Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: How to Upgrade?

According to the current status of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018, a straight upgrade from NAV 2018 to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is possible. However, the upgrading process is more complex for individuals currently utilising an earlier version of Dynamics NAV.

Let’s see how you can upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

What are the fundamental changes between Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 BC, and how do they affect you?

There are two key differences to consider when comparing Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 BC. Even though their functionality is almost identical, Dynamics 365 BC benefits from being browser-based.

Dynamic 365 Business Central will provide you with a broader reach and more flexibility while maintaining all of the functionality you are used to in Dynamics NAV (for example, sales and service, operations management, and so on). The second point of distinction between the two is the issue of licensing.

NAV is licensed for a maximum of two concurrent users. Business Central is permitted based on the number of named users. Both systems provide the option of being installed on-premises or in the cloud.

What is the difference between a Dynamics 365 BC on-premises deployment and a 365 BC in the cloud?

It is recommended that small firms with less complex business operations use the Dynamics 365 BC Cloud version of the software. The expenses associated with a Cloud-based solution are less expensive. It is more costly to run the on-premises version of Dynamics 365 since it provides more complicated functionality for business processes that need such functionalities.

One benefit of cloud computing is that your data is accessible anytime, from any location, and on any device, including mobile devices. When using an on-premises system, high-availability network gear would be required to attain that level of availability.

What will be the level of difficulty in migrating data from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 BC?


It will be easy to transfer data from your Dynamics NAV system to your Dynamics 365 BC system. It may be done via the Data Migration tools provided by Rapid Start Services, or it can be done manually.

What kind of out-of-the-box integrations are available with Dynamics 365 Business Central?

As a Microsoft product, Dynamics 365 BC connects effortlessly with other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, and other applications, such as Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, Power BI, and similar tools and services. Standard APIs are available for developing Connect Apps, which can then be published in the App Store and linked with Dynamics 365 for Business Central.

This feature is advantageous when a point-to-point connection is required to link a third-party service to Dynamics 365 BC. Shopify Connector and ADP Workforce are two examples of third-party integrations. Numerous third-party extensions for Dynamics 365 BC are available in the Microsoft AppStore, and each may be customised to meet the needs of specific industries.

What is the compatibility of the past integrations with a new Dynamics 365 BC deployment?

Integrations and customisations from earlier versions of NAV, e.g., NAV 2017 and 2018, may be seamlessly transferred to Business Central. Your Dynamics 365 BC version is more challenging to move to either the Cloud or on-premises edition of the software the older your system is. Using your existing customisations in Dynamics 365 BC would need to be converted into extensions compatible with the new deployment.

Because of incompatibility or because a comparable capability already exists in Business Central, it is possible that previous customisation will not merge. Depending on how much functionality has been integrated into Dynamics 365 BC, you may discover that many of your old modifications are no longer required.

Is it possible to combine Dynamics 365 BC with Office 365?

Because Business Central online is wholly linked with Office 365, you can effortlessly move between Office 365 applications and Business Central using the Office 365 app launcher. You can access data in Excel, print reports in Word and deal with your Business Central data in Outlook while using Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC).

What exactly are the Power BI features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Standard reports have been added to Business Central, allowing users to make better-informed choices and strategies by accessing data, producing reports, and seeing dashboards from their mobile devices. Power BI displays data in real-time, ensuring you always have the most up-to-date information.

Is it possible to have several users in Dynamics 365 BC?

Microsoft has switched from a concurrent user licensing approach to a named user licensing model. Dynamics 365 BC (on-premises or in the cloud) is certified according to the number of identified users.

Reasons for migrating from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC

There is no doubt about Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Business Central strategy, and significant modifications have already been included in previous product versions. Therefore, any company presently utilising NAV and wishing to adopt Dynamics 365 Business Central in the future will be required to make the transition to Microsoft’s cloud-based infrastructure eventually.

If you wish to do any of the following, now is the time to conduct an updated assessment:

  • Align your ERP system with Microsoft’s long-term vision.
  • Future improvements will be simpler and less expensive due to this.
  • By following the release cycles of Microsoft, you can ensure that your software is constantly up to date.
  • Take advantage of a wide variety of new features that Microsoft has added.
  • Consider migrating to the Microsoft Cloud for improved speed and infinite scalability.
  • Ensure a more comprehensive and consistent connection with other Microsoft business applications, such as Office 365, Customer Engagement, and Microsoft Power Platform.
  • Increase productivity using the automation features available in Power Automate and Power Apps.
  • Microsoft’s API and CDS frameworks may help you integrate data from external sources more effectively.


Dynamics 365 Business Central upgrades may be time-consuming and difficult. However, if done by experts with the appropriate Dynamics 365 Business Central update experience, the process may be simple and fast.

Reach out to DTC Infotech for a seamless transition from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 

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