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Imagine this, you’re in bed staring at a beautifully elegant and technologically advanced alarm clock consumed by the loud sounds of silence. The clock strikes 7, a faint click can be heard, time stands still for one second, and seemingly, out of nowhere
You jump out of bed, stub your toe, but somehow manage to catch a glimpse through the corner of your eye of the frosted windowpane in your bedroom, and to your amazement, cloudy skies have retreated, blue skies have advanced, and General Sunshine is leading the way. Is this a sign? What could the sign be for? What are you forgetting?
Then it dawns on you that today you get to make a list of what to consider when upgrading to Business Central for a Teams meeting, you’ll be having tomorrow to convince your colleagues that an upgrade from NAV is needed. Here’s what that list looks like.
What is Microsoft Dynamics 365?
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a particular segment within the Microsoft software ecosphere that houses their Enterprise Resource Management and Customer Relationship Management software apps. It’s the same concept as
When upgrading from NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central you’ll l quickly see that Business Central has a lot more features and functionality. There’s not a whole lot that you have in NAV that you won’t have in Business Central besides objects (more on this later).
Online or On-Premises
Most organizations today are moving toward online software because of fewer upfront costs and the ability to access their environments from anywhere there’s an internet connection. The bulk of upfront costs usually stem from hardware and infrastructure improvements which can be mitigated by subscribing to a software as a service (SaaS) model such as Business Central online. That being said, there is still a place in the ERP stratosphere for traditional on-premises software and Solution Systems has tailored their
As mentioned before, Objects are no longer available to customize your software if you upgrade to Business Central. What does an organization do to tailor its software? They now use apps and extensions. Microsoft does not allow you (technically you can, but it’s frowned upon) to touch the base code in Business Central, so apps and extensions have to be built to extend the capabilities of the software.
One app extending the capabilities of Business Central is
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As a certified integration with Business Central, AvaTax has been fully tested by Microsoft. What’s more, Avalara maintains the same
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Upgrades and Updates
Earlier we touched on not being able to modify Business Central’s base code, but we didn’t talk about the reasoning behind this decision. The reason Microsoft has made this decision is that it allows for automatic upgrades and updates that happen quickly. The updates and upgrades are so fast in Business Central online that your scheduled update window can be as little as only a few hours. This is possible because the base code has not been modified by you or your Microsoft partner, therefore, Microsoft can quickly update this code to the latest release without having any issues arise and more importantly without interrupting your business.
Dynamics NAV famously has concurrent user licenses. This means that if you had purchased 50 user licenses but have 250 employees only 50 employees at a time can use the software. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Businesses love this because if they have multiple working shifts, they did not have to purchase additional licenses. For example, the AM shift could use the licenses, and then the PM shift could use the licenses.
Now, take a deep breath, make a promise to finish reading this paragraph, and convince yourself not to panic when you read the following sentence. Business Central does not offer concurrent licenses, Business Central only offers named user licenses. What? How can this be? Business Central is already too costly! Ok, let’s remember the part about not panicking and finishing this paragraph, and you’ll understand this is not that big of a deal. Named users are not a big deal because if you upgrade to Business Central on-premises, for every 1 NAV concurrent user license you have Microsoft will give you 3 Business Central named user licenses. You read that right, 3 named user licenses! If you decide to upgrade to Business Central online Microsoft will give you a 40% discount on each named user license you purchase but wait, there’s more! Currently, Microsoft is running the CSP-ED Renewal Offer to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic which gives you a price point that is 60% lower than the standard commercial price! It just doesn’t get much better than that. Aren’t you glad you didn’t panic and convinced yourself to read through this entire paragraph?