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Users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV will most likely be aware that Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest version of NAV.

If you are a user you may be considering a NAV to Business Central migration, but what benefits will this bring to your business?

5 Benefits of Upgrading From Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

1. You'll have the most up-to-date tools and interface

Up To Date Interface

Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a modern, streamlined interface with new productivity tools, making the system much easier to use. All future developments from Microsoft are for the Dynamics 365 platforms, (Dynamics NAV 2018 is the last version of NAV), so an upgrade to Business Central will ensure you have access to the latest features and functions.

  • Running your business on the latest version of Business Central also ensures that the most up-to-date security features and capabilities are in use and can protect your critical business data from cybercrime.

  • Microsoft provides regular updates and bug fixes for Business Central to cover any vulnerabilities which may become apparent over time.

  • Business Central offers a comprehensive solution to easily manage finances, manufacturing, supply chain, and operations.

2. You have the option of Cloud or On-Premise

Cloud or On Premise

Dynamics 365 Business Central comes with the option of being cloud-based or on-premise. It’s completely your choice – we can discuss which option is best for your business. In addition, the monthly subscription model from Dynamics 365 could work better for you.

  • Whilst on-premise Business Central offers more control, it can also bring a higher price tag.

  • Cloud-based Business Central is a SaaS model, making it cost-effective and easily scalable.

If you would like to know more about the different benefits you can receive from opting for cloud or on-premise solutions, look at our Cloud VS On-premise for a Business Central Upgrade blog.

3. Add-on, industry-specific applications are available


Many add-on applications are available from Microsoft App Source if you migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central. This can tailor the system to your specific industry and provide additional benefits to your business.

  • Using industry-specific add-on applications also allows a greater range of functionalities that are suited to your business needs.

  • This ensures that your ERP solution provides the tools you need to grow and supports your potential future needs as you begin to scale the size of your business.

4. You'll be reaping the benefits of the latest technology

AI Technology

Dynamics 365 Business Central uses the latest technology that isn’t compatible with NAV, including Power BI, Power Apps and AI. If you’re looking to integrate these types of technology into your business, an upgrade from NAV to Business Central is a must.

  • Using the latest technology enables your organisation to be at the forefront of your industry, allowing you to offer your customers and employees tailored experiences - putting you ahead of your competition.

  • Using the latest technology also allows you to optimise key business processes which provides many tangible benefits for your organisation, and as technology improves over time, so will your business capabilities.

5. Seamless integration with Microsoft 365

Seamless integration

Migrating to Business Central provides seamless integration with Microsoft tools which you are likely already using, including Office, Outlook and Teams.

  • Having a completely integrated system allows for improved productivity across your workforce and a reduction in errors caused by disparate systems.

  • Having integrated Microsoft products also ensures that regular updates and security fixes are installed across your system, ensuring your business data's integrity.

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Are you considering an upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Business Central?

With many versions of NAV software now out of mainstream or extended support from Microsoft, it could be the right time to look at migrating to Business Central. 

If your business is considering this, you may also be looking for a new support partner. When thinking about an upgrade, many businesses consider all their options, especially if they are not happy with the current levels of support received from their Microsoft Partner.

We have helped many companies that were unhappy with their support. We offer various levels of professional Dynamics support tailored to the needs of your business. 

For a no-obligation chat about your options and the upgrade process, please get in touch with our team on 01384 400 600, email info@syscom.plc.uk, or submit a contact form below.