When is it happening?
October 2018 saw the long-awaited release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the new name for Dynamics NAV.
What are the different versions and how is it licenced?
There are 2 editions of Business Central: Essentials, and Premium. Most businesses will use Essentials, but for those customers who need manufacturing or service functionality, they will need to look at the Premium edition. Unlike NAV in BC the licences are on a named user basis, so every user who needs to access the system will need a licence - existing concurrent users may be impacted during an upgrade to BC. There are Full user licences and also the more cost-effective Team Member option.
Is it Cloud only or can I still use my own server?
Business Central gives you both options – you can choose to buy the software and install it on your own server or, instead, you can go Cloud and let Microsoft look after all that for you. There is indeed a third hybrid option where you can effectively have a private Cloud solution - this is where you purchase your licences and let Microsoft host them in their Azure Cloud datacentre.
If I go cloud can I still customise my Business Central Solution?
Yes, of course. A suite of tools are available to allow your partner make customisations to Business Central. You also have the option of purchasing an addon via the Microsoft App source store.
How do I customise my on-premise installation of Business Central?
Partners are still able to customize on-premises solutions through traditional code customization. However, doing that may degrade their Cloud replication services, because increasing the number of code customizations reduces the percentage of tables that can be replicated to the cloud. At all times, customers will see a tile showing the replication percentage and a list of the tables with issues.
What does it mean for existing NAV customers?
NAV and Business Central share the same code base so the transition from NAV to Business Central is pretty much the same as any other NAV upgrade. There will be a CU update every month and a major new release every 6 months. For those customers using the Cloud you can set up a window of 6 hours (e.g. 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.) during which Microsoft could perform the upgrade.
Can I still buy NAV 2018?
Until April 1st 2019 new customers can still purchase NAV 2018, after that date the all new licences will be for Dynamics 365. Existing NAV customers who do not upgrade need not worry, they can continue to add NAV users to their licence after that date.
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