Most of you are familiar with the fable about the boy who cried wolf. For me, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Cloud offerings have been a bit like that the past few years.
The technological changes in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS market require a lot of preparation from Microsoft Dynamics Partners. Dynamics Partners often struggle to understand the level of disruption and the resources required to successfully adapt. Thus, when transitioning from C/AL to Dynamics 365 Business Central Extensions, Dynamics Partners often look for an experienced consultant or solution architect who can help to analyze Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions. It usually takes around 2-3 weeks to figure out how big the changeover to an Extension can be, which is time consuming and costly; an exercise that can often result in delays to the project.
If you read our previous blog post on a Phased transition to Business Central SaaS (if you haven’t yet, you really should read it😊) you would have noticed that we refer to Dynamics 365 Business Central in the Cloud (Microsoft’s Software as a Service solution or ‘SaaS’ for short) as to the Eldorado, or destination of gold and eternal bliss. However, if your current version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is very outdated, you may wind up in a Sisyphean whereabouts, rather than Eldorado. In this blog post, I’ll share the best upgrade approach for very outdated Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions so that they can effectively move to the latest version. We call this upgrade concept a - “Clean Start”, aka clearing the path to Eldorado…
Today, Microsoft Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central On-Premises customers see Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) as the Eldorado (a destination of gold and eternal bliss). Therefore, the biggest consideration is discerning how to successfully move customers from Microsoft Dynamics NAV (any version) or Dynamics Business Central On-Premises to Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS smoothly, timely and safely.
As we have heard many times before, it is likely your Dynamics NAV and Dynamics Business Central On-Premises customers are confused and raising questions surrounding the Dynamics 365 Business Central Fall release 2019. Well, simply ask them if they were sleeping beauty, would they want to be woken up this fall or wait years and years to eventually be awoken?
Most customers will think about Business Central in the Cloud (Microsoft’s Software as a Service solution or ‘SaaS’ for short) as the Eldorado (or destination of gold and eternal bliss). Frankly, I would agree with that in the long term. The fact is, though, that we are not ready to move all types of customer installations to Business Central SaaS, today.
The changes that Microsoft have made not only encompass changes with the basic concept (the solution is now also available in the Cloud, without losing any strength in customization), but there have also been significant changes to the core of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which is changing the application development language, basically for the first time since 1990. This will bring a lot of advantages for customers but also requires Microsoft ISVs and partners to rewrite a large portion of the code that has been built into their customer base since 1995.
Have you been struggling with updating data using Excel on Business Central? There is a solution - one of the convenient features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the ‘Edit in Excel’ functionality. After reading this blog post you should be able to set up the add-in in half an hour or less. The script provided in the blog allows you to run a fully functional ‘Edit in Excel’ add-in with just a few clicks.
As a Microsoft appointed ISV Development Center, 1ClickFactory, renowned for its upgrade tools and expertise is honored to efficiently support technological transformations to Dynamics 365 Business Central Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). From numerous interactions with Dynamics Partners, we’ve learned that a number of Dynamics partners have embraced an isolated approach to development practices.