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Microsoft Dynamics Profile: It's an entrepreneur's life for first-time MVP Dmitry Katson

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
June 11 2018

Dmitry KatsonSome six years ago, newly minted Microsoft Dynamics MVP Dmitry Katson, made a very farfetched prediction to a friend, who was an MVP at the time: In the not too distant future there will no longer be NAV customizations. Rather, there will only be extensions that can be easily installed and removed.

"At that moment, it seemed impossible," says Katson, owner of AirApps in St. Petersburg, Russia. "We didn't even have the technologies and the extension model. But now, six years later, we have AppSource for NAV (a.k.a., Business Central). Is it a miracle? No, it's a necessity. And what do I see as a necessity in the near future? It's artificial intelligence or smart apps."

Extending Business Central with smart apps

According to Katson, the main focus of his company is to extend Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with modern smart apps. He believes this goal can be achieved in three ways:

  1. Create their own smart apps for Business Central. Some of them are under development now, some going through the validation process at Microsoft.
  2. Help other partners to move their IP to the cloud by teaching them how to do it or doing it all for them.
  3. Contributing - Katson says his MVP status gives him better access to the R&D team of Business Central. Additionally, he tries to follow all the new initiatives, offer his vision, and contribute on GitHub and in blogs. "It's awesome to see how your initiatives become reality," he says. "Also the new Visual Studio Code platform for app ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.