A Comparison of Dynamics AX, GP and NAV

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If you're a business owner looking to upgrade your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you've probably heard of Microsoft's Dynamics ERP solutions. But which one is right for your needs? This guide will provide an overview of the three Dynamics ERP systems—Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP, and Dynamics NAV—and help you decide which one is right for your business.   


A Quick Overview of Each System  

Dynamics AX is considered Microsoft's enterprise ERP and MRP solution and is aimed at larger organizations with complex operations. It offers comprehensive tools for managing finances as well as manufacturing operations such as demand planning and production scheduling. In addition, it also offers features such as multi-language support, multi-currency, automated workflows, customizable dashboards, and much more. It also has integrated support for customer relationship management (CRM), electronic data interchange (EDI) and supply chain management (SCM). 

Dynamics AX changed its name in 2016 to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (F&O) 


Dynamics GP is a good middle-ground option for businesses that need something more powerful than entry-level solutions like QuickBooks but don't require the full functionality of an enterprise-level system like Dynamics AX. It includes modules for financials, sales orders processing, human resources & payroll, project tracking and eCommerce integration.  


Dynamics NAV is a great choice for small to mid-size companies looking for basic financials plus added features like supply chain management and CRM integration. It is the most affordable option in Microsoft’s lineup and provides features such as streamlining processes across departments within your organization (e.g., finance/accounting), providing customization options through integration with third-party applications such as QuickBooks or Salesforce CRM; integrating with other cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive; and more. It also provides tools for managing inventory & warehousing as well as customer service & support.  

Dynamics NAV changed its name in 2016 and was revamped as Dynamics 365 Business Central. 


Here’s a sample comparison chart between Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV: 


Software  Dynamics GP  Dynamics NAV  Dynamics AX 
Company Size  Small to Mid  Small to Mid  Mid to Enterprise 
Employees  1 – 500+  1 – 500+  50 – 2,000+ 
Cost  $30K – $500K  $30K – $500K  $100K – $1M 
Time Frame  3-6 months  4-6 months  6-12+ months 
Ease of Use  4.5 out of 5  4.5 out of 5  4.5 out of 5 


Please contact Calsoft if you would like to request a full copy of the Detailed Comparison Chart. 


Microsoft's suite of Dynamics ERPs gives business owners plenty of options depending on their size and needs. Whether you're a small business needing basic financials or a large organization requiring more robust features like supply chain management or CRM integration, Microsoft has you covered with Dynamics AX, GP or NAV! 

When deciding which system is right for you consider factors like features offered by each system then make an informed decision based on what will best meet your needs while also allowing room for growth in the future. Ultimately it boils down to what will make your business run smoother while also saving you money in the long run! 


Calsoft Systems help you achieve digital transformation while leveraging the power of Microsoft technologies. We are a recognized and trusted Microsoft Dynamics implementation partner. Reach out today and set up a consultation with one of our specialists. 

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