Your Last Chance to Upgrade to Dynamics Business Central 14 Ends on October 1: Here’s Why You Should Pay Attention
If you are on Microsoft Dynamics Business Central (BC) version 13 or earlier, please read this blog post; it could benefit your organization. NOTE: If you’re still not sure if you should upgrade at all, start by reading this blog post first, then move on to the discussion around why you should upgrade to Dynamics Business Central version14.
Why Upgrade to Dynamics Business Central 14 Instead of the Latest Version?
In several posts throughout the year, we have discussed the option of upgrading to BC 14 rather than the latest version of BC, which is currently version 18. Why?
As Jon Long, our upgrade expert, explained in a previous blog post about upgrading to BC 14, not everyone is ready for pure AL and the Web Client only, which is what you get with Business Central, starting with version 15.
For example, most companies have customizations, written in C/AL, and many of these customizations are modifying base NAV objects. After BC 14, all C/AL code will need to be converted to AL, and modifications to base objects will have to be “decoupled” from the base using Eventing. Overall, customizations could be difficult to migrate due to changes in BC functionality, Eventing capabilities, previously poorly written code, etc.
This is a quick explanation of the very important reason we’re making you aware of this option now: You will no longer be able to pull a license for BC 14 once BC 19 is released, slated for early October. There are more—seven, to be exact—which Jon Long outlined in Seven Reasons You Need to Upgrade to D365 Business Central 14. Here is a quick review:
- This is a good reason for upgrading to any version: If you have been paying your annual maintenance fees but don’t have upgrades as part of your IT plan, you’re paying for something you’re not using and possibly losing out on eliminating customizations and/or add-ons that are no longer necessary.
- With BC 14 having both the Role Tailored Client and the newer Modern Client, you can give your users time to get familiar with the Modern Client (Web Client) interface.
- You can slowly, at your pace, move your customizations to AL and/or replace them with core functionality or add-ons, which allows you to spread out the costs of moving them out of the base code.
- If you have add-ons, they might not yet be ready for AL. Moving to BC 14 will give them time to catch up; HOWEVER, be sure to talk to your partner about this to ensure you are fully aware of the status of your add-ons.
- With all these considerations, the bottom line is that moving to BC 14 simply gives you time to breathe. You get onto a Microsoft-supported version of Business Central and can then work on decoupling your modifications from the base code and converting them to AL Extensions and getting your users comfortable with the Modern Client while waiting on upgrade toolkits for your add-ons and modifications.
One Final Consideration Around Upgrading Dynamics Business Central to Version 14: Microsoft’s License Policy
In addition to the C/AL-to-AL issue, there is also Microsoft’s license policy to consider. Referred to as N -2 (N minus 2), the policy was changed for Business Central 14 to what our own Jon Long has nicknamed “N–4” (N minus 4) specifically to give Dynamics NAV and Business Central customers more time to make the transition from C/AL to AL and from the Role Tailored Client to the Web Client. This refers to the fact that a license is only able to activate keys from the most currently released version, minus 2 major versions. So, if the most current major BC release is BC 18, you can still acquire a license for BC 16, BC 17, and BC 18 keys ONLY. Except for BC 14. After October 1 (or shortly thereafter) when BC 19 is released, BC 14 will no longer be available.
Let ArcherPoint’s Upgrade Experts Help
The fact is, an upgrade to Dynamics Business Central version 14 might make more sense for your company, or it may make more sense to move to the latest release. ArcherPoint’s upgrade experts understand all the details and have years of experience doing hundreds of upgrades, so we can help!
Microsoft Dynamics Business Central will continue to evolve, so it is important to keep pace by first eliminating obstacles. Read this blog to learn more about ArcherPoint’s Stay Current Plan.
To learn more about upgrading, watch this video, Upgrading From Microsoft Dynamics NAV To Business Central: The Future Of Upgrades.
To get answers to your upgrade questions, download this free eBook: Upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central: Everything You Always Wanted to Know…but Didn’t Know to Ask.
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