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Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV for the Distribution Industry

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If you’re a distributor, you’re probably wondering what the differences are between Microsoft Dynamics® AX and Microsoft Dynamics® NAV.  Both are powerhouses in the Microsoft line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that are often compared and considered by businesses looking for a comprehensive ERP solution.  They actually have more in common than they differ and making a choice between the two software solutions often has more to do with your business than the software itself.

Both Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX provide comprehensive management capabilities for finances, manufacturing and supply chain, sales and marketing, project and services management, as well as provide business intelligence and reporting functionality.  They both include multi-language and currency options and can work in one centralized location or within multiple locations.  They are both highly customizable and are scalable to grow as your business grows.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is primarily geared toward smaller to mid-sized businesses that include some level of international operations.  This software solution is affordable and levels the field by enabling smaller businesses to compete with larger organizations.  The implementation phase for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is often less involved, quick, and requires a small implementation team.

Microsoft Dynamics AX is tailored for the larger, enterprise class of businesses that have more of an international footprint.  Both software solutions have powerful language and currency control, but Microsoft Dynamics AX offers additional capabilities for managing end-to-end global processes.  Businesses with larger supply chains or that have inventory spread across the globe will have greater inventory and supply chain control with Microsoft Dynamics AX, as well as greater visibility into each of those locations.  Larger businesses often have more complex operations, so Microsoft Dynamics AX will likely have a longer implementation phase and require a larger team involved in the planning, implementation, and follow-up phases.

The long list of functionalities for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX are very similar.  Both software solutions are highly effective in providing the insight needed to improve productivity and profitability, and drive business growth.  The real differences in these two software solutions have more to do with your business characteristics, as they were designed for different types of organizations based on size, structure, and business goals.  Contact OmniVue for more information about choosing the right ERP software solution for your business.

By OmniVue, a Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV Partner out of Georgia

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