If your business has been running the on-premises Dynamics NAV solution for some years now, how do you prepare to transition to the most recent Dynamics 365 Business Central platform – now announced as the official NAV successor?
The question is not when your business should move to Business Central, but how. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been traditionally an on-premises core business application for organisations. However, prevalent cloud adoption has made strong inroads in software offered as a service in the cloud – SaaS, including ERP functionality.
Business Central on-prem with cloud extensions
With the Business Central application already available on-prem from October 2018, businesses can still maintain their ERP functionality on-premises if they do not want to go the cloud route as yet. Even so, moving from the classic NAV to the Business Central on-prem application does not have to forgo the benefits of the cloud.
Your business can still transition to the cloud SaaS version if needed. If you are looking to ease into the cloud slowly, it is best to start with Business Central on-premises (think of upgrading to NAV 2019, if you must), and use extensions to get ready for the possible shift.
Working on-premises but using cloud features to accelerate your business operations is now a possibility thanks to Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud Insight in Dynamics 365 Business Central where you can sync your data to the cloud and leverage features such as AI and advanced reporting through Power BI.