In the world of technology, few things can be as daunting as
While spending a day or two tracking down issues on a personal computer or a single workstation may not be the end of the world, experiencing show-stopping issues with the software that runs your business can be catastrophic. This makes it imperative to properly prepare for the upgrade process before migrating to the latest version of Dynamics NAV.
So with that, here are some issues to be aware of, and common steps to take, when migrating to or upgrading your current NAV installation.
Prepare Your Data
As a result, one of the most important steps you can take is to do some spring cleaning to your data before beginning the migration process.
- “Compress the ledger data. Dynamics NAV provides several tools for compressing general ledger and sub-ledgers.
- Review and clean unnecessary data. This usually concerns the Change Log Entry table which stores user activity within the database. Sometimes, this data can be cleared when not being used in reporting.”
RapidStart Is Your Friend
Since version 5.0,
- Migrate general ledger opening balances without using the general ledger account sub-ledgers. Use specific opening balance offsetting accounts, one set up for each sub- Set up the offsetting accounts to enable direct postings.
- Migrate open customer ledger entries.
- Migrate open item ledger entries.
- Migrate open fixed asset entries.
Another factor to keep in mind is the amount of time and processing power RapidStart needs.
“However, for all of the great things that RapidStart can do, NAV users should be aware that it requires a great deal of processing power to import, validate and apply the data to the NAV database.
In my experience, importing 1,000 records will take about 5 minutes. Furthermore, it would take an additional 5 minutes to validate the data and an additional 5 minutes to apply the data; meaning that it will take a total of 15 minutes to migrate the data into the NAV database (excluding the time it would take to resolve errors).”
One of the best ways to make migrations as easy as possible is to keep up-to-date with the most recent version of NAV. As the software evolves, each version makes improvements and changes over previous versions.
These changes, however, are cumulative. That means it is a much bigger process to migrate from Navision 5.0 to 2015 than it would be to migrate from NAV 2013 to 2015. As a result, even if the new features in the latest version don’t add any real value to your company, keeping up-to-date and making migrations easier may make the upgrade well worth the price.
While any software migration can be challenging, with a little forethought, help from a partner, common sense and using the many tools Microsoft provides, you should be able to get up and running with the latest version of Dynamics NAV in (almost!) no time at all.
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