ERP solution Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV is or was one of the most popular ERP solutions worldwide. Why “was”? After the system was first known as Navision, Microsoft renamed it Microsoft Dynamics NAV. However, then another renaming took place in 2018, and it became known as Dynamics 365 Business Central on the market, and it still exists today. The various names came about primarily as a result of continued improvements to the ERP system. Microsoft has worked on both the deployment options and the features of the system over time.

Which versions of Dynamics NAV are still supported? And what are the options for companies still relying on Dynamics NAV? We clarify all these questions below.

THREE NAMES - ONE STORY:

From Navision to Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

We would like to shed light on the darkness and enlighten you below about the evolution of Navision, Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central. Basically, it is an ERP solution that has been improved, enriched in features and deployment options, and renamed over the last few years.

Regardless of the constant advancements and customizations of the system, one major advantage has remained across all versions. By using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, your company is independent and no longer dependent on a programmer or a software vendor. This is also the reason why the ERP solution has proven itself in companies of countless industries and with different sizes and today looks back on a long development. We also provide detailed information on all versions in our blog article.

  1. Microsoft Navision
  2. Name change to Microsoft Dynamics NAV + Release of Dynamics NAV 4.0
  3. Dynamics NAV 5.0
  4. Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1
  5. Dynamics NAV 2009 (Version 6.0)
  6. Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1
  7. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2
  8. Dynamics NAV 2013 (Version 7.0)
  9. Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
  10. Dynamics NAV 2015 (Version 8.0)
  11. Dynamics NAV 2016 (Version 9.0)
  12. Dynamics NAV 2017 (Version 10.0)
  13. Dynamics NAV 2018 (Version 11.0)
  14. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Spring 2018" (Version 12.0)
  15. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Fall 2018" (Version 13.0)
  16. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Spring 2019" (Version 14.0)
  17. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2019 Release Wave 2" (Version 15.0)
  18. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2020 Release Wave 1" (Version 16.0)
  19. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2020 Release Wave 2" (Version 17.0)
  20. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2021 Release Wave 1" (Version 18.0)
  21. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2021 Release Wave 2" (Version 19.0)
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What exactly are the differences between the versions?

It’s me again, Theo the technology interpreter!

As it concerns some of our customers, I would like to explain the differences between Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premise and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud.

 

Criteria Microsoft Dynamics NAV Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premise Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud
Product lifecycle limited (according to Microsoft policy) limited (according to Microsoft policy) unlimited (updates are done automatically)
Acquisition Purchase Purchase, rent/subscription Rent/subscription
Costs license costs, annual maintenance contract, infrastructure costs and possibly personnel costs for an administrator license costs, annual maintenance contract, infrastructure costs and possibly personnel costs for an administrator monthly user fee including license and infrastructure
Operation on own or hosted systems Yes Yes No (management in the Microsoft Public Cloud)
File system total control over the file system total control over the file system no access to the file system (only queries)
Necessity of hardware Hardware dependent Hardware dependent Not required
Variants Full User or Limited User Essentials or Premium Essentials or Premium
SQL Server SQL standard or volume licenses SQL standard or volume licenses (no more runtime licenses) No need for license
Client Windows or Web Client Web Client Web Client
User Concurrent User Named User Named User
Installation necessary (via installation media) necessary (via installation media) not necessary
Development customization by CAL and CSide (developer license required) customization by Microsoft AL and VS Code, but only via apps (developer license required) customization by Microsoft AL and VS Code, but only via apps (no developer license required)
Connection Independent (through local network connection) Independent (through local network connection) Dependent on the Internet
Updates cumulative updates that are performed manually cumulative updates that are performed manually automatic execution
Scalability purchase of additional servers and resources purchase of additional servers and resources optional Azure Services (immediately possible)
Interfaces OData, SOAP, SQL database OData, SOAP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central API OData, SOAP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central API
prices prices

 

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Markus Rautenberg
Managing Director | anaptis GmbH
Dynamics NAV is the

proven ERP solution.

“One major benefit of Microsoft Dynamics NAV for our customers is that they are no longer dependent on a programmer or software vendor.”

Upgrade incentive:

Financial incentives to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

You want to buy Dynamics 365 Business Central? We offer you some incentives to do so. You will find limited and limited-time discounts, promotions and offers. Buy now!

WHAT OUR

customers say about Dynamics NAV.

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Thorsten Söth

“Our IT partner anaptis has successfully supported us for years in the further development of our homologation software. Together we continuously optimize our processes and can therefore use the expertise of our employees much more efficiently.”

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Enno Beith

“From the very beginning we were in good hands with the anaptis staff. We always felt that our problems and requirements were understood and appropriate, proactive solutions were proposed.”

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Michael Angenendt

“The investment was necessary and we expect synergy potential in the medium and long term. NAV is an excellent tool with which the areas of CRM, controlling, logistics and purchasing can be managed very well. We hope that we will be able to react faster to changes in the market in the future and will always be one step ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency and innovations.”

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FAQ about Dynamics NAV.

  • What are the key differences between Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central?

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is functional Dynamics NAV. Nevertheless, there are some differences:

    Price model
    In Dynamics NAV there was still the Starter or Extended Pack. In Dynamics 365 Business Central, a distinction is made between the Essentials and Premium Packs. There is also the Team Members Option, which can be added to both Essentials and Premium.

    Client
    For Dynamics NAV you could choose between Web client and Windows client. For Dynamics 365 Business Central there is only the Web client as user interface.

    Programming language
    The programming language of Dynamics NAV is C/Side CAL (until 2020). The programming language of Dynamics 365 Business Central is Visual Studio Code.

    Further information:
    See our detailed comparison on our product page.

  • Is Dynamics NAV no longer available?

    Since 2018, the ERP product line has been continued under the name Dynamics 365 Business Central – instead of Microsoft Dynamics NAV including the year.

    This name change is primarily due to Microsoft’s focus on the cloud. But we can give the all-clear: It is “cloud first, but not cloud only”. The solution will continue to be available as a purchased license within the company (on-premise).

  • Is Dynamics NAV still supported?

    Even though the ERP solution Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been replaced by the solution Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, we still support our existing customers in older versions.

  • Is it possible to switch to anaptis with an existing Dynamics NAV instance?

    Of course. You can find all the information you need on our partner change page.

  • How would an upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central work?

    All information about upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central can be found on our upgrade page.

What can we do for you?

We advise you on all aspects of Dynamics NAV.

Get to know us personally! We will be happy to advise you on any questions you may have about Dynamics NAV. Just contact us and tell us how we can help you.

  • Support for Dynamics NAV
  • Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Change of partner

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