Microsoft Dynamics GP vs NAV: An Analysis

Real-time core business process is a mandatory entity for a small and midsize business. As the year 2016 looks promising for many technology-based SMBs, there is predictably an increased demand for effective tracking of inventory, production capacity, and cash flow, etc. This can be achieved by ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) which gives a comprehensive view of the complete set of business resources under one umbrella.

When choosing the ERP to fit their Business, people run into a dilemma between many brands prescribed by the blogs. If they chalk-in Microsoft as the most reliable vendor, their uncertainty will only be strengthened by a choice between Microsoft Dynamics GP(formerly Great Plains Software) and NAV(formerly Navision). To make this pivotal business decision, it is must to analyze and discern the differences between both NAV and GP.  



Suitable for Mid-Market Business with a comparatively higher number of resources.

Suitable for Small Businesses with comparatively lesser resources.

It will have higher flexibility to meet the dynamic business needs and comes with many out-of-box functionalities.

Obstinate and only for companies switching from entry-level accounting software

Fully featured ERP offering distribution, job control, manufacturing, service management, and sales and marketing.

Has authorized independent vendors for developing software for Bolt-ons.

Can Work in International Environment which requires decentralization

GreatPlains are not scaleable to International Environments.

Inventory tracking is done with the help of multiple characteristics to bring down the number of inventory items in the system.

Inventory Control is achieved by managing effectively on a site-by-site basis. This will result in reduced human intervention and thereby increased accuracy.

Deployment Timeframe: (4-6 months)

Deployment Timeframe: (3-6 months)

NAV Integrates using web services

GP Offers Strong Integration toolset

Uses a third party solution for Payrolls

Has Integrated Payroll System

Uses Jet, an Excel-based reporting solution for financial reporting

Uses Management Report (SQL based) with Jet Express

Comes with huge certified third-party ISV solution providers network that works within the software itself.

It will have dedicated functionality for a vast network of certified third-party ISV solution providers.

It has more than 110K customers

Has approximately 50k customers

Depending upon the requirement, it is better to make a stern decision between NAV and GP. To infer, if your business is not well established yet in the Mid-market sector, it is advisable to go for Microsoft Dynamics GP. In case, your business is run with a higher scale of resources, Microsoft Dynamics NAV will be an appropriate choice. If your Small Business is venturing out with the intense ambition to climb the next level, it is befitting to transform from mere GP to mighty NAV.

References :
Which Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution is for me?
Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. Microsoft Dynamics GP

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