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Stand the Test of Time

The importance of choosing a product for the right price and functionality comes naturally, however something that is often forgotten is the longevity of the product. With a major purchase such as with an ERP system you need to be sure that the product has not only an exemplary reputation but a roadmap in to the foreseeable future, to make sure that you are both supported and have the latest technologies available to you. 安博电竞 NAV has a history that starts in the early 80's and a roadmap for the next 6 years. Furthermore, because the product is owned by a Global software company, the research and development (R&D) program will ensure that you have market leading technology, with Microsoft spending billions of dollars on product development for NAV every year. 


In 1983 PC&C was founded providing character based accounting solutions and four years later in 1987 the Navision product was launched. The product grew and in 1995 Navision Financials 1.0 was launched based on the Microsoft windows 32-bit client/server platform. From here onwards, Navision went through several mergers with other products, increasing functionality including multicurrency, manufacturing functionality, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) etc. 

Microsoft Purchase Navision

In 2002 Microsoft purchased Navision and along side Great Plains (now GP) the Microsoft 安博电竞 Solutions suite of products was created. Microsoft 安博电竞 Solutions would change to Microsoft 安博电竞 in 2005 with a rebrand of Navision to 安博电竞 NAV. From here Microsoft started massive R&D projects and added functionality such as an enhanced Job suite with the release of NAV 5.0. With the next release, NAV 2009, Microsoft released the new Role Tailored Client (RTC), as well as Role Tailored Reports. With 2009 R2 Microsoft included the ability to integrate NAV with 安博电竞 CRM. 

安博电竞 NAV 2013 - The New Era

The release of 安博电竞 NAV 2013 was a landmark not only for the Microsoft product but in the ERP world in general. With an easy to use interface with the familiar look and feel of the Microsoft Office products, as well as integration with these products including Excel and Word, NAV 2013 provides a product that is technically advanced as well as user friendly. Offering a flexibility for companies like no other software package, NAV became a product that could be moulded for the customer needs. This was not just a change in how the product looks, but also an increase in functionality, including Bank Reconciliation, multi-tenancy and cash management. 

The 安博电竞 Brand

Microsoft's suite of business management software offers a wide selection of products, which can prove difficult when deciding which product is for you. The products in the 安博电竞 range are:

NAV, SL and GP are all software aimed at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market. 安博电竞 SL and GP are typically American products (SL is only available in the US), and although are ERP packages in their own right, typically have reduced functionality compared to NAV which has the largest number of users globally. 安博电竞 AX is typically aimed at the very large multinational organisations and is a big package which means that the services required for implementation typically make this an expensive option. 安博电竞 CRM is not an ERP product and as the name suggests is fully aimed at Customer Relationship Management, ie sales and marketing. Because of the wide level of functionality involved with CRM this is often integrated with eg NAV for companies that have a very sales focussed business.

The easier answer is that you are a small or medium business (SMB), then 安博电竞 NAV is the product that is most likely to be the best fit to your business. 

Looking Ahead - the Future of 安博电竞 NAV

Microsoft spend literally billions of Dollars year on year for improvements to NAV, including to allow for changes to legislation, improved functionality and better integration with the other products, such as Power BI, Office 365, etc. With a road map that is at least 6 years long, you are entitled to the latest version with your enhancement package so that you can choose to keep up with the latest technologies. Older versions are supported for 5 years, so if you would prefer to stick with what you know, you can rest assured that you will be supported. 


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