The Differences Between Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP & NAV

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Today I'm comparing the differences between products in the Microsoft Dynamics product line. Specifically, we're looking at the differences between Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP, and Dynamics NAV because these three offer the most common feature set and overlap, and we get the most questions to help differentiate those when organizations are trying to determine which one is best for them.

They can be summarized by categorizing them into two different groups. The first: large, global, manufacturing, international organization--basically the Fortune 1000. The second group: mid-market. Mid-market organizations are loosely defined today as companies with up to a billion in revenue and about 250 users.

Now for the product comparison; it's pretty simple: Dynamics AX is Microsoft's best-of-breed solution, built for the Fortune 1000. It competes regularly with solutions such as SAP and Oracle. If your organization is a multinational manufacturer with hundreds of users, Dynamics AX is a solution you should look at. It's not for the faint of heart--implementations will take upwards of a year or longer and will require on-site, local, dedicated project management, but the solution is powerful, feature-rich and worth a look.

If you're not that big or that scale seems a little too much for your organization, take a look at Dynamics GP or NAV. Both of these were built for the mid-market, which is that tier below the Fortune 1000. These solutions have a lot of overlap.

GP is a best-of-breed, off-the-shelf solution typically designed for organizations where they're going to tailor their workflow to the way GP does it. It's very common for these implementations to have ISV which stands for independent software vendor, or third-party vendor products as a part of the total solution.

Dynamics NAV on the other hand doesn't have quite the same feature set as Dynamics GP; however, it has a very strong tool set to enable you to tailor and customize that solution to meet unique needs. So, if there are unique tracking requirements, or unique module or functional requirements that you're having trouble finding a solution, or if you have a unique process and you want to leverage and automate that process NAV would be a good look. NAV is a little bit stronger in distribution and manufacturing; GP is a little bit stronger in financials and financial reporting, but both have all the functionality and are quite good.

There you have it.  A high level comparison of the differences between Microsoft’s global enterprise software – Dynamics AX and its mid-market solutions Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP.

If you want more detail, we've got a couple of other videos in our library that dig into more of the details and compare them a little closer.

The Differences Between Microsoft Dynamics Solutions

Microsoft Dynamics: GP versus NAV

If you have any additional questions or want to see the Dynamics products in action, drop us a note or give us a call at (859) 252-6225. Thanks for watching.

by TrinSoft, LLC a Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner in Kentucky

5 thoughts on “The Differences Between Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP & NAV”

  1. Hi John, if I were to come from a background using GP and go to Axapta, would it be difficult to adapt? Meaning would there be extra training I would need to do? Or would I be able to grasp it on the go?

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