Upgrade NAV to D365 Business Central


The forces of digital have transformed the world around us. Do you have your digital transformation initiatives identified, and underway? If you are a Microsoft Dynamics NAV customer, one of the most important changes you need to bring to your organizations is - move to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Leveraging the power of Cloud, and the powers of Data & AI is fundamental to succeed with your digital transformation objectives. This transformation is not about having incrementally enhanced features and functionality in software. It's about transforming customer experiences, transforming your products & services, empowering employees, and adding new dimensions to your operational efficiencies.

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Why Upgrade?

Some of the most powerful factors that make Dynamics 365 Business Central a ‘must upgrade to’ solution:

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is cloud native (though also available on-prem)
  • Azure AI based Cash Flow/ Sales/ Inventory forecasts and Late Payment Prediction engines
  • Out-of-box integrations with the powerful Microsoft stack, including Power Platform and Office 365
  • Telemetry data available in Azure Application Insight
To ensure that you succeed with your digital transformation objectives, make sure that you reimagine how you are going to use your ERP. It must support the changes your business might have undergone since your last implementation, and the new business models you have planned.

There are more than one approaches when you move from NAV to BC. The decision on which approach to follow must be arrived at after careful deliberation. Partner with Alletec to help you reimagine your new system, and make an assessment of which approach is the most suitable for your organization.

Business Need Assessment

A business need assessment might take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks - depending on the breadth & depth of your operations. This requires active engagement with you, and typically involves the following:

  • A walkthrough of your business processes, and the existing NAV system
  • Leadership, and some key user meetings to understand organization objectives, goals, initiatives underway, current pain points etc.
  • Technical assessment of the custom code quality and application performance
Depending on the version of NAV that you are going to upgrade from, your upgrade project could involve one or more of the following:

  • Detailed analysis to assess deprecated code, and taking appropriate decisions related to it
  • Converting the needed custom code in to ‘extensions’
  • Assessing how the new business processes (or changes to existing business processes) identified by the customer can be best accommodated with the system
Some upgrade projects require only a limited overhaul of the system, whereas the best approach for some other systems could be – reconceptualizing the system, and doing a fresh implementation.
Alletec has developed several tools and perfected the methodology to make these decisions knowledge and data driven.

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Hybrid Agile Methodology


With Alletec’s Hybrid Agile methodology, our focus is on bringing usable pieces of software to life at the quickest pace. Users experience D365 Business Central at the very first step of project execution. The project is executed in Sprints and each Sprint gets closed only after the key users have tested and given acceptance.

Why Alletec


Extensive Upgrade Experience

Extensive experience in NAV to D365 Business Central Upgrades

Years of Trust

Helping customers succeed – for over the past 2 decades.

Proprietary Tools

Proprietary Tools for Assessment and Upgrade ensuring the Upgrade within budgeted time and costs

Cost savings

Cost savings by leveraging India based delivery centers

Trusted By Market Leaders

Trusted by market leaders from diverse industry segments.

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FAQ


What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a complete ERP from Microsoft for SMB segment. The product is part of the Microsoft Dynamics family, and is the successor product to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The ERP is available in a SAS and On-Premises model.

What are the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Features / Functionalities?

Business Central comes with a very impressive Web And Mobile client. Its features and functionalities range from the basic to advanced capabilities in modules – Finance (G&A, Fixed Assets, AR, AP, Bank and Cash, Taxation, Inventory), Sales & Marketing, Purchase, Inventory and Warehouse, Manufacturing, Post Sales Service Management, Jobs and Resources for Project accounting.

What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central road-map?

Microsoft has planned to release new features in Business Central from April 2020 through September 2020. MS has recently released Business Central Release Wave 1 with improved usability, Better tools for admins and partners, enhanced application features. Microsoft plans to release 2 major updates each year with increased features and capabilities. The latest released version available is BC 2020 Wave 1.

How is Microsoft Dynamic 365 Business Central helpful?

Business Central helps the business to streamline their processes and enable the business to make smarter decisions. It helps in improving forecast accuracy while maintaining compliance and security.
Helpful in maximizing profitability with an end-to-end view across operations, purchasing, manufacturing, inventory, and warehouse management. It offers managing the sales process from Quote to Invoice from within Outlook.
It helps in planning & monitoring projects with real-time metrics on resources, profitability, tasks, and progress.

Which companies use Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is a direct for SMB organizations and has been able to address the business requirements, preferences and expectations for small and medium-sized businesses in the trading, manufacturing, eCommerce, Services & Projects business domain.
It works well in organizations with as low as 3 users ranging up to 500 users.

How to install Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premises?

Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premises works in a 3 Tier architecture. There are at least 3 components for Setup: 1. A SQL Db Server which shall hold the Business Central Database 2. An Application Server to set up the Application Services for BC (these could be more than 1 Server depending on the user base and the transactional volume) 3. IIS which is required to host the Web Client for Business Central. The users are supposed to access BC either on a Web Browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome etc.) or else through its universal Tablet/Mobile client.
Business Central Setup can be installed in a demonstration as well as production environment using the standard available wizard.

Can you briefly summarize the different modules that are available in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution?

Financial Management – Finance module provides accounting and finance solutions. With the help of this module, organizations can conveniently manage payables, general ledger, inventory, receivables, fixed assets, cash flow and many more.

Sales & Marketing – In Sales & Marketing, this term is mainly used for successful business growth. Making sales, it consists of telephone calls, one-on-one interaction meetings, etc. for building customer relationship.

Service Management – In which organizations handle profitable decisions such as quickly responds to service requests, response times, schedules, pricing and customer preferences. It manages all aspects of service orders.

Supply chain management – It manages the flow of goods and services. It shows the comprehensive process of goods from manufacturers to wholesaler to the consumer.

Manufacturing – With the help of manufacturing organizations can boost their efficiencies and manage production, bills of materials, capacity requirement planning, work orders and supply planning.

Project Management – In which, enterprises manage projects from start to completion for budgeting, resource planning and billing. Also handles the cost estimation and expenses of the projects.

What are the latest features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central April 2020 release Wave 1 update?

Latest features added in BC 2020 Release Wave 1
Use resources in purchase documents
Receive more goods than you ordered
Undo shipment or receipt lines for non-items
Search for features in the role explorer
Enable non-interactive printing
Import profiles and UI customizations
Bookmark Reports
Enter data more easily & Filter data and create views
Sync users with Microsoft 365 admin center
View data size per table
Cancel Sessions
Use Al interface objects

What are the licensing plans available in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is licensed on a per named user basis. Depending on whether the solution is taken in a SAS model or else On-Premises model the licensing differs. In case of SAS Online licensing, there is a per named user cost to be paid per month, on the other hand in case of -On-Premises model the licensing is perpetual and requires paying 1 time license cost on a per named user basis however a certain annual fee is to be paid to Microsoft to keep the account active and keep receiving the hotfixes and the upgraded licenses.

How is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central purchased/licensed?

Business Central is purchased through a Microsoft authorised CSP or reseller.

How much does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Cost?

The Essentials version of Business Central, you get stable business functionality across finance, supply chain management, CRM, HR and much more. For using the Manufacturing and a few other advanced features require a Premium user license. Team Member User license is useful when the users need read-only access with limited write/edit access. Below is the license cost for an Online subscription. The cost of the perpetual license varies in each country
Team Member $8 Per user per month
Essentials $70 Per user per month
Premium $100 Per user per month

How often is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central updated?

Microsoft releases a minor release on a monthly basis and 1 Major update every 6 months. Its Online instance gets updated automatically on each release however customers need to plan the updates themselves in case of the On-Premises deployment

Do I have the option to schedule updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Yes, in case of Online SAS model

How can I be notified once an update is available?

It is notified in Admin Central of Business Central

How do I get Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central set up?

Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premises works in a 3 Tier architecture. There are at least 3 components for Setup: 1. A SQL Db Server which shall hold the Business Central Database 2. An Application Server to setup the Application Services for BC (these could be more than 1 Server depending on the user base and the transactional volume) 3. IIS which is required to host the Web Client for Business Central. The users are supposed to access BC either on a Web Browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome etc) or else through its universal Tablet/Mobile client.

Business Central Setup can be installed in a demonstration as well as production environment using a standard available wizard.

How do I get ongoing support for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

One needs to be active with their BC license by paying the annual BREP to Microsoft. The support is provided through the re-seller.

Can I get training in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Yes, through reseller.

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

BC provides out of the box connectors with D365 Customer Engagement, Office 365 application like Outlook, with Power BI, PowerApps, CDS and Automate. It also comes with a standard set of APIs which makes any 3rd party integration quick and easy.

What email address can I use with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Microsoft recommends using Office 365 for email and office applications due to its great compatibility with BC. However BC doesn’t restrict organizations from using other email providers.

Can Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central be customized?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is quite flexible and can be customized by trained/certified developers to address business needs.

How can I cancel my Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central subscription?

By stop paying for the monthly subscription.

How do I help my customer configure their environment?

A well trained BC consultant can configure the various modules of BC basis the user requirements.

Does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central allow Dual User Right?

One of the advantages of Dynamics 365 is dual use rights. This allows customers the option to deploy the server software either in Microsoft’s cloud or in a private on-premises or partner-hosted cloud

Is there any differences between an On-Premises deployment and the cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Both versions of Business Central (cloud and on-premise) have the same features and functions—the big difference is the platform. Business Central On-Premise is built for on-premise deployment. It can also be hosted in the cloud, but it can’t offer the same seamless experience as a fully managed cloud-based solution

How can you get seamless synchronization or Integration of Dynamics 365 Business Central with Outlook?

Dynamics 365 Business Central comes with out of the box integration / plugin / configuration for O365 Outlook.

How does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central integrate with other Microsoft offerings (Office 365, Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow)?

Business Central offers terrific value by integrating with other Microsoft cloud services, including Office 365 and can be customized or extended for specific industry needs with PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI. They have standard / out of the box connectors and connections available with BC.

How does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central work with the rest of the Microsoft Cloud?

Business Central offers terrific value by integrating with other Microsoft cloud services, including Office 365 and can be customized or extended for specific industry needs with PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI. They have standard / out of the box connectors and connections available with BC.

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

BC provides out of the box connectors with Power BI. It also comes with a standard pack of Power BI reports and dashboards for finance and sales.

What is the upgrade process in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS?

Microsoft releases a minor release on a monthly basis and 1 Major update every 6 months. Its SAS Online instance gets updated automatically on each release.

How close is the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS code to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On Premises?

Both versions of Business Central (cloud and on-premise) have the same features and functions—the big difference is the platform.

Can I host Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on my own cloud?

Business Central can be hosted in the private cloud in an On-Premise deployment model.

How do AI and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central combine for business success?

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central Platform has integrated Sales function with AI and Machine Learning. The two applications are programmed to share insights by Predictive analysis.
Predictive models developed on Azure learning platform can drive Dynamics 365 Business Central options, thereby allowing users to utilize built-in features for late payments or upcoming inventory forecasts. A combination of historical data as well as real-time information generated by the moment serves as the backbone for Business Central intelligent capabilities.

How do I migrate from Microsoft GP to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

The Cloud Migration Management assisted setup guide in Business Central can help you migrate data from Dynamics GP. You can migrate data from Dynamics GP 2015 and later versions of Dynamics GP to BC SAS

Migration is a one-time data move, once you migrated, BC SaaS will become your primary solution and your existing Dynamics GP system will only be used to search across your historical GP data or for reporting purposes. Microsoft has developed an extension, that make migration process easy. Dynamics GP Data Migration Extension is available for free at AppSource. With this extension you can migrate the following modules: GL Accounts and balances, Customers and Customer Opening, Vendor and Vendor Opening, Item and Inventory Balances.

How does Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations compare to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

The essential difference is that Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations has a lot more built-in ‘enterprise functionality’ compared with Business Central. While F&O is targeted at Multinational medium to large organisations and groups of enterprises, BC targets Small to mid-size enterprises. While F&O provides multiple country localizations inside of a single instance as out-of-the-box for 37 countries, BC comes with separate localized instances for each country. It provides localization for 19 countries.

How to create any bespoke extensions for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Using the AL Language, a custom extension can be designed. Once has to learn working on AL code and BC.

How easily can I get my existing data from the product we are using today into Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

In case of one time migration, BC provides data migration utility called Configuration Packages. For a continuous data transaction between 2 systems, an integration need to be developed either using standard APIs or else through custom APIs.

Can you offer standard integrations of an ERP system with an online store?

BC provides standard APIs for an integration for major entities. One can also develop custom APIs.

What is the integration with Office 365 about?

It refers to integration with O365 applications like Outlook, Excel, Word and OneNote

Is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central are the same as Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the new version of NAV however the major difference lies in its advanced platform, cloud compatibility, GUI and integration with O365, D365 Application, AI and Power platform.

How reliable is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the newer version of NAV which has been running in organizations and industries across the globe from more than 2 decades. Microsoft has roadmap defined for Business Central future versions. This clearly signifies that any organization can easily rely on BC & Microsoft for their business application

Is there a platform to help comply with GDPR policies?

Dynamics 365 Business Central provides the best tools and effective solutions to manage and comply with the GDPR rules It allows:
1. Easily find and filter data
2. Manage personal data with Dynamics Business Central modules
3. Give security: protect data with integrated tools
4. Analyse and keep records updated.

How is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central related to Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the new version of NAV however the major difference lies in its advanced platform, cloud compatibility, GUI and integration with O365, D365 Application, AI and Power platform.

Which Microsoft Dynamics NAV functionality is/ isn’t included in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the new version of NAV however the major difference lies in its advanced platform, cloud compatibility, GUI and integration with O365, D365 Application, AI and Power platform.

When should you upgrade Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

If you are still on NAV, you should upgrade your NAV to BC without any further delay. Your NAV version might be already out of main stream support.

What are the problems have to face with new Installation of Dynamics 365 Business Central

There might arise some issues related to compatible s/w on the server like .Net framework version or SQL version. Otherwise, the installation shall go smooth.

How to upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

One can upgrade to BC On Premise using the Upgrade process and the Upgrade toolkit. This activity requires enough technical knowhow of BC, AL code and upgrade process.

Who are the top service providers that provide Dynamics 365 Business Central implementation?

Alletec is a Gold partner and prominent name in the MS Dynamics space for Dynamics 365 Business Central solution and services.

How can Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central help in human resources management?

Dynamics 365 Business Central comes with standard HR module with basic features to record Employee records. It also provides out of the box feature to maintain Employee Ledger.

What is the AL language in Dynamics 365 Business Central ?

AL code is the modern language used in custom Extension development for Dynamics 365 Business Central.

How do I consolidate the financial data and the operations of several companies?

Dynamics 365 Business Central provides out of the box feature to configure and run G/L Consolidation to consolidate General Ledger for several related companies.

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