The right strategy for Dynamics NAV – and future-proofing for Dynamics 365
Many companies have a strong desire to be future-proof. This is, of course, because it is difficult to predict the future.
It is impossible to say what your company or the market will look like in a few years and that is why an ERP solution needs to be both agile and flexible, so it’s easy to keep up with the times.
Microsoft puts a lot of effort into keeping up with current developments. Anyone who has followed Dynamics NAV through the years will agree that there has been dramatic development of the solution in a short time.
This development is sure to continue. It is just hard to predict the future. You should therefore keep your options open – and to do so to the greatest extent possible, you should stick with standard solutions.
Standard solution including upgrades
Is Abakion’s add-on solution better than customizing yourself? Yes, because we maintain it as a standard solution.
We don’t develop it for you alone. We maintain the solution for many customers, and all of them use the same solution. That is how we can guarantee that we will upgrade the solution to new versions without any cost to you.
Customizations are a poor alternative
The alternative is to customize the solution yourself. This lets you meet a real, current need for your business, but at the same time you have to give up flexibility and agility.
Customizations don’t give you options – they paint you into a corner.
There are a great many companies that feel trapped in old custom solutions that make it very difficult to take advantage of the new possibilities that they could otherwise benefit from when Microsoft makes new versions available.
Customizations are not only expensive to upgrade – they also hamper your agility and flexibility.
Does choosing Abakion’s solution bind you to them? You can choose to look at it like that, of course, but you can always unsubscribe and you can export all of your data in a structured format. You can also choose to switch to another NAV distributor and continue using our solution with them. We sell a lot of solutions through other partners, so you are free to choose.
You are certainly less bound to Abakion than you would be to a custom solution, in which case you are binding yourself to the past, unless you have lots of money to constantly develop and upgrade the custom solution.
It is also worth mentioning that our solution has been evaluated and certified by Microsoft. They stand behind the quality of our work with the “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics” certificate.
Can a standard solution cover your needs?
Being a bit sceptical is understandable. The ERP business has focused on customizations for many years, so it is a major change for many in the industry to have to work with standard solutions.
If you ask your ERP provider (who makes a living selling you consulting hours), he will say for sure that it can’t be done. The reason for this is that they only look at the solution that Microsoft provides – and they are absolutely right – it won’t meet all your needs. You need the additional standard-apps from Abakion to have enough options to avoid customizations.
Are you considering Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV?
In April 2018, Microsoft announced its new cloud solution Dynamics 365 Business Central. The solution is targeted towards the businesses that used to use NAV – actually, Dynamics 365 Business Central is the same solution as Dynamics NAV 2018.
Business Central and NAV are very similar
Dynamics NAV 208 and Dynamics 365 Business Central share the same user interface, because they are based on the same core design. They just have different names in the cloud and on-premise (at least for now).
Dynamics 365 Business Central is a solution for small businesses that are ready to “go standard” because they don’t need the advanced features found in Dynamics NAV. It is not possible to customize the Dynamics 365 Business Central solution, but you can buy “extensions” that will obviate the need for customizations. Does it sound familiar? That is because Abakion’s solution, that you are reading about on these pages, is following the exact same concept.
Dynamics 365 Business Central Extensions
Microsoft intends for Dynamics 365 Business Central to be bought just like you would buy an Office suite. It is only available as an online solution on a subscription basis. There’s an app store where you can buy extra functionality, just like you would on your phone.
Before the release of Business Central, Dynamics 365 was split into a Business Edition and an Enterprise Edition. Today, Microsoft offers you the flexibility to choose the level of each separate Business Central app yourself. That means you can have a Business-level ERP and an Enterprise-level CRM. This way, you can create a package suited to your exact needs.
Securing the future
The solution included in the Abakion 365 subscription is the best way to future-proof yourself. It is based on Dynamics NAV 2018 which has the same code base as Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Our solution is actually being hosted on the same Microsoft servers as Dynamics 365 Business Central. It is pretty unique that Abakion has been given access to the Dynamics 365 Business Central environment. We have only been allowed access because we always participate in Microsoft’s pilot projects.
The solution provides you with the full functionality from Microsoft right now – and it is future-proof because Microsoft is already hosting it.