Every now and then, we check in with our partners and colleagues to get a sense of how quickly – or slowly – companies are moving from older versions of NAV to the latest version. Although the speed seems to be picking up, it hasn’t really improved much. Just last week, for example, a review of 8,000 installations revealed that 70% of the on-premise installations surveyed are no longer on mainstream support, meaning they are still on NAV 2009 or earlier.
Just to put this into perspective, when some of our staff first teamed up with Microsoft to deliver the hands-on labs on Report Design and Transformation in Berlin and San Diego in 2011, we did not imagine that, 5 years later, the community would only have moved a fraction of the install base and would still be dealing with this issue every day. Yet here we are.
Today, just ahead of the release of a new version of NAV in October 2016, even more installations are coming off mainstream support. With every layer of new functionality that Microsoft adds, the steps required to bring these older solutions up-to date become a bit more time-consuming, complex and costly. At the same time, the pressure to accept fixed-scope, fixed-price and fixed-delivery upgrade projects only keeps growing. Can these opposing trends be reconciled?