One of the advantages of using Business Central is that the software is easy to extend. You decide what you need. Do you currently want to expand your system, or are you planning to do so soon? We are happy to give you a few tips to make the expansion run smoothly.
Business Central apps from the AppSource
If you’ve been working with Business Central for some time, you’re probably familiar with the AppSource. By downloading an app, you can easily prepare your software. In principle, you can purchase an app without involving your partner. However, be aware that it carries some risks. Of course, it is nice that you can expand your software to your needs by purchasing a new app. However, it does mean that your software changes and may react unexpectedly. How come? All apps in the AppSource integrate based on a kind of subscription structure with the basic software. There is a hook in several places in the base, which is free to expand the software with a downloadable app. The tricky part here is that it is unknown which order these apps will be placed in advance.
A hassle-free extension
It is very annoying if your Business Central environment suddenly no longer works as you are used to. To prevent this, we have five tips for you to ensure that your system continues to work correctly if you want to expand it with a new application.
1. Test the app in the Sandbox environment together with the other apps
The only way to ensure that the new app you want to use works correctly in your current Business Central environment is to test it in the Sandbox environment. This will allow you to find out if the new app works perfectly with the other apps before you start using the app in your live environment.
2. Don’t buy too many different apps for the same function
Business Central works best if you only purchase an app for a specific part. Make sure you choose which app you want to use for sales orders. Thus, the programs do not compete with each other. Are you not satisfied with the current app? Then switch to another one, but avoid using both apps simultaneously.
3. Choose independent apps as much as possible
Make sure you don’t install too many apps that only work in combination with another app. Instead, it is best to opt for independent applications. Then, if there’s a problem with a feature in one app, it won’t affect your other components in other apps.
4. Expand your live environment with up to 1 app at a time
As mentioned before, it is wise to test your newly installed application in the Sandbox environment first. Once you’ve done that, expand your live setting with a maximum of one app at a time. If you want to install several new apps, test them again in the Sandbox environment. This way, you can ensure that your live environment continues to work correctly.
5. Consult with your Business Central partner or app supplier
Of course, it is always wise to contact your Business Central partner if you want an extension. Your partner can advise you on the right app and has the proper knowledge to ensure that your Business Central environment continues to work correctly.