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At ArcherPoint, we love Microsoft Dynamics NAV, but we believe that a move to Business should be on everyone’s list. We understand you probably have questions about what it’s like to upgrade, and we want to help answer them. In this blog series, we answer the most frequently asked questions we hear from our NAV customers. Our goal is to educate you so you can make an intelligent decision about when, why, and how you should upgrade from NAV to BC. After all, we specialize in NAV upgrades.
In our first blog, Upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central: What Will It Look Like?, we discussed what is involved in upgrading from NAV to BC. In the second blog, Upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central: What are Events and Extensions?, we discussed what happens to your customizations when you upgrade.
In this blog, we discuss the impact an upgrade to BC has on your NAV add-on products provided by third-party software developers.
Most NAV users run one or more add-on products from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). These third-party add-on products add specific functionality that is not part of the base product, such as credit card acceptance, advanced inventory management capabilities, or some other type of industry-specific solution.
As you move from NAV to BC, it’s reasonable to ask: Will my ISV product be ready when we’re ready to make the move?
While most ISVs have upgraded their solutions to the current version of Business Central, not all have completed the process of converting their solution to using Events and Extensions using AL. In either case, you will still be able to upgrade to BC and run on premises. Ultimately, your goal is to run BC in the cloud. However, until all your internal code and all your ISV products have removed C/AL code and moved to Extensions using AL, you will not be able to reap the full benefits of running BC in the cloud, one of which is faster, less complex future upgrades.
Let’s consider several options:
We at ArcherPoint strongly encourage you to rely on your Dynamics partner for advice as you consider upgrading from your version of NAV to BC. There are many elements to consider as you move through the upgrade process, and it is the job of your upgrade partner to make you aware of all your options and advise you on the best upgrade path for your business. Consider an upgrade subscription from ArcherPoint: let us take care of all these variables so you don’t have to worry about any unexpected costs.
In the next blog in this series, we’ll address questions about migrating your data from NAV to BC.
To learn more answers to your upgrade questions, download this free eBook, Upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central: Everything You Always Wanted to Know…but Didn’t Know to Ask.
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