Microsoft is very good at providing options for its customers. Just because it is a single software company does not mean its customers should be limited to only one option for a particular software category. Microsoft's ERP lineup is no exception, offering customers a choice between four major Dynamics versions, all with impressive features and ERP tools for businesses.
If you take a careful look at your business needs juxtaposed with the product features, it will become clear that each Dynamics version has strengths for different types of businesses.
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing.
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach. It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customize its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local singly-control enterprise firms, rather than centrally-control large-scale enterprise deployments.
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customizable, offering an "integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture". That translates into easy customization, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.
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