3 Reasons Why 2022 is The Year to Budget an Upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central

September 30, 2021
By Mehreen Hasan

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) was architected over 20 years ago. During this period, it has provided countless businesses with the capacity and capabilities they needed to run a successful business. But as we know, technology is everlastingly evolving, and upgrading to provide better and more modern services to its users.  


We know. It’s hard for companies to change the way they have been operating for decades, but once you read these 3 reasons why budgeting an upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics Nav to the new and improved Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, you will see how budgeting for an upgrade will give you a competitive head start and differentiate you from your competitors.    


1. All Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions are nearing End of Life


Microsoft recently announced their NAV Support lifecycle start and end dates. Your NAV 2013, 2015, and 2017 implementations are nearing the end of life. Unless you are dead set on paying large sums for support and help, this may be the first reason why budgeting for an update should be on the top of your priorities.   


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s successor for all of its ERP offerings to mid-sized businesses. It was specifically designed with SMB’s in mind. It includes capabilities to help your business move to the cloud faster, boost sales, improve customer services, increase financial visibility and performance, visualize insights, optimize inventory and supply chain management, and much more.  


With Microsoft’s new ‘Bridge to Cloud’ promotion. Existing Dynamics NAV customers can renew their Enhancement monthly and receive Dynamics 365 Business Central online licenses at a 60% discounted price for up to four years. Microsoft knows that the upgrade is the best option for SMB’s thus they are facilitating this for them. 


2. Business Central is the easiest way to move to the Cloud 


Microsoft’s more modern accounting and ERP platform, Business Central, was architected specifically for the cloud.  We understand the natural hesitancy for manufacturing businesses to move to the Cloud when the idea first came to be 15 years ago. But in 2021 it’s the fastest, cheapest, safest way to support your business operations.  Business Central is built with a security-first architecture so there is no risk of malware or ransomware intrusion. Business Central allows you to take control of your business data and help protect it from unauthorized access through automatic Microsoft datacenter encryption. 


A move to the Cloud is a safer way to protect your business’s private and important information. Cyber attacks are on the rise and precautions should be taken ASAP and not once you have been a victim and lost valuable data.  


The other benefit of moving to the Cloud is accessibility. Business Central brings you the full capabilities of working through desktop, tablet, mobile, on-premises, or in the cloud, across Windows, Android, and IOS devices.  


3. You spend more labor actively entering data in your system than managing the exceptions


Business Central’s automation and cloud-based technology enable you to collaborate with customers using a business management solution with automated workflows, compliance, and audit trails. This allows you to spend more time coming up with solutions and opportunities, than manually inputting and risk losing data.  


This cloud-based software allows you to work in a collaborative environment that helps connect sales, finance, and operations teams. This visibility across purchasing, manufacturing, inventory, and warehouses can lead to an increase in business performance. 




With the convergence of this pricing incentive, business change, and technology advancement; now might be the right time to put a Dynamics NAV Migration on the radar for 2022. 

Speak to one of Harvest’s experts on how to plan for migration the right way, there is no better time than the present to make a move for your business’s future. 

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