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Microsoft Dynamics ERPs - Which one is right for you?

As a provider of document management and a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are customized to work with a range of ERP solutions. However, if you’re just starting out in the world of streamlining your business processes, you may be wondering which of Microsoft Dynamics’ ERPs is the right one for your company. Here's a brief breakdown of the four Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions:

Microsoft Dynamics AX:

  • Company size: Emerging and mid-sized companies
  • Target industries: Wholesale distribution, manufacturing, public sector, nonprofit, retail, professional services, software, transportation
  • Target market: Company revenue of $50M to $2B
  • Strengths:
    • Industry specific solution templates for distribution, retail, professional services, manufacturing, lean and public sector
    • Enterprise functionality – share data across companies, e-banking, supports a “shared services model”
    • Agile business enabling technology
    • Integration tools support legacy and newest technology
    • Integrated document control
    • Automates procedures
    • Enterprise reporting and analysis

Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Company size: Small to large and everything in-between
  • Target industries: Healthcare, distribution, education, government agencies, nonprofit, retail, consumer packaged goods
  • Target market: $5M to $1B
  • Strengths:
    • Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    • Business alerts, routines, wizards and help
    • Easy to customize
    • Field Service suite
    • Collections management
    • Extensive 3rd party offerings
    • Integrated fixed asset module
    • Integrated HR and payroll
    • Integration with office

Microsoft Dynamics NAV:

  • Company size: Small to mid-sized
  • Target industries: Consumer-packaged goods, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, retail, professional services, high tech, oil and gas
  • Target market: $10M to $500M
  • Strengths:
    • Highly flexible and customizable
    • Strong multi-company and consolidation support for unlimited companies in one database
    • Localized in multi-country and multi-language
    • Strong financial and cash management
    • Supply chain management
    • 3-tier architecture
    • Job costing
    • Microsoft Office integration
    • Basic HR

Microsoft Dynamics SL:

  • Company size: Small to mid-sized
  • Target industries: Contracting and government contracting, professional services, oil and gas, field services, construction, distribution
  • Target market: $10M to $500M
  • Strengths:
    • Strong multi-company support
    • Easily customizable
    • Time and expense for employees
    • Professional services functionality
    • Architectural, engineering and construction functionality
    • Web-enabled project management functions
    • Web Services
    • Integrated payroll module
    • Government contract compliance capabilities
    • Standard Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration

We encourage you to do plenty of research before selecting an ERP solution and, once you've discovered the increased efficiency that accompanies it, that you look into all of the add-on solution options available to further streamline your business processes.

Topics: Document Management, Microsoft Dynamics