Why Upgrade Now to Dynamics NAV 2017

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Are you running a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and have you been considering upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2017? Not only does Dynamics NAV 2017 have improved core functionality, but Microsoft has also added many features designed to help you work smarter and faster.

Enhanced quality and features in Dynamics NAV 2017
Work smarter and faster with the new Dynamics NAV 2017

Enhanced Core Functionality

With Microsoft’s ongoing dedication to assisting their customers, the core ERP functionality in Dynamics NAV just keeps getting better. No longer requiring customization, New Item Attributes gives you more flexibility to define your products and items. There is an improved Chart of Accounts that now also includes Account Categories and Sub-Categories. You will be able to standardize reports and have more insight into spending. Also, an improved setup wizard will simplify integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, replacing the old CRM Connector and further reducing the need for custom coding.

 

Innovative Advanced Functionality

Dynamics NAV 2017 allows even small and mid-size organizations to take advantage of technologies such as cloud analytics and other advanced features.

 

Dynamics NAV 2017 fully integrates with Office 365; your team can work within your ERP right from Office client without changing systems. You can also create and send invoices right from your Outlook calendar, save email attachments in Incoming Documents or enter scanned documents directly into NAV 2017. You can sync contacts between NAV 2017 and Office 365.

 

Eliminating manual and duplicate data entry not only speeds up processes, it improves accuracy.

 

Dynamics has embedded Power Business Intelligence and Cortana. NAV 2016 introduced Power BI integration; NAV 2017 improves on that feature. Now you will be able to embed reports and dashboards as well as create custom reports using self-service tools.  Reports created in Power BI are visible in the NAV 2017 Role Centers giving users the data and insight they need within Dynamics NAV.  The Cortana Intelligence service allows the sharing of data and provides more powerful BI capabilities, including predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.

 

The ability to share data and intelligence among your team increases efficiency and accuracy and assures that everyone is working with the most up-to-date information.

 

Dynamics NAV 2017 allows for unlimited extensibility with the use of third party apps or extensions. Extensions allow you to have industry-specific or unique business functionality without costly customization.  Dynamics 365 AppSource lists hundreds of apps that can be added to NAV 2017 without requiring changes to the source code.

 

Still wondering whether it’s worth it to upgrade to Dynamics NAV 2017 at this time? Maybe you’re concerned about the hassle or disruption to your business. Western Computer has a process in place that will make your upgrade painless. We offer a couple of deployment options designed to take the pain out of updating.

 

If you are considering upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2017, but would like to minimize the cost of consultation and development work, our Fresh Start or New Start upgrade models might be just what you are looking for.

 

The Fresh Start upgrade will bring forward your NAV data, but no other objects. We will maintain your transaction history, but eliminate legacy code, customization, and unnecessary reports. The volume and quality of your data can affect performance, but you benefit from only using the new code.

 

The New Start upgrade will bring forward only selected historical data. This allows you to maintain a record of certain past transactions while improving performance and creating an opportunity to update your Chart of Accounts. Your entire transaction history can be archived in a separate database for future reference. Only customizations and reports that are not replaced by new features of NAV 2017 will need to be recoded.

 

If you would like more information about the benefits of upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2017, watch our OnDemand webinar. Our Dynamics experts are looking forward to answering any questions you may have regarding the software or our unique upgrade services. Contact us at Western Computer

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