Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest cloud-based ERP solution from Microsoft. Primarily, the solution is meant to be available as Software as a Service and accessed via dynamics.com. Currently, an on-premise version is also available, which offers the option of using the NAV role-tailored “thick” client. The aim of this insight “Journey of NAVISION to Dynamics 365 Business Central” is to throw some light on how NAVISION transitioned into Dynamics 365 Business Central .
How It Started
Dynamics NAV was by far the first computer-based accounting system in Europe. It was developed in 1983 by a company named Personal Computing and Consulting (PC&C) in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, it was not known by this name initially. In 1984, PC&C released a single user and character-based accounting software for small as well as home offices called PC Plus.
PC Plus was re-released in 1987 as Navigator. It was considered as PC Plus’ upgraded version. Navigator could be operated over a local area network (LAN) as a client/server application. Unlike PC Plus, it was a multi-user system.
The company released Navision version 3.0 in late 1989. Navision used Application Language and provided more freedom for users to make advanced modifications. By 1990, Navision was available in Iceland, Germany, the UK, and Spain. Navision Financials 1.00 for Windows 95 was released in 1995.
Navision really started looking like the platform Dynamics NAV as we know it today by the late 90s. A new functionality ‘Contact Management’ (or CRM) was added to Navision Financials version 2.0 released in 1997. During the early 2000s, Navision was rebranded several times.
Acquisition By Microsoft
Microsoft acquired Navision in 2002 and released Navision as Business Solutions Navision in 2005. In the same year, the company changed its name to Microsoft Dynamics. Navision came to be known as Dynamics NAV and had Navision Employee Portal, the first SharePoint portal of Navision/NAV. In late 2009, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 was released with a new interface.
After this, Microsoft introduced only minor updates/changes for many years. Dynamics NAV (R2) released in 2013, incorporated support for multi-tenancy, cash management functionality, and an improved bank reconciliation module.
|Products Released||Lifecycle Start Date||Mainstream Support End Date||Extended Support End Date||Future Path|
|Dynamics NAV 4.0||12-12-04||Not applicable||Not Applicable||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 4.0 SP1||01-11-05||Not applicable||Not Applicable||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 4.0 SP2||26-04-06||Not applicable||Not Applicable||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 4.0 SP3||23-10-06||12-01-10||Review Note||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 5.0||01-04-07||Not applicable||Not Applicable||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1||31-03-08||10-04-12||11-04-17||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2009||12-02-09||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2009 R2||15-03-11||13-01-15||14-01-20||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1||28-08-09||13-01-15||14-01-20||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2013||19-12-12||09-01-18||10-01-23||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2013 R2||30-12-13||09-01-18||10-01-23||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2015||17-12-14||14-01-20||14-01-25||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2016||03-01-16||13-04-21||14-04-26||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2017||27-10-16||11-01-22||11-01-27||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
|Dynamics NAV 2018||01-12-17||10-01-23||11-01-28||Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central|
Birth of Dynamics 365 Business Central
In April 2016, the software giant announced that the next release of NAV will be as a SaaS with connectivity to the company’s Office 365 apps. This version was finally released in March 2018 and named as Dynamics 365 Business Central. It is built entirely on the code base that is there in NAV but offers a better user experience when it comes to design, integration, and personalization.
As Business Central runs on Azure Cloud solution as well, businesses don’t have to worry about server space, costs, data backups, and speed of operation. Further, Business Central can be easily linked with other Microsoft products and integrated to Outlook mailbox.
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