Plan and prepare for Finance and Operations cross-app capabilities in 2022 release wave 1
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The 2022 release wave 1 plan covers all new functionalities planned to be delivered to market from April 2022 to September 2022. In this article, you'll find the product overview and what's new and planned for Finance and Operations cross-app capabilities.
Finance and Operations cross-app capabilities apply to all Finance and Operations apps, including Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Dynamics 365 Commerce, and Dynamics 365 Project Operations.
To enable businesses everywhere to accelerate their digital transformation, we are continuously enhancing the platform and services that support Finance and Operations apps with new capabilities. As we add product enhancements at a rapid pace, we deliver frequent updates (eight per year) that help customers stay current in a consistent, predictable, and seamless manner.
The key driver for the new core capabilities is to increase productivity and return on investment. The Finance and Operations cross-app capabilities in this release wave can be divided into the following categories:
Data and process integration: This feature area includes improvements to the integration between Finance and Operations apps and Azure Data Lake Storage. The capabilities include:
- Enable customers to build rich data integrations and reports using data from both customer engagement apps and Finance and Operations apps using Azure Synapse Link for Microsoft Dataverse.
- Enable customers to optionally include large fields, such as memos and XML strings, to be exported to Azure Data Lake Storage.
- Enable customers to optionally exclude sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, from being exported to Azure Data Lake Storage.
Power Platform requests for Finance and Operations environments: Today, customers using Finance and Operations applications have no way to purchase additional compute resources when their processing needs increase. Microsoft plans to extend the Power Platform requests to cover the compute meter on the Finance and Operations platform. Most customers using Finance and Operations applications will be entitled to a sufficient amount of base capacity along with their app licenses. Only those customers needing more compute processing will have to purchase those units. Power Platform requests will expand the scope and definition of what is already being sold as order lines.
Regression suite automation tool (RSAT): RSAT continues to be an important area for Microsoft and customers. It is a cornerstone for customers moving to the cloud in that they are able to produce automated tests that enable them to easily perform user acceptance tests of new releases and ensure a smooth experience with each upgrade. The 2022 release wave 1 features will improve the usability of RSAT and provide better integration between RSAT and Microsoft Azure DevOps.
Cross-app features: Cross-app features provide ease of use to all users of Finance and Operations apps. These capabilities improve development, administration, and user experiences by addressing some of the key shortcomings we’ve heard about from our customers.
Cross-app features provide ease of use to all users of Finance and Operations apps. These capabilities improve development, administration, and user experiences by addressing some of the key shortcomings we’ve heard about from our customers.
Today, customer environments running Finance and Operations apps need sustained downtime for maintenance operations. These maintenance operations include updates to operating systems, security, apps, or infrastructure that are necessary to modernize the platform. We're investing in features that will help to reduce these downtime requirements, creating a scenario where there's almost zero downtime for maintenance operations.
In 2021 release wave 2, we reduced the downtime required for maintenance updates. Some of the investments included in this initiative will allow batch jobs to be retried and updates to the operating system patching window to take effect without taking the entire system offline. In 2022 release wave 1, we'll further invest in this area to achieve near-zero downtime.
To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Finance and Operations cross-app capabilities below:
For application administrators
User-impacting features to the user experience enabled automatically
User-impacting features should be reviewed by application administrators. This facilitates release change management and enables successful onboarding of new capabilities released to market. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users, automatically" in the release plan.
Features that must be enabled by application administrators
This release wave contains features that must be enabled or configured by administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users by admins, makers, or analysts" in the release plan.