What is Microsoft Navision ERP?

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Navision is the original ERP system for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  More specifically, “Navision” was the name of a Danish accounting package that was founded in 1983 and which Microsoft acquired in 2002.  Microsoft has 4 business management systems that are part of a category of “Enterprise Resource Planning” systems or ERP that are designed to connect many different business units under one system.  Microsoft “Navision” has had several name changes over time including “Navision Financials”, “Navision Solutions”, “Navision Attain”, and “Microsoft Business Solutions”.  In 2005, Microsoft re-branded this ERP product and called it “Microsoft Dynamics NAV”.  People call this system “NAV” as if one word, however, the correct terminology is spelling out the words “N, A, V”.  Frequently, users today still call it “Navision” though. Learn more and read about What is Microsoft Navision ERP is.

Enterprise Software, like Microsoft Dynamics NAV, is designed to handle the complex interworking of a company’s financials, inventory, warehousing, sales, purchases, manufacturing, etc. under one system to streamline supply chain operations and get a much better idea of trends and business data through advanced detailed reporting.

Throughout its history, Dynamics NAV has been released with many editions to help gain access to this vital business intelligence and to make it both easy to use and customizable to adapt to an organization's unique business needs.

Improvements have been made to NAV in the following areas just discussed:

Business Intelligence:  By utilizing a robust database, such as Microsoft SQL reporting service, business data can be generated and shared for analysis across the enterprise.

User Interface:  A “RoleTailored” User interface was introduced in 2008 to increase productivity by having employees log onto their user interface screens that correspond with their work title to access tasks that are most relevant to their position.  There are 21 "out-of-the-box roles such as Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper, IT Manager, Machine Operator, President, Purchasing Manager and Sales Manager to give some examples.  All of these RoleTailored Client or RTC roles are customizable and new roles can be added.

Customization:  Also in 2008, part of the RoleTailored Client user interface design was part of a new ERP architecture called the Three-Tier Graphical User Interface or “GUI”. In this configuration, the data resides in the SQL database (called the Data Tier), and the top tier accounts for the RTC User Interface called the Client Tier.  The middle tier is called just that or sometimes the Server Tier.  This Middle Tier is a multi-tiered environment that is designed to host and execute all the business logic and makes a significant departure from the previous 2-tier ERP architecture. Having this additional layer makes NAV more scalable and customizable with the addition of NAV’s Web Services which makes it easy for other programs and systems to Integrate.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV continues to be updated and released on a more frequent basis.  The latest version, called has improvements in financial management, document management, enhanced business insights, expanded cloud connectivity with other cloud-based services, and integration with other Microsoft Applications such as CRM, Office 365, and Mobile Technology.

Navision Upgrade Options:

Businesses currently running Microsoft Dynamics NAV can certainly continue to do so.  However, since 2018, when Business Central was released, there have been no future releases of Navision ERP.  Many companies continue to operate Dynamics NAV and the Microsoft Ecosystem of Add-on Solutions, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are still robust.  However, as time moves along, companies that want to fully embrace digital transformation and all the benefits that Cloud ERP Software systems bring, are making the change to Microsoft Business Central.  Cloud ERP customers enjoy having much more frequent updates, and the ability to access their business data from anywhere, In the Office, Online, or a Mobile App.  Furthermore, Cloud ERP Software can have dramatic cost savings associated with fewer requirements for On-Premises Infrastructure and the benefit of never having to go through an expensive upgrade process again.

More Resources About Microsoft Dynamics Navision ERP are listed below:

Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV "Navision"

Microsoft Navision to Business Central Migration FAQ

Learn about Microsoft Dynamics Navision Upgrade Options

Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. a Microsoft NAV Support Partner and Microsoft Business Central Partner in Pennsylvania 

1 thought on “What is Microsoft Navision ERP?”

  1. Does the Microsoft Navision Dynamics 2016 version offer a payment portal or any type of payment integration capability?

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