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Finding a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner in 2021 and beyond

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Everyone is talking about Microsoft Dynamics 365. What does that mean for companies still using Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Why does Pipol still support companies as a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner? 

The short version: because many companies are still using NAV or Navision.

When Microsoft Dynamics 365 was announced in 2016, over a hundred thousand customers were using Dynamics NAV. Five years later, NAV is still in use in countries around the world. Those companies still need support with new modules, customizations, and integrations. And when they’re ready to upgrade, they’ll benefit from expert input to map NAV functionality to their new ERP for a secure, seamless transition. 

So why haven’t those customers made the shift to Dynamics 365?

The reasons are as varied as the businesses. Some companies rely heavily on specific add-ons and customizations they’ve made in NAV. Others aren’t sure what it takes to upgrade and are leery of the financial or time investment. And still others don’t want to give up the solid system they have for one they don’t know. 

The good news is that Dynamics 365 has preserved what made Dynamics NAV great and expanded it in their current ERP systems.

What’s the best ERP upgrade for NAV users?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s re-imagined, rebranded NAV/Navision, making it a natural choice for businesses that thrived on NAV. It brings the full power of Microsoft Dynamics NAV to the speed and scalability of the cloud. An updated, intuitive user experience is paired with the familiar Microsoft Office 365 user interface, allowing for ease of transition. Plus, personalized feeds and smart notifications empower your organization to work smarter and accomplish more than ever before. 

We really like NAV, though. Can’t we keep using it? 

Yes, you can—for now. 

At Pipol, we want you to transition when it makes sense for your organization. We will be your dedicated Microsoft NAV/Navision Partner until then. However, NAV is no longer a key part of Microsoft’s roadmap. That means NAV is no longer the best option if you want to be sure your business has access to the most competitive tools and solutions available.

There are also security considerations to weigh when timing your transition. As Microsoft deprioritizes—and eventually drops—security fixes and updates for NAV, companies who haven’t upgraded face increasing levels of risk. Over time, it will become challenging for Microsoft Partners like Pipol to keep your legacy system safe and humming along.

Rushing into change is never a good idea, which means now—while the stability of security fixes and updates is still in place—is the best time to plan your ERP future.

What about my NAV customizations and integrations?

There are options for migrating your customizations and integrations when you upgrade! At the same time, you may find that other options are more cost-effective or better suited to your needs. 

As part of your transition, we will help you evaluate your customizations and integrations to determine what you want to bring with you to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Then we’ll help you figure out the best way to get that done, whether that’s:

  • porting that feature,
  • redeveloping it,
  • leveraging a new feature in Business Central that fulfills that role, or
  • identifying appropriate third-party applications that integrate with Business Central. 

As your Microsoft Dynamics NAV/Business Central Partner, we’re committed to ensuring you have the tools you need.

Ready to start planning the future of your business? 

Upgrading an ERP doesn’t have to be a long and complex process. That’s especially true when you have experienced Dynamics 365 Business Central specialists guiding you. We always lead with an upgrade assessment to gather the facts we need to help you prepare for and execute your transition to the Microsoft Cloud. And once we launch the Dynamics 365 Business Central integration project, our experts can continue to walk with you every step of the way—or we can stand beside you and your preferred partner to secure a smooth deployment.

The report we generate will provide you with information on upgrade scope, cost, schedule, and benefits for your specific business. And, when you’re ready, you can look to the actionable recommendations the report provides from our leading technical and functional Dynamics 365 Business Central experts. 

Reach out today about our NAV upgrade assessment, and take the first step on the simpler, faster journey to upgrading. 

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