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Window on Technology

Window on Technology is a podcast hosted by Tobias Fenster ( on which typically one expert takes about a specific technology area, either as an introduction or to share the latest news or big changes coming up.


Josh Anglesea - Integrating Canvas Apps into Business Central and the broader Power Platform integration picture for BC
Josh Anglesea, Systems Architect at Xpedition and Microsoft MVP for Business Applications, joins this episode to talk about the integration between Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and the Microsoft Power Platform. We take a look at the overall picture and then dive into the details of the possibilities to integrate Canvas Apps into Business Central (see for Josh's original blog post on that topic). In the end, Josh also shares the recent AI advancements that came to the Power Platform.
35:46 3/21/24
Jacob Winther and Mike Borg Cardona - Artifical Intelligence in Business Central
Artificial Intelligence is by far the most dominant topic in IT currently. In this episode, Jacob Winther, Design Lead for Business Central, and Mike Borg Cardona, Product Manager for everything productivity in Business Central, join the show to discuss AI in Business Central. We start by talking AI in general and how it will impact all of us, then we look deeper into the recently introduced AI functionality in Business Central, including the new prompt dialog and the Business Central Copilot. Jacob and Mike also share their learning curve on AI and what they see coming next.
40:25 11/27/23
Christian Heide Damm and Esteban Ardaya Heckl - Business Central Online scalability and reliability
A lot of customers and partners are working on and with Business Central Online every day, but why and how can it handle that load and get amazingly close to 100 % availability? In this episode, Christian Heide Damm, Cloud Architect and Esteban Ardaya Heckl, Principal Software Engineer, both working on the Business Central team, join the show to give us a look under the hood. We talk scalability and how the service reacts to increasing load, and also what happens if an issue appears and how it is mitigated.
31:30 11/17/23
Shannon Mullins, Dmitry Katson and Steve Chinksy - Day 1 of Directions EMEA 2023
Shannon Mullins, Dmitry Katson and Steve Chinksy talk about their highlights of day 1 at Directions EMEA 2023 in Lyon: Of course, a lot of AI and Copilots, but also the scale of Business Central Online, the new partner programs announced by Microsoft and a lot more.
30:30 11/1/23
Carme Cortada, Leen Everaerts and Patrícia Maia - Women in Dynamics on Day 1 of Directions EMEA 2023
Carme Cortada, Leen Everaerts and Patricia Maia join this episode recorded on day 1 of Directions EMEA 2023 in Lyon. We talk about Women in Dynamics, how and why it was started, what the goals are and how it is progressing. We also talk about their T.H.I.S framework (check out to find out more) and what Dynamics partners should do to become a more diverse and inclusive environment.
14:59 11/1/23
Nigel Poulton and Timo Stark - DockerCon 2023
Recorded on the afternoon of day two of DockerCon 2023 in Los Angeles, Docker Captains Nigel Poulton,  best-selling author and trainer, and Timo Stark, Software Engineer at Nginx, join this episode. We talk about the highlights and announcements of DockerCon, discuss Wasm and it's impact, sprinkle in some Kubernetes and end with why we loved the event.
34:30 10/5/23
Urs Enzler - The problem with software development effort estimation
Urs Enzler, software architect, shares his insights about the challenges with software development effort estimation. We talk about general aspects, we dive a bit into diseconomy of scale and complexity, we detour into monoliths vs. microservices and what the differences between estimation of projects and products are. In the end, Urs shares his idea for how we can at least try to approach the problem.
43:08 7/20/23
Bert Verbeek and Luc van Vugt - 2023 BC TechDays
Bert Verbeek and Luc van Vugt, both Dynamics 365 Business Central MVPs working for 4PS, join another "live" episode from the BC TechDays. We talked about the highlights of the day, the news of the keynote, the impact of Artificial Intelligence on development and developers and what else was interesting.
19:39 6/22/23
Jens Møller-Pedersen and Kennie Nybo Pontoppidan - How the BC backlog is managed
Jens Møller-Pedersen, Engineering Manager, and Kennie Nybo Pontoppidan, Principal Program Manager, join the podcast in this episode to talk about how they shape the future of the parts of Business Central they are responsible for. We talk about how they decide what to do (and what not to do) and when to do it, how to figure out how much effort something takes and why that isn't as important as you might think and how the organization and work approach is set up.
51:39 3/17/23
AJ Ansari and Waldo - VS Code in the browser (for BC)
Sparked by a Twitter discussion, AJ Ansari, COO at DSWi and  Eric "waldo" Wauters, Partner at iFacto, join this episode to discuss the opportunities, but also challenges if we had a way to use VS Code in the browser for BC. We discuss the scenarios that would be unlocked, but also how it might cause problems. In the end, we briefly dive into how it might help to attract more people to a development career with Business Central. We also somewhat diverge into topics like citizen developers and "proper development process". Unfortunately, in some place, we lost audio for a couple seconds each, sorry for that.
37:11 12/20/22
Luise Freese and Ralf Richter - Azure Developer Community Day 2022
On this episode recorded in the Microsoft Germany headquarter in Munich, I am joined by M365 princess Luise Freese and Ralf Richter, one of the founders of the Azure Developer Community Day. We talk about the highlights of this first in-person iteration of the event and learn a bit about the background and the amount of work that Ralf puts into organizing it. We also discuss why and how putting a bit of code into low-code/no-code makes sense, what the actual story for the Power Platform should be and how it looks like from the perspective of a pro developer.
20:57 12/13/22
Michael Irwin - All things Docker, Wasm and Windows Constainers
Michael Irwin, Sr. Manager DevRel at Docker and former Docker Captain, joins in this episode to talk about where Docker as a company and as an Open Source contributor is right now and shares his thoughts on Kubernetes and container orchestration. Then we go into WebAssembly, one of the most interesting tech topics at the moment and how it relates Docker and also discuss Windows containers. In the end, he shares how he made the whole Docker company sing "Happy Birthday" for his kids.
28:02 12/3/22
James Crowter and Torben Kragelund - Day 3 of Directions EMEA 2022
On the 3rd episode from Directions EMEA 2022 in Hamburg, organizers James Crowter and Torben Kragelund are joining the podcast to share their highlights of this years conference, what happens behind the scenes, thoughts on the keynotes and community in general as well as the new Directions community portal. We also discuss the upcoming extension of the Days of Knowledge format and how that fits into the BC conference landscape.
26:48 11/11/22
Luise Freese and Jeremy Vyska - Day 2 of Directions EMEA 2022 (and a lot else)
On day 2 of Directions EMEA 2022, Luise Freese and Jeremy Vyska again join live in Hamburg and we discuss the highlights of day 1 and 2. But very quickly we go quite far off topic and have good fun with it. We talk about the differences between Directions EMEA as a partner event and other more community-driven events, we discuss the Directions community portal unveiled today, talk about Open Source, in-public development and how to benefit from that. I also pick Luise's and Jeremy's brains about standard, ISV development in the Power Platform and they share their experience with Microsoft and community speakers at Directions.
32:18 11/10/22
Tatjana Pupko, AJ Ansari and Krzysztof Bialowas - Day 1 of Directions EMEA 2022
Tatjana Pupko, AJ Ansari and Krzysztof Bialowas join this episode directly from Directions EMEA 2022 in Hamburg to discuss their highlights of day 1. AJ missed the keynote while being stuck in the elevator, but we still managed to talk about it, including the expanding Business Central horizon with the Power Platform, D365 Sales and Shopify integration as well as the Women in Dynamics initiative. We also talk about the challenges in attraction young talent into our community and briefly touch upon CI/CD and DevOps. And in the end, we figure out that Directions EMEA, Directions NA and Directions ASIA are all different, but great (and Krzysztof has a master plan to visit them all, including an accidental 10-day trip to Hawaii).
40:00 11/9/22
Thanks to Søren Alexandersen and!
This is a very brief episode where I want to say thank you to Søren Alexandersen for an amazing intro and outro, and to for the generated spoken voice!
02:40 10/18/22
Eva Dupont - Documentation and community contributions
Eva Dupont, master of all things Business Central documentation, joins in this episode to talk about running an open documentation repository with a focus on community contributions. She explains how and why we all benefit if the community becomes more active with contributions to the documentation, she shares her thoughts on what makes a good pull requests, how she would run documentation as a partner and she provides insights into how it all works behind the scenes. In the end, she also explains what her recently started new role is.
37:30 10/13/22
AJ Kauffmann and Michael Megel - Day 2 of the 2022 BC TechDays
On the second "live" episode from the 2022 BC TechDays, AJ Kauffmann and Michael Megel join the podcast to talk about their highlights and insights from the conference. We discuss their experience during their own workshops, concerns about the change adoption speed in our community, and of course, we celebrate the amazing TechDays conference.
14:06 9/16/22
Eric "Waldo" Wauters and Luc van Vugt - Day 1 of the 2022 BC TechDays
Eric "Waldo" Wauters and Luc van Vugt join this "live" episode to talk about the first session day at the 2022 BC TechDays. We talk about the content, mainly in the keynote, about the impact the news will have on our community and the tech stack that we use and we also discuss why BC TechDays is such a special conference. 
15:21 9/15/22
Magnus Mårtensson - Non-tech Azure
Magnus Mårtensson, CPO at Devoteam, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, joins in this episode to talk about Azure. But not the typical "tech stuff", instead what else you need to consider and manage when you move to Azure. We go from people to finance, security and compliance and also discuss how to continue innovating once you made the switch. In the end, he tells the story about his moniker, "noop man".
39:13 8/30/22
Freddy Kristiansen - CI/CD and Containers
In the very first episode, Freddy Kristiansen, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft in Copenhagen, is sharing his thoughts on CI/CD and containers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. We go from the basics through steps to implementing CI/CD to the latest additions in preview and even the disclosure of a brand-new feature that hasn't been discussed outside of Microsoft yet! Then we talk about what Microsoft is using internally and what the ecosystem can expect in the future. And just when we thought we were done, we also briefly touched on creating good bug reports. 
41:44 8/16/22
This is the trailer episode for "Window on Technology", explaining what I want to do in this podcast
02:22 8/10/22