What to Expect with Business Central 2023 Wave 1 Updates

Updates are in motion! Microsoft has announced the 2023 wave 1 release plan for Dynamics 365 Business Central.

While every release includes enhancements to usability, accessibility, performance and reliability, it's vital to be properly prepared in order to have a disruption-free roll out across your organization.

Here are some highlights of what is coming down the pipeline:

  • Power Platform
    • Improves Business Central integration with Power Platform to increase productivity
  • Accounting period-end processes and analysis
    • Add data for analytics using Statistical Accounts
      • Lets you enter numerical data for general ledger (G/L) transactions that you can use for analyses
      • Easier to get an overview of progress in the period-end process
      • The G/L Settlement allows bookkeepers to apply general ledger entries during reconciliation tasks
  • Apps story in Microsoft Teams to access data across the organization
    • Respond to inquiries faster by attaching quotes and invoices from Outlook
    • Share, analyze, or bulk-edit records in Excel.
    • Start a conversation about a record in Teams or rally the team around key datapoints
    • View, share, and co-author business documents using OneDrive for Business.
    • Author beautiful reports and other templates in Word
  • Governance and administration
    • Self-service features to help administrators manage their environments
      • Idle sandbox environments will expire after 45 days of inactivity to free up capacity for creating new environments. Administrators can choose to opt out of the expiration period.
      • Enhance the tool that performs the migration of Business Central data from on-premises to the cloud
  • Onboarding
    • Improved in-app guidance and user assistance
      • Get to productive use of the application faster
      • Can change this data and content to match the expectations from a specific industry and domain
    • Enriching many of the standard tooltips to better aid self-learning users in understanding how to use Business Central
  • Reporting and data analysis
    • Adding a new mode on list pages
      • Enable users to analyze and pivot data directly in the client
  • Service and platform
    • Invest in the fundamentals of our service, with a focus on
      • performance, stability, resource governance, security, and compliance
  • Inventory and warehouse scenarios
    • Made it simpler to configure inventory features
    • Better data migration story

We encourage anyone that works in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and key people responsible for Business central environment for your organization to read through the 2023 release wave 1 detailed plan.


What steps are needed to prepare for the update?

We got you covered. Download a step-by-step Business Central 2023 Wave 1 update preparation plan:

Please visit Dynamics 365 Business Central 2023 Wave 1 release schedule and early access for information on accessing early features or, contact support for additional assistance.

Are these updates optional?

No, the upcoming features and capabilities will be enabled automatically from April - September 2023.

Can I test and validate these new features before they get enabled automatically?

Yes, early access features are available as of January 30, 2023. For a list of features and dates that can be enabled for testing in your environment, please visit: 2023 release wave 1 features available for early access or, contact for additional assistance.

Why should I opt in and test the features ahead of time?

This early access provides you with an opportunity to validate the update in your sandbox environment before it is applied to your production environment.

Integrato strongly urges all clients take advantage of the early access. This proactive approach will give your organization an opportunity to experience the new features in advance and confidently roll them out to all users.