In the past few months, Microsoft Dynamics NAV was released in two versions:
Dynamics NAV 2018, on-premises, was released in late 2017. Its new cloud-based version, Dynamics 365 Business Central, was released in the spring of 2018.
Following the Dynamics NAV release schedule, LS Nav will soon be available in two versions, too.
LS Nav 2018
LS Nav 2018, released in January 2018, employs the same technology and code as LS Nav 2017 (which will be supported until the end of 2021). LS Nav 2018 also supports the Events and Extensions technology, which enables third parties to easily add and preserve their customizations to the system.
We plan to constantly add new functionality and deliver new updates to LS Nav 2018 up to the end of 2019. The system will furthermore be supported until the end of 2022.
LS Nav 365
LS Nav 365 (on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central) is expected in the fall of 2018. LS Nav 365 will be totally integrated with other products in the Microsoft stack; this means you will be able to work with products such as Office 365, Power BI, PowerApps, Cortana, and more.
Customers will have the choice to run the system:
- as Software as a Service (SaaS) in the cloud, in Dynamics 365
- as a hybrid solution.
(Few) differences and (many) similarities
The two versions use different technology, but when it comes to functionality, expect to see little difference between the two.
As a matter of fact, LS Nav 2018 and LS Nav 365 will have the same codebase. This means that transitioning from one version to the other will be very easy for users – especially if add-ons and customizations to the system have been built using the Events and Extensions technology.
This is great news for all retailers who are interested in LS Nav 365, but are currently using or planning to implement LS Nav 2018, as well as for retailers who don’t want to wait until fall 2018 to update their management system. “There is no reason to wait. My advice is, get the current version of LS Nav,” suggests Magnus Norddahl, CEO and President at LS Retail. “If you delay upgrading your technology, you risk harming your competitive advantage. Get LS Nav 2018 now. Thanks to our hybrid plan, you will be able to move easily to LS Nav 365 when you are ready,” Magnus concludes.
The hybrid plan
LS Nav 365 can also be deployed as a hybrid solution, that is, combining a mix of on-premises and cloud-based applications in the same IT environment. Although not all retailers are already familiar with it, the hybrid cloud promises to be the next big thing in IT. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, cloud usage will mostly be hybrid.
For us at LS Retail, hybrid is the future. A hybrid model gives you the possibility to choose how, and to what extent, you want to rely on cloud-based services. A hybrid model enables even businesses that can’t depend on stable network connection to leverage the innovation taking place in the cloud. At the same time, hybrid solutions are also ideal for businesses that wish to preserve their on-premises investments, and want to innovate while maintaining a cautious approach.
At LS Retail, we don’t believe that one size fits all. That’s why we are fully committed to the hybrid plan.
We believe that finding the right mix of on-premises and cloud applications for your organization will be the key to competitive differentiation and success. With LS Nav, you can do just that.
“My advice is: don’t wait. Get the current version of LS Nav. The market is very dynamic right now, and things are happening fast. If you delay upgrading your technology, you risk harming your competitive advantage. The magic of our future plan – the hybrid plan – is that it is built on a single code base. You don’t have to choose between in-house and in-cloud, because both systems can coexist. And you shouldn’t worry about being left out of the new technology: when you are ready to cross over from in-house to in-cloud, it will be easy.”
Magnus Norddahl, CEO and President at LS Retail