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Migration to new software is a daunting task. Whether you want to migrate to a new version of the software which you have been using or wants to migrate to another application, the process involves difficulty. Finding the right implementation partner is very important for that purpose. If you’re using Microsoft Navision, then you have the option to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central.
If you want to migrate from NAV to the cloud then Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the option for you. Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution that enables organizations to upgrade from their entry-level accounting software or legacy ERP system to one single, comprehensive solution. Dynamics 365 Business Central connects finances, operations, sales, and customer service to streamline processes and automate workflows.
Dynamics 365 Business Central provides you to two deployment options:-
- D365 Business Central Deployment to Azure Cloud
- Dynamics 365 Business Central as a SaaS
D365 Business Central Deployment to Azure Cloud
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying and managing applications like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Dynamics 365 Business Central can be deployed into the Microsoft Azure datacenters. Microsoft may replicate customer data to other regions available within the same geography for data durability. However, Microsoft does not control or limit the locations from which customers or their end users may access customer data. Dynamics 365 Business Central on Azure services migrates current customer workloads onto Azure to deliver the flexibility and functionality of cloud.
Following options are available in this:-
- Less than 20 concurrent users
- VM types: D(s) or F(s) series. Premium Storage is a must!
- Set SQL Server with RAM usage limit (50% SQL, 50% applications)
- If you’re using NAV Web Client, consider that it has a low CPU usage
- More than 20 concurrent users
- Create VM1 for SQL Server and VM2 for NAV Service Tier
- SQL VM: D(s) or F(s) series, with Premium storage
- DS2v2 is ok for starting with SQL Server Standard Edition, while DS3v2 is the starting point for SQL Server Enterprise Edition
- NAV/D365BC VM (service tier): E series
- Create the Azure VMs in the same region
Dynamics 365 Business Central as a SAAS
In the SaaS model, the system is hosted in the cloud which is managed and maintained by Microsoft professionals rather than traditional IT infrastructure model where your ERP system is hosted locally. This deployment model, which is in the cloud, is a monthly fee per user. The back end Infrastructure is managed by Microsoft and the software is accessed through a browser. Business Central SaaS is governed by Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy that ensures that there are continuous service updates and a major update to the product every 6 months, in April and October. Business Central SaaS is slightly more limited in terms of scope for customization, however you can still utilize Extensions 2.0 to enhance your solution.
Navision Migration to Business Central On-premise
D365 Business Central provides you the flexibility to deploy it on the premise. For this, you need to buy perpetual licenses which means you own them outright, or through a subscription model which is priced per user/month. Though, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises gives you more freedom and control, however, you require expert time like us to keep the system well maintained and secure at all times.
Is Business Central On-premise available in India? We currently run Version 2013 n are debating if we should upgrade to 2016 or D365.
Microsoft has been planning for a release of Business Central in India including regulatory features, GST support etc. They do not have any timeline though.
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