Migrating to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Migrating to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is considered the next generation of Dynamics NAV. Serving over 160,000 customers and millions of users across the globe, Dynamics NAV has successfully established itself as one of the leading ERP solutions. Where Dynamics 365 Business Central has come into the market as an extremely flexible and adaptable solution that serves the business needs across industries, individual customers, and geographies. 

Whether you are a small or mid-sized business and looking for a suitable ERP solution that could also incorporate CRM applications, giving you greater synchronization between core business functions including sales, marketing, customer service, and stock management. For all of these best features, Dynamics 365 Business Central is certainly the best option for businesses. It is a solution that eliminates data silos, scales your business in real-time, expands when you are ready, and makes smarter data-driven decisions. Moreover, it also adds features and functionalities based on your changing business needs.

Microsoft focuses its efforts on two major products that work best for the two different segments of the market i.e. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain for mid-sized enterprises and Dynamics 365 Business Central for small businesses with somewhat similar business requirements. Both the products have their roots in one of the existing Microsoft ERP code lines (AX and NAV, respectively), the company has made some significant changes in order to modernize the technology foundations for a cloud-first approach. 

4 things to keep in mind while migrating to Dynamics 365 Business Central

If your company is still using Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, or Dynamics NAV, then Microsoft itself encourages you to migrate to Dynamics BC. Here are some key things that you should keep in mind while migrating to Business Central.  

1- Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC is built upon Microsoft’s NAV code base, carried the key concepts from NAV over to D365 BC, and designed the data model and functional code with NAV as a starting point. For the companies that are currently running Dynamics NAV, the migration to Business Central will represent a more significant change. On the other side, for organizations that are running Dynamics SL or Dynamics GP, the migrations to Dynamics BC will require a comprehensive analysis of existing business processes, then mapping those business processes to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. It will require a clean break from the past. 

2- If you are running Dynamics SL or Dynamics GP and have already made customizations to that system then you will need to start from scratch in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In some cases, the required functionality might already exist in Dynamics 365 or you will need to address those gaps with third-party products or extensions that must be compatible with D365 BC. 

3- Data migration tools are available that help users move data from any of the legacy Dynamics products to D365 BC. If you have made customizations or modifications that extend the existing data in your legacy ERP system, an off-the-shelf automated approach to migration may not work very well.

4- Companies implementing a new ERP system may spend as much as 25% of their total budget developing reports. Even if you’re upgrading to a new version of an existing product, managing reports can create a huge drain on budget and resources because the standard reporting tools that come with most ERP systems tend to require highly specialized technical expertise. Apart from all tasks required to make ERP implementation successful, the added burden of migrating reports makes it even worse. Jet Analytics works with the entire family of Dynamics products, including GP, SL, NAV, and D365 BC, and makes it easy to create a data warehouse, extract and transform data from the source system, and easily develop sophisticated reporting and analytics.


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