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Should you upgrade NAV to Business Central?

While Microsoft won’t literally ask for NAV to Business Central upgrade, however, there is no future support for Navision from Microsoft. Although, you would continue getting support for Navision from partners like us, we would still suggest an upgrade due to added benefits it brings. Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade makes even more sense if your business is growing locally or globally, and you are after operational efficiency.

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Benefits of moving from NAV to Business Central

An upgrade to Business Central is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your day-to-day business processes (as-is and to-be). Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade comes with the advantage of being on-cloud and being future proof due to bi-annual updates from Microsoft. It is more cost efficient with Operational Enhancements and AI based analytics.

Dynamics 365 Business Central Upgrade Routes

An upgrade to Microsoft Business Central is majorly done in a couple of ways. One includes carrying all data and modifications to Business Central. Another one includes carrying just the required data to Business Central and starting afresh with the standard functionalities. One of these options can be opted depending on the business scenario and requirement for Nav to Business Central transition.

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Upgradation Benefits

Functional Capabilities – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

  • Leveraging data to build apps specific to businesses processes
  • Work made easy through integration with all Microsoft apps and third-party integrations
  • Upgrade to Business Central and be ready for what’s next
  • Utilize the power of AI and cloud-based solutions for your business

Dynamics 365 Business Central Upgrade Assessment Plans

If an upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central is on your mind, we can help with a free assessment of upgrade readiness, and upgrade requirement for your business. We have developed automatic evaluation tools to provide accurate time, effort, and cost estimation of Business Central upgrade project.

2 Hours Functional Assessment

Choose this option to evaluate current system usage, data in system, areas of improvement, training requirement, upgrade readiness and requirement. It also includes uncovering pain areas and discussing NAV to Business Central upgrade strategies.

2 Days Technical Analysis

Chose this option to get a fixed price Business Central upgrade estimation. We will assess functional and technical configuration. We will identify existing customizations, ISVs, and third-party applications in use, etc. This exercise ends with submission of an upgradation assessment document along with a commercial proposal.


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Frequent Questions

What is better - NAV or Business Central?

Fundamentally both products are same. However, Business Central scores better because it offers tighter integration with other Microsoft Apps, embedded Power BI, automated free of charge bi-annual updates, improved UI, and search capabilities.

What are the benefits of Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade?

Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade comes with the advantage of being on-cloud and being future proof due to bi-annual updates from Microsoft.

Can I upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premise?

Yes. You can transition D365 Business Central On-premise.

Who should do Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade?

If your business is growing locally or globally, and you are after operationally efficiency, you should consider Business Central upgrade.

What is better option – upgrade or reimplementation?

Better to upgrade if NAV was implemented well initially. If you are not happy with the way NAV was done and you are looking to rethink business processes, then reimplementation makes a better choice.

Does Business Central allow concurrent users like NAV?

Unlike NAV, Business Central licenses work on Named User concept.

What options are available to Migrate NAV to Business Central?

There are 2 options primarily. One is to carry all data and modifications to Business Central. Second is to carry forward required data only and starting afresh with the standard functionalities.

9. How complex it is to migrate NAV data to Business Central?

It is not complex to migrate data from NAV to Business Central. It can be done using data migration tools or data templates can be used to enter data directly.

How is Microsoft Business Central on-premise deployment different from the one in the cloud?

Cloud version is better suited to small businesses with less complicated processes and is cost effective. On-premise version can be used by businesses who have more complex processes and strict requirements. On-premises deployment is costlier.

What offers or discounts are available to existing users for Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade?

Microsoft offers 40% discount on Business Central licenses for existing NAV users. The offer is valid through June 2021. Please contact our sales consultant to know more details about the offer.

Will my work on Navision be affected during upgrade process?

Not really. Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrade is a technical process that can be performed at back-end. If cut-off date and go-live date is planned strategically, your work won’t be affected even for a single day.

How existing NAV integrations work with Business Central?

You can migrate existing integrations and customizations to Business Central. If you are using older version of NAV like NAV 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, some customizations may not be required with increased functionality of Business Central and some may need redevelopment.

Does Business Central allow Dual User Rights?

Yes. Dual User Rights are available with Business Central cloud subscription activated via CSP.

I want to know more about Business Central. Where can I find information?

You can visit our business central page for more information on product. You can also contact our sales consultant to know more about Business Central.


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