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5 Fundamental Reasons

to Upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

If you’re considering an upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central, we’ve outlined some of the major benefits of moving forward. Wondering where to start? We’ve also put together a step-by-step process of how to plan your upgrade. View our resources below and reach out to us if you have any questions. Our team has worked shoulder-to-should with many NAV clients in a variety of industries to help achieve a successful and transformational move to the cloud. 

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5 Fundamental Reasons to Upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central

1. Microsoft Cloud

Microsoft is an identified leader in the cloud space. Here are some of the benefits of Microsoft cloud-based Dynamics 365 Business Central:

  • Active Directory – Same as O365
  • MS Maintained Infrastructure
  • Security Monitoring & Threat Management by Microsoft
    • Intrusion detection
    • Penetration testing
  • Scalability
  • Multi-tenant Management
  • Consistent Upgrades
  • Elimination of Redundancy

2. Uprooting the Cost of Ownership

More visibility at the top

A cloud model provides more visibility into the hard costs or operating expenses of your solution and a more predictable cost over time. Less time spent on maintenance and infrastructure frees up your workforce to do more.


  • Licensing 26% 26%
  • Infrastructure, Maintenance, Patches, IT Resources, Upgrades, and Training 74% 74%


  • Licensing 65% 65%
  • Consulting, IT Resources, and Training 35% 35%

3. Modern User Experience + Platform

  • Intuitive and familiar look and feel
  • Access anywhere, any time
  • Eliminate need for RDP
  • Common Data Service

4. More Functionality

+ App to Suit Your Needs

Within Dynamics 365 Business Central there are a variety of new features and functionality that were not available in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Here’s a list of the new functionality that demonstrates the breadth of the product.

  • Focus Mode
  • Intelligent Edge
  • Late Payment Predictions
  • Tell Me Window
  • Fuzzy Search
  • Office 365 – Enhanced Integration
  • Dynamics 365 – Enhanced Integration
  • Merge duplicate customers, vendors or contacts
  • Description and name enhancements
  • Multiple to add to sales or purchase document
  • View item description, customer and vendor names in ledger entries
  • Change description in GL entries


5. Business Insights

  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence (Al)
  • Power Platform
  • Power Bl
  • Flow
  • PowerApps

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Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central Upgrade Reasons

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Stoneridge Software is a unique Microsoft Gold Partner, with emphasis on partner. With specialties in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we focus on attracting the most knowledgeable experts in the field to our team, and prioritize delivering stellar solutions with maximum impact for your business. At Stoneridge, we are deeply committed to your results. Each engagement is met with a dedicated team, ready to provide thorough, tailored, and expert service. Based in Minnesota, we intentionally “step into your shoes,” wherever you are. We focus on what you care about, and develop trusting, long-term relationships with our clients.