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Mastering Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

By : Stefano Demiliani, Duilio Tacconi
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Mastering Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

By: Stefano Demiliani, Duilio Tacconi

Overview of this book

Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution, which is easy to adopt and helps you make smarter business decisions. This book is a comprehensive guide to developing solutions with Microsoft ERP (in the cloud and also on-premises). It covers all aspects of developing extensions, right from preparing a sandbox environment to deploying a complete solution. The book starts by introducing you to the Dynamics 365 Business Central platform and the new Modern Development Environment. You'll then explore the sandbox concept, and see how to create sandboxes for development. As you advance, you’ll be able to build a complete advanced solution for Dynamics 365 Business Central with AL language and Visual Studio Code. You'll then learn how to debug and deploy the extension and write automatic testing. The book will also take you through advanced topics like integration (with Azure Functions, web services, and APIs), DevOps and CI/CD techniques, and machine learning. You'll discover how Dynamics 365 Business Central can be used with Office 365 apps. Finally, you'll analyze different ways to move existing solutions to the new development model based on extensions. By the end of this book, you'll be able to develop highly customized solutions that meet the requirements of modern businesses using Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
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Section 1: Dynamics 365 Business Central - Platform Overview and the Basics of Modern Development
Section 2: Developing Extensions for Dynamics 365 Business Central
Section 3: Debugging, Testing, and Release Management (DevOps)
Section 4: Advanced Integrations with Dynamics 365 Business Central
Section 5: Moving Solutions to the New Extension Model

Understanding the Business Central ML Framework

Building your own (custom) ML model from scratch could be complicated. It usually requires experience in Python, R, or services such as Azure ML Studio. If you don't want to invest in that but still want to use the power of AI with your data, you can use Dynamics 365 Business Central ML Framework.

Technically, it can be divided into four different frameworks:

  • The Time Series API
  • The ML Prediction API
  • The custom Azure ML API
  • The custom Vision API

Each framework is intended for its own task and uses different algorithms:

  • For example, with the Time Series API, you can predict numbers (such as sales and quantities) with the power of regression algorithms just by knowing dates and numbers from the past.
  • With the ML Prediction API, you can predict classes, such as yes/no or colors.
  • The Custom Azure ML API allows...