Thursday, September 17, 2020

Why Business Central is Amazing #5: Community

 By Steve Endow

The Business Central Community is amazing.

Want proof?  

Here's a great example from my Twitter timeline this afternoon:

This is Community

"Business Central Twitter" is in constant conversation.  Business Central community members from around the globe, quite literally, are asking questions, answering questions, posting updates, blogs, videos, and MS Docs articles.  

In a few hours, I received feedback about a new idea to share with the community, and during that same time I received offers from the community to help! 

How amazing is that?

Need help with Business Central AL programming?  Post a tweet with the #BCALHelp tag!

Community Help

The top experts in Business Central AL development, with decades of experience, will see the the tweets and happily offer their wisdom.  For free.  

Truly amazing.

Want more proof?  

Perhaps you heard about the most amazing community conference of 2020?  

Yes, I'm talking about the DynamicsCon virtual conference:

This is a brand new conference, created for the Microsoft Dynamics community, by the Dynamics community.

Community members submitted their session proposals, and registered users voted on the sessions they wanted to see.  There were 12 Business Central sessions by 12 amazing presenters.  Not only was the conference FREE for anyone to attend, but all of the sessions were recorded and they are now all available on YouTube.

It was a fantastic conference with incredible energy and community participation, and the DynamicsCon team is already working on plans for their next conference in March 2021.

It was an amazing event, organized by an amazing community.

Let me share one more note about the Business Central community that is truly amazing.

Check out this "pull request" on GitHub:

Even if you don't understand any of the details, just look at the conversation that is occurring.

Natalie submitted a suggestion to improve the Business Central AL Test Toolkit that developers can use to test their customizations and ISVs can use to test their AppSource Extensions.  The Microsoft Business Central development team reviewed the suggestion and within 2 days the fix was implemented into Business Central.

Go Natalie!

Two. Days. To fix an issue in a massive Microsoft ERP solution.  All prompted by a submission from the Business Central community.  What other commercial ERP solution has source code available like Business Central and accepts community contributions like this?

This is astounding.  

No, it's amazing.

Steve Endow is a Microsoft MVP in Los Angeles.  He works with Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft Power Automate, Power Apps, Azure, .NET, Dynamics GP, and SQL Server.

You can also find him on Twitter and YouTube

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