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The pros and cons of upgrading to Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations version 8.

No solution is perfect, but luckily there are more pros than cons when it comes to upgrading to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations v8.1.

Let’s start with the Cons.  

  • You’re going to have monthly updates. This means monthly regression testing - or at the very least 6-monthly testing for major releases in October and April.
  • Want to opt out of updates? You’ll need to manually opt-out of an update if any issues arise from regression testing. But you’ll only be able to opt-out for a single update cycle.
  • Updates have been known to break things. Think about the Windows 10 update and how .NET apps were laid to waste around the world.

Now for the Pros.  

  • Stay current! Upgrading to version 8.1 will mean you are always running the latest version and features.
  • It’s harder to ‘break’. Standard functionality is “sealed” – so nobody can change the standard code (no more breaking standard functionality), instead, you can take an extend approach.
  • No more costly upgrades. Future updates will non-breaking, so this will be the last “expensive” upgrade you need to go through.
  • Better support. Moving to 8.1 improves the support you’ll get. With everyone on the same version, supporting functionality is simpler and hotfixes are automatically applied each month.
  • More focus on functionality. With 8.1 Microsoft no longer needing to back-port functionality, they will spend more time on adding functionality for a single version instead of maintaining it for multiple versions.
  • No waiting. Yes, Microsoft are working towards zero down-time deployments.

And the biggest Pro of them all?

In just 4-6 weeks1 we can get you upgraded to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations v8.1 and looking good.

So why wait?

1 Timeframe depends on a number of factors, any existing code overlayering will require additional time to move to extensions.


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