The Right Time to Move On: Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

The Right Time to Move On: Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central ensures a collaborative approach for organization-wide operations and allows modern enterprises to communicate effectively across various departments.

In 2018, Microsoft introduced Dynamics 365 Business Central, replacing the brand’s popular, on- premise only Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP solution Dynamics NAV. Apart from the implementation options – on- premise or in- cloud –, Business Central delivers benefits exceeding the costs involved while enabling businesses to attain the next- level efficiencies. The next few minutes of reading shall help understand how DYNAMICS 365 BUSINESS CENTRAL is proving to be the best ERP platform for enterprises worldwide compared with Dynamics NAV.

If you see this blog now and want to move from Dynamics NAV to Business Central, you are on the right page. However, it would also be good to know how NAV evolved into Business Central.

The Transition: Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Initially called Navision, Microsoft rebranded it as Dynamics NAV in 2005 after acquiring it in 2002. Through the acquisition, Microsoft leveraged Navision’s codebase capabilities to transform existing applications into an intelligent, cloud- hosted ERP – Business Central. Microsoft designed this innovative, accelerated functionality for modern businesses and segmented it primarily for SMEs (or Small and Mid- Sized Enterprises). The new solution helped companies streamline processes while making it more straightforward for the users to securely collect and share critical data for departments across the organization.

The Advantage: Dynamics Business Central

Business Central is robust yet flexible software that enterprises may choose to customize as per the unique, specific needs of their business functionalities. Growing enterprises may also switch to Dynamics 365 Business Central for their ever- altering requirements while eliminating spending on new solutions for any new development or challenge. Besides, with two hosting options – Business Central On- Premise or Business Central Cloud, the platform empowers businesses to win all their growth aspirations.

Business Central also helps businesses reduce administration and operations costs by delivering insightful data and ensuring meaningful strategies. Essentially, Dynamics 365 Business Central allows system administrators to manage processes and prevent production delays, thus enabling prompt, result- driven decisions.

The Difference: Dynamics NAV and Business Central

While we now understand that Business Central is an enhanced version of the earlier platform NAV, there are common queries that are worth exploring:

  • What all features make Dynamics 365 Business Central a better choice over its predecessor – NAV?
  • Are there any modernity- based tweaks in the existing functionalities?
  • Do users need to implement the new update or set everything up from scratch?

Let us deep- dive and explore all the Dynamics 365 Business Central features that make it more awesome than what it used to be as Dynamics NAV.

Subscriptions/ Licenses

Dynamics NAV has a one- time licensing fee model for it being an on-premise system. While with Business Central, being a SaaS (or Software as a Service) solution, businesses can pick periodical subscriptions (monthly or annually) depending on business budgets. Besides, Businesses can even opt for a perpetual license fee model that allows owners to treat Business Central spending as an operational or a capital expense.

Intuitive User- Interface or UI

To ensure ease of use for the users, Business Central comes with a dynamic UI that includes updated command bars, intuitive search features, business metrics, improved dashboards, and more for a web-optimized User Experience.

Easy Integrations

Business Central integrates seamlessly with third-party applications to boost business efficiencies, improve operational capabilities, and win planned outcomes quicker for desired business growth.

Automatic Upgrades

As a SaaS platform, Dynamics 365 Business Central enables automatic, flawless updates with minimal or no involvement of tech support. All the upgrades would occur automatically every six months and at zero cost, as the upgrade charges are already a part of the subscription fee. Moreover, any third- party application or customizations are compatible with each new update.

Cloud- Hosted or On- Premise

Business Central is a SaaS cloud ERP solution hosted in Microsoft Azure. The application delivers numerous benefits, including agility, scalability, mobility, lower ownership costs, and more. Businesses can also choose to deploy Business Central as an on- premises solution based on needs, however, with limited features.

New AL Coding

The C/AL language was integral to the NAV’s core system and its customizations. While, with AL language- based extensions integrated into Business Central, the modifications leave the core system untouched and make upgrades a lot easier.

The Inference

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The fast- shifting business landscape is pushing global enterprises to optimize and upgrade their exiting capabilities, including production, finance, operations, among others. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central perfectly fits the gaps that businesses struggled to fill. Therefore, over a million companies across the globe have understood and influenced to leverage the benefits that Business Central delivers as a robust invention.

Check Functionalities of Dynamics NAV & Business Central:

General Functionalities

General FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Copy & Paste Rows
Support For Connect APP & Rest API
Full Keyboard Shortcut Support
Multiple Production Environment
Batch-post Sales And Purchases As Scheduled
Enhancements For Customer Migration Tools
Filtering & Search Improvements
UK Address Validation
Migration from QuickBooks
Workflows (automated workflows)++
Outlook Integration++
NAV for Tablets++++
Social Listening
Surface Microsoft Dynamics NAV Information Directly in SharePoint online
Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a Hosted app in Office 365++
Interoperability with Office 365 and Excel.+
Single Sign On+
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Application Profiler+++
Improved Extensibility for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Clients
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Provisioning Tools for Windows Azure
Multitenant Deployment
Data Upgrade Automation+++
Help Server
Microsoft Office Alignment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows and Web clients
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client++++
Improved Charting Capabilities
Query
Server Administration Tool
Windows PowerShellm+
Application Server (NAS) Enhancements
NAS Services
New User Concept+++
OneNote Integration
Zetadocs Express for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Multi-tier Architecture+++++++

Financial Management Functionalities

Financial Management FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Reconcile payables with the External Document Number field
Bulk Invoicing
VAT Registration Number Validation
Employee Ledger Entries
Deferrals
Reconciliation of Incoming and Outgoing Bank Transactions
Support for SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit
Electronic Payments and Direct Debits+
Cash Management
Cost Accounting
Cash Flow Forecast+
VAT Rate Change Tool
New Dimension Set Entry Table
Faster G/L Posting+
Online Payment Services
Bank Account Management and Bank Account Reconciliation
Intercompany Purchase Cost Distribution+
Prepayments
Reversal of Journal Postings (Unapply)
Partial Payments
Consolidation Enhancements
Predefined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Inter-company Postings+
Fixed Assets

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Management FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Sales and Inventory Forecasting Enhanced Integration
Manual. Planning
Production Orders
Production Forecast
Graphical. Production Schedule

Supply Chain Management Functionalities

Supply Chain Management FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
View Item Availability By Unit Of Measure
non-sequential numbering
Item Categories
Item Attributes
Document Management. Document Capture and OCR
E-services
Item Availability by TimeLine
Item Availability by Event
Inventory Movements
Additional Default Bins and Dedicated Bins
Enhanced Integration to Service Management
Assembly Management
Supply Planning Setup Enhancements++
Automated Data Capture System
Item Budgets
Planning Transparency
Pick++
Standard Cost Worksheet
Price Management
Supply Planning++
Costing++
Item Tracking++++

Business Intelligence and Reporting Functionalities

BI and Reporting FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Skip Empty Lines In The Account Schedule Report
Document Reporting
Power BI+++
Excel Add-In for Ad-hoc Reporting++
Excel. Integration (Edit in Excel)++
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services from within Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Jet Reports Express for Microsoft Dynamics NAV++
Open XML Integration+
Predefined Charts and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)+
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Driver

Service Management Functionalities

Service Management FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Enhanced Integration with Manufacturing. Warehouse Management and Assembly Management
Planning and Dispatching of Materials Overview
Service Order Management+++++
Service Contract Management+++

Project Management Functionalities

Project Management FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
Job Information Included In Archived Sales And Purchase Documents
Jobs WIP Calculation Compliance
Usage Link
Jobs+++++

Sales & Marketing Functionalities

Sales & Marketing FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
AI supportfor Sales & Inventory Forecast
Al support for Late Payment Prediction
Dynamics 365 for Sales Integration
Sales and Purchase Document Approval
Interaction/Document Management
Payment Terms Translation+++++
Document Archiving+++

Cloud Functionalities

Cloud FunctionalitiesDynamics NAV 2004Dynamics NAV 2005Dynamics NAV 2009Dynamics NAV 2013Dynamics NAV 2013 R2Dynamics NAV 2015Dynamics NAV 2016Dynamics NAV 2017Dynamics NAV 2018Business Central
MICR fonts available in Business Central Online
ImageAnalyzer
Workflow Templates
Electronic Invoicing
Currency Exchange Rates
Document Management
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)+
Incoming Document Workflow

When to Upgrade

The Answer would be NOW! Because Microsoft has already ended the extended support for the versions before NAV 2009 while the mainstream support for most Dynamics NAV versions will end by 2023.

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