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Make the move to Business Central

Get up and running with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central- sooner and faster.


Free Upgrade Evaluation Plan

Why should I consider an upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Before considering an upgrade to Business Central, the most important factor is if your current solution is still supported by Microsoft. When a solution is supported, it has access to new features and crucial security updates. When you are not getting the important security upgrade to your ERP solution, you leave your system vulnerable to threats, downtime and potential failure. Unsupported solutions cannot take advantage of new features. Therefore, if there is a change in the software, customers will have to pay out of pocket for any development required to adapt to these changes. Not upgrading to Business Central means you cannot take advantage of functionality improvements that can improve your bottom line.
Microsoft has 3 main support policies that all companies who use Dynamics NAV should be aware of:
Mainstream Support
The product is receiving incident support, new features, security updates, and non-security updates.

Extended Support
The product is receiving security updates once warranty claims end and Microsoft is no longer accepting requests for new features or design changes.

Beyond Extended Support
There are no updates of any kind.
NAV Support

What can Business Central do for your business?

Microsoft consistently adds product improvements to improve functionality. Upgrading to Business Central gives you the opportunity to benefit from new features and gives you access to advanced technology features right away. In their yearly wave releases. there are a multitude of improvements that help the user access information easier and quicker. Some notable features include:

  • 50% faster role center load time
  • 40% faster in lead to cash scenarios.
  • Increase search capabilities in the role explorer
  • Accessibility to Microsoft Flow and Power BI which provides access artificial intelligence and reporting.

What is the difference between an Upgrade and a Re-implementation?

An upgrade means taking your existing environment and moving it forward. This brings all or selected customizations and data into the latest version of Dynamics 365 Business Central. This approach is best for small and medium-sized solutions that want to keep customizations, and have very few constraints for moving to SaaS ( software as a service).

A re-implementation is starting from scratch. This is a new implementation with your historic data. You system is re-designed with new technologies in mind and unused customizations and business processes are reviewed to ensure you get a more functional system.

Choose an Upgrade if...

  • You are using at least 80% of your customizations
  • You have customizations that are better replaced by ISV solutions or add-ons that are already compatible with Business Central
  • You have relatively clean data

Choose a Re-implementation if...

  • A large percentage of customizations are not used or have been replaced by standard functionality
  • You want to re-design your current processes as they have changed since your first ERP implementation or you feel they were not done correctly using best practices.s
  • You want to review the quality of your data

Upgrade to On-Prem/SaaS

Brings over all data and transforms customizations to extensions in Dynamics 365 Business Central

  • Assessment of Business Processes
  • Scope creation and project plan
  • Web client re-design
  • Object migration by converting objects using automated conversion tools
  • Upgrade to Events by Inspect code modifications and new functions
  • Extension scoping and design
  • Extension conversion
  • Test data migration
  • Live data migration
  • Test Environment
  • Warranty

Upgrade to On-Prem/SaaS

We assess your business processes and develop a plan to best configure Business Central.

  • Assessment of Business Processes
  • Scope creation and project plan
  • Customization analysis and design
  • Data structure re-design
  • Test data migration
  • Live data migration
  • Warranty

Watch the Business Central Upgrade Webinar

Learn what factors to look for when deciding if you should upgrade or re-implement, different deployment options and and why the phased upgrade approach to Business Central 14 is the most low risk and cost-effective option for Dynamics NAV users.

Why should I upgrade to Business Central 14 instead of the latest version?

Microsoft has announced that October 2021 is the deadline for purchasing or renewing a Business Central 14 license. That means, all users who try to upgrade after that date, will be forced to go for BC 15 or higher. Why is this concerning? BC 14 is a version that can help lower your cost of upgrading significantly. If you are on a version of Dynamics NAV 2018 or less this is incredibly important.

  • BC 15 no longer has a Windows client or Object Designer or hybrid mode which eases data migration and usability (which are available in BC14).
  • BC 14 gives you the flexibility to move your code from C/AL to AL at whatever pace you want for the next three years before the software is no longer supported by Microsoft.
  • If you purchase a Business Central license before the deadline and think you can upgrade at your own leisure, think again. After the purchase of license, you NAV license is frozen forever - meaning no add-ons, user licenses or objects.
Learn more about BC 14 here or talk to us to find out more about your options.

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