The current autumn releases of several Microsoft business solutions are on the market for a few weeks now. In addition to new features and improvements, the ERP software Dynamics NAV has also officially been named Dynamics 365 Business Central. Along with the new title there is also a new licencing model for the product.
What remains unchanged is the option to choose whether to purchase the software under the perpetual licencing model or simply rent it via subscription licencing. The former allows the buyer to purchase the solution for unlimited and unrestricted use and requires annual maintenance fee of 16%. In contrast, subscription licencing constitutes a model where the software can be used for a certain period of time. The subscription licencing model is therefore much more flexible and particularly suitable for cloud-based use as Software as a Service (SaaS). The product is billed monthly per user.
The licencing model underwent some changes during the introduction of Business Central. Instead of the previous Concurrent User model, the Named User model, which is already in place for nearly all other Microsoft products, is used now. The Concurrent User model merely offered restricted access to a set number of users being able to log into the system at the same time. In contrast, with the Named User model, only licenced users can be authorised – no matter whether they are working in the system concurrently or at different times. Every user who wants to access the system therefore requires his own licence. Existing Dynamics NAV customers with an active enhancement plan up to and including the 2018 version still have the option to extend their licence. In this case, previous Concurrent Users will also be available for purchase in the future.
Microsoft rolled out the October releases for some of its business applications. The new version of the ERP software Dynamics NAV not only includes new features and improvements, there is also a new name: Dynamics 365 Business Central (On-Premises).
It has already been known for some time that after the last published version Dynamics NAV 2018, no new release will appear under the former name. Instead, the product line continues themed Dynamics 365 Business Central. Customers who are currently using a local Dynamics NAV solution can continue using it in future, but all subsequent versions of the product line will be published under the new name.
For new customersDynamics NAV 2018 is only available until December 31st 2018. After that date there will only be Business Central (On-Premises) available. In addition, existing customers with Dynamics NAV 2009 or older versions can no longer upgrade to NAV 2018 starting January 1st 2019, only to Business Central (On-Premises).
Dynamics NAV customers with an active Dynamics Enhancement Plan can continue to use their current installation or upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central (On-Premises). The existing Dynamics NAV licenses and functions will be transferred to Business Central (On-Premises) accordingly. Downgrading to Dynamics NAV 2018 or earlier versions won’t be possible any longer.
In October, Microsoft is going to roll out new releases for its business applications. Dynamics 365 Business Central will then also be equipped with some improvements and innovations. The release notes recently published by Microsoft provide an overview of the new key features. They also confirm that the on-premise version of Business Central will be the successor to Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
With the upcoming October release, the availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central will be extended. From this point on, the solution can be operated in the cloud, on-premise and as a hybrid model. Customers who currently have a local Dynamics NAV solution in operation can continue to use it. However, subsequent versions of the Dynamics NAV product range will no longer be available under the usual name. Instead, the solution will become “Business Central On-Premise” as part of the new releases.
Optimized productivity and user experience
The new version of Business Central will bring some productivity and usability improvements in the Web Client. Besides a new modern look, improved keyboard navigation and new keyboard shortcuts make working with the program considerably faster and more convenient. Enhanced search functions for pages and reports as well as new filter options for lists also increase user-friendliness – regardless of whether the data is accessed via Web Client or Universal App Client (Smartphone, Tablet or Windows 10).