CentralQ Chat Now Available on AppSource! 🙋

Now Available on AppSource!

I’m excited to announce that the wait is finally over! CentralQ Chat, your AI-powered guide to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, is now live on Microsoft AppSource!

I want to express my sincere gratitude for your patience and feedback 🙏 Your support has been unvaluable in bringing CentralQ Chat to life.

Why CentralQ Chat?

Over the past 10 months, CentralQ.ai has been a game-changer for our community, answering over 100,000 Business Central queries – that’s triple the number of queries handled by the official Microsoft Business Central forum!

It’s a huge milestone, but here’s the thing: those answers were based on a standard, or ‘vanilla’, Business Central setup. We all understand that every implementation is unique, with its configurations, dimensions, chart of accounts, and specific extensions. I received numerous requests for a feature to include personalized manuals and resources specific to each Business Central environment. And guess what?

 

After six intense months of reimagining everything – from the user interface to the chat experience, and from integrating private knowledge to fine-tuning smart retrieval system – I’ve thrilled to introduce CentralQ Chat.

Now available on AppSource, it’s more than just a search tool. CentralQ Chat is an AI-powered assistant designed to deliver precise, instant answers tailored to your unique Business Central setup.

Comprehensive Knowledge at Your Fingertips

CentralQ Chat uses AI to provide information from various sources, ensuring comprehensive and relevant answers:

  • Personalized Knowledge: Upload your guides and manuals for personalized responses.
  • Microsoft Learn: Access official Microsoft documentation for reliable, up-to-date information.
  • Community Knowledge: Gain insights from community-generated content such as blogs, videos, tweets, and books.
  • Interactive, AI-Driven Responses: Receive instant answers with cited sources, encouraging exploration and credibility.
  • Chat experience: Ask Follow-up questions for further explorations.

You are in control: Decide what knowledge to use, whether it’s just Private or enriched with public knowledge.

Your Data, Your Privacy

Right from the start, I was committed to the idea that any private knowledge uploaded to CentralQ Chat must be securely stored and used solely for answering relevant questions. It was crucial that this data remained confidential and well-protected.

There was an initial thought to put data control entirely in the users’ hands – allowing them to store everything from files to vector database embeddings on their Azure or similar platforms. However, this approach introduced a significant challenge: it could complicate the onboarding and maintenance process. Moreover, terms like ’embeddings’ and ‘vectors’ might be scary for newcomers to this technology. So, I took a different route to simplify the user experience and created CentralQ Cloud.

CentralQ Cloud is a combination of Azure services, linked to each other to offer maximum security. In essence, it comprises a file storage system and a vector database.

You can check out the full architecture in the documentation

centralq-chat-architecture

Ensuring Your Data's Security

One challenge I faced was how to show sources in the answers when they came from private files. Sharing a direct link to the file wasn’t safe because it could be copied and sent to people outside the organization. To solve this, I came up with generated links that only work for a short time, just during the chat session.

And yes, predicting the next question: Your data is used exclusively to answer your queries and is not used for AI training

For an in-depth look at how your data is stored and used, please visit Security and Privacy.

 

30-Day Free Trial

Ok, interesting part. How to try? 

The experience with CentralQ Chat is something totally new for Business Central users. It’s a fresh approach for both you and me, especially as it’s my first app on AppSource!

Trying it out is super important.

You can use all the features of CentralQ Chat for free for the first 30 days. This trial period lets you see how much it can do without any cost. After that, if you like it, you can keep using it for just $20 per user/month, or go for a yearly plan at $200 per user. And if you decide it’s not for you, no worries – you can stop the subscription without any charges.

If you need help, follow easy installation guide to set up and configure CentralQ Chat

Will CentralQ.ai still be free?

Yes, CentralQ.ai will always be free. But with the new CentralQ Chat, I’m hoping to make it even better. Think more public sources, a better look, and maybe even a chat feature? Let’s wait and see. I’m hoping it’ll start paying for itself too! 😊

Hear from You

As one of the first to explore CentralQ Chat, your insights are incredibly important to me. Your feedback is key to ongoing improvement. Once you’ve had a chance to try it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Just drop a message to dmitry@katson.com – I’m all ears!

Thank you once again for being a part of this journey. I can’t wait to see how CentralQ Chat empowers your Business Central usage.

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DMITRY KATSON

A Microsoft MVP, Business Central architect and a project manager, blogger and a speaker, husband and a twice a father. With more than 15 years in business, I went from developer to company owner. Having a great team, still love to put my hands on code and create AI powered Business Central Apps that just works.

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