Are You Considering Making an Investment in Dynamics Nav or Have You Already Done So?
A recent article by Partner Power International highlighted some particularly insightful stats about the Microsoft Dynamics customer landscape: now is a great time to be a Dynamics NAV user with NAV representing 45% of the total installed license base globally and amounting to around 94,000 companies using this particular ERP system. Furthermore, NAV is the biggest slice of the Dynamics pie with other products in the suite taking in the following shares: GP (21%), CRM (19%), AX (9%), SL (6%).
These statistics are not obvious. However, they don’t surprise us either. Why? Here are three reasons why Dynamics NAV is, and is likely to remain, the leading ERP product in the Microsoft arsenal:
1. Copy and paste bi-directional ease of use between Excel and NAV
Working with tabular data is a core element of any ERP user experience. At first, it may seem strange to list this as the number one reason NAV will remain Microsoft’s killer ERP app, however, it represents a great example of how Microsoft is anticipating user needs and typical use cases, and creating features that drive efficiency in a big way. Of course, there are many additional examples of ways that NAV makes previously complex tasks almost effortless, cutting out redundant activities, saving time, and increasing accuracy.
2. NAV is the leading Dynamics ERP product for SharePoint integration
Although they are related, documents and images need to be managed differently from the structured, transactional data that ERP systems manage. SharePoint and Office 365 have become a leading technology for company portals, knowledge management, and access to data. NAV2013 ships with tools for integrating SharePoint documents and the NAV Portal Framework – a robust set of tools for creating role-tailored user ERP experiences in SharePoint. Having SharePoint as a turn-key aspect of your investment in NAV means that your business will get organized faster and be on its way to streamlined data management.
3. NAV will be the first Dynamics product to be cloud-ready
In the future, most ERP systems will live in the cloud and the advantages are clear: infrastructure costs are lowered and data can be accessed from anywhere on virtually any platform, including mobile phones and tablets. In addition, cloud-based solutions mean that businesses can scale up and down easily during busy or slow months, making them more flexible by allowing them to meet their needs without redundant investments. The sooner businesses adopt these changes, the better. Having NAV at the forefront of these developments in the Dynamics suite makes it an appealing prospect.
Dynamics NAV: Into the Future
Over the years, Dynamics NAV has succeeded by blending an intuitive user interface with an acute understanding of a business’ operational needs to create a unique software solution. Through staying at the forefront of feature and function developments like those listed above, NAV continues to establish its hold on the market – with good reason.