Microsoft Dynamics NAV (AKA Dynamics Navision) is an easy-to-learn, adaptable enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the SMB space. It is known for its value in the manufacturing, distribution and services sectors.
With the applications Dynamics NAV offers, companies can grow their business by automating and connecting numerous aspects of daily operations – financial management, human resources management, multiple and international sites, project management, service management, supply chain management and business intelligence. While Dynamics NAV isn’t a complete CRM tool, it does offer capabilities related to sales and marketing activities.
Dynamics 365 vs Dynamics Nav
On April 2, 2018, Microsoft rebranded this offering as Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premise – though it can be deployed on a private cloud. Its cloud-based counterpart is Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Dynamics NAV 2018 is the last version under this name, and licenses ceased to be sold to new customers as of January 1, 2019. The deadline for Dynamics NAV 2009-2017 users to upgrade to Dynamics NAV 2018 was April 1, 2019.
Existing Dynamics NAV users: What’s the impact?
Current users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV can continue to use this solution since Microsoft will offer support and licensing, as needed. However, it will not release upgrades, so customers should consider transitioning to Dynamics 365 Business Central over the next several years.
Microsoft has put together various incentive packages to encourage current NAV customers to make the move.
Dynamics NAV to Business Central: Three transition opportunities
Before considering an upgrade to Business Central, the first thing to determine is if Business Ready Enhancement Plan (BREP) payments are up to date. Only those that are current on their payments are eligible for the offers listed below. If BREP payments are not current, use the following calculation to figure how much is owed: 16 percent of the original license price per year, plus a 3 percent penalty. Re-enrolling as a new customer may make more sense than paying the balance.
First up, Microsoft is offering existing customers two named Business Central users for every one concurrent NAV seat bought on or before October 1, 2018, if they move to Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premise.
Next, customers can purchase Business Central licenses on a per user/month basis. By hosting those licenses on Microsoft Azure, the opportunity to save is even bigger, with Microsoft offering a sizeable discount. The cost of the Azure hosting should be considered, but once the numbers are run, the cost is usually less than running a server on premises or outsourcing to a local partner.
Finally, Microsoft is offering a 40 percent discount on Business Central Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments, wrapping licenses and hosting into one monthly fee, through June 30, 2021, for existing Microsoft Dynamics customers.
How to use Microsoft Dynamics Nav
Manage: Run and track key parts of your business from finances to supply chain, manufacturing and operations.
Report: Get a full view of your organization and make decisions using key metrics.
Deploy: Use either on-prem or in the cloud in its latest iteration as Business Central.