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Issues to consider when migrating from Microsoft Navision to Microsoft Business Central

Migrating from Navision to Business Central is a major effort for all departments in an organisation. It involves assessing the data to be monitored and the functionalities offered by the new technology.

In addition, modernisation involves the implementation of a new working methodology that requires time for the areas covered, and the users, to adapt.

Once the licensing needs and the phases comprising the implementation process are clear and resolved, the project begins.

Phases in the implementation of Microsoft Business


This phase is dedicated to the simplification of the business. Technology and licensing options are defined in order to make the best decisions.

Implementation and development

Customer needs are anticipated using the resources offered by Artificial Intelligence. Both the tools and the development environments are based on Business Central technologies.


This phase, which is necessary for the implementation of Microsoft Business Central, suggests the application of methodologies to help the end user learn how to get the most out of the new technology.


A fundamental phase that involves the implementation of a permanent 360-degree support and maintenance service.

All these phases will in turn involve additional steps, which are indispensable in these projects, such as database configuration, data migration, development of adaptations and start-up support, among other processes.

In short, initiating a migration from Microsoft Navision to Microsoft Business Central involves all areas of the organisation with costs that go beyond licensing costs.

In addition to this, migration times must be taken into consideration, which can range from 2 months for simple projects to a year for projects that require additional development.

What do you get when you migrate to Dynamics 365?

From the very first moment you can count on easy-to-use and easy-to-adapt business management, with smart decision support, where you don’t have to worry about migrations, as it is automatically updated.

Moreover, you will have updates at all times without interfering with custom developments. Data backup and security is entirely dependent on the service.

Another advantage of the migration is that you can get 3 named users for each user you have in the current version of Dynamics NAV.

Additionally, being part of the office 365 suite integrates all Microsoft applications, including Power Bi, which enables real-time data analysis and reporting.

One of the most significant facilities is that data can be accessed anywhere and at any time. With a cloud-hosted solution, it offers the advantage of having all information available at the click of a button.

Tips when migrating from NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Assess the data to be migrated

Consider which tables are important and how many records are to be transferred, whether it is a long list of tables with a large number of records, or a short list with few records.


This is the method of analysing whether there is duplicate data or outdated information stored.

It is time to make the decision to remove unnecessary information before migration, or to wait.

Determining security

It is crucial to determine the type of security of the new system, whether it will rely on a single piece of equipment or whether a security matrix is required.

Fields to be transferred

At this point you can use the Rapid Start Services tool to migrate the data.


This will be of great help in digital transformation processes, with a view to increasing productivity by handling data correctly. At Dynamics 365 partners we help different companies find the right partner.

Finally, in view of the above, there is a clear need to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, a software that definitely offers advantages that facilitate business management. Dynamics 365 offers ERP and CRM functionality that intelligently integrates with Microsoft business tools.

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