Dynamics NAV Upgrades Explained

Microsoft release a new version of Dynamics NAV every year, they improve and make changes to the software in order to keep up with consumer demand. We can provide you with advice and expertise, to keep you up to date with the latest versions. If you are on a legacy version (version 5 or older), with a lot of bespoke development in place, chances are you have just received a jaw-dropping quote from your current partner!

The issue is that whilst Microsoft have provided us with a wonderful new version with new reporting capabilities, improved look and feel and a better technology base, unfortunately migrating some of the customisations from the classic platform is not as straight forward as we would like. The main reasons for this are:

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The good news is that we’re currently completing a number of upgrades. We’re also moving many of our customers onto Office 365 and the Cloud, enabling our customers to access their business applications anytime and from any device.

We would advise you go back to the standard product, as much as possible. Your two main options are:

Upgrade

If you can migrate all of your legacy code, or rationalise any modifications such as reports easily, then an upgrade is the route to go. We will review all aspects of your system to see how we can minimise any modifications, so that future upgrades are simplified. Many of our clients have benefited from this approach. For example, by implementing a new reporting tool such as Jet Reports, we have managed to remove many of the custom built reports, thus reducing the cost.

Re-implementation

We have found that for some of clients the benefits of re-implementing versus upgrading are much clearer to see. In these cases the clients are opting to go back to a ‘vanilla’ system with minor or no bespoke developments, and choosing to re-engineer processes in order to standardise the software. The benefit is that they are then able to take advantage of new versions, much more easily than before.

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