A NAV Upgrade is expensive and scary, there’s no getting around that. It is, therefore, understandable that many businesses take the attitude of “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”. Their system is still serving its purpose in the business so they see no point in upgrading. Granted, an upgrade with every new release of Dynamics NAV is not necessary, but leaving your ERP to stagnate for 5 years or more makes it less of a business solution and more of a business problem. Here are 4 reasons you should think about upgrading your ageing ERP:
New Features and Functionality
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 offers lots of new and exciting features that can make a tangible difference to your business results.
Microsoft pours a significant investment into each new version of Dynamics NAV, doing their research to discover exactly what businesses need to stay ahead in the marketplace. There comes a point where no amount of internal overhaul can beat the innovative technology Microsoft has to offer and upgrading to their newest package will only be an advantage in terms of the power you’ll be able to harness.
Time is Money
Even if your system is working the same as the day you first went live, technology has moved on since then.
Just as a car from 20 years ago won’t run at the same speed as cars produced today, your system will start to feel slow and outdated when compared to your other applications. This not only wastes valuable business time but is also really frustrating for your employees, making them less likely to use the system effectively and reducing productivity.
Newer software versions may no longer be able to communicate with your ageing ERP.
Many businesses use integrations with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and these are sometimes integral to success in their industry. Your ERP was written to integrate with software packages that were new at the time it was released, not those launched 5 years down the line. This puts you in a dilemma: either you go without the integration and lose some of the features you paid for, you stick with older versions of all your applications and miss out on new developments or you bite the bullet and upgrade your ERP.
Upgrading Dynamics NAV brings down support costs.
As your solution becomes more and more outdated, it is more difficult and expensive for your Microsoft Partner to provide support. Their resources will be increasingly focused on the newest release and fewer consultants will have sufficient experience to work on your version. Moreover, any new tools your Partner uses will be geared towards newer versions of NAV, making servicing your system more expensive than that of other clients.
Thinking about upgrading? Mercurius can go further – we provide Fixed Price upgrades completed by our offshore NAV upgrade consultants resulting in significant savings for NAV users in the UK.