Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations vs. Dynamics NAV

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Microsoft’s Dynamics ERP portfolio is massive – in all probability, there is an ERP system for businesses of any size, operating in any industry, and catering to any number of customers. Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the all new Financials (Business Edition) are business management solutions for small and mid-sized organizations. While they share some similar features, there are also a host of differences. Let’s take a look at these solutions and see which one is right for your business -


Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (Business Edition) or Dynamics 365 for Financials are fully integrated ERP solutions with industry specific functionality.

  • Both Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 are highly customizable, aiding small to mid-sized organizations in meeting their distinct requirements.
  • Both systemsallow organizations to develop integratedadd-on solutionsthatcomplement the existing ERPfunctionalities(with strong financial capabilities) and adaptsthe system to aspecific industryorbusiness area.
  • Both solutions are available in a variety of languages, and currencies, and are ideal for compliance with regional and regulatory requirements.
  • Both solutions offer excellent business agility, and are designed to quickly meet changing business circumstances and market fluctuations.
  • Both Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 offer excellent intelligence and analytics features, and are easy to deploy anytime and anywhere).
  • Both solutions can be deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.


Since both solutions support many of the same functionalities, the fundamental difference is not in the functions they support, but rather the way they solve the tasks at hand. So, how are Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 different? Is one distinctively better than the other to meet your organization’s specific needs? Let’s have a look:

Choosing What’s Best

Investing in an ERP system is a big decision, and having a clear vision of your company’s business structure, goals, and strategies is critical to ensuring success of your ERP. Both Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations and Dynamics NAV are fully integrated, flexible ERP solutions that help organizations automate and streamline business processes - from core financials through complex manufacturing. According to Microsoft’s roadmap for Dynamics 365 for Financials, they have plans to include all of Dynamics NAV’s capabilities in some time. For organizations who are looking to make a mark globally, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations offers the much needed visibility into business operations.

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Manoj Nair
About the Author - Manoj Nair

Manoj Nair is a seasoned IT professional with over 12 years of experience in Software Consultancy, ERP Implementation, Testing, ISV Development & Client Management. He is a Senior Project Manager at Indusa and is responsible of managing various software programs through cross functional coordination.


Contibuting Author: Malavika Nityanandam

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