The ERP system Dynamics 365 Business Central was launched earlier this year. It is a cloud-based SaaS solution based on Dynamics NAV. With the upcoming release of Business Central, Dynamics NAV will also be called Business Central. The products will thus be merged to form a modern ERP system for small and medium-sized enterprises.
October is the month Microsoft usually releases a new version of the ERP system Dynamics NAV. Over the years, NAV has become an innovative, all-in-one solution for small and medium-sized enterprises. Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that the system would change its name, and in connection to the October release. This means that NAV 2018 is the last version of NAV, and Business Central will replace NAV 2019.
Business Central is a powerful system that, together with an ecosystem of Microsoft products, enables small and medium-sized enterprises to grow. Tight integration with Microsoft products and technology, such as artificial intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, and Common Data Services are some of the features that will help companies expand.
An early version of Business Central was released in the spring. Read more about Business Central here.
Cloud-Based, On-Premise, or a Hybrid Solution – What Works Best for You?
From being a purely Saas (Software-as-a-Service) solution, Business Central will become available everywhere, in whatever way works best for you: cloud-based, on-premise, or as a hybrid solution.
Software-as-a-Service in the Cloud
For those of you who only want to use a pure cloud-based SaaS solution, the product is Dynamics 365 Business Central – Online. With the cloud solution, you can benefit from all the additional features and products in the Microsoft ecosystem. Two larger updates are made twice per year, and smaller updates are made automatically on a monthly basis.
If you have chosen to host your current system on-premise, meaning on your own servers or via a hosting partner, the product is now called Dynamics 365 Business Central-On-Premise. It is exactly the same solution as Dynamics NAV-On-Premise.
For those of you who are using an on-premise solution, the classic Windows client is still available. The Windows client will be replaced by completely web-based clients in the future, which means that future development will focus on improving and perfecting web clients.
The Hybrid Solution – A Mix
The big news is that a hybrid solution of the two other versions is also going to be launched. This means that users can choose to host the system on-premise and, at the same time, also connect to the Azure services that are offered. In that way, you can choose which data you want to share via Azure in order to benefit from the advantages of artificial intelligence, such as machine learning.