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Upgrade vs update: How Microsoft Dynamics NAV cumulative updates will change the way you look at upgrades

by Henning Lund
CEO, Rapidi,

This article is adapted from an earlier blog post.

If you've been following my blog, you already know that I am quite a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 enthusiast. And as I dig into the capabilities of the product, I keep discovering significant new improvements. For example, did you know that the NAV 2015 RapidStart Upgrade makes it possible to have a three-way code analysis of what impact a new set of objects will have to your existing solution? Of course if any conflict is identified it needs to be managed, but otherwise it's just click and go. The analysis is done in less than 15 minutes, pretty awesome compared to the effort needed previously unless you were an upgrade center or had invested in sophisticated tools. And RapidStart Upgrade also offers a tool to move data around during an upgrade.

So as I was attending Convergence EMEA 2014 in Barcelona in October, I made sure to book a meeting with Mr. RapidStart himself, Dmitry Chadayev, for a chat about the much talked-about NAV 2015.

Eager as I am to sell NAV 2015, I asked Dmitry: "So, when is the right time to upgrade to 2015?" He gave me this answer:

"Previously companies typically waited until Service Pack 1 was released to upgrade to a new NAV version. And it also took time to learn a new version after it was released. Today when it comes to upgrade and quality, each version is as good as another - whether it is a major release or a cumulative update. You can, for example, upgrade when cumulative upgrade 1 is released, just one month ...

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About Henning Lund

Henning has in-depth knowledge about how organizations can benefit from integrating their ERP with their CRM. His international experience and dedication to improving how Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce can be optimized and combined to improve business processes make him a much valued data integration advisor. Henning is CEO at Rapidi and has an impressive track record from various management positions within the Microsoft partner network.

Henning is a trusted advisor to companies that want to gain efficiency by integrating systems. With over 25 years’ experience helping businesses develop, Henning is a seasoned professional with a passion for transforming businesses, sales and marketing operations through out-of-the-box thinking, concepts building and process automation to improve overall performance and scalability.

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