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What is Microsoft Navision?

Microsoft Navision is the old name for Dynamics NAV (which is now known as Dynamics 365 Business Central!), an ERP system that provides businesses with an end-to-end solution for connecting and managing all processes (such as sales, purchasing, accounting, plus general reporting). It's an adaptable solution that allows you to easily upgrade from entry-level accounting software and legacy ERP systems. That’s just a brief explanation of what Microsoft Navision is!

Dynamics 365 Business Central, however, is the next generation of Navision software and as such, it has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies. Being super flexible, it is designed to suit how you work and can be customised to fit your business, no matter what your industry.

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Navision vs Dynamics 365 Business Central

The history of Microsoft Navision dates back to the early 1980s when three college friends from Copenhagen set out to create an accounting package that could run on a personal computer. Ten years later in 1990, they expanded beyond Copenhagen and into the UK where the Navision software was used for the first time, soon becoming popular with larger clients (100+ users!)

Confused as to why Microsoft doesn't mention Navision on their website? That's because it has been rebranded a couple of times since its creation – firstly Dynamics NAV in 2005 and more recently in 2018, Microsoft renamed the product to Dynamics 365 Business Central. (Check out our handy timeline that documents the history of the Microsoft Navision software through to the present day.)

We often get asked 'what is the difference between Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central?' The simple answer is it's just Microsoft’s latest version of the Navision software!

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Navision Features & Functionality

Back in the early days of Navision, it had just six menu items: general ledger, sales and receivables, purchase and payables, inventory, jobs and resources. Even then, much of what we know and love today was perfectly formed in a character-based solution. That said, Navision still allowed users to move or hide columns, filter on any field and use flow fields to calculate values on the fly with date filters.

Fast-forward to the current day, and when we talk about the features and functionality available in Navision, we will be referring to what is available in Dynamics 365 Business Central – the latest version. The features and functionalities of Navision have come a long way and with the current version, Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can not only integrate it with other Microsoft cloud services (including Office 365), but also extend for specific needs with Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI.

Features & Functionality
Want to know when different functionality was introduced? Check out our version comparison!
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Upgrading Navision

Looking to upgrade from Microsoft Navision? We’ve got you covered! 

We’re happy to support you with your old Navision system until you are ready to move on. Also, thanks to our experience, we can look after any functional code in these older versions (and some of our staff love the nostalgia that comes with working with older systems). However, while we can help you, we can’t change the underlying kernel that defines these systems.

As Microsoft drops support for security fixes/updates for these older Navision versions, there will always be some risk staying on them – and that becomes harder for us to mitigate. But rest assured, we’ll do what we can to keep your old engine running up until the day you’re ready to move to your new, shiny and functionally rich Dynamics 365 Business Central platform.

Navision Upgrading Explained
If you're considering upgrading Navision, make sure to book a free upgrade consultation!
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Optimising Older Navision Systems

Many of our current customers are on old Navision versions – the majority are still using versions that predate the current Role Tailored Client (RTC) visual interface, while some use Navision versions as far back as 1.3 and 2.6 (which were implemented in the mid to late 1990s). Even so, whatever your requirement we can help you to get the most out of your Navision system.

Of course, we recognise that not everyone can upgrade their Navision to a shiny new Dynamics 365 Business Central system, and that’s fine! For those of you who are unable to or not yet ready to upgrade, there are a lot of things you can do to your current Navision system to improve it.

Our MD describes this as putting ‘Lipstick on a Pig’, which essentially means ‘tarting up’ your classic Navision system. We can add bits and bobs on to it to improve its functionality. There’s also the option of a ‘technical upgrade’, which allows you to keep your existing functionality and modifications but support them with the latest executables.

Implementation & Project Methodology

Looking for information on implementing Navision? It's easy to get confused with the various name changes – instead of a Navision implementation, what you'll actually be getting is the current version, Dynamics 365 Business Central! Head over to our implementation page to learn more.

P.S. If you’re worried about implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central, don’t be!

Our unique implementation methodology, ‘Day in the Life’, ensures that your system is designed to meet your day-to-day needs. We’ll look at your business as a whole and discuss your typical day-to-day processes to build a model of your business within Dynamics 365 Business Central.

The result? You get your data in a real Business Central environment, so you can see exactly what you’ll be getting!

Implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central
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Navision Training

We provide a large range training courses to help you get the most out of your system - oh, and they're completely free! We strongly believe training is essential in helping to enhance your knowledge and understanding of your solution.

Our most popular Navision training courses are:

  • Finance 101: This course is designed for anyone new to the Finance Department or Finance in general and shows the capabilities of the solution and its uses.
  • Manufacturing 101: Develop your understanding of the Manufacturing module with this course and learn about planning setup, replenishment options, production, bills of material maintenance, routes, item costing and much more!
  • Purchasing 101: Consisting of vendor and item setups, purchase and payables, requisition worksheets and more, our course on the Purchasing module is the perfect way to develop your understanding.
  • Sales & CRM 101: This training course is designed for account managers, salespeople and marketing personnel who’d like to develop their understanding of the CRM module. It covers contacts, profiles, segments, campaigns and more.
  • Warehouse Management 101: Including warehouse setup, consignments, putaways, processing movements and lots more, this course was created to assist warehouse managers in understanding the Warehouse module.
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The Ultimate Guide 8th Edition

The Ultimate Guide 8th Edition

Our magazine covers everything you need to know, not only about Dynamics NAV & Dynamics 365 Business Central, but also what makes TNP a great support partner.

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Make your Navision system amazing!

Make your Navision system amazing!

Learn how our nHanced products will help you to take your older Navision solution to the next level, giving you a beautiful role centre experience, the ease of importing documents, and automating the approval process.

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'Tarting up' your older Navision system

'Tarting up' your older Navision system

Not ready to upgrade? Learn how you can get more of older Navision systems with partner products and our add-ons for Navision.

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System Performance Review

Unhappy with the performance of your Microsoft Navision 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 ‘Health Check’, designed to get to the root of issues and provide advice or action points to sort them out!

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.

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Our Incredible People

The number one Microsoft Navision partner and reseller in the UK

We’re the number one Dynamics NAV partner and reseller in the UK – and that includes Navision, too! We’ve been champions of Navision for so long that the majority of our team know it inside out (some have spent most of their adult life working with it).

As a result, we have roles dedicated to specific aspects of the Navision system and can offer expertise no other Navision partner can provide. Together, our team has over 2,700 years of experience working with Navision, making us the most experienced Navision partner in the UK (and also Ireland). Don’t worry, we’ve done the math.

Also, if you’re ever worried about getting Navision support from us – don’t be! There are over 250 of us and we have 50+ people on our support team. Every one of us is passionate about this amazing Microsoft technology, and that’s just one of the reasons why we’re the number one Navision partner and reseller in the UK.

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Navision Support

With over 200 NAV People in the company and over 50 NAV People in our support team, we have someone for every Navision eventuality, able to support you every step of the way!

Our team are the best in the business. They come to work each day with one purpose:  to deliver a high quality, value for money service.

Always at the end of the phone, our support team are more than happy to assist in any way they can, whether it’s a systems issue, functional question, process advice or training request, they are here to help.

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