Microsoft Dynamics NAV or GP? Which is Right for Your Business?

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Which is the Best Fit?

Is Microsoft Dynamics NAV or GP (formerly Navision and Great Plains) the best fit for my business? This is one of the key questions that comes up for nearly every one of our prospects. Certainly, GP and NAV have a lot in common, but they’re different in some important ways that can affect how your business functions. Let’s take a look at some of these differences.

How Much Control Do You Want?

While NAV and GP are both ideal for medium sized businesses, NAV is far more customizable than GP. So, if you have a very specific idea of the functionality you’ll need for your business, then Microsoft Dynamics NAV is probably the best fit for you. However, if you’re looking for a quick, easily-implemented ERP solution, then let’s get you in a nice, shiny new GP package.

How Much Time Do You Have?

Naturally, if you’re looking for a customized ERP solution, then the implementation is likely to take a little bit more time. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has all sorts of amazing customizable components, but all that customization may take a little bit longer to implement, while GP is an excellent way to hit the ground running for those businesses that either aren’t sure the functionality they’ll need or simply need a solution fast.

How Much Do You Know About the Future?

Since Microsoft Dynamics NAV is broader, with a lot more opportunity for customizing features and functionality, it is ideal for the company that is growing quickly and isn’t sure what tools they may need down the road. If you’re in a niche or unpredictable market, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is the solution for your business. However, if you have simply grown too big for your QuickBooks britches, and are looking for an out-of-the-box solution to help you manage your resources, then Microsoft Dynamics GP is the best way to go. The best thing is that GP has lots of add-ons you can implement later in case you need additional functionality you didn’t foresee at the time. Don’t be fooled by GP’s ease of implementation; it still has lots of tricks up its sleeve.

Let us Help

While Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV come from the same family tree, they differ primarily in their customizability, implementation time, and the level of specification that you need to manage your business’ resources. For more information about how these two amazing solutions can help your business grow, you can contact us or call 416 639 9961.

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Barbara Allen
Barbara Allen
Throughout her career, Barb has held various key leadership positions as ERP Team Leader, Project Manager, Consultant and Business Systems Implementer. She has successfully implemented ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, Deltek Maconomy and WorkBook in organizations of all sizes; from start-ups companies with 2 users, to Fortune 500 companies with over 1400 users.
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