Microsoft is phasing out Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the on-premise ERP, which helps companies manage business-wide systems and processes. Microsoft recommends existing Dynamics NAV users upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Let’s first understand What is Dynamics Business central.
Dynamics 365 Business Central is a new-age business management solution that enables companies to connect all their operations under a single platform. It unifies processes across manufacturing, supply chain, operations, customer service, sales and marketing, and finance departments.
The companies can opt for either the on-premise or the cloud-based version of Business Central.
As the name suggests, Dynamics 365 Business central on-premise resides locally on a company’s server, and the users can access it without the internet. Cloud-based Business Central version is hosted on Microsoft Azure servers and is accessible 24*7 through a web browser on any device from anywhere
End of Support for Dynamics Navision
Microsoft has announced the end of support for various NAV versions, i.e. there will be no further updates to the NAV ERP. It will also stop providing any extended support, i.e. there would be no security updates for the NAV versions.
The lack of support from Microsoft will make the system vulnerable and increase the risk of external threats. Also, as time passes, the system will become obsolete and unable to adapt to changes in technology. Finding IT personnel proficient in NAV will become increasingly difficult with time.
5 Reasons to Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central
Some companies using MS Navision are postponing the decision to upgrade as they feel Business Central is a new system and are not familiar with it. Yes, it is a new-age ERP, but it is built upon the Microsoft Dynamics NAV foundation and offers numerous benefits over NAV
Here are some of the most significant reasons Why you should upgrade from NAV to Business Central?
Business Central’s on-cloud version is cost-effective for any company. The company has to pay a licensing fee monthly or annually, based on the number of users. It is hosted on Microsoft Azure. The company spends less on hardware like servers, security solutions, software installation, etc. Microsoft also updates Business Central twice annually, and hence the maintenance costs are less. Since Microsoft does all the heavy lifting, you can have a lean IT team to manage it.
2. Secured solution with new-age features and functionalities
Microsoft guarantees a 99.9% uptime, offers better features and functionalities than NAV, is mobile-friendly, and provides 24*7 access through a web browser from anywhere.
Users can automate routine tasks, thus saving a lot of their time and boosting their productivity. The users can easily create reports per their requirements and share them with others as per the role-based permissions assigned to them.
Microsoft has a team of experts managing the security of the solution and takes regular backups.
3. Enhanced native and third-party integration capabilities
Dynamics 365 Business Central integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft products like Power BI, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, etc. It also provides a single sign-on option to users for the entire suite of Microsoft products. It can also integrate with third-party applications, further enhancing its capabilities.
4. Improved User Interface
Business Central provides a user-friendly modern interface. The look and feel are consistent and similar to other Microsoft products. It provides a consistent user experience across different devices.
5. Multiple Deployment options with a flexible licensing policy
As mentioned earlier, it is available in 2 versions. The company can pay monthly licensing fees for the on-cloud version. The company can add new users easily and scale it quickly.