This may or may not come as a shock to you but Microsoft has now officially stopped selling their legacy ERP solution Dynamics NAV to new clients.
How did we get here?
It all started with the release of the new improved version of NAV back in April 2018. Rebranded as Dynamics 365 Business Central, the next-generation software was designed to perform all the duties of NAV, in a sleek new user-friendly interface designed to be fully functional on the web.
Global ERP Solution
Until then, the popularity of Dynamics NAV had been unrivalled since it first launched in 2005, as evidenced by the fact that more than 200,000 businesses from across the globe collectively have over 3 million NAV users.
That’s a lot of licenses!
Microsoft has ensured that mainstream updates will still be available to users for another few years. But even those have a cut-off point, and we highly recommend planning ahead for your software upgrade.
Here’s why you should get a software upgrade before the lifecycle of your Dynamics NAV comes to an end:
You’ll stop getting the support you need
Not to sound dramatic, but even the shiniest of Dynamics NAV versions will reach the end of its lifetime sooner or later, now that Microsoft is no longer actively selling the solution to new customers.
As a rule of thumb, your Dynamics NAV is guaranteed five years of mainstream support (including mandatory feature updates), after which point you have five more years of extended support (security only) before your solution becomes completely unsupported.
Support for Dynamics NAV will not be around forever, so the sooner you start preparing for your upgrade, the easier the transition will be when the time comes.
There are benefits of moving to a cloud ERP
A move to the cloud ensures you will always have the latest version of the software. Your team can access Business Central from anywhere with easy web browsers access – perfect for remote working!
Switching to the cloud can reduce infrastructure costs by removing the need to have physical servers and kit. While retaining the core functionality of NAV including finance, operations, project management and sales, Business Central offers an abundance of new Apps which can be easily installed.
It (literally) pays to upgrade
Existing NAV users will receive a 40% discount on Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud licences if they upgrade before the end of June 2021. Now is the prime time to boost your business management toolkit with a brand-new software solution. Talk to our team to learn more about on-premise pricing.
Declutter your software system vs processes
Many NAV systems have been heavily customised over the years which has been the beauty of Navision: its ability to be moulded to each individual user’s needs. It’s also formed the basis for our business and expertise at Turnkey.
However, there is a downside to continuously adding new bespoke customisations to software. Companies change, processes change and people come and go. As that happens, software systems evolve, however, things are seldom removed. This can result in ‘feature bloat’ which can affect the overall user experience over time and makes onboarding of new users become a challenge.
We regularly ask our customers: “do you still use that feature?” and often the answer is “no”. Upgrading to Business Central is the perfect opportunity to do a bit of streamlining / spring cleaning and get back to having the leanest, most efficient and effective systems possible.