Bevica, the leading ERP software package especially for the drinks industry, is powered by Microsoft Business Central SaaS technology. Therefore, it is important that users have a keen understanding of the terminology Microsoft uses to describe its infrastructure, products, services and related technology. To this end, we have compiled a glossary of the 70 key technology terms every Bevica user should know.


Glossary of technology terms

APPApp is short form for Application, or software program designed to automate or work with data to satisfy a business requirement.
APPSOURCEAppSource is a Microsoft online catalogue of First and Third Party Apps for the Business Application Platform that are available for customers with either free or paid licence agreements.
AZUREAzure refers to Microsoft Cloud infrastructure that is a platform for Microsoft software, services and business applications.
CDSCommon Data Storage. See Dataverse.
CFMDCertified for Microsoft Dynamics
DATAVERSEMicrosoft Dataverse lets you securely store and manage data that’s used across business applications. Dataverse includes a base set of standard tables that cover typical scenarios, but you can also create custom tables specific to your organization and populate them with data by using Power Query. App makers can then use Power Apps to build rich applications that use this data.
DDEDynamic Data Exchange
DYNAMICS 365 BUSINESS CENTRALDynamics 365 Business Central is the cloud based financial and transactional management Business Application that integrates with the Common Data Service. Dynamics 365 Business Central evolved from Dynamics NAV.
DYNAMICS GPDynamics GP was a Microsoft mid-market Enterprise Resource Planning application that was originally an acquisition of a software company called Great Plains.
DYNAMICS NAVDynamics NAV is the legacy name for the Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning application that was originally an acquisition of a software program called Navision. Dynamics NAV has evolved into Business Central.
EDIElectronic Data Interchange
ERPERP is the acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning which describes business applications that typically manage financial, operational, and transnational based scenarios in an enterprise organisation. Bevica is an ERP application powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
ENVIRONMENTA specific instance of a Common Data Service for a particular company or department.
HOTFIXA hotfix is a single, cumulative package that includes one or more files that are used to address a problem in a product and are cumulative at the binary and file level. A hotfix addresses a specific customer situation and may not be distributed outside the customer’s organisation.
HTMLHypertext Markup Language
HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol
HTTPSHypertext Transfer Protocol with Secure Sockets Layer
IEInternet Explorer
IISInternet Information Services
ISVISV is the acronym for Independent Software Vendor that builds and licences Third Party Apps for the Business Application Platform.
LICENCE CODEAn alphanumeric key that grants a party the right to use software or software components as prescribed in the terms of the licence agreement, and that activates and inactivates software modules, software capabilities, and software functions.
MCPMicrosoft Certified Professional
MCTMicrosoft Certified Trainer
MICROSOFT 365 / M365Microsoft 365 is a collection of productivity apps in the cloud that includes Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) and access to Microsoft Windows.
MSDNMicrosoft Developer Network
MVPMost Valuable Professional
NAVUGDynamics NAV User Group
ODATAThe Open Data Protocol (OData) is a web protocol that is designed for querying data and provides an alternative to SOAP-based web services. OData builds on web technologies such as HTTP and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to provide access to information from different sources. You can use OData web services to show Business Central data and you can update data in a Business Central database using OData web services. OData can be found across in other Microsoft products and technologies.
ODBCOpen Database Connectivity
OFFICE 365/ O365Office 365 is a cloud-based suite centred around business productivity which includes apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams PowerPoint and more.
ONPREMISEOn-premise is the concept of running Business Applications on infrastructure (servers, etc) owned and operated by the customer.
OWAOutlook Web App
POWER APPPower Apps is a suite of apps, services, and connectors, as well as a data platform, that provides a rapid development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your data stored either in the underlying data platform (Microsoft Dataverse) or in various online and on-premises data sources (such as SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on).
POWER AUTOMATEMicrosoft Power Automate is tool that can be configured to allow communications between different software applications. For example, an action in a Dynamics 365 app can trigger a Flow to copy information from Dynamics 365 to send an email via Outlook.
POWER BIMicrosoft Power BI is a visualisation and reporting tool that can directly interrogate Bevica as well as combine other data sources.
POWER PLATFORMThe Microsoft Power Platform is a collection of business features designed to allow better communication between Microsoft products and integration with the outside world. These include; Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents. See each entry for more details.
POWER VIRTUAL AGENTWith Microsoft Power Virtual Agent, you can create and manage powerful chatbots without the need for code or AI expertise on an easy-to-use graphical interface.
QUERYA query enables designers to retrieve data from multiple tables and combine the data in a single dataset.
RDMSRelational Database Management System
RDSRemote Data Services
ROLE CENTREA Role Centre is a user’s home page. It contains multiple elements or parts. Each part is a container in which you can host other pages or pre-defined system parts, such as an Outlook part or parts for adding tasks, notifications, or notes.
SAASSoftware as a Service
SDKSoftware Development Kit
SECURITY ROLEA defined set of application access privileges. The security role assigned to a user determines which tasks the user can perform and which parts of the user interface the user can view. All users must be assigned at least one security role in order to access the system.
SECURITY UPDATEA security update is a broadly released fix for a product-specific, security-related vulnerability. Security vulnerabilities are rated based on their severity. The severity rating is indicated in the Microsoft security bulletin as critical, important, moderate, or low.
SERVICE PACKA service pack is a tested, cumulative set of all hotfixes, security updates, critical updates, and updates. Service packs may also contain additional fixes for problems that are found internally since the release of the product and a limited number of customer-requested design changes or features.
SOAPSOAP (formerly an acronym for Simple Object Access Protocol) is a messaging protocol specification for exchanging structured information in the implementation of web services. It uses XML Information Set for its message format and relies most often on Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), although some legacy systems communicate over Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), for message negotiation and transmission.
SOFTWARE UPDATEA software update is any update, update rollup, service pack, feature pack, critical update, security update, or hotfix that is used to improve or to fix a software product that is released by Microsoft Corporation.
SQLSQL is the acronym for “Structure Query Language” but also refers to the underlying database technology used by Microsoft Business Applications.
TABLESTables are the fundamental objects. They store the actual data, which is organised within the tables in individual records.
TEAMSMicrosoft communication App
THIRD PARTY APPA Third Party App is a business application built using the Common Data Service platform but has not been built or licenced by Microsoft. Third Party Apps can be built by Citizen Developers, ISVs or Partners.
UCIUCI is the acronym for Unified Client Interface and describes a more modern user interface experience specifically for Model Driven Apps that are optimised for web, tablet and phone-based experiences.
UIUser Interface
UPDATEAn update is a broadly released fix for a specific problem. An update addresses a non-critical, non-security-related bug.
UPDATE ROLLUPAn update rollup is a tested, cumulative set of hotfixes, security updates, critical updates, and updates that are packaged together for easy deployment. A rollup generally targets a specific area, such as security, or a component of a product, such as Internet Information Services (IIS).
USERUsers are people who use software.
VBVisual Basic
VBAVisual Basic for Applications
WEB SERVICEThe term Web service refers to a server running on a computer device, listening for requests at a particular port over a network, serving web documents (HTML, JSON, XML, images). In a Web service a Web technology such as HTTP is used for transferring machine-readable file formats such as XML and JSON.
WORKSPACEA page that provides an overview of one of the activities that the user performs. The page uses tiles, lists, and charts to display pending work and related data from multiple sources, and the page surfaces frequent tasks related to this data. Tiles shown in the summary section of the workspace are also displayed in the related section in the dashboard.
XBRLExtensible Business Reporting Language
XBMLExtensible Markup Language
XMLPORTSA Business Central object used to import and export data.
ZOOMOriginally a feature in Navision, now replaced by ‘Page Inspection’ in Business Central/Bevica that let users see a page’s fields and their values.

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