ERP Comparison Chart Between Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV

ERP Comparison

ERP Comparison Chart Between Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV

So, you’ve done some research and you’ve heard good things about the various Microsoft Dynamics ERP systems. But you’re still confused on the ideal fit of each of the solutions and which one(s) work best for your needs and why. Well, this article is designed for you.

First off, here’s a high level explanation of Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV.

At their core, all three Dynamics ERP systems are designed to help businesses better manage their resources. They can be used to track inventory, finance and accounting data, customer information, payrolls and more. However, there are some significant differences between the three systems that should be taken into account when making a decision.

Dynamics AX

Dynamics AX (AX) is Microsoft’s enterprise ERP and MRP solution.AX is a favorite amongst mid-sized to enterprise companies especially within the manufacturing, distribution, supply chain & retail industries.It offers great support for companies with complex needs such as: multi-country, multi-language, multi-site, multi-currency, etc.

Dynamics AX became Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations in November 2016.

Dynamics NAV

Dynamics (NAV) fits well within the small to mid-sized market (i.e. companies with annual revenues between 10 million – 500 million) but some small enterprise companies use it as well. In comparison to Dynamics GP, NAV offers more flexibility when it comes to out-of-the-box (meaning not needing to customize the system) set-up and configuration. NAV fits the needs of companies in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Etc.Like Dynamics AX, it also offers flexibility to accommodate the needs of larger organizations that are doing business in multiple countries.
NAV has a very friendly user interface and it allows users to easily modify the user interface, the report formats, forms, etc.

Dynamics NAV became Dynamics 365 Business Central in November 2016.

Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP (formerly known as Great Plains) is a mid-level system that is perfect for midsize businesses that need an all-in-one solution without breaking the bank. 

It offers features such as budgeting tools, flexible reporting options, financial analysis capabilities, an intuitive interface for ease of use, strong security protocols for data protection purposes, and more. The major downside of Dynamics GP is that it does not offer multi-language support or global scalability like other solutions do. 

Learn how to migrate from GP to Business Central 

The Detailed Comparison Chart includes rankings in these categories: (General Benefits, International Operations, Inter-Company Operations, Reporting/Business Intelligence, Functionality for Distributors, Functionality for Manufacturers, CRM Functionality, Etc).

Please contact Calsoft if you would like to request a copy of the Detailed Comparison Chart.

Here’s a sample grid of the criterion in the Detailed Comparison Chart Between Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV:

SoftwareDynamics GPDynamics NAVDynamics AX
Company SizeSmall to MidSmall to MidMid to Enterprise
Employees1 – 500+1 – 500+50 – 2,000+
Cost$30K – $500K$30K – $500K$100K – $1M
Time Frame3-6 months4-6 months6-12+ months
Ease of Use4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Quick note: Dynamics NAV is now formally known as Dynamics 365 Business Central, and Dynamics AX is now known as Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (F&O). 
Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s new platform of solutions ranging from ERP’s, CRM’s and Service applications. Here’s why Dynamics 365 is rated so high.


Next Steps: Finding a Partner

Finding the right CSP partner for an ERP project is incredibly important. Maybe you’re in Los Angeles, New York or perhaps, Chicago. You’re a business owner and you’ve decided, “Yes! Let’s make Microsoft Dynamics work for my business.”

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is designed to give organizations the power to effectively harness their data and optimize performance, but this is best achieved when working with a CSP partner who can provide personalized support every step of the way. 

The next step of implementing ERP, is that you need to find a CSP partner, as Microsoft Dynamics ERP’s are not available to purchase directly from Microsoft.

CSP partners are valuable resources when it comes to providing expertise on ERP products, which in turn helps ensure that implementation projects can be completed successfully and efficiently not only with Dynamics 365, but also with any other ERP system being used. Organizations should research CSP partners carefully to make sure they will have the resources, knowledge and experience to meet their ERP needs. 

The most important part of implementing a new system is the technology partner you choose. 

Calsoft have been working with ERPs, integrations, customization’s and everything business software since the 90s, we know every business is unique and has specific needs. Finding out what those needs are and how to address them is how we have managed to keep a 95+ retention rate. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner that works to deliver solutions that make your business better. Please get in contact with us if you are considering an upgrade, a re-implementation, or if you just want a business consultation. If your currently on a Dynamics ERP system and looking to upgrade, Calsoft Systems has a lot of experience of upgrading from old versions of Dynamics to the new versions, like Dynamics 365.

Please feel free to call at 1-888-838-8422. Or email at anytime. We can share any information of practical steps and tools of Dynamics upgrades with you.