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Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

  • 1.  Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

    Posted Jul 30, 2019 05:01 PM
    We are researching what's involved to upgrade from NAV 2013 R2.  I'm looking for opinions and your experience.  We're not sure what version we want to upgrade to at this point.  We don't want to be on the cloud.  We are currently using payroll in Navision through Serenic.  We don't use warehouse, inventory or manufacturing.  We use most of the financial modules (AP, AR, GL, Resources, Fixed Assets, Cash) and we have heavily modified although we have tried to stay away from modifying NAV's tables.  We created 280 tables, 825 pages and 120 reports.

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    Lile International
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  • 2.  RE: Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 30, 2019 06:26 PM
    We just started the process of upgrading #NAV2013R2 to BC (version 13 - Oct. 2018) on Premise.  We're starting to event modifications as we make the jump, but this early release of BC On Premise does not make that a requirement.  You can make this jump and buy yourself some time to rewrite modifications as extensions.


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  • 3.  RE: Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

    Posted Jul 30, 2019 06:53 PM
    ​That's really good to know!  Thank you so much!

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    Lile International
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  • 4.  RE: Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

    NAVUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jul 31, 2019 06:59 AM
    Julie - a few things to consider as you plan below.

    ISV's check in with them and make sure they are SaaS ready.  If they are to speak with a couple of their clients that are using their product in the BC SaaS version before you leap.

    What is your bandwidth and internet connection speed, what type of performance from and to the web do you currently experience?  This can be a game-changer in the SaaS model and also on-premise if you choose to move the on-prem to Azure as a hybrid.

    Ask your partner to share a couple of their other clients with you also that have moved to both SaaS and on-premise that you can have a conversation with, to see how their upgrade to BC went and how they like their new environment.

    God Speed on the exciting move to Business Central!

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  • 5.  RE: Upgrading from NAV 2013 R2

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 01, 2019 09:55 AM
    Hi Julie:

    We upgraded from NAV 2013 to NAV 2018, but would have done the BC On-Prem version if it was available when we started.  Our partner performed a technical upgrade for us and with 5 ISVs and 1000 mods, this was done on-time and on-budget.  Said another way, Microsoft has done a great job allowing for smoother upgrades across multiple versions and I would expect a similar experience for you :)

    We, too, are gun shy when it comes to the SAAS model, with the main driving factor being the high amount of customizations in our system.  Staying on prem gives us the ability to convert our mods to extensions at our own pace and make the cloud leap (if we do) on our own timeline and budget.  It sounds like @Lewis Rosenberg is taking the same approach and to his point, it gives you the needed time (in our case, years) to convert mods to extensions.  @Holly Kutil makes another great point - if the cloud becomes an option for you someday, make sure your ISVs are ready and your internal infrastructure is robust enough to handle it.  In addition to the Internet bandwidth, having a reliable backup connection or the means to pool multiple connections as one (i.e. SD-WAN) should be part of the discussion.

    I've taken the approach that we will stay on prem and over the next 2-3 years convert our mods to extensions.  This also carries the assumption that some day we will be forced to the cloud if we wish to upgrade.  I may be wrong on that assumption and that on prem versions will always be there, however I want to be prepared.

    Tony
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