Feedback is critical for Microsoft to improve Business Central and all of their other products.
For this reason a preview is published of the upcomming release this fall. You can install this using Docker and I’ve been told a DVD will be made available soon.
This release will be the biggest change since the introduction of the Three Tier model and Role Tailored Client and fits into the row completing the move to SQL Server and Dos to Windows.
The move to AL is probably the smallest change here. AL has been running side-by-side with C/Side for a few releases and is proven stable.
More important are dropping the Windows Client and the refactoring of parts as described here. https://github.com/microsoft/ALAppExtensions
I strongly encourage every partner to reflect their solution against the preview.
Learn from the past
When Microsoft introduced Pages and the Role Tailored Concept the majority of the partners ignored the first wave and waited until they persieved it as more mature.
However, when the majority moved it was too late to give feedback as the base architecture was carved in stone and decisions were made that were irreversable.
Running multiple platforms side-by-side like in the days with SQL Server and Native, or Classic Client and RTC is too expensive and partners are using it as an excuse not to move forward.
Ask for help
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Help is available in a large quantity of resources. Getting started can be hard.
An example is the blog from Saurav who explains in clear steps how to get started with clear screenshots from the docker preview.
The Penalty for sitting it out
Even though some may disagree, upgrading Navision has always been a very easy and straight forward process, especially if you did frequent small steps.
It was harder if you waited longer, but a direct upgrade from Navision Financials 2.01 to version 4.3 or 5.0 were no exceptions.
With the introduction of 2009 a mandatory in-between step was introduced that everyone has to go through which IMHO is the real reason upgrades got a bad reputation.
NAV2018 or Business Central Spring release are other examples of mandatory steps to go through before upgrading and moving to the cloud becomes harder the longer you want as will the price increase.
When the gap becomes too big the chance of dropping out increases and as a community we should do anything we can to prevent that.