Dynamics NAV Users: Why you should upgrade to BC 14 now before its too late | Qixas Group

Dynamics NAV Users: Why you should upgrade to BC 14 now before its too late

Business Central Upgrade

Many existing Microsoft Dynamics NAV users have been trying to figure out if, when and how to upgrade to the most recent version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. They are concerned about the impact on their existing modifications and time consuming and costly customizations. But with the recent survey conducted by PwC, that shows about 86 percent of CEOs are considering moving their digital assets to the cloud as a top priority and the announcements by Microsoft of an available pathway to migrate to the cloud, many users are asking if the transition to Business Central is worth it.

With the experience we have gathered from using both Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC), we highly recommend that it is in the best interest of Dynamics NAV users to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 14 now. 

Understanding the Versions

For better understanding, let’s look at the versions from Dynamics NAV to Business Central

NAV 2018 – Version 11, the first version where you could run in hybrid mode; A mixture of both C/AL and AL development environments

BC Version 12 – released in April 2018 (first version with the new named users licensing model)

BC Version 13 – released in October 2018

BC Version 14 – released in April 2019, this is the last version that supports the hybrid mode and last version that has the BC Windows client

BC Version 15 – released in October 2019, no more BC Windows client or Object Designer or hybrid mode.  Only the AL development environment is available. BC Version 16 – released in April 2020.

A race against time

This might sound like a piece of breaking news to many, but October 2020 will be the last month BC version 14 license will be available for renewal or new purchase. Therefore. all users who try to upgrade to BC14 in November, will be forced to go for BC15 or higher.  Why is this concerning? Upgrades can sometimes be a daunting process and upgrading to the most recent version always comes with some considerations. Moving all Dynamics NAV data to BC15 all at one time can be overwhelming as BC15 no longer has a Windows client or Object Designer or hybrid mode (which are available in BC14). The big win, if you do decide to go with BC14, it will give 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.

The benefits of moving to BC14

Here are a few other reasons why upgrading to BC14 might not be such a bad thing:

  • Some of your third-party add-ons might not be written in BC15 yet, so if you want to upgrade, you may have to go with a lesser version. This is still very true and is a show stopper to BC15, at least.
  • There are still quite a few bugs in BC15 that are being fixed all the time. But it is a very new version, so there are a lot of issues as there are with any new version. 
  • If you are a developer for a customer, then it allows you to learn AL in a much less stressful environment, so you are not 100% thrown into AL.
  • Finally you might not yet be comfortable with the web client. It will take users a bit of time and training to become proficient in it.

Let’s break it down for you

Now is the best time to make to make an upgrade decision and execute your transition as you have enough time to evaluate your options. To help you make that decision, we have crafted a webinar that goes through how to get you from where you are now in your Dynamics journey to where you want to be. In the webinar we will talk about

  • The different Dynamics NAV versions and how it compare to Business Central
  • Deployment options and the pros and cons of each
  • How to figure out if a re-implementation is the best bet for you business
  • How the phased upgrade approach to Business Central 14 works and how it can save you the risk, time and money in the long run
  • The development and upgrade tools that can help you with a speedy upgrade

You can watch the on-demand webinar here. If you have any questions about Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamic 365 Business Central, or upgrading your current version, please contact us.