So you're in the market for a new financial management and operational management software package. You know that you want an ERP solution that is built on technology you trust, has a familiar look and feel for your people so that you don't loose too much time in training, works with the Office programs you use every day, integrates with your existing systems and has the capacity to grow with your business. Based on your criteria, Microsoft Dynamics ERP is an easy choice. However, once you've decided to go with Microsoft, there is a bigger question to answer...which one?
One of the first questions that leaps to mind when trying to differentiate between these four products is "which one works best for my industry?" That is the primary way to determine which one might best suit your company's unique business needs. However, that is not the simpliest question to answer.
There is no arguing that certain Microsoft Dynamics ERP products serve certain industries more effectively than others. You need only look at the industry lists on each of the
As you can see, all four are equally suited to fit the needs of a 250 employee distributor and manufacturers with 500 employees will receive a comparable experience using Dynamics GP, NAV, or AX. That is why there are two other critical factors to selecting the right Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution for your industry: ISVs and Partners.
There are over 9000 independent software vendors (ISVs) providing customized solutions for Microsoft Dynamics products. Many of these ISV solutions are industry focused. Pairing an industry specific ISV solution with a Dynamics product can provide you with the proprietary software experience without the headaches of maintaining and updating a proprietary system.
When you are considering a Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution, you are not just shopping for software, but for a
Some partners have either worked with ISVs or developed their own industry specific solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics solutions that they take to market. Others have consultants on staff with industry expertise that they use to manage the software selection and implementation process to ensure that the right ISVs are engaged and the right solution is crafted for each individual organization. Regardless of which track your partner goes down, if they have experience serving your industry, they will provide you with references and evidence of their expertise that you can use to assess not only the partner but also the software solutions they offer.
If you select a Microsoft Dynamics partner that has a great depth of knowledge in your industry, the right software solution for your organization will likely be assured.
To help you determine which Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution is right for your business,
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