A Simple Comparison of the Four Microsoft Dynamics ERP Products

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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. The blog at Technology Evaluation Center did just that and came up with some interesting results.

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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2 thoughts on “A Simple Comparison of the Four Microsoft Dynamics ERP Products”

  1. Hi,

    It’s nice information shared. I was searching a comparison of all 4 ERP product of MS Dynamics and it helps.

    Can anyone provide more detail information functionality / feature wise, industry relevant ERP product (eg. Heathcare, Manufacturing, Service, Real Estate, etc.)

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,


  2. There are significant differences in the amount of business risk a client will take on when choosing between the four products. Business risk variability will also occur depending on the experience of the implementation partner and the industry fit with the software product, which will not always obvious if using the generalizations above.

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