Off-The-Shelf or Couture Software?

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When shopping for your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, consider whether an off-the-shelf solution will do, or whether you really need something more customized to your specific operations.  Today’s premier software, like Microsoft Dynamics® NAV, offers comprehensive functionality right out of the box, but there are also options to customize this solution, especially for the distribution industry.

The goal for finding the right ERP solution is to find one that fits like Cinderella and her glass slipper.  You don’t want your ERP to be too big or too small.  Spending more money on software with extra features that you won’t use or are unlikely to use is wasteful, both up front and in the long run.  Cumbersome software with too many bells-and-whistles can be confusing to the users, which will lead to erroneous data entry and eventually to complete abandonment.  On the other hand, software that doesn’t capture all of your critical business data will leave you incomplete, like finding the right suit, but not having the right shoes.

Using NAV-X in combination with Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed for off-the shelf use for manufactures and distributors. You can use the functionality you need from NAV-X without being bogged down by the features you don’t. These comprehensive, integrated solutions together include features to manage financials, supply chain, manufacturing, inventory control, warehouse management, project and services management, human resources and payroll, and many more core business operations.

Sometimes businesses have unique operations or special strategic goals.  If your business requires a feature that is not already included in these solutions, your Licensed Microsoft Dynamics Partner can customize that feature for you.  Having a complete ensemble, the ability to capture and analyze all of your core business data, is important when making the accurate, quick decisions that drive business growth.

Working together, you and your software provider can find an ERP solution that best meets your specific business needs.  You can use these solutions right out-of-the-box or customize certain features to best match your business operations today, as well as into the future as business needs may change.  View this demo for more information about NAV-X and how it can extend the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV:


By Sheldon Kralstein of NAV-X, LLC, Advanced Distribution Solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (


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