Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Patrick B. Armknecht CPA, CITP 
Mike P. Scalamogna

Dynamics NAV is now Dynamics 365 Business Central!

On an older version of NAV and looking to upgrade but don’t know where to start or unsatisfied with the support you are receiving from your current Dynamics NAV or Dynamics 365 Business Central (Business Central) partner?

Keep the functionality of Dynamics NAV, with full flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises with Business Central, a comprehensive business management solution designed for small to medium-sized businesses.

Schneider Downs has been a Dynamics NAV and Business Central partner since 2009, implementing the system countless times across organizations of all sizes and industries. Our team has the technical expertise and experience to help you complete your upgrade and take advantage of all the new Business Central Features.

If you would like to discuss which option is best suited for your organization and situation, please contact Mike P. Scalamogna directly or schedule a time on his calendar. 

Why Invest Time and Money to Upgrade?

Download the Total Economic Impact of Business Central from Forrester here.

  • 162% ROI with BC over three years
  • < 1 year payback
  • 10% reduction in finance and operations hiring needs

What About Converting Current Customizations?

One key aspect of upgrading from an older version of NAV to Business Central is converting your customizations from C/AL to AL code. 

In some cases, old customizations can be replaced with existing Business Central functionality while in other cases the customizations need to be rewritten. Common customizations that no longer need to be utilized would be multiple remit to addresses, statistical accounts, multiple vendor remit-to addresses and default line item types.

In other cases, it makes more sense to start from scratch and “reimplement” Business Central than it does to perform a migration. Schneider Downs can help you identify the appropriate option. 

Our team of experts can guide you through the process of identifying these customizations planning for a successful upgrade.

Can I Get Dual Rights to Dynamic NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Yes! Ask us how.

Cost Management 

Investing in technology is not cheap and should always be given careful consideration. There are options available to defray the cost of licensing and services. Ask us about them. Here is a list of some of our favorite things in Business Central do not exist in Dynamics NAV:

  • $1 Billion annual investment in security (SaaS only)
  • Allow different sell-to and bill-to customers on jobs
  • AR/AP Netting
  • Auto-accept transactions for intercompany journals
  • Behind the scenes upgrades with the ability to enable new features in a test environment
  • Block deletion of GL accounts
  • Default Line Type on Sales and Purchasing Documents
  • Dimension Correction Tool
  • Dimensions are listed on G/L Entries table for easier reporting
  • Edit data in Excel
  • Enhanced approval workflows with Power Automate
  • Error messages that make sense and provide steps to correct the issue
  • Interoperability with Office 365
  • Inventory picks and warehouse picks available for Jobs
  • Multiple remit to addresses for vendors
  • Option to deploy as SaaS or on-premises **
  • Out of the box integration with Dynamics 365 Sales and Dataverse (Saas only)
  • Out of the box point in time restore with no configuration (SaaS only)
  • Out of the box Shopify connector
  • Production BOMs and routers on SKUs
  • Set up and sync master data across companies
  • Statistical Accounts
  • The service is backed by a 99.9% guaranteed uptime (SaaS only)
  • Utilize item variant codes on demand forecasts


** Perpetual Licensing is currently available for Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises; however licensing will be shifting to subscription in October 2025. At this point, new Business Central customers will purchase the subscription licenses. Existing Perpetual customers may still purchase additional perpetual licenses.

Why Choose Schneider Downs as Your Implementation Partner?

Business Expertise – As a multi-faceted professional services firm, our team has access to a diverse bench of professionals with expertise in a wide range of solutions to augment your implementation, including cybersecurity, internal audit, data analytics, audit and assurance, tax and more. 

Client Success – With a focus on the long-term success of our clients, our team prioritizes the importance of thorough documentation and clear instructions to ensure your team can operate independently post-engagement. 

Experienced Professionals – Our implementation professionals are well-versed in technology and industry-specific concerns, allowing our consultants to hit the ground running and provide true guidance from day one. 

Microsoft Knowledge – The implementation team has evolved with Microsoft’s offerings, allowing us to gain a thorough understanding of how legacy platforms worked and the steps needed to move clients to the appropriate Microsoft solutions. 

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