Unsurprisingly, Dynamics NAV 2017 is the most feature-packed version of the software yet. The question is, if you use an older version of Dynamics NAV, should you upgrade?
Question: Should you upgrade?
Our Answer: Upgrading a Dynamics NAV implementation that's working well should only be considered if the new version offers sufficient benefit over the stability offered by your existing solution.
So instinctively our advice is that you should, but only in your own time. It’s always important to start planning for an upgrade. The benefits of Dynamics NAV 2017, the Role Tailored Client and the extended functionality provided by The NAV People, means that upgrading Dynamics NAV has never before delivered so many benefits. Most importantly, no new versions of the Classic Client will be released, meaning that at some point the Classic Client will no longer be supported on future versions of Windows. Planning to do something will always be preferable than having to react.
Have a plan. Even if it's two years away, don't be forced into upgrading without a plan. Think about what benefits could be gained and try to attach a value or time saving (especially improved visibility, workflow, document handling and sharing). Remember - it's only software, not landing on the moon. You won't be the first or the last, your issues will have answers and your concerns will be understood!
In the past, Dynamics NAV versions have been pretty incremental with new functionality and features that have been nice, but haven't necessarily set the world on fire. Dynamics NAV 2017 provides a mass of new benefits, and when combined with the plethora of optional modules available as out-of-the-box extensions to Dynamics NAV, the possible new NAV is light years away from the old NAV world that we know.
So the questions is, is that 'world' achievable with a budget that won't cost the earth? Unfortunately there's no straightforward answer as to the cost of an upgrade, especially when there are so many varied customer implementations with unique modifications, requirements from a new version, and of course the appetite for change. By breaking the process down, it might help you shed some light on what the 'new world could do'. Click here to read more on the Who, When, Why and How of Upgrading.
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We offer three options for upgrading Dynamics NAV:
The Co-Existence upgrade approach has been designed to reduce the impact, risk and the resource demands associated with large or complex system upgrades.
The overall aim of the Clean Start program is to get you back to an 'as close to standard' solution as possible.