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Upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics GP or SL to NAV

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Microsoft currently offers four on-premise ERP solutions as well as two SaaS based solutions.

The four on-premise (Which can also be hosted in the cloud) are: Dynamics Gl, Dynamics SL, Dynamics AX and Dynamix NAV.  The two SaaS solutions are Dynamics 365 for Financials and Dynamics 365 for Operations.

In THIS article we go into significant detail on the history of the various Microsoft Dynamics solutions, where they are targeted and what the future may hold for them.

If you are on Dynamics SL or Dynamics GP, products and want to move to a solution that has a long term development future or the distribution and manufacturing functionality Dynamics AX or NAV provides,  we recommend you take advantage of Microsoft’s “Product Line Transition” promotions.

Customers who are current on product maintenance get full investment credit for the cost of the original ERP purchase.  If you spent $40,000 on Dynamics GP 10 years ago and want to move to say a $55,000 Dynamics NAV solution, you would only have to pay $15,000 to Microsoft for the switch.  Of course some data conversion, implementation and training are involved, but Clients First can help you minimize that effort required.

Besides having a clear charted course for the future of your ERP solution you’ll gain many new advantages.

Some advantages of moving from Dynamics GP or SL to NAV
  • More powerful and flexible multi-dimensional chart of accounts.
    • Imagine being able to ‘slice and dice’ all of your business entities, department, even companies without growing your chart of accounts.  Traditional solutions like GP require thousands of accounts as you add ways to measure you business.  NAV does not.
  • Latest technology to make mobile computing easier including a 100% Web Client option
  • Broad and deep functionality in areas like advanced distribution, replenishment, warehousing etc.
  • The ability to rapidly customize the solution to your unique business including drag and drop workflow and enterprise content management
  • Native integration to Dynamics CRM (Now Dynamics 365 for Sales)
  • Simple powerful reporting via Excel using Jet Reports for NAV.

There are literally hundreds of reasons to switch.  Hit the chat button below to find out more.  We also have extensive free online training and demonstrations at dynamics-nav-training.com

The History of Microsoft Dynamics ERP Systems – SL, GP, AX & NAV

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Microsoft has multiple ERP solutions that were acquired at different points in the past.  They had somewhat different target markets and capabilities and there still exists some market confusion, especially with the  similar names.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Dynamics SL was originally known as Solomon Software and was acquired by Great Plains who was later acquired by Microsoft.  SL is focused on small and midsized companies with a heavy emphasis on Project Accounting.  However, SL’s technology platform has gotten dated and Microsoft outsourced all development on the product years ago.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP was originally known as Great Plains Dynamics.  At one point, Dynamics was one of the top selling small and mid-market accounting systems and typically was ‘neck and neck’ with State of the Art’s MAS90 (Later to become Sage 100).  It was a very competent general accounting system with basic distribution and manufacturing functionality.  It was based on a language that was built for the solution known as Dexterity.  It’s still sold today, but given that it’s not localized to run outside of the US, it’s not a strategic solution for Microsoft as it moves to the cloud.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Dynamics AX, originally called Axapta, was a solution that was created by a group of executives who left Navision.  It was later acquired by Navision before Navision was acquired by Microsoft.  Axapta historically focused on complex customization, global implementations and later a strong focus on manufacturing.  Over the years Microsoft has pushed AX upmarket to compete head to head with the likes of Oracle and SAP at large multi-national corporations.  Although it can fit a variety of industries and business sizes, its deep functionality and thus longer implementation times leaves it best in complex multi-plant manufacturing environments and those that need to run one system instance across multiple geographies with multiple localization requirements.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Dynamics NAV, formally Navision Financials, was developed by Navision.  It was a solution that introduced many capabilities that have been copied by others since including a multi-dimensional chart of accounts, built in real time summation and analytics for fast summaries and instant drill down anywhere and a rapid development environment designed to be mold-able to a client’s needs rather than a solution that assumes you will change to it’s ‘best practices.’  Over the years, the distribution functionality of NAV was heavily enhanced along with a mid-level range of manufacturing functionality and is ideal for financials only, distribution and light manufacturing companies.

The Future:

Microsoft has known for sometime it needs to streamline its offerings while still not leaving existing clients abandoned.  It’s opportunity to do so became clear while it simultaneously is retooling its solutions to be offered in the cloud.  The fact that Microsoft get’s the majority of its revenues from international sales spells trouble for Dynamics GP & SL because neither solution can be used outside of the US in most cases and are among the only solutions of the hundreds of products Microsoft offers to be in this position.

With Microsoft’s introduction of Dynamics 365 for Financials and Dynamics 365 for Operations, Microsoft has retooled NAV for the small and mid-market cloud ERP market and retooled AX for the upper mid-market and upper market cloud world.

Microsoft has rebuilt the core architectures of NAV & AX to run smoothly in the cloud and to be run completely in a browser.  If you are a mid-size distribution or light manufacturing company, NAV & Dynamics 365 for Financials are the Microsoft solutions to look at today and Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 for Operations for those with complex manufacturing requirements.

Did you know if you are on Dynamics GP or SL (Great Plains or Solomon), you can get 100% of your license investment applied toward upgrading to NAV or AX?  Read more about it HERE.

How Many Companies use Microsoft Dynamics?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

We often here the question from prospects and others, “How many companies use Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics AX etc.

Well Microsoft has just released its 2015 worldwide breakdown a their Convergence Conference that Clients First is attending.

Here are the numbers:

Microsoft Dynamics® AX 20,000 companies
Microsoft Dynamics® GP 47,000 companies
Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 110,000 companies
Microsoft Dynamics® SL 13,500 companies
Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 40,000 companies

 

Dynamics NAV install base

Just with Dynamics NAV alone, over 8,000 companies purchased a new system in the last year as there were only 102,000 last year.

Dynamics AX may have fewer companies using it but they tend to be larger with more user licenses per site.

Dynamics GP and SL are US only solutions and for all intents and purposes, SL is dead as it has shown zero new customers in the last 3 years.  GP, according to Microsoft also shows 0 new customers in the last year.  Obviously there have been new companies buying it but they likely were offset by those abandoning it. Remember, if you own a solution like GP or SL, and are on maintenance, you can get full credit toward a solution like NAV or AX.

It’s our understanding these statistics make Dynamics NAV the most installed and used mid-market ERP system in the world by a decent margin and AX a leader in the upper mid-market as well.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP–Growth Statistics

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

 

The latest statistics are out relative to the overall install base, unit and percentage growth of all four Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM products.

This includes:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM

The conclusion is hands down Microsoft Dynamics NAV is the install base leader.  It’s the most installed mid-market ERP solution in the world.  CRM often has many more users per company so although it only has 40,000 companies on it, that equates to 3 million users.  To compare, NAV has just over a million users with over 100,000 companies.

Dynamics AX has been growing steadily.  The average size and complexity of company using it and average cost of the projects makes AX a much bigger player in terms of overall revenue to Microsoft and the industry than the unit counts would indicate.  For example, many of the new Dynamics GP sales this year were because of heavy promotions selling 3 and 5 user GP systems.  AX rarely get’s installed in companies using less than 20 users.

Clearly Dynamics SL is not a growth product for Microsoft although it does fit the niche of project accounting companies well.

The details are here:

http://www.erpsoftwareblog.com/2014/03/how-many-companies-use-microsoft-dynamics-erp/

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ERP Software Comparison: Satisfying Current Manufacturing & Distribution Trends with Dynamics NAV & GP

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

NAV vs. GP…Head to Head Shootout!

Innovation in the Manufacturing and Distribution sector due to growing channels, third party logistics, global sourcing and cross-sell capabilities have resulted in ERP Software Comparisonlean practices that differentiate industry leaders from their not-so-successful counterparts.  According to the latest Manufacturing & Distribution industry report released by First Research, trends such as More Automation, Less Labor; More Services Required; Increases in Labor Productivity and Electronically Equipped are each directly correlated to new ERP technology.  In short, this means that Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) looking to gain a competitive advantage in the Manufacturing/Distribution industry will need to engage in an ERP software comparison and research to seek out the best system for their business.

We’ll take a closer look at how each of these industry trends are satisfied by a leading ERP software provider-and by comparing Microsoft Dynamics ERP with the NAV and GP solutions specifically designed for SMBs.

More Automation Less Labor

According to the industry report, “Productivity has steadily increased in manufacturing because of the increasing use of machines and, especially, computers.” Although much of this automation can be attributed to innovations in heavy machinery, ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP play a role in maintaining this equipment.  In order to maintain automation, cut costs and the time spent on labor repairing these parts, companies will undergo an in depth ERP software comparison to determine which system can best schedule routine preventive maintenance to fit their unique manufacturing and distribution operations.

More Services Required

The increasing use of computers in the Manufacturing and Distribution field has given way to many companies having their own IT departments in order to service their IT problems.  This is where solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP, in comparison to other customizable ERP software systems, have an advantage.  With the extensive resources Microsoft offers, in addition to training and services provided by your local Microsoft Gold ERP Partner, NAV and GP deliver an adaptable solution that’s easy to maintain.

Increases in Labor Productivity

According to the industry report, “sophisticated computer systems” are to blame when it comes to labor productivity.  This is no surprise when undergoing an ERP software comparison between solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP.  Both NAV and GP provide companies with the ability to customize dashboards which give users access to real-time information at the click of a button-ultimately cutting down on the time it takes to navigate confusing systems.

Electronically Equipped

This is probably one of the most important trends in Manufacturing and Distribution that both Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP facilitate.  According to the industry report, companies now have computer systems that control “the identification and throughput of individual items.”  When comparing the inherent functionality in both NAV and GP ERP systems, companies can easily barcode and keep track of skus.  This item information ties back to purchase orders, procurement, fulfillment and accounting-streamlining distribution business processes for you.

Finding the Best Fit for your Company

Accurate and informational ERP software comparisons can be difficult to come across-especially with the overwhelming amounts of information available.  It can also be difficult to determine which systems satisfy current Manufacturing and Distribution trends-as well as their ability to fulfill small and mid-size business models.

The best way to compare the tools and functionality of each system is to either compile research on your own, or attend an ERP Shootout webinar that will demo each solution separately and conclude with a high level overview of differences.

The advantage of attending these shootout webinars is that 1.) you won’t have to complete research on your own, and 2.) you have the opportunity to ask questions about each system.

Watch the recording from our ERP Shootout webinar showcasing Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. GP to get an idea of which system is right for your business.

Also, keep checking our webinar portal for updates and other upcoming ERP shootouts.

NAV vs GP ERP Shootout