Dynamics NAV – What’s next for your ERP?

In 2019, Dynamics NAV was rebranded as Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises. Microsoft stopped selling Dynamics NAV to new customers on April 1, 2019.

Getting ready to upgrade to 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises and Dynamics NAV run the same application code base. Therefore, for existing customers, this will be a similar process to upgrading their Dynamics NAV instance, though they will need to consider variables such as where they are in their BREP, what to do with their customisations, and pricing and licensing differences.

There are 3 options for current Dynamics NAV customers:

  • Migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central cloud: By migrating to Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud, customers will get all the benefits of a true cloud solution, like easy 24/7 access anywhere from any device with Microsoft’s secure servers, seamless upgrades, easy integration building through web APIs, and reduced hardware costs.
  • Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business central on-premises and try Intelligent Cloud Insights: Upgrading to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises keeps customers current while allowing them the option of getting some limited benefits of cloud through Intelligent Cloud Insights. Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises is built for on-premises deployment. It can also be hosted on a client server or Azure, but it can’t offer the same seamless experience as a fully managed cloud-based solution. This is a good solution if your customer prefers to host their software at their location right now and wants to have a path to migrate to the cloud when they are ready.
  • Renew BREP (Business Ready Enhancement Plan) without migrating or upgrading: Customers can stay on their current system by renewing their BREP

We address the key questions customers have asked so far, read our FAQ below:

Transitioning to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Making the switch to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises is very similar to any other Dynamics NAV upgrade. Now, instead of upgrading to a newer version of Dynamics NAV, customers will transition to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

RapidStart Services is available for data import/export from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises or cloud. For more information on RapidStart Services, talk to our team.

Customers are not required to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central. However, to stay current and get the latest functionality, we suggest that they upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Yes, customers can migrate their customisations and integrations by upgrading to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises and then converting their customisations to extensions.

As part of a customer’s transition, we suggest that they evaluate their customisations and integrations and determine which ones are still required or cost-effective to redevelop for Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Through June 30, 2021, Microsoft is offering a 40% discount on Business Central licenses for any existing Microsoft Dynamics customer using the following: Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP, Dynamics AX, Dynamics SL, Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, Business Edition

This discount only applies to Dynamics 365 Business Central cloud subscription licenses. Customers cannot use it for Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises licenses or perpetual licenses.

If customers opt to use Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud, they will not have to pay separately for cloud hosting, as everything is included in one fee—including software, cloud hosting, and management services. Download the Dynamics 365 Business Central Licensing Guide for more information.

However, if customers host Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises in their cloud or on Azure, they will have to pay for the software as well as the cloud hosting service. Microsoft is offering a 15% discount for on-premises subscriptions if they choose to host the software on Azure as opposed to another cloud hosting platform.

No. There is no migration path from Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises.

Dynamics 365 Business Central licensing

For more information, please speak to our team. You can also view the Dynamics 365 Business Central Licensing Guide here.

Please refer to the Dual Use Rights section in the Dynamics 365 Business Central Licensing Guide for details.

Ask our team about the transition offer.

Dynamics 365 Business Central functionality and features

For a list of the regions where Dynamics 365 business applications are available, see the Availability Guide.

Microsoft will release updates for Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises twice per year, in April and October. The cloud platform will be automatically updated monthly by Microsoft, while the on-premises application will have cumulative updates.

Intelligent Cloud Insights is a feature within Dynamics 365 Business Central that allows customers to replicate their existing on-premises data to Dynamics 365 Business Central Hub in the cloud and then use that hub as the data point to execute the powerful cloud solutions such as Machine Learning, Flow, Power BI, and others as they become available. This can be the starting point to utilize the cloud in a seamless way, thus providing options on the journey and see it in action. With anytime, anywhere access using a web browser, tablet, or even a mobile app, all users can take advantage of seeing their data in the cloud.

There will be no change for the current development model with Dynamics 365 on-premises. Customers can still work with C/AL. Extensions are required for the cloud version.

Yes, the continuous updates to Dynamics 365 Business Central (in the cloud) help ensure that customers are fully GDPR compliant. For customers that are on-premises, we suggest that customers upgrade to the latest version to help ensure they are GDPR compliant in the future.

For more information on GDPR compliance, please visit the Microsoft Service Trust Portal or read the GDPR FAQ.

The Windows Client is still available. However, we suggest that customers switch to the Web Client for future use.

The development tool will be Visual Studio Code. From here, customers can customize objects and create new objects with the new Extension model.

No, customers will need to contact a Microsoft partner (CSP) to buy Dynamics 365 Business Central - like Turnkey Business Software.

At Turnkey, we use the demos.microsoft.com site. Dynamics 365 Business Central isn’t provisioned automatically, but customers can provision it quickly once they have a tenant.

For general questions about Dynamics 365 Business Central, as a Mircosoft Gold Partner, Turnkey has a wealth of knowledge focused on Business Central. Chat to our team who can gudie to you to the Microsoft support and knowledge base.

Microsoft invests more than $1B a year in Dynamics Azure to ensure unmatched security and governance. It also employs more than 3,500 security experts to protect your information. Microsoft collaborates with industry and regulators to build trust in the cloud ecosystem guided by the following principles:

  • Security – Protect confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data
  • Privacy and control – Control access to and use of your data
  • Compliance – Stored and managed with applicable laws, regulators, and standards
  • Transparency – Visibility into how your data is handled and used

Your data is stored in one of Microsoft’s several data centers in the same country in which you are located. You can learn more about Microsoft security here.

Microsoft has 99.9% SLA in place on the public cloud platform.

Kenny Doole Turnkey Business Software


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Kenny Doole, Commerical Director