How to Get a Fixed-Price Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central Upgrade Quote

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If your organization is running Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you likely know that Microsoft has retired the platform. There will no longer be update releases or new functionality for NAV in favor of its successor, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Upgrading from NAV to Business Central cloud is not only becoming an inevitable move, but it also opens up access to a modern platform that can better support your organization in remaining agile, efficient, and competitive.

The problem is that upgrading from NAV to Business Central can seem complex, time-consuming, costly, and potentially risky to many companies enjoying their trusted NAV solution.

Until now.

Last year, NAVtoBC came into the market offering comprehensive, accurate, and fast fixed-fee NAV to Business Central upgrades after recognizing a significant gap in the number of companies on NAV and the resources available to efficiently migrate them to what is effectively its next version, Business Central cloud.

The fixed-price upgrades guarantee the cost upfront, and by including all the customizations, data, reports, and third-party extensions in every project, eliminate the risks and disruptions traditionally associated with a legacy NAV to BC cloud migration.

This article will provide a high-level overview of how fixed-price NAV to Business Central upgrades work, key considerations, timelines, and how to get a custom quote tailored to your organization's needs.

If you want to skip ahead and get started with your fixed-price upgrade quote right away, you can do that here.

Benefits of Upgrading from NAV to Business Central

Upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central provides several key benefits for organizations looking to improve their ERP platform and move to the next generation of modern, more secure, cloud-based business management.

Aside from arming themselves against the risk of NAV’s end-of-life and lack of future updates, d some of the most notable benefits of moving from NAV to Business Central include:

Improved functionality and features - Business Central contains many new features and capabilities that are not available in older versions of NAV. This includes advanced reporting, streamlined workflows, upgraded business intelligence tools, and tighter integration with other Microsoft cloud services.

More efficient and automated processes - Business Central aims to help companies save time and eliminate redundant manual processes. Features like automated data capture, workflow approvals, and AI-enabled insights provide more automation out of the box.

Better reporting and analytics - With built-in Power BI and Power Apps integration, Business Central makes it easier for organizations to generate reports, analyze data, and create dashboards to gain business insights. The reporting capabilities are more robust than any NAV version.

Enhanced mobile and cloud capabilities - Business Central is built for the cloud, allowing for more flexible deployment options and enabling true mobile access on any device. This allows for greater accessibility and supports a distributed workforce.

Continued support and automatic updates – Gone are the days of expensive, disruptive, and tedious manual version upgrades. Microsoft provides ongoing monthly and semi-annual updates for Business Central. By leveraging extensions for all the system customizations and industry add-ons, updates can, and are, implemented automatically without compromising these tailored components. This ensures that customers always have the latest features and can innovate at their own pace.

Upgrading to Dynamics 365 Business Central positions organizations for continued success with a modern ERP platform that delivers the capabilities they need as their business evolves. Ultimately, the upgrade unlocks the full potential of new technologies to drive greater productivity and growth.

Traditional Concerns and Challenges of Upgrading NAV

Before the advent of NAVtoBC, upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Business Central was a significant undertaking for most organizations. This is especially true because most implementation partners could only offer a reimplementation, which takes on all the risk, cost, and resource factors of a net-new ERP implementation.

In some cases, when NAV isn’t functioning for an organization, reimplementations are a sound approach. However, in most scenarios, organizations that run NAV are largely satisfied with what NAV provides and how it functions in their operations.

To determine if a reimplementation or upgrade is better for you, we recommend reading The Cloud Migration Dilemma: Upgrade or Reimplement Your Dynamics NAV ERP to Business Central.

In addition to the sheer magnitude and investment of the project, other key concerns are often around:

  • Time and effort required for analysis and planning
  • Data migration complexity
  • Reconfiguration of customizations
  • Integration of essential third-party and industry add-ons
  • Variable costs and budget
  • Finding available technical resources
  • Extended project timelines and business disruptions
  • User adoption of a new interface

When Business Central cloud was first released, and we gradually moved into the official sunset of NAV by Microsoft, these were (and in many cases still are) valid and rightful concerns.

The good news is that the seasoned technical experts at NAVtoBC have largely solved this by offering all-inclusive, fixed-price upgrades.

Let’s dive into the details, shall we?

Overview of Fixed-Price Upgrades

A fixed-price NAVtoBC upgrade provides customers with a guaranteed, locked-in, predictable cost for their upgrade project. The concept is as simple as it sounds: with this fixed-price model, you are provided a quote upfront covering all aspects of the upgrade at a single fixed cost.

There are several benefits to choosing NAVtoBC’s fixed-price upgrade service:

Cost predictability - With a fixed price agreed upon upfront, there are no surprises or cost overruns down the line. You can easily budget for the project.

Thoroughness and accuracy - NAVtoBC handles all technical aspects of the upgrade, including migrating all your data and building all your customizations and third-party add-ons to Business Central’s new extensions format. Customers simply validate requirements and test upgraded systems.

Risk mitigation - Any issues or challenges that may arise during the upgrade are handled by NAVtoBC directly, and your IT team doesn’t have to undertake any risk during the migration process.

Efficiency - As experts who are entirely dedicated to handling total NAV to Business Central technical upgrades only, our projects move rapidly and are completed 40-60% faster on average than a reimplementation or traditional upgrade project.

Best of all, the fixed-fee upgrade service covers all necessary elements to completely and comprehensively upgrade NAV to Business Central. This includes:

  • Assessment of the current NAV environment
  • Code upgrade and migration
  • Data migration
  • Integration adaption
  • Migration of customizations
  • Migration or implementation of third-party add-ons / extensions
  • Report conversions
  • Testing and validation
  • Go-live assistance

Non-technical items like training, change management, and net-new functionality implementation would be separate.

How the Fixed-Price Upgrade Process Works

The fixed-price upgrade process is designed to upgrade your Dynamics NAV solution to Dynamics 365 Business Central efficiently and affordably. Here are the key phases:

  • Initiate the Fixed-Price Quote. This is pretty straightforward. To start the process, you only need to request a fixed-fee upgrade quote, and a consultant from NAVtoBC will contact you in 24 hours or less to collect some basic information about your organization and current NAV system and initiate the next step.
  • Assessment and Analysis. The process begins with an assessment and analysis of your existing Dynamics NAV environment, which includes customizations, integrations, data, and processes. This sounds like a long and tedious process, but it’s not! NAVtoBC built a self-service online submission form for many of the inputs, and analysis can completed by our team in less than two days.
  • Quote Delivery. Once we’ve done the intake and assessment of your current NAV system and mapped that to the requirements of moving to Business Central, we will have built and delivered your fixed-fee quote. Now, all you have to do is give NAVtoBC the green light. Note: From quote request to quote delivery can take as little as TWO DAYS!
  • Project Kick-Off. Once you have decided to move forward with the fastest, most accurate, and easiest way to upgrade from NAV to Business Central, your upgrade project kicks off, and you’ll get a timeline for testing and going live.
  • Planning Data Migration. Unlike reimplementations, NAVtoBC upgrades include all the master records and historical NAV data you want to migrate into Business Central. This also covers mapping data structures, planning data conversion, and validating information is accurately brought over to Business Central. All this means is that there are no compromises you have to make in the move to your new cloud ERP.
  • Reconfiguring Customizations. NAVtoBC will reconfigure existing customizations into extensions for Business Central. This may involve tweaking code or logic to work properly in the new platform. Extensive testing will be conducted to ensure custom functionality remains intact.
  • Transitioning Third-Party and Industry Add-Ons. NAVtoBC will recommend and implement the current third-party and industry add-ons that are compatible with Business Central. In most cases, your current solutions have a newer BC integration, making this transition fast and easy. In rare cases, some third-party apps have been discontinued alongside NAV, and a recommended replacement is made. NOTE: Costs for third-party add-on licensing subscriptions are not included in the fixed-price upgrade.
  • Conducting the Upgrade. With planning complete, NAVtoBC will conduct the technical upgrade and migrate everything to the Business Central environment. Comprehensive testing verifies the upgrade is successful, with all customizations and data migrated accurately.
  • Go-Live. Once internal testing and validation are complete from your side and functionality is validated, your new Business Central system goes live, and you’re in the cloud!
  • Consideration: Training Users. The interface and workflows in Business Central will be very familiar to seasoned NAV users; however, it’s important to consider that some training may be required. So the functional consultants and technical experts at NAVtoBC can keep their heads down on the mission to get everyone on NAV to the cloud affordably and efficiently, we recommend you work with your partner to deliver training tailored to different user groups so your team is equipped to leverage the new system and features effectively. We can also give you some recommendations ourselves if needed!

With each phase in expert hands, you can upgrade NAV efficiently with minimal disruption to daily operations. The fixed-price model provides cost predictability through the process as well.

Cost Considerations in Fixed-Price NAV to Business Central Upgrade

The exact cost of a fixed-price Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade will vary significantly based on several factors:

  • The size and complexity of your NAV system - The number of users, customizations, third-party add-ons, integrations, and the overall complexity of your system architecture will impact cost. Larger, more complex systems require more effort to upgrade.
  • Required customizations and development for the new version - Business Central may require changes to existing customizations, workflows, and reports. New development and modifications are required to make everything compatible. This custom work adds cost.
  • Data migration needs - Migrating data from NAV to Business Central has costs associated with extracting, transforming, cleansing, and importing data into the new system. As said before, ALL your data is included, but the more historical data to migrate equals higher cost.

Fixed-price upgrades for simple small to medium-sized NAV systems can be as low as $30,000 USD. Larger, global systems with heavy customization can be in the $100,000-$120,000 range. Most organizations end up somewhere in between. The best news? It costs you nothing to find out.

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Timelines for a Fixed-Price NAV to Business Central Upgrade

The total duration of a fixed-price Dynamics NAV to Business Central upgrade project can vary depending on the size and complexity of your NAV implementation. However, most upgrades can be completed in 8-12 weeks from start to finish.

You read that right.

NAVtoBC upgrades are completed up to 60% faster than NAV to Business Central migrations handled by another technical team.

Getting a Custom Fixed-Price Quote

Getting a custom fixed-price quote for upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central is fast and easy.

GET STARTED HERE.

From here, you can expect to:

  • Have a 20-minute Needs Call
  • Complete the Self-Serve Scope Builder
  • Receive Your Tailored Fixed-Price Proposal

All without enduring a nagging sales pitch.

Remember that you will need to provide some key information about your current NAV environment and business needs, allowing NAVtoBC to conduct a detailed assessment and provide the most accurate quote possible.

Be prepared ahead of time with details such as:

  • Which version of Dynamics NAV you are currently running
  • How your NAV system is roughly configured with customizations, third-party add-ons, and integrations
  • The size and amount of data you desire to be migrated to Business Central
  • The number of NAV users in your organization
  • The number of NAV companies you are running
  • Specific functionality your business relies on in NAV
  • Your planned timeline for completing the upgrade

This information allows the NAVtoBC technical wizards to evaluate your NAV system, data, and processes. They will identify any complexities or challenges to address in the upgrade. This is factored into the fixed-price quote to cover the full scope of effort required.

Taking the Next Step

Upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central provides numerous benefits for your business. As covered, the most significant advantages are increased productivity and efficiency, better reporting and analytics, superior security, exceptional scalability, decreased infrastructure costs, and access to the latest features and integrations.

While an upgrade project can be complex and costly, partnering with the right team minimizes these challenges, especially when you leverage NAVtoBC’s fixed-price upgrades to make the process smooth and cost-effective.

The fixed-price upgrade service takes the uncertainty out of your Dynamics upgrade. For a set fee, NAVtoBC will guide you through planning, code migration, testing, training, and go-live. You gain the security of a defined budget and timeline so your team can entirely focus on your business priorities.

So, don’t wait to take advantage of everything Business Central offers. An upgrade delivers major gains in productivity, insights, and capabilities. With flexible and affordable fixed-price quotes, now is the perfect time to move your Dynamics system to the cloud.

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