Have you found yourself searching for the best way to upgrade your Dynamics NAV system to the new Dynamics 365 Business Central? Then you may want to read the following article. Here we’ve listed not only a few considerations that you ought to make but also what you’ll need to think about in terms of licensing and subscription; following on from that, which subscription service to choose from. Simple and to the point, this article should explain everything you need to know. 

Key Considerations When Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics NAV To Business Central

  • Clean Upgrade Or Upgrade Your Existing System - One of the first considerations you need to make is to consider whether you’d like a clean start upgrade or an upgrade to your existing systems. A clean start upgrade will give you an entirely fresh new system and will inevitably leave all of your old modifications behind. If you go for an upgrade to your current system however, you’ll still enjoy your old modifications and of course, your current data. It’s also worth noting that should you consider an upgrade on your existing system, then bespoke code will be needed but the question is – how much? Doing a clean upgrade however, means clean extension modifications and of course, only having to consider the data you’ll need in your new system alone. 
  • New Add-Ons - Once you’ve decided which way you’d like to upgrade, it's time to look at the add-ons available. The timescale of your upgrade will greatly depend on the add-ons you choose. If your upgrade is particularly time sensitive then this will be an important consideration. 
  • License Or Subscription  Last but not least you’ll need to decide on your business central deployment, whether you’d like to keep your annual license or choose a monthly subscription. If you have a perpetual license then you’ll likely pay annually which allows you to enjoy upgrade enhancements as it is. You can move to a subscription license however the option to receive a 40% discount will only last until June 2020 – that’s less than a year away. It’s also worth noting that should you choose a monthly subscription plan, you’ll be charged according to the amount of users logging into your system each and every month.

Business Central Subscription Options

There are three different options to choose from should you decide on a monthly fee based subscription model. The three options are based on where you’d like to host your system. They include:

  • Microsoft Public Cloud SaaS  The advantages of using Saas to host your Business Central include it being fully managed, automatic updates, it’s a more cost-effective approach thanks to hosting being within your subscription licenses as well as fully managed back-ups. On the downside you will have less control when updates happen which means even when you don’t want them, they happen anyway.
  • Microsoft Private Cloud A private Cloud environment allows for greater control over updates and upgrades when they happen. It’s also fully managed and allows you to choose between the subscription or on-premise licensing modules. The downside is that upgrades will need to be planned and deployed as such. You may also find yourself with additional hosting costs.
  • Your Own Hosting Environment  While you do have total control over your own environment thanks to hosting yourself via cloud or server, you will have to ensure all upgrades are planned and implemented yourself. There are also additional costs in terms of hosting to consider.

Contact NAV Experts For Business Central Upgrades

For more information on upgrading NAV to Business Central, simply contact our team today. We’ll be happy to talk you through the whole process and offer advice and guidance to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

About the author

Sue Wright

Business Development Manager, Sue, has been part of the team since 2015, having previously worked in the technology sector for 7 years. Her role sees her running the Sales and Marketing teams as well as supporting the Account Managers on a daily basis.