Easily Adaptable ERP for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)
Dynamics NAV (formerly known as Navision) is an easily adaptable enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution which helps small and medium-sized businesses to automate and connect their sales, purchasing, operations, accounting, and stock management. It covers all your business processes from finance and purchasing to warehouse management and general reporting. Plus, it’s super flexible and can be customised to fit your business no matter what your industry.
Dynamics NAV software dates back to the 1980s where it was known as Navision. We have a handy history of Dynamics NAV timeline which maps the life of our beloved product through to the current day. In addition, our comparison table for the different NAV versions will help you understand when specific functionalities were introduced.
If you're wondering why you can't find any mention of Dynamics NAV on Microsoft's website, it's because they rebranded it to Dynamics 365 Business Central in 2018! So, what is Dynamics NAV? And what is the difference between it and Dynamics 365 Business Central? In short, Dynamics 365 Business Central is just it’s new name – it’s that simple!
Going forwards, when we talk about Dynamics NAV features and functionality, we will be referring to those available to you in the latest version – Dynamics 365 Business Central.
You can find out more about the features and functions in Dynamics 365 Business Central by clicking here!
There’s never been a better time to upgrade! By upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you not only have a platform that doesn’t require large, time-consuming updates – you also have a system that’s safe, secure and fit-for-purpose!
If you’re considering upgrading, there are plenty of ways for you to do so – and we’d be glad to help. And for those of you who don’t want to upgrade but enhance what you have already, no problem – we can help you with that, too. We won’t ever force you to upgrade your Dynamics NAV and can support your existing solution. Also, if you want to squeeze more performance out of your system, or just want to see if it’s working as it should, take our free Health Check.
In our experience, a lot of businesses upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central because they’ve been using versions of Dynamics NAV that are outdated (these include early RTC version 2013, 2013R2 and 2015). And as many of these products reach end-of-support, meaning Microsoft ceases any and all updates, it’ll become harder and harder to resolve issues – particularly when it comes to security. For many businesses, robust security is an industry or regulatory requirement. They need to have up-to-date security across all areas of their business and so they remain or upgrade to a supported Dynamics NAV version. (You can check out the differences between Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central with our comparison sheet here).
Of course, upgrading can be a daunting task; it requires time, money and resource – often more than some businesses are willing to part with. However, as we mentioned, there are options to suit all requirements – they key part is evaluating the effort required versus the benefits obtained. As you can see from the graph, the effort to upgrade remains steady regardless of which version you are currently using. However, over time, the value to your business skyrockets as we approach the new world of Business Central and beyond.
Dynamics NAV Upgrading Explained
Dynamics NAV is a wonderful product, and in our view, the best on the market when considering its depth of functionality and its incredible flexibility. But like with all solutions, customers often purchase external solutions to deal with document management, print management, reporting and often to improve functional areas such as credit control. So, we took the most common additional user needs and created a range of Dynamics NAV add-ons to offer you that extra extended versatility of your system. And we called it nHanced 365! (If you want to find out more about nHanced 365 and what’s included, click here)
Along with our own extensions, we work with a number of partners to provide you with Dynamics NAV add-ons to enhance your system, covering things like eCommerce, Business Intelligence, Reporting, Mobile, Retail, Warehousing and much more. We have a limited number of partners who together with The NAV | 365 People provide you with fully integrated, additional functionality to your system.
Training is essential if you want to get the most out of your Dynamics NAV system (and save yourself hours of lost time, headaches and frustration to boot!) We provide a range of FREE Dynamics NAV training courses which are designed to enhance your understanding and knowledge, enabling you to get the most out of your system.
Our most popular Dynamics NAV training courses include:
Our Dynamics NAV resource hub has everything you need to get the most from our existing solution! From our blog to our 'Ultimate Guide to Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV', and videos to shortcuts, our hub is full of content from finance to inventory, reporting to warehousing, and even product offerings from our partners.
Some of our most popular resources include:
eBooks and Guides
Ultimate Guide to Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV: Our Ultimate Guide has content relevant for old and new users, from how to upgrade your Dynamics NAV system, through to how to extend your solution with add-ons.
Dynamics NAV Keyboard Shortcuts: We all like to save precious seconds in the day so take a look at our list of shortcuts to work faster and look like a pro!
Dynamics NAV Webinar - Jet Reports 101: In this knowledge session, we will introduce you to Jet Global and their product Jet Reports on a preliminary level. An overview of functionality within Excel will be included and we will show you how to design and run your own reports, create a simple list and how to filter that list.
Dynamics NAV Webinar - Continia Document Capture: Continia Document Capture is the best and most extensive end-to-end solution add-on solution for Dynamics NAV that scans, extracts OCR data, registers, posts and archives all types of documents with search capability and could automate every step of your daily document handling! In this knowledge session we will cover how it works and the key values that could be crucial to you.
Dynamics NAV Webinar - Introduction to Warehousing: With our introduction to warehousing functionality in Dynamics NAV you’ll be an expert in no time! We’ll help you with the set up and choices when setting up your warehouse and discuss how to use the standard role centre for shipping and receiving within the warehouse management system in standard Dynamics NAV.
Dynamics NAV Webinar - Spindle Functionality: Spindle’s primary function is the emailing of documents to customers, being able to customise the email message and alter send-to details. In this knowledge session, we will look further into the functionality within Spindle, and what difference it could make for you and your Dynamics NAV system.
Dynamics NAV Webinar - Classic NAV: In this webinar, we will cover everything from how you can get the most out of your current older Dynamics NAV solution with our nHanced 365 bundles to how upgrading may not be so far away after all with our bridging solutions.
3 Ways to Improve Your Dynamics NAV Performance: Ever had the feeling of “The system’s gone slow!”? In this blog post, Ian Humphries, Managing and Product Director at TNP explains what you should be looking for if your system has hit a performance issue.
Managing Fixed Assets in Dynamics NAV: In this blog post, we take you through the basics of what you need to know when it comes to Fixed Assets, and how the Fixed Assets functionality in Dynamics NAV can help you get an overview of your fixed assets and ensure correct periodic depreciation.
The CRM module in Dynamics NAV: What does the term Customer Relationship Management (CRM) mean today, what is the Dynamics NAV CRM module capable of and why is it still a great tool for CRM? In this blog post, we cover all of the above, and what things to consider when choosing a CRM system.
Van Hage bridge their way to Business Central: Read about how we at TNP helped one of the largest garden and leisure retailers in the UK to set up automation and digitisate business processes. With our help, we enabled them to reach their full potential in regard to online sales and, thanks to our functional bridges, they got all the benefits without having to wait!
The NAV | 365 People go the extra mile to support RUBiS Eastern Caribbean: Our team at TNP helped a major player in the business of fuel distribution replace their at the time, current ERP system with Dynamics NAV! Read all about the implementation process, business benefits, and why RUBis Easten Caribbean decided to change partner to TNP.
The NAV | 365 People were fundamental to Punch's implementation programme: Together with TNP, Punch took a step forward and implemented a modern ERP system that could be tailored to the beverage and property management industry. Read all about the planning, preparation, the transition to Dynamics NAV, and why Punch chose TNP as a partner.
Unhappy with the performance of your Dynamics NAV system or the quality of service provided by your current partner? Maybe you want strategic advice and better value for money?
Whatever the problem, our NAV Doctor services can help. We provide any unhappy users with a free Dynamics NAV ‘Health Check’. This health check is designed to get to the root of issues and provide advice or action points to sort them out! A health check could also stop you upgrading unnecessarily!
This is essentially a partnership between you and us. We’ll share our knowledge and experience to provide better advice and support, all with the purpose of driving positive outcomes. We’ll not only identify and remedy your current problems, we’ll also build a solid platform for you to leverage the true capability of your system.
In other words, our Dynamics NAV Health Check will ensure your platform is fit-for-purpose for years to come! Interested in a free health check? Just click the button below!Get Your Free Health Check
We support hundreds of customers on Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics NAV and even Navision, the original version of the product prior to it being acquired by Microsoft (you can find out more about its history here).
Many of our customers are on old Navision versions, with the majority using versions that pre-date the current Role Tailored Client (RTC) visual style interface (we call these 'Classic' versions). We have customers dating back to version 1.3 and 2.6, which were implemented in the mid to late 1990s, still managing stock and collecting money from customers before finally accounting for it all.
However, while we support customers with older Dynamics NAV systems, we love to talk about bringing our customers into the new world of Dynamics 365 Business Central (and you can check out this blog to find out more about upgrading). That said, we also recognise the financial and time pressures may mean people want to stay on their old version for now.
If this sounds familiar and you are not ready for the jump into the new world, fear not as there are a lot of things you can do to your current system to get a boost. Our MD can often be heard using the phrase ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ which refers to the ‘tarting up’ of your Classic NAV system. There is also the option of a technical upgrade, where you keep your current functionality and modifications but with the latest technical Executables.
At TNP, we never push people to upgrade before they are ready, and we happily provide support for older Dynamics NAV systems until customers are ready to move on. We can support functional code in any old version of Navision (and many of our staff love the memories it creates when working on these Classic systems, just like mechanics reminiscing on an old E-Type Jag!) Of course, we can’t change the fundamental kernel of these older systems. This means that as Microsoft drops support for security fixes for these older Navision versions, there will always be some risk in staying on these systems that is harder for us to mitigate. But rest assured, we will do what we can to keep your old beauty running until the day you can move to that new shiny, faster, and functionally rich Dynamics 365 Business Central.
If you’re looking for the full range of Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central support and services – including things like training, implementation, cloud managed services and Making Tax Digital (MTD) – you’ve come to the right place!
As the most experienced Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central partner and reseller in the UK, we’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt. Our team has over 1,800 years of combined experience – making us the number one Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central ERP partner in the UK. So if you have a question or issue, we can probably solve it!
Want to find out more about the support we offer? Check out our services below:
Dynamics NAV (including associated add-ons and the best version: Business Central) is all we focus on!
We’ve been champions of Dynamics NAV for so long that the majority of our team have spent most of their adult life working with it! Most of our team have roles devoted entirely to specific aspects of the system, resulting in an incredible amount of experience across the entire business. In fact, if you were to combine our experience, we would have 1,900 years of experience working with it (yes, we’ve done the math).
Every single member of our team (there’s over 190 of us and 50 people on our customer support team), is passionate about this amazing Microsoft technology – and this is just one of the many reasons why we are the number one Dynamics NAV partner and reseller in the UK.
With our experience, we’re confident that we have the expertise and experience to solve any and every Dynamics NAV issue under the sun. So whatever your requirement (or question), we can help. If you’re interested in finding out more or just want to have a chat, please contact us and one of our team will get in touch!Contact us