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Dynamics 365 Business Central vs. Dynamics NAV

What Microsoft’s Newest Solution Means for Existing Microsoft Dynamics Customers

Dynamics 365 Business Central was launch in US and Europe in April-2018 and in Asia on Dec-2018.


What’s the difference between Business Central and NAV?

There isn’t any difference in functions and features between D365 BC and NAV – it is still based on the same NAV code however D365 BC paves the way for a ERP cloud computing solution.

While you may be able to host Dynamics NAV on-premise, public or private cloud, Microsoft offers D365 BC on Azure cloud with full managed cloud-based solution directly from Microsoft.

The licensing model has changed and the difference is:

  • Dynamics NAV is based on Concurrent Users
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central is based on Named Users

What does this mean for Dynamics NAV?

On the one hand, nothing has changed. Microsoft will continue to offer Dynamics NAV as a solution, just under a new name: Dynamics 365 Business Central. Dynamics NAV 2018 will be the last edition of the software with that name.

On the other hand, some things are changing for the existing versions of Dynamics NAV. To receive the latest features, you will need to transition to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Microsoft will stop selling Dynamics NAV to new customers after April 1, 2019. If you’re an existing NAV customer, however, you’ll still be able to purchase new licenses for your solution as needed.

Bottom line, Dynamics NAV is still a great solution, and if you’re already using it, it will serve you well. But it makes sense to start thinking about your 3- to 5-year strategy to transition to Business Central.

What should I know about transitioning to Business Central?

All versions of Business Central are currently available, so you can make the transition whenever it makes sense for your business. Making the switch to Business Central is not so different than any other NAV upgrade. For example, if you’re running NAV 2009 or NAV 2013, you might have been considering an upgrade. Now, instead of upgrading to a newer version of NAV, you’ll transition to Business Central.

Customizations and integrations. A transition to Business Central may require additional effort if you or your partner have developed customizations or third-party integrations for your NAV solution. Business Central uses a different, more cloud-compatible development platform for customizations and third-party product integrations than NAV does. This means any NAV customizations or third-party integrations you would like to continue using in Business Central may need to be re-developed on the Business Central development platform. As part of your transition, you’ll need to evaluate your customizations and integrations and determine which ones are still required or cost-effective to redevelop for Business Central.

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