13 reasons for selecting Microsoft Dynamics NAV

The selection of an ERP system is a time-consuming and demanding process. Frequently, the decisions made determine the success and growth of the entire organization. Therefore, it is advisable to learn all the pros for selecting an ERP system, such as its flexibility, perfectly-tailored functionality, extension possibilities, quality and reliability.
We encourage you to read about the main reasons that make Microsoft Dynamics NAV the best choice for small and medium-sized companies, operating both locally and globally.

Proven in 160,000 organizations worldwide

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is the most recognized ERP system that has been launched by Microsoft on the global market. Until now, it has been implemented in 160,000 companies in 195 countries worldwide. It streamlines daily operations of 2,700,000 system users.

As an ERP system it is highly valued by its users. Its intuitiveness, comprehensive functionality, flexibility and simplicity are its main assets. With its well-known interface similar to other Microsoft products such as Office, it can be easily learned.

To ensure increased efficiency, Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed on the basis of 'role centers'. The Role Center provides a personalized user interface for different user roles or users. With the Role Center, the user has instant access to all information relevant to the user’s role and responsibilities.

Offers complete support to its users

The ERP system ensures comprehensive support in business management. Due to its in-depth integration with Office 365 and readiness for the Microsoft Azure cloud, CRM cloud-based apps such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business edition for Sales and Marketing, users have received a powerful tool for management, analytics and workflow management. By combining a vast array of Microsoft innovative solutions, Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers enhanced capabilities to its users. The ability to link email messages, calendars and files with relevant data, reports and business processes ensures streamlined access to all information and more conscious decision-making.

Continuously developed to keep up with the changing business needs

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is under continued development to meet the new needs of entrepreneurs and accommodate changing trends and technologies. System developers ensure that each subsequent system version offers new values and innovative capabilities that facilitate users’ work. The system has undergone immense transformation in recent years. For example, the Microsoft Dynamics 2017 version has been extended with innovative and revolutionary solutions and tools such as Cortana Intelligence, Microsoft Flow or PowerApps.

In addition, functional enhancements have been introduced in the areas of financial management, jobs, inventory management and CRM. Microsoft Dynamics NAV also offers an improved user experience, including system setup and configuration.

Moreover, NAV 2017 is the next step towards the integration of Microsoft solutions, along with deeper integration with Office Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Power BI and Microsoft Bookings,

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 offered many innovations for business management. Therefore, starting from this version, the system has been recognized as a simple and intuitive business management tool. New functions ensure both swift implementation and fast upgrades. The most outstanding features included mobile client, E-everything, more than 60 enhancements for the Web client, workflows, enhancements for the financial management area, native integration with Azure SQL, Power BI and CRM apps.

With increased flexibility, NAV 2015 has become faster to implement and easier to use compared to the previous versions. This version provides an improved user interface, deeper integration with Office 365, cash flow management functionality and tools for automated mapping of modifications from NAV 2013 to NAV 2015. In addition, the system became available in the tablet client version.

The NAV 2013 release was really revolutionary. The system was enriched with a variety of new features. These enhancements included integration with OneNote, increased capabilities of Web clients, RapidStart tools, cash flow forecasting, cost accounting, as well as assembly management and other.
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 version was the first one to provide the Role Center along with personalization and customization capabilities for users and user roles. The system offered a unique user experience that boosted efficiency and productivity. Enhanced capabilities also included Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration and business data visualizations.

Enables you to work anytime from anywhere

The system can be used like other Microsoft Office tools you are familiar with, ensuring smooth Outlook and Microsoft Excel integration and a single-system experience. Working with integrated solutions, you can perform your daily tasks almost without leaving your inbox. Microsoft Dynamics NAV ensures access to the same advanced functionality on iOS, Android and Windows clients, providing computer, laptop and mobile users with a reliable, standardized working environment. The system can be accessed from any device.

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Deployed both in the cloud or on an on-premise server

Microsoft Dynamics NAV can be deployed in the traditional model – on a local server located on the customer’s premises – or optionally, using the latest technological advancements – on the cloud platform. The decision on selecting the deployment model depends on the customer’s expectations, IT infrastructure maintenance costs, the system’s customizability and accessibility as well as control capabilities.

Both options imply some benefits and limitations. The cloud-based model is beneficial especially for small and medium-sized companies with no IT infrastructure. For many companies, purchasing servers and hardware as well as employing IT staff is a barrier they are not able to overcome. Cloud computing enables you to reduce initial costs to the minimum. The ERP system based on the cloud does not require a huge initial investment. Traditional servers are considered more reliable and system performance is not dependent on access to the Internet.

Available in 195 language versions

Dynamics NAV is available in 195 local language versions, which a great assets for companies operating globally. If a local version is not available from Microsoft within the standard version portfolio, it can be delivered by a local Microsoft partner. Such local versions provide extensive functionality that meets the legal and accounting requirements of a specific country and can be released to the market provided that they have been certified for Microsoft Dynamics NAV by Microsoft.

Offers rich functionality

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a system that offers enhanced functionalities for financial management and accounting, fixed assets, marketing, logistics, manufacturing, service and projects. These features are continuously developed to provide modern business with the powerful and tailored-made capabilities it requires.

To meet a variety of particular needs of companies operating in different areas of business, the core functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV can be extended with industry-specific solutions.
The ERP system can also be easily integrated with a range of business solutions, such as Office 365, CRM apps and business analytics applications. With such integration and enhancement capabilities, even the most demanding companies are able to set up a solution that accommodates all their needs.

Tailored to the specific needs of each industry

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is used in all industries, from trade and distribution, retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics through to services and finance.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV users most frequently select the following industry solutions:
Human Resources and Payroll – It enhances Microsoft Dynamics NAV functionality for human resources and payroll management. With this solution, it is possible to create a human resources and payroll database, as well as generate various types of documents, maintain work time and time and absence sheets, calculate employee remuneration and benefits, and post the payroll based on definable criteria.

LS NAV – A complete solution that streamlines omni-channel retail management. LS NAV enables you to track your sales, inventories, and product life cycle throughout all sales channels, in points of sales or on an e-commerce platform and from mobile devices.

Cosmo Consult Process Manufacturing – A business solution for the process manufacturing industry, particularly for manufacturers of plastics and chemicals such as paints and varnishes.

Warehouse Management System (WMS) – An end-to-end industry solution that facilitates warehouse activities. Its aim is to increase business process efficiency, improve quality, boost staff performance and automate operations.

Gantt’s chart – A very useful tool designed for the planning and scheduling of projects and production. It is a graphical method for visualized planning, including project phases, tasks and jobs scheduled on the timeline.

Incadea.DMS – A dealer management solution with a proven market track record.

Fleet planning – A solution for logistics and transportation companies. The functionalities with increased control capabilities for fuel usage and fuel level fluctuations, as well as an overview of vehicle routes and locations displayed on the map of Europe, multiple reports (e.g. tachograph electronic reports and human resources data).

Modus Furniture – A package of sophisticated tools designed for the furniture and wood processing industries. Modus Furniture can boost your competitiveness by enhancing your business presence in niches and supporting the diversity of your offerings for various target furniture markets.

The solution can be integrated with other business software

When selecting an ERP system, it is worth considering its integration capabilities to ensure that it can be enhanced with add-on software.

The most popular business solutions include:

Microsoft Azure – A flexible and very efficient cloud platform, which helps companies to grow and respond promptly to changes. The Azure platform ensures unlimited scalability and efficiency, as well as the possibility to use the unlimited capacity of secure data warehouse.

Master Data Management System – A comprehensive solution designed for master data synchronization and data management in dispersed and multi-subsidiary organizations. It improves management and workflow in multi-subsidiary companies.

Document Capture – A powerful business solution for scanning, registering and archiving company documents. It streamlines back office processes and eliminates redundant paperwork.

Continia Expense Management – A mobile client solution that speeds up the settlement of all expenses incurred by mobile employees.

Jet Reports – A comprehensive solution for business reporting and business intelligence analytics designed for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

TARGIT Decision Suite – The only business intelligence platform that offers visual data discovery tools, self-service business analytics, reporting, and transparent and intuitive dashboards within a single, integrated solution.

Electronic data exchange (EDI) – A communication method for exchanging messages between systems in a standardized format. Such messages can include orders or invoices.

agiles Workflow – An add-on solution for effective workflow management. It comprises rich functional extensions, which enable you to create an efficient workflow and automate task list management.

Portal B2B – A solution that supports efficient collaboration and data exchange between customers, partners and employees.

Office 365 – A collection of efficiency-boosting applications using the capabilities of cloud computing. With Office 365, you improve collaboration with your organization by sharing your files online, using a HD video conferencing tool, business e-mail and social networking platform.

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Implementation success guaranteed

To ensure successful delivery, implementation projects are performed in compliance with the Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step methodology. This methodology is a set of guidelines, tools and best practices based on many years’ experience gained by Microsoft consultants and partners. It incorporates proven procedures that contribute to the faster delivery of an implementation project, ensuring increased quality and cost reductions at the same time.

The first version of the Microsoft Sure Step Methodology was published in 2007 and was based on experience in worldwide Microsoft Dynamics implementation projects.

In this methodology, the following five project types are distinguished based on their scope and complexity: Standard, Rapid, Enterprise, Agile and Upgrade. All these project types comprise 6 project phases: Diagnosis, Analysis, Design, Development, Deployment and Operation.

Effective for multi-subsidiary, multi-company and multi-language implementations

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an effective solution that ensures effective and smooth communication within multi-subsidiary and multi-language companies as well as corporate business organizations. Frequently, such companies struggle with organizational problems and unstructured workflow. As they use multiple and separate databases, they experience problems due to data inconsistencies, inaccurate pricing policy and a lack of control over their business processes and process output.

To streamline implementation projects in such organizations, IT.integro has created the Master Data Management System solution (MDMS). The solution has been designed to synchronize and manage central data management systems in dispersed organizations. The solution is useful when a local subsidiary uses a stand-alone database. It can be implemented if subsidiaries (and the company headquarters) have already deployed or have planned to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Reliable for international projects

Microsoft Dynamics NAV proves to be an ideal solution not only for local implementations, but also for projects with a global reach, accommodating all multi-language, multi-currency needs and specific legal requirements.

International implementation projects are delivered based on the Global Template, which incorporates processes, data and functionalities which have been standardized from the global perspective of the multi-subsidiary company. A global implementation project involves the reproduction of the global template implemented in one subsidiary to other subsidiaries within the capital group.

Implemented by certified Microsoft partners

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is provided only by certified Microsoft partners. Along with the system, partners deliver add-on values within their services involving project planning, deployment, customizations and support for the ERP system.

As the strategic Microsoft Dynamics NAV partner in Poland, IT.integro cooperates with Microsoft on educating the market about integrated IT systems and implements Dynamics NAV.

For its experience and knowledge, IT.integro has been awarded many distinctions, including Microsoft Partner Gold Enterprise Resource Planning. It was also a finalist in the 2016 Microsoft Dynamics Regional Partner for Central and Eastern Europe of the Year and a member of the prestigious group of President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics.