22 November 2017
We have had a number of new prospects and existing customers coming to us with this very question. With Microsoft’s marketing it is not surprising either – you really have to search to find the NAV (formerly Navision) pages. However, over the last two months, Microsoft have been working on clarifying the brand and its offerings, which is why the marketing is in a state of flux, but the quick and easy answer is that NAV is here to stay – it might just be called something else!
To understand the journey, it's worth starting at the end – where do Microsoft want to be? If you know the history of Microsoft Dynamics you will understand how it is built on completely separate solutions. The future is a common code base with a wide range of apps available to mix and match as required by the individual customer’s requirements.
So the main issue is going from where we are now to this new model of Microsoft Dynamics 365. Realistically this is only an issue for Microsoft and partners, in terms of making it happen and marketing the products. Microsoft’s marketing is a little ahead of itself, focussing on the Dynamics 365 message and dropping the marketing on NAV. We have put together the following diagram which is the latest information regarding the future of the products (click to enlarge):
Currently Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Business Edition is limited to a financial management package, but over the next year the full NAV functionality will be added to the solution, in time for the products to converge in the Autumn of 2018. This is being called "Project Tenerife" by Microsoft.
We are pleased to provide the conclusion that Microsoft Dynamics NAV is continuing – in fact Microsoft are pouring money into the R&D of the product. The only major difference will be a change of name next year.
If you have any questions relating to the products, whether you are looking at upgrading or are new to the Dynamics brand, please contact us and our experts would be please to discuss any questions that you have.