Key Considerations while Upgrading Dynamics NAV to Business Central

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Upgrade Considerations for Microsoft Dynamics NAV


Are you on an outdated version of Dynamics NAV?  Is your current Dynamics NAV system holding up progress? With the change in technology, companies need to keep update about the last contributions for an assortment of reasons such as staying competitive, consistent, and embracing systems that will help to reach their goals.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest version of the Dynamics NAV product that is used by over 180000+ customers, more than 2.8 million+ users, and 3,000+ partners worldwide. It’s the best option for Dynamics NAV customers who want a modern and affordable solution. If you are considering the upgrade from Dynamics NAV, we’ll help you to know what are the considerations that should be taken for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV upgrade

Some of the key considerations are:

Current Version of Dynamics NAV - It’s important for customers to identify which NAV version they are using. Although it is possible to upgrade from any version of Dynamics NAV, the process is simpler and less costly if customers keep up to date. Generally, customers with versions more than three releases old will require a major upgrade because they have missed so many changes. Regular updating has another important benefit. If your customers only upgrade occasionally, each upgrade will take longer. Some customizations will not upgrade easily between versions and customers will miss bundled capabilities on intermediate versions that could have saved them money.

Potential of Dynamics 365 Business Central - Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based, all-in-one business management solution. Previously Dynamics NAV is now called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central which is based on the latest version of Dynamics NAV 2018 functionalities with new enhancements. This latest version of Business Central include:

  • Revive Your Financial Management
  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Smarter Sales Service Management
  • Business functionality possibilities through Microsoft’s AppSource.
  • The lower initial investment with a Cloud ERP System.
  • Integration of Microsoft Business Solutions such as Outlook and CRM.
  • Accessibility through Modern Clients

Dynamics 365 Business Central also works as a Cloud or On-Premises solution. Whether you select On-premise or Cloud, the selection depends entirely on your business needs in your company and the way much you’re willing to make an investment while implementing or upgrading to a new Microsoft ERP system.

What are Add-ons? - It is also important to discuss Add-ons, which are distinct business functionality to Business Central. In the previous version, modifications through Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) were written for specific functionality in the older development language of NAV.  Now, a more modern development language affords seamless publishing and execution integration with Dynamics Business Central’s tenant using the AL Language Extension for Visual Studio Code.  This simply means you can create your own Applications (Apps) for Business Central.

Budget - In most cases upgrading to a newer version of your ERP system is quite an investment. There should be a reasonable expectation for budgeting such as project management, the scope of work, deployment, training, and ongoing support.

Cloud vs On-Premises - The On-Premise adaptation of Dynamics 365 Business Central is for those organizations who, for some, reason, may have to possess power over their own server, and henceforth their information, and/or need more customization alternatives than the cloud variant offers. Likewise, with Dynamics NAV, Business Central On-premise is extremely adaptable and may be custom-made precisely to the necessities of your business, no matter how complex they could be.


Upgrading your Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP system to the latest business management system may be a project that your company is contemplating because you have an earlier version of NAV that perhaps is no longer supported. MetaOption is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that offers a number of Dynamics 365 Business Central and NAV add-ons. Also, we have a wide range of products that suits your business, as specialized in designing and delivering customized Microsoft Dynamics solutions for businesses.

For more information and a tailored demonstration contact us at MetaOption.

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