There’s one unfortunate truth that is universal of software: Eventually, you have to upgrade. Running outdated software and expecting it to keep up with your continuously evolving business isn’t only unwise; it’s dangerous. Imagine what could happen if that infrastructure crumbles, or if a software update renders a critical component of your existing framework inoperable.

This is why it is absolutely crucial to ensure your business is running the latest versions of all applicable software. New versions bring easier interfaces, more secure operation and more efficient workflows, along with more stable and reliable performance.

If you’re thinking of upgrading from NAV 2010 to NAV 2013, here’s what you need to know:

Back Up Your Data
Before beginning any upgrade or update, you should back up all of your mission-critical data to a safe location. Microsoft has designed the transition from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2010 to 2013 to run seamlessly, but safety is always better than regret. Keeping your data backed up is just a good business practice and protects you from worst-case scenarios.

Start Soon
Yes, the actual install process will take time out of your week. But you can limit the shock to users and the loss in productivity by starting the transition early. Alert your employees to the fact that you are preparing an update, and conduct quick training sessions so your employees know what to expect once NAV 2013 goes live. There’s no point in upgrading if your staff doesn’t know how to take advantage of Dynamics NAV’s new features. You should also run upgrade drills with your NAV team so every detail is covered before the installation begins.

Dedicate a Team
You may be tempted to assign the upgrade to your IT department and call it a day, but it’s best to create a custom transition team who is assigned the task of overseeing the full upgrade. This, plus the help of a certified Microsoft partner, will ensure that your Microsoft Dynamics upgrade runs as smoothly as possible. Accountability helps, as does a project leader with ERP deployment experience.

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