The 4 Flavors of Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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Posted by: briansittley Comments: 0 0 Post Date: September 24, 2015

dynamics erpAs a Microsoft Dynamics NAV reseller of many years specializing almost exclusively in companies that engage in manufacturing and distribution, we frequently find ourselves describing what Dynamics is and, right after that, why there are four different “versions.”  While those “versions” are the result of separate Microsoft acquisitions of different, unrelated firms over the years, over time Microsoft has folded its offerings under the single umbrella named “Dynamics” and offered four entirely different ERP products.
Today’s post comes from a site called OnWindows, which, according to its website: “provides news and industry thought leadership on Microsoft and partner technology in the enterprise.”  We thought they did a pretty good job of describing the products and their target markets – and give confirmation to why we chose one of the only two Dynamics products (AX and NAV) focused on manufacturing firms.  Here’s what they had to say in a post you can find here.
Microsoft Dynamics AX

  • Company size: emerging and mid-sized
  • Target industries: wholesale distribution, manufacturing, public sector, non-profit, retail, professional services, software, transportation
  • Target market: company revenue of US$50 million-US$2 billion
  • Strengths: industry-specific solution templates for distribution, retail, professional services, manufacturing, lean and public sector; enterprise functionality – share data across companies, e-banking, supports a shared services model; agile business enabling technology; integration tools support legacy and newest technology; integrated document control; automates procedures; enterprise reporting and analysis.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

  • Company size: small to large and everything in between
  • Target industries: healthcare, distribution, education, government agencies, non-profit, retail, consumer packaged goods
  • Target market: US$5 million-US$1 billion
  • Strengths: integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM; business alerts, routines, wizards and help; easy to customize; field service suite; collections management; extensive third-party offerings; integrated fixed asset module; integrated HR and payroll; integration with office.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

  • Company size: small to mid-sized
  • Target industries: consumer packaged goods, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, retail, professional services, high tech, oil and gas
  • Target market: US$10 million-US$500 million
  • Strengths: highly flexible and customizable; strong multi-company and consolidation support for unlimited companies in one database; localized in multi-country and multi-language; strong financial and cash management; supply chain management; three-tier architecture; job costing; Microsoft Office integration; basic HR.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • Company size: small to mid-sized
  • Target industries: contracting and government contracting, professional services, oil and gas, field services, construction, distribution
  • Target market: US$10 million-US$500 million
  • Strengths: strong multi-company support; easily customizable; time and expense for employees; professional services functionality; architectural, engineering and construction functionality; web-enabled project management functions; web services; integrated payroll module; government contract compliance capabilities; standard Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration.


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