Navision to Business Central Migration FAQ

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Navision to Business Central Migration FAQ:

Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Navision, as it was previously known, is still being used by many companies as their primary ERP/Business Management Solution.  Dynamics NAV was once the most popular ERP system used by 100,000+ companies at one point with over 1 Million users!   With all of these companies running Dynamics NAV, with a mainstream support life cycle that has already expired, the next question is what are my Navision Upgrade Options? What are the typical Navision to Business Central Migration FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). We will explain below.

About Microsoft Dynamics NAV "Navision":

Microsoft Dynamics NAV was one of 4 distinct Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems-Dynamics AX, GP, SL, and NAV.  What made Dynamics NAV so much in demand are broad business functionalities around Financials, Supply Chain, Inventory, Warehouse, Project Management, CRM, Manufacturing, and much more. There is a great article about NAV, called Microsoft Navision ERP Explained. Dynamics NAV had a reputation for being easy to customize and also flexible with deployment options; either on-premises or cloud-based. Companies that are looking for Microsoft Dynamics NAV are presented with the newer version or “Cloud Version” of Dynamics NAV, now called Microsoft Business Central.  The rich business ERP functionality that companies are used to is carried over to this next version which now incorporates modern digital transformation, has a fresh new user interface, and is made for the Cloud with the ability to add on functionalities with business applications (Apps).

Navision Upgrade Options:

Businesses currently running Microsoft Dynamics NAV can certainly continue to do so.  However, since 2018, when Business Central was released, there have been no future releases of Navision ERP.  Many companies continue to operate Dynamics NAV and the Microsoft Ecosystem of Add-on Solutions, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are still robust.  However, as time moves along, companies that want to fully embrace digital transformation and all the benefits that Cloud ERP Software systems bring, are making the change to Microsoft Business Central.  Cloud ERP customers enjoy having much more frequent updates, and the ability to access their business data from anywhere, In the Office, Online, or a Mobile App.  Future more, Cloud ERP Software can have dramatic cost savings associated with fewer requirements for On-Premises Infrastructure and the benefit of never having to go through an expensive upgrade process again.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Cloud NAV):

In the era of modern systems and digital transformation, the next generation of NAV is called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Sometimes referred to as a Cloud NAV, the evolution of Microsoft Dynamics Navision is one that embraces modern technology including cloud business functionality, a refreshed user interface, and an even easier-to-customize ERP solution.   Business Central is also available as an On-Premises or Cloud ERP system.  However, most customers tend to select the cloud version of Business Central.  With a Cloud Enterprise System Deployment, there is a cost-saving associated with not having to rely on your infrastructure, and updates are much more frequent.  In addition, Microsoft’s Cloud Azure service has advanced security levels and an extremely high up-time. You can access Business Central from any mobile device and conduct business on the go.

Functionality-wise, most of the same expansive business capabilities are also contained in Business Central compared to Dynamics NAV; such as Supply Chain & Inventory Management, Advanced Financials, Contact Management/CRM, Projects, Payabes, Manufacturing, Warehousing, etc.  However, the difference now is a more, intuitive user interface, in addition to advanced business functionality that takes advantage of the power of cloud applications and integrations; for example, Microsoft PowerApps.  PowerApps is a community of business applications that are easy to create to enhance Microsoft ERPs capabilities.  There are hundreds of tailored business applications currently available to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on the Microsoft App Source Marketing Place; some of which are free!  PowerApps ramp up the ability to customize a user’s ERP solution quickly and scale to add business functionality as your company requires over time.

Another area of difference is a new business intelligence tool by Microsoft that integrates with Business Central (and other systems), called Power BI. Power BI (Business Intelligence) connects your business system to other data resources to create insightful graphs and charts to give you a much better insight into your organization and to spot trends.

Furthermore, another popular integration to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the seamless integration with Microsoft Office 365. It is now possible to have just one system for both ERP and Outlook.  You no longer have to toggle between different systems and can send and receive emails right from your ERP system.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, then, is the “next generation” of Microsoft Business ERP systems designed to be a modern, technology solution that uses the power of Cloud Business Solutions and can grow and scale with you over time as your business needs change while providing a lower-cost, all-in-one total business management solution.

Navision to Business Central Migration FAQ.

Learning more about both Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and its predecessor Microsoft Dynamics NAV Navision Software, should give your company insight into both ERP Systems.  With being in business for over 40 years, when companies transition to Microsoft Business Central from Dynamics NAV, below are some of the more common questions we get asked:

  • Is Microsoft Business Central Cloud Based Only?  Just like Dynamics NAV, Business Central has the option of either Cloud or On-Premises. However, as mentioned customers much more often than not are choosing Cloud ERP solutions currently.
  • How do you add functionality to Business Central? The development environment of Business Central is very different from NAV and uses "Extension" to add functionality via the Microsoft AppSource marketplace.
  • What are the different licensing types for Business Central? There are 2 primary licensing types for Microsoft Business Central: Essentials vs. Premium.
  • What is the pricing for Microsoft Business Central? There is a different pricing schedule for the Cloud Version of Microsoft Business Central, vs On-Premises.  As it relates to Cloud Deployment, it would depend on which version of Business Central you choose. Essentials is $ 70/User/Month and Premium is $ 100/User/Month.  The On-Premises version has different pricing.
  • How long does it take to migrate to Microsoft Business Central: With any transition to a new Enterprise Resource Planning System the time installation can vary greatly depending on several factors such as how planning is involved, the goals of the organization, training, and ongoing support.  It is best to work with a skilled and experienced Microsoft Dynamcis NAV to Business Central Partner to start discussions.

Next Steps:

Ask about Microsoft Dynamics NAV Support Options

Learn about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A Microsoft Dynamics NAV Support and Business Central Upgrade Partner in Pennsylvania 

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