
Business Applications communities