South Florida businesses are hitting the ground running as the economy gradually reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many small enterprises are finding out the hard way that their on-premises enterprise resource management (ERM) systems are now inadequate for an increasingly mobile workforce. With many companies trying to cut costs and improve workplace efficiency with remote work arrangements, locally hosted systems have become prime cost-cutting candidates.
We at WhiteOwl are already seeing this trend, particularly with our current Microsoft Dynamics NAV clients. That is why we have decided to make the shift from Dynamics NAV to its cloud-powered counterpart, Business Central, simpler than ever before.
How is Business Central an improvement over Dynamics NAV?
In a nutshell, Business Central provides you with all the NAV features you love, except it’s hosted on the cloud. Dynamics NAV is hosted solely on your local servers, which makes remote usage difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. And in our pandemic-hit economy, that lack of flexibility can really hurt your business. Business Central solves that problem and even sets you up for an ever more mobile and tech-ready future.
What is WhiteOwl’s migration process from Dynamics NAV to Business Central?
Migrating the WhiteOwl way is always a coherent, organized process, and we gather as much information as we can to ensure a successful transition. You can rest assured that we don’t take shortcuts, and we will spend time getting to know the ins and outs of your business.
The standard migration process is as follows:
1. Assessment session
Assessment typically takes around two hours, during which our experts will determine your needs and options with regard to the consolidation, transfer, and deployment of certain business information and processes. We’ll cover all the necessary resource data your business uses, especially the following:
- General ledger
- Accounts payables
- Accounts receivables
- Purchasing and inventory
- Bank and cash management
- Jobs or projects
- Service orders
- Any specific customizations and Dynamics NAV add-ons currently in use
It is best that you raise your opinions, issues, and desired outcomes at this time, so that we can set accurate goals and recommend the best solutions.
2. Live demonstration of Business Central
After assessing your system, we’ll show you what an active Business Central system looks like. This way, you’ll get to see for yourself how much of an upgrade Business Central is over Dynamics NAV. It’s also a good time to start familiarizing yourself with the interface and functionalities.
3. Discussion of customizations and add-ons
One of the best features of Dynamics NAV is its host of integrations and customizations that allow businesses to make their NAV system truly theirs. For instance, you can configure it to accommodate industry-specific needs such as medicine dispensing for healthcare companies. Fortunately, these features are even more juiced up on the Business Central system, as it is cloud-based and internet powered, unlike Dynamics NAV.
At this point in the process, we’ll identify for you the Business Central customizations and add-ons that you might want to get. We’ll also discuss how they fulfill and even improve the same processes assisted by their NAV counterparts.
4. Trial period
In this stage, we will migrate your data and hand you the reins to your 30-day trial period. You’ll get a live, fully functional Business Central system so you can evaluate it firsthand and determine whether or not it suits your needs and improves your processes.
5. Quote for implementation and conversion from Dynamics NAV to Business Central
After the trial period (or toward the end of the trial period, if requested in writing), we will issue you a quote for implementation. You will also receive a quote for converting your Dynamics NAV software and peripherals to their Business Central counterparts.
6. Full deployment
Voila! You can now enjoy your new Business Central ERM system. WhiteOwl can also provide you with support and other technical solutions, depending on your needs. We’re here to help you!
Why should we partner with WhiteOwl?
To put it succinctly, because we are good at what we do. WhiteOwl is a proud member of the Microsoft Partner Network, and our technicians are well trained and highly experienced when it comes to Microsoft products, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands.
Shift from Dynamics NAV to Business Central easily and with minimal downtime with WhiteOwl. Our Microsoft-recognized experts are ready to serve you. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.