What Dynamics 365 Business Central means for teams building and using NAV extensions

October 25 2018

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a post Stefano wrote for Simplanova.

One of the biggest changes this year in the Microsoft Dynamics community is the introduction of Dynamics 365 Business Central, the successor to Dynamics NAV. And for NAV developers, the big transition has been the introduction of the extensions approach to customization.

NAV updates over the last few years had mostly focused on technology and platform improvements rather than application capabilities. NAV is recognized and appreciated in the ERP market particularly because of its total customizability and adaptability to the customer's business. Customizations in NAV are quick to deploy and C/AL offers significant flexibility.

The big historical problem with C/AL is what some developers call "spaghetti code."

About Stefano Demiliani

Stefano Demiliani is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Business Solutions, a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and a long-time expert on other Microsoft-related technologies.

He has a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico of Turin. He works as a Chief Technical Officer and Solution Architect for EID NAVLAB (http://www.eid.it).

His main activity is architecting and developing enterprise solutions based on the entire stack of Microsoft technologies (Microsoft Dynamics NAV/Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Azure cloud services and distributed .NET applications).

He works as a full-time NAV consultant (15+ years of international Microsoft Dynamics NAV projects) and he is available for architecting solutions based on Microsoft's ERP, as well as for NAV database tuning and optimization (performance and locking management) and for architecting cloud solutions and applications.

He's the author of various Microsoft-related books for Packt Publishing and he has one of the most visited blogs on Microsoft-related technologies (http://www.demiliani.com).

His most recent books include:



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