Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV: What’s the Difference? – Part 1

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The Microsoft Dynamics ERP line includes a variety of solutions aimed at different industries and for different purposes. Two of the most common solutions that come up against each other include Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

These two solutions seem very similar at a glance, especially when compared feature for feature, which often raises the question what exactly is the difference between Dynamics AX and NAV. In this two-part post we will look at five areas that set these two ERP solutions apart.

Functionality

The key areas to pay attention to lie in the difference between company size and the industry represented. Dynamics AX will often find favour with the manufacturing industry and public sector because it handles complex manufacturing processes well. In instances where the primary goal is the for the users to easily and quickly process data, Dynamics NAV would probably be a much better option.

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Performance

In the past how each of these systems performed was dependent on the infrastructure.  Microsoft Dynamics AX required a greater investment in server infrastructure because the system is more demanding. With NAV however those costs were substantially lower because the system was less demanding on the hardware. Today both of these solutions can be cloud hosted, on premise or a combination of both.

Interface

The interface of the Dynamics NAV system is significantly more convenient and easily readable for the user because it is similar to the standard Microsoft office products. It also enables the user to go through data quickly. In this regard Dynamics NAV is much more convenient for an ordinary accountant, while a financial analyst will have substantial opportunities when working with Dynamics AX.

Don’t miss part 2 of our post where we look at three more areas that set these two ERP solutions apart.

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WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO GO WITH MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX OR NAV, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH AN ERP SOLUTION FROM MICROSOFT. IF YOU STILL AREN’T SURE WHICH SOLUTION IS BEST SUITED TO YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS, CONTACT STRATEGIX TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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