Three reasons to upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Business Central 14 now

July 16 2020

While you don't need to upgrade your Microsoft Dynamics NAV system now, you really should consider locking in your plans for an upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central 14 before it is too late. (Keep reading to find out about the deadline and why you should care!)

I know everyone wants to get to the point in this type of article. The benefits. The bullets. What are the top 3 reasons you promised me, Rob?!

  • First: Testing an upgrade to Business Central 14, as compared to higher versions, will be much less work and much less costly. I like saving money, and so should you!  Why is it cheaper? That’s something I outline later.
  • Second: Business Central 14 is the gateway (literally) to the cloud.
  • Third: You get a 3:1 user boost (converting concurrent to named users) when you switch to Business Central. For 99% of businesses this is a lot of extra users for your Business Central environment. There are some caveats, but usually it’s a fantastic gift if you are even remotely considering adding more users.

This article will explore why the first of these three reasons is so important, and what NAV users should understand about planning an upgrade.

Dynamics NAV upgrades have always been expensive.

About Robert Jolliffe

Robert Jolliffe graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Toronto and practiced briefly as a production and industrial engineer before transitioning into IT and ERP in his 20s.  He is President of Sabre Limited (, a Microsoft Dynamics Business Central VAR in Ontario, Canada. Sabre has pioneered and is well known for their remote and fixed fee implementations anywhere in North America, with an exclusive focus on the manufacturing industry.  Robert has taught supply chain at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario; Collects music and owns almost all the top 500 albums as chosen by Rolling Stone magazine (he needs about 35 more); has three children and an almost magical ability to kill plants.

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Microsoft has extended the dates for Business Central 14 to the late summer of 2021. Good news for people who missed the original deadline.