Reasons to migrate from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Know Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an upgraded version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, an all-in-one business management solution designed for “Small to Mid-sized organizations" that automate and streamline business processes and help you manage your business.

If you are still on Microsoft NAV ERP, you should consider switching to Microsoft Business Central for the following reasons.

Modern Platform with better capabilities Dynamics 365

Business Central features a modern look and feel which helps reduce training and ramp-up time for users because it’s easy to adopt and similar to other Microsoft solutions. Business Central can be accessed anywhere, at any time – giving users the flexibility to work no matter where they are what device they are using.

You can buy perpetual licenses like in the case of NAV or you can go with the subscription-based licensing. If you are already in active BREP you can transit the license without additional cost.

Reporting Features

All the reports can be easily exported to Excel, Word, and Pdf formats enable users to analyze the reports in the formats in which they are comfortable.

Embedded Power BI enables users with a quick visual analysis of analytical reports. Data-driven and visual reporting provide drill-down summarized reporting. Users can create reports within a desktop environment and publish them to the cloud & visualize them in the Business central.

Integration capabilities

Business central is natively integrated with Microsoft products like Power Platform, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, One drive, etc. Business central can be easily integrated with third-party applications through API.

Business Insights

Business Central can bring business-wide data under one roof and provide insights to the stakeholders in real-time. It can be integrated with Microsoft’s Power platform to introduce AI and ML-based capabilities. It also automates multiple processes. It helps business stakeholders make data-driven decisions in real-time.

Automation helps boost employee productivity by automating routine tasks. The employees can utilize their time to focus on strategically critical goals.


With Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy, customers do not need to worry about their systems becoming outdated. Business Central environments are updated according to the Business Central roadmap with two major updates in April and October each year, and monthly, minor updates.

Extensions for Business Central make customizations or add extra functionality to Dynamics 365 Business Central without affecting the base code. This means that it will be easier to update the application to a newer version.

End of Support Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Dynamics NAV 2017 will move out of Mainstream Support in Jan 2022, and Dynamics NAV 2018 following in Jan 2023. This means the product will not receive new features, which is essential for your business.

You might run into challenges integrating with new technologies. Most common examples of such challenging integrations are Flow, PowerApps, and Outlook integrations that would otherwise help increase productivity.

Looking to migrate from Microsoft NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, schedule a call with Microsoft certified experts at Novasoft.


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