Stop Procrastinating a Move to the Cloud: Overcoming the 7 Common Hurdles of Upgrading from NAV to Business Central

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Updating operations in this digitized era is critical to your business strategy. Perhaps this even motivated you to leverage Microsoft Dynamics NAV initially. This dependable, trusted, and popular ERP system is excellent for optimizing processes and can easily align with bespoke industry or process needs, boosting business efficiency.

On the flip side, Dynamics NAV's journey has concluded as Microsoft has withdrawn the mainstream support and extended support for all NAV versions, setting the stage for its cloud successor – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Unfortunately, while you grapple with uncertainty and ambiguity over the upgrade, every delay made in making this consequential move to Business Central cloud erodes your competitive edge. It equally puts you on the spot, risking business continuity and severe disruptions.

In this article, we’ll crack the seven reasons preventing businesses from adopting Business Central and debunk the common myths and misconceptions so your worries will no longer deter you from emerging as an efficient, competitive, and modern organization.

Off we go!

Understanding NAV Upgrades to Business Central: Bird's Eye View

Before we jump into the reasons delaying your Dynamics NAV upgrade to Business Central, here's a quick look at the evolution of these business process management and ERP solutions. To keep it short, we've excluded detailed history but are covering the relevant parts.

Dynamics NAV, debuting as 'Navision' in 1995, quickly rose to prominence in the ERP market space by becoming a hot favorite among growing small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) because of its flexibility in streamlining financials, supply chain, and business operations for specific industries and unique requirements.

When Microsoft purchased and took over 'Navision' in 2002, it underwent several rebranding phases, including NAV. Eventually, it served as a basis for Microsoft's futuristic cloud-based ERP system–Dynamics 365 Business Central.

And now you’re facing the reality of technology–change is inevitable, and staying updated is non-negotiable. An outdated ERP system will eventually dampen operations and inhibit growth by dating your ability and tools for improving efficiencies and insight into market opportunities.

So why do the fears of migrating to a modern ERP persist? Let's dispel the concerns associated with a Dynamics NAV upgrade to Business Central. Rest assured, numerous businesses in similar situations have overcome the hurdle of transitioning from NAV to Business Central.

Obstacle #1: Cost of Upgrading

The concern: It's too costly to upgrade.

One of the primary concerns with upgrades, especially technological ones, involves cost. There's a common presumption that software upgrades can drill a hole in your pocket, and you'd never recoup the investment. But in reality, it's quite the opposite.

Considering Business Central, it's actually more cost-effective than the on-premise NAV predecessor in terms of licensing and technical overheads. Thus, ROI starts ticking from the day your upgrade goes live. Over a more extended period, Business Central enhances productivity, efficiency, and scalability, translating to massive cost savings. Persisting with an outdated system, on the contrary, can be costlier by impacting productivity and exposing you to security risks.

At NavToBC, we specialize in offering fixed, low-price upgrades, a far better alternative to high-cost 're-implementations' suggested by various solution providers. This provides assurance on budget planning as surprise expenses during migration are eliminated.

Obstacle #2: Disruption and Time Involved

The concern: The upgrade will take too long and disturb operations.

While worries about business interruption are valid, excessive downtime during the transition can be avoided and is often overstated.

Opting for a full re-implementation entangles top management in business process mapping workshops and decision-making. The risk of experiencing substantial system downtime also increases. Hence, unless your existing NAV system is not serving at all, we don't recommend re-implementations.

The prime advantage of transitioning from NAV to Business Central lies in the fact that these are version successions. Thus, you can upgrade, which involves transitioning your existing data and customizations to Business Central cloud without any disruptions.

At NavToBC, our upgrade to Business Central is designed to be smooth and efficient. The process is streamlined with minimal disturbance to daily operations. We significantly reduce turnaround time compared to traditional migration methods. Hence, you experience no compromise on business operations and quickly get on track with your new Business Central system.

Obstacle #3: Data Migration Headaches

The concern: The current NAV data will be lost during the upgrade.

Data is a valuable asset, and the fear of losing it while transitioning to a new ERP solution is highly valid.

Traditional partners implementing Business Central for existing NAV users would typically recommend expensive, time-consuming, and complicated re-implementations. However, most of these challenges can be avoided when transitioning from NAV to Business Central.

With a NavToBC upgrade, your valuable historical data–including records and transactions–are safely and swiftly transitioned as we upgrade your existing NAV to Business Central. You don't need to fret over deciding which data stays or goes. NAVtoBC ensures that your historical data, insights, and processes from NAV are at your disposal in Business Central immediately.

Obstacle #4: Risk of Customization Loss

The concern: Parting with your tailor-made add-ons and refined NAV customizations.

Custom enhancements are in the DNA of your NAV solution — they're not just modifications but also key drivers in syncing NAV to the heartbeat of your business’s demands, operational workflows, and unique logic. Customizations are the golden threads in the Dynamics NAV fabric for virtually every organization that chose the platform for its incredible agility.

Enter Business Central's innovation: “extensions,” which eliminates NAV’s standalone code patches and custom scripts. Instead, extensions hover alongside, rather than splice into the source code, equipping Business Central to advance gracefully. Now, you can apply systems updates teeming with futuristic features without the agonizing rework of your customizations.

At NAVtoBC, we ensure all your industry extensions and customizations are reincarnated as flawless extensions in your transition to Business Central. It's continuity without compromise and an evolution towards a disruption-free ERP ecosystem.

Obstacle #5: The User Adoption Hurdle

The concern: Employees will revolt against a new platform.

The prospect of change carries weight, haunting business leaders with visions of their team's battle against the unfamiliar and risking a slide in productivity in the upheaval. But this genuine concern also endures a stark reality: placing user ease above pursuing progressive tech may lead to stagnation or, worse, oblivion.

Fret not! The pilgrimage to Business Central doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. Microsoft’s cloud-centric ERP is not just intuitive by design but draws from the familiar contours and capabilities of Dynamics NAV. The interface serves as a warm welcome for your current users.

The bonus? Microsoft's arsenal of training resources is at your disposal, accelerated by the support of numerous partners offering hands-on aid to harmonize your user transition.

Obstacle #6: Security and Scalability

The misconception: Dynamics NAV supposedly outperforms the public cloud in security and elasticity.

It's time to debunk this on-premise vs. cloud myth once and for all. Business Central outshines on-premise Dynamics NAV with unparalleled security and scalability. Period. Consider alone Microsoft's colossal investment in state-of-the-art digital defense — insurmountable firewalls, unbreakable encryption, and relentless threat surveillance.

On-premise NAV solutions lean on internal IT safeguards — an error-prone fortress. Disasters, both natural and manmade, could shatter data sanctity and halt operations. Conversely, Microsoft secures your data in Business Central’s cloud haven, safe within heavily fortified and strategically scattered data repositories, immune to calamities.

Scalability? Business Central is agility personified, catering to burgeoning data and user pools, enabling you to scale without a hitch.

In conclusion, Business Central’s cloud realm spells unfailing security and unlimited growth.

Obstacle #7: Scouting an Upgrade Specialist

The concern: The rare breed of NAV connoisseurs is often unfamiliar with Business Central’s terrain, and techie talent for the move is scarcely available.

In the quest for Dynamics NAV to Business Central migrations, expertise is elusive, and the technical talent pool runs thin. Stretched timelines and bottlenecked resources further threaten your transition.

Yet, there's hope — NAVtoBC emerges as a beacon of specialization, dedicating our mission to propel NAV users toward Business Central’s horizons. We don’t dabble in upgrades; we dedicate ourselves to them — upgrades from Dynamics NAV to Business Central are absolutely all we do.

Meet your cohort of Business Central connoisseurs, whose combined expertise—over two centuries in Microsoft ERP systems—renders us proficient and profoundly adept. We vow to execute triumphant upgrades without fail, and all our resources serve this mission.

Out with the ‘Reasons’: Embracing Your Dynamics NAV Evolution

Progressing from Dynamics NAV to Business Central isn’t merely keeping pace; it’s charging towards a vanguard of operational sophistication. The reservations that may be anchoring you are not insurmountable.

With NAVtoBC, the path to Business Central is paved with steadfast support, intelligent customization retention, and a commitment to guide you with each step.

Dispel the doubts; the superior capabilities, heightened productivity, and agile nature of Dynamics 365 Business Central await. Join forces with NAVtoBC for a transformative experience.

Embark on your upgrade venture now and request a fixed-price quote today!

Are you a Microsoft VAR trying to help your clients overcome the upgrade hesitation? Learn more about the advantages of leveraging NAVtoBC upgrades.

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