Microsoft Dynamics NAV: 2018 product evolution

The BIGGEST change to Microsoft Dynamics NAV in its 31-year heritage is currently taking place and will continue through the rest of 2018. This year, we will see the Dynamics NAV name rebranded and fully become part of the Dynamics 365 family. Backed with a history of over 160,000 customers and 2.7 million users, Dynamics NAV continues to evolve and maintain its dominance in the SMB industry.

Recent updates

On April 2, Dynamics 365 Business Central launched. Dynamics 365 Business Central brings Dynamics NAV functionality to the cloud in a SAAS model and replaces Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business edition.

What to expect through the rest of 2018

Microsoft will not publish a detailed roadmap because technology continues to involve. However, did release a series of spring updates across Dynamics 365.

Here's a look at what's next:

  • The Dynamics NAV naming convention will be removed. In the fall of 2018, Microsoft will complete the branding journey and the Dynamics NAV nomenclature will cease to exist moving forward. Dynamics NAV will become part of the Dynamics 365 family (as shown below) and can be deployed in a SAAS, IAAS or on-premise model.

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  • Microsoft AppSource apps are applications developed by partners that are available to add to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Through the remainder of the year, you will see more apps come to market from ISVs that have traditionally had offerings in Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL launch apps in AppSource. These apps are held to the highest standards at Microsoft for development methodologies and usability. Like the Dynamics 365 core, AppSource Apps are also continuously growing and improving.
  • PowerBI, PowerApps, Flow and the entire Microsoft Office 365 stack will continue to improve and updates will be made available to be used both with Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.
  • In the fall of 2018, we will also see updates to product availability for both the on-premise/hosted model and the SAAS offering.

Stay up-to-date

Technology continues to change at a rapid pace and the best thing you can do is continue to learn.

For customers, stay informed and continue your learning working with the user group NAVUG.

If you are a Microsoft partner, I encourage you to attend Directions North America.

If you need help understanding how your company fits into this roadmap, we would love to help.  You can contact Tribridge for a business assessment to help you make sense of your options and what these changes mean for you!

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