This post is part of the New Functionality In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2024 Wave 1 series in which I am taking a look at the new functionality introduced in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2024 Wave 1.
The 3rd of the new functionality in the Adapt faster with Power Platform section is improve approval processes via Power Automate.
Approving documents or data changes in a modern company must be straightforward. Microsoft listen to feedback and continue to improve this area, making sure this experience matches business users’ expectations.
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Public Preview: Apr 2024
General Availability: Apr 2024
In previous releases, Microsoft introduced several new approval templates and a simplified experience based on Power Automate. With this wave, Microsoft improve this area by introducing several new changes:
- The Approval User Setup page has been updated and exposed to Power Automate. Approvers don’t need to be defined manually on the Power
- Automate side anymore, but the flow execution takes the relevant approver directly from Business Central.
- The system passes information about user actions in Power Automate back to Business Central where the respective events are properly logged.
- More templates are enabled for Power Automate approval integration.
Microsoft welcome your feedback on these improvements as they continue to innovate.
Approvals in Power Automate was one of the areas of which I have been most critical as it seemed to lack a lot of the functionality I would expect. The first two of the improvements look to be good enhancements, especially the second one of logging statuses back into Business Central.
The first one will vary in usefulness depending on the complexity of the approval workflow as the standard Approval User Setup page in Business Central only has very little flexibility.
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