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:
- They need to be rebuilt in most cases, especially if you want to take advantage of the new report writers richer experience.
- The transformation tools don’t work that well, and the results are patchy.
- End users still need to be technical to write complex reports.
- In classic NAV you have something called forms. If you have any bespoke forms, these again need to be rebuilt in order to take advantage of the new interface and features such as fact boxes.
- Transformation tools again do not work that well.
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:
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.
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.