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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.

SAP Business One.. To Go Version 9.2

Monday, March 6th, 2017

This detailed document (Over 250 pages) for SAP Business One, Version 9.2 is the latest iteration of this overview which goes through module by module, screen by screen for most setup and configuration and use cases for SAP Business One.

Here you should be able to find whatever you need for your SAP Business One implementation, service or support needs.

If you want hand holding through your implementation and training, feel free to click on the chat button below.

A Successful Dynamics NAV 2015 Usergroup Presented

Friday, March 27th, 2015

On Tuesday March 24 Clients First had over 50 people attend our Spring 2015 Microsoft Dynamics NAV User Group at the Microsoft conference center in Iselin NJ.

Numerous topics were covered including:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 New features and capabilities
  • Using NAV with Microsoft Excel
  • Using Microsoft Azure with Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Backup with EverSafe!
  • Multi-Channel e-Commerce for Dynamics NAV
  • And then our classic ‘stump the chump’ Q&A session where a fair number of $5 bills were handed out.

We also gave away an iPad mini to one lucky winner drawn from the bowl.

Here are some pictures and also the full set of presentations.  Thanks for joining us, and please come join us next time as well!

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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.

What new features are there between Dynamics NAV (Navision) versions?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Microsoft has a great (but somewhat hidden) page that allows you to compare the differences in features and functionality between the version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV you are on and the version you may be considering between versions 4.0 to the latest 2015.  If you are on a version older than 4.0, contact us and we can assist you.

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Just click on the versions you are interested in and then the functional areas and you’ll see where enhancements have been made.

Click HERE to check it out!

We hope you find this helpful!