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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

Top 12 Microsoft Dynamics NAV features that help cope with the tough economy

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

 Running a better business via Dynamics NAV (Formally Navision)

imageThere are three kinds of people: those who watch things happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

The world is in crisis. Some countries are hit harder than the others, some markets have sunk deeper than the others, but the effects of global economic recession are obvious, and if the crisis didn’t hit you yet, fasten your seatbelt—it surely will.

With the whole world wondering what’s going on, the winners will be those who learn to navigate the troubled waters and make things happen. This is much easier with a piece of good business management software, such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Recession is more than skin deep, and no small or medium-sized business can possibly mitigate the macroeconomic cause-and-effect avalanche that led to current situation. Instead of prescribing a cure that’ll save the world (maybe another time), I’ll focus on three elephant-obvious symptoms that affect everybody:

  • Declining sales: lack of money clogs the wheels of perceived obsolescence, and people stop buying unless it’s necessary. From consumers, this symptom quickly cascades all the way up the supply chain, and suddenly everyone is affected.
  • Decreasing profitability: less sales means less revenue, which means lower margins. Unless you find a way to decrease operating costs, you face a serious profitability issue. Corporations can lay off thousands to save billions; small to mid-sized businesses cannot.
  • Illiquidity: less profit means less cash to operate. As if this is not bad enough, less sales can easily mean more cash trapped inside excess inventory of both raw materials and finished products. Unless you harness your demand/supply balance forces.

These three are are linked together tightly, and tend to spiral around in endless cycles. But there is good news for you: Microsoft Dynamics NAV can actually help you tame the recession beast.


Handling Prepayments in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A Video on handling prepayments in Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)

In this demo, you learn how NAV 2009 can be used in a common prepayment situation.  Follow a typical accounting manager as default values are setup, and then how the person taking orders applies those values to a specific customer.  Then see how an Accounts Receivable clerk prepares final invoicing.

Click below to see the video in high definition.

Don’t forget we have an entire site dedicated to Dynamics NAV training and demo videos.  It’s free and merely requires registration at


Epicor 9 chosen again- Fluid Bag moving forward with a new ERP project

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Epicor announced today that Fluid-Bag Ltd is going to implement Epicor 9.  They shortlisted their search to three products but in the end went with Epicor. 

The common theme is once again is the ease of use, dash boarding and how easy it is to customize without messing with the source code.

See the press release below:

Epicor ease of use wins. Flexible Container moves forward with Epicor 9

SAP Business One 8.8 Dashboards

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

SAP recently announced that service update 12 will include a new “Dashboard” feature in the solution.  In this release the ‘Dashboards’ are more for demonstration and testing purposes but it shows you what you will be able to do soon.

They recorded a webinar/video which I have posted in hi-def on youtube.  To check out how the dashboard feature works, see below: