11.01.2021

Migration to Business Central online

Organizations looking how to migrate their on-premises Microsoft Dynamics system to the cloud can easily switch to Business Central Online.

Benefits of the migration to the cloud is increased cost control and better performance of the IT infrastructure. By choosing SaaS licenses, we minimize our efforts on server maintenance and the licensing issues are simplified.

Other benefits:

  • Increased security and reliability – Azure cloud provides an SLA that guarantees service availability at the level of 99.9%.
  • Reliable integration with other cloud solutions from Microsoft – Power Bi, Machine Learning, Power Apps , Power Automate Flow , Office 365 and access to Microsoft Cloud services .
  • Faster deploy. Configuration and implementation time is slightly shorter.
  • Anywhere access to data, hassle-free backup and easy data recovery. It is recognized that the use of the cloud allows to eliminate problems related to software maintenance (backups, updates etc.).
  • Convenient and automatic software updates.
  • Increased scalability and flexibility – it is faster and more convenient to optimize the expenditure on IT infrastructure. It is also more convenient to adjust the number of purchased licenses to the current needs of the organization.
  • The SaaS version includes SQL and Windows Server licenses

Microsoft has prepared many scenarios of transition to the cloud from other versions of Dynamics. The most popular scenarios are as follows:

1) Migration to Business Central Online from Business Central On-premieses
(you can go to BC Online from versions 14, 15, 16 and 17). Information on the migration process can be found in the Microsoft resources here .

2) Migration to Business Central Online from Dynamics GP
The process of migration to the cloud is usually supported on the following terms: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia.

3) Upgrade from Dynamics NAV to Business Central Online
First, you need to upgrade to Business Central Spring 2019 (version 14) or newer. Then, personalized functionalities are converted to extensions , and then the actual migration to the cloud is carried out.

More about possible scenarios for migration to the cloud can be read in the Microsoft materials here.