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Microsoft release a new version of Dynamics NAV every year, they improve and make changes to the software in order to keep up with consumer demand. We can provide you with advice and expertise, to keep you up to date with the latest versions. If you are on a legacy version (version 5 or older), with a lot of bespoke development in place, chances are you have just received a jaw-dropping quote from your current partner!

The issue is that whilst Microsoft have provided us with a wonderful new version with new reporting capabilities, improved look and feel and a better technology base, unfortunately migrating some of the customisations from the classic platform is not as straight forward as we would like. The main reasons for this are:

Reports

  • They need to be rebuilt in most cases, especially if you want to take advantage of the new report writers richer experience.
  • The transformation tools don’t work that well, and the results are patchy.
  • End users still need to be technical to write complex reports.

Pages

  • In classic NAV you have something called forms. If you have any bespoke forms, these again need to be rebuilt in order to take advantage of the new interface and features such as fact boxes.
  • Transformation tools again do not work that well.
The good news is that we’re currently completing a number of upgrades. We’re also moving many of our customers onto Office 365 and the Cloud, enabling our customers to access their business applications anytime and from any device.

We would advise you go back to the standard product, as much as possible. Your two main options are:

Upgrade

If you can migrate all of your legacy code, or rationalise any modifications such as reports easily, then an upgrade is the route to go. We will review all aspects of your system to see how we can minimise any modifications, so that future upgrades are simplified. Many of our clients have benefited from this approach. For example, by implementing a new reporting tool such as Jet Reports, we have managed to remove many of the custom built reports, thus reducing the cost.

Re-implementation

We have found that for some of clients the benefits of re-implementing versus upgrading are much clearer to see. In these cases the clients are opting to go back to a ‘vanilla’ system with minor or no bespoke developments, and choosing to re-engineer processes in order to standardise the software. The benefit is that they are then able to take advantage of new versions, much more easily than before.

Our Customers

I have no worries about our IT whatsoever because Acora is accountable for everything and is a one-stop shop for all our IT needs. Acora is just like another department within our business and whenever the need does arise for IT advice or assistance then I can simply call the Acora helpdesk and be confident that my issue will be addressed immediately.

Ian Cowie
Managing Director, Scorpio

We have known Acora a long time and they have proven to be a very good partner for us. I am very happy with them as a team as they understand our business and know where we are going. We talk to them regularly about changes to our business and how they can support us.

Neil Crowther
Managing Director, Ardent

We’re confident that Acora will always be as hands on and involved as we need them to be. Our Account Manager is very communicative and we hold regular meetings to discuss ideas, future projects and to get advice, that extra-effort will help us to get the best out of our solution.

Josey Pooke
Group Finance Manager, CT Automotive

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