Dynamics NAV is a well-established product that’s embedded into many business’ processes. If you’re considering a move to Dynamics 365, you may be wondering how Dynamics NAV fits in to your strategy.
Microsoft has made great strides in simplifying its applications, and it’s very easy to architect a Dynamics 365 system with only the tools you need, pitched at the appropriate level for your business.
As part of this, the product known as NAV will be re-engineered into the Dynamics product family as ‘Dynamics 365, Business Central’. If you’re still running NAV, you might be wondering what the future holds and whether you should upgrade to Dynamics 365 now.
Dynamics NAV vs Dynamics 365, Business Central: the basics
Microsoft released a new version of Dynamics NAV 2018 at the end of last year. This looks set to be the final release with the NAV product branding and becomes the basis for the on-premise version of the product aimed at small business.
Through 2018, this functionality will be absorbed into Dynamics 365, with the Cloud offering referred to as Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Most businesses should be able to transition without issues, but there are differences between the two solutions.
Dynamics NAV 2018 has the advantage of being installed locally, while Business Central stores all data in the cloud. If you are uncomfortable with using cloud-based software, this is one area where Dynamics NAV could be the product to stay on. However, for the vast majority of organisations, cloud deployment makes a lot more sense, since it delivers cost and efficiency benefits, as well as placing your data in a secure cloud storage environment.
For this reason, Dynamics 365 is more scalable, in terms of its deployment, and pricing. If you are looking for manageable cost, the monthly subscription model that Dynamics 365 offers is likely to be a more comfortable fit for your business.
You will likely also find that Dynamics 365 updates are more graceful and less disruptive to the way you work.
Making the move to Dynamics 365
If you’re used to NAV, you’ll find that the transition to Dynamics 365 is very manageable.
But there is one area where you’ll need support: Dynamics 365, Business Central is much more customisable, and has a much broader feature set.. To make the most of Dynamics 365, and ensure a completely smooth transition, you need a partner that can help you navigate this initial set-up and one that can provide solid 24/7 support.
Talk to QUANTIQ about Dynamics 365
QUANTIQ has many years’ experience creating customised Dynamics 365 environments for businesses of all sizes. If you’re thinking of signing up, or you’re planning a transition from NAV, talk to our specialists to find out the best way forward.