Review: "Microsoft Dynamics NAV! the best tool on the market for financial and marketing management."
- Financial Management: We are able to carry out some financial tasks such as invoicing and purchase.
- Human Resource Management: the HR department use this platform to track skills of employees.
- Sales and marketing: With Microsoft Dynamics NAV, it is now simple to track sales and marketing.
- The cost estimation of getting a genuine Microsoft Dynamics NAV is extremely high. It would be better if they would reduce the total cost of subscription.
- Some templates available are outdated, hence this platform is less competitive on the market.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows a copy and paste feature from Excel. This allows quicker input of data.
- Dynamics NAV connects to Microsoft OneNote which helps us organize pertinent information. Then, from within NAV we can access the documents/information saved in OneNote.
- Dynamics NAV is very intuitive to use especially if you are familiar with using Excel, Word and even Access on a consistent basis.
- Dynamics NAV allows easy customization of data organization and the columns that are displayed on various tabs within the program.
- While Dynamics NAV has the copy paste feature it could have more options for importing data quickly (like the ones Microsoft Access has built in).
- Dynamics NAV could have some of its menu items consolidated and accessible from within one screen versus going out to another place in NAV.
- The dashboards within NAV could be improved and offer more detail.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Review: "Microsoft Dyanmics NAV is a great software to use for any organization's finance needs"
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a really great software to use if you need to create and track purchase orders for your organization. The software is very easy to use and works well with most operating systems. The software is also a useful tool for tracking your budget because you can create reports to see exactly where your money is being spent. It even allows you to break down expenditures by the type, ie: hardware, software, service contracts, etc.
- One of the best things that I like about the software is that it will not allow you to process duplicate invoices or write duplicate checks. If you trying putting in an invoice number that has already been processed then it will notify you immediately. It basically repeats the same functionality when creating checks for the payment of invoices. If you've already posted a check for a specific invoice then it will ask you a series of questions to ensure you're not creating a duplicate and actually need to print an additional check.
- Another function that I like about the software is that it's so easy to use. I never had to read a manual to learn how to operate the software or complete tasks. The software basically walks you step by step through each process and guides you along so there are few mistakes that you can make while using the software.
- The version of software that we currently use isn't compatible with Windows 7, therefore we had to install it using the virtual computer under Windows XP. This created a few additional steps that the users had to go through in order to access the software which generated more calls to our IT Helpdesk.
- We did research how much it would cost to upgrade the software so that we could get a version compatible with Windows 7, but the cost was way too expensive for our organization. Also, when we need to make updates or changes to the software, there are very few consultants who are familiar with the software so we are limited in who we can use for consulting services. Since we are limited in choosing consultants who can make updates and changes to the software the fees are usually really expensive for their services.
- There is a .zup file that we constantly have to delete in order for the database to work properly and update. Users get a pop-up about once a week asking if they want to replace the .zup file and if the file is not deleted then the opening page for the software will not show up correctly and the database will not have the most up to date information.
- All of the Dynamics ERP systems are fully integrated with the full family of their Office products (Word, Excel, etc.) but the true power behind Dynamics-NAV is that it comes with complete access to the source code. Although most ERP packages provide some type of a development environment, it is always a third-party software package and requires an additional expense. NAV comes with full source code access and devolvement tools out-of-the-box and requires no additional purchase. The user is able to modify pages, reports and even add additional fields to the standard tables. If your company has an internal development staff you have the ability to purchase the same full development license that the VAR has, allowing you to handle all system customizations and support in-house. The sum total of this high flexibility is that you are able to make NAV conform to your business rather than you conforming to the software.
- In addition to the available source code, NAV provides the user with an unlimited ability to modify and build within the rich environment of C/AL code. In over 20 years of modifying the NAV product I have never had a client ask for a modification or custom functionality that I was not able to provide. Add to this the fact that NAV now includes many development points that allow the user to place their custom code inside of the system without impacting the base code. This makes the upgrade process quick and easy and avoids the common occurrence of being version locked.
- The user interface of Dynamics NAV has been well thought out and provides a very easy to learn and use package. Master records (Customer, Vendor, Items, etc.) have been laid out in a standard format. Once you learn where fields are located on one record you have learned them all. The forms (called Pages in NAV) have a very similar structure and, by design, are uncluttered and easily customized by the user without impacting the base code. This allows each user to configure the Page to the way they work, easing the learning process and speeding up daily work and data entry.
- The NAV environment has grown to be very feature rich in the functionality offered and provides the user with almost everything they need with the purchase of the base product. Advanced features can be added if required as can a large number of third party add-ons made exclusively for the NAV environment. Additionally, user licenses are sold as concurrent and not as named. Concurrent licenses control the number of users allowed into the system at any one time meaning that anyone can be provided with the ability to log into the system. This allows the company to setup an unlimited number of users with the ability to access the system at any given time. This allows the occasional user to share a license with other users who only need to access the system to enter a small amount of data or run a few reports. This functionality is a plus for the company with a large sales staff or outside workers who only need limited access to the system. Named licenses would require that you purchase an access license for every person who needs to access the system.
- As with most ERP packages, the Jobs functionality within NAV is somewhat limited in functions. It has been primarily designed for large projects such as building a house or large piece of equipment where the process is set from the start and has little change. Small job shops where each project is custom find the package very restrictive and inflexible to use. The WIP calculation has been greatly improved with the last couple of releases but still does not allow the user to a great amount of flexibility or provide you with the ability to post in detail to the general ledger.
- The item reservation process is very restrictive in the way it was written. NAV does allow you to reserve inventory against sales and projects but is very unforgiving if the need arises to change or release those goods. It is possible but requires that the user jump through multiple hoops to accomplish the task.
- Security within NAV is very good but requires that you build custom user roles as the standard roles provided by the package do not lend themselves well to the normal company environment. The standard permission roles tend to either provide too much access or too little and are often hard to follow and understand. However, NAV has provided a new tool that makes the creation of custom roles quick and easy but still requires that they be created. Additionally, NAV still does not provide field-level security, only record level. It is possible to modify the code to control this or purchase an add-on but is not available out-of-the-box.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV is highly customizable. Many ERP systems provide similar functionality, however, they can be difficult (or costly) to customize to meet your companies' specific needs.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV has a relatively-low cost of entry, for its feature set. Other similar ERP systems, can cost substantially more.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides a fully-integrated system, for running your business. With it, there is no need to have separate warehouse, EDI or accounting systems, for example. Everything is in one place and access to the information, can be restricted by user role.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows you to easily "navigate" or "drill-down" into the underlying data, for things such as inventory or customer balance. There is no need to launch a separate window or form, to find related information,
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV has extensive filtering capabilities, which allows you to look at only the data you are interested in seeing.
- There are not a lot of "out of the box" automation processes, for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Different versions of NAV, have had various job scheduling functionality. However, each process that is automated, must be confirmed that it will function correctly, in an automatic mode. In our installation, most of the automation processes have been custom-developed.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV could have better documentation. Much of the documentation is original, from multiple versions ago. There is generally no step-by-step instructions, on performing various functions. Instead, most help is context-sensitive, obtained by pressing F1, on a particular field.
- Older versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV had a built-in WYSIWYG report builder, which made designing reports fairly straight-forward. Later versions (2013 and forward) rely exclusively on Visual Studio and SQL Reporting Services, which require a greater technical level of expertise, to use.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Review: "Dynamics Nav is a great ERP system for Small to midsize companies looking to do warehousing and manufacturing!"
At Enzo Life Sciences we used Microsoft Dynamics Nav across the entire organization. We used NAV as a full scale ERP system ranging from accounting, sales, purchasing, manufacturing inventory control, shipping and receiving. It addresses the issues a lot of smaller to mid size companies face. It integrates all areas of the business to support a robust and comprehensive reporting structure.
The company I was with had 13 different companies both USD and foreign currencies were exchanged. The system was flexible in the ability to modify or tailor it to the business needs. Enzo was a manufacturing company. It allowed for accurate inventory costing and financial integrity. I strongly recommend small to mis size companies use this ERP system in place of larger more robust and EXPENSIVE applications on the market. This implementation for our company was cost effective and delivered on all of our corporate needs.
- Financial Reporting.
- Inventory Control.
- Ease of order to cash process - Shipping.
- Ease of purchase to pay process - Receiving.
- They could use improvement on inter-company eliminations in the consolidations module.
- They could use improvement with regard to scaling down the user security - it is complex and robust.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Review: "NAV provided easy user experience with great warehousing capabilities!"
- Its EDI function allows for an easy way to process orders. When there are several hundreds of orders, this is extremely efficient.
- NAV can pull historical data.
- NAV can be great when needed to know how certain customers handle their credit terms.
- With multiple users, it gets slow, especially if working offline from a VPN.
- One has to be very careful in making sure they do not hit a wrong button by mistake. Not enough safeguards.
- NAV should be able to limit access to certain licensees so that information can not be improperly used.
- Data integrity is paramount and in 18+ years of using Dynamics NAV with both the original native database as well as SQL, we have never lost any data.
- Dynamics NAV has all of the functionality that small to medium sized businesses need to operate in an efficient and effective manner.
- The ability to customize Dynamics NAV allows it to be adapted to practically any environment.
- Report generation has always been somewhat below what would be expected. We rely on third-party tools to produce our reports.
- User documentation, although better than previous versions still needs a lot of improvement.
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About Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is one of the ERP products in the Dynamics family.
This is the Navision product acquired by Microsoft in 2002. This product is the best-selling Microsoft ERP platform, and is often used by companies in the manufacturing and distribution verticals.
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