Microsoft bought the DSS software companies which include NAV, formally known as Navision, GP, known as Great Plain, AX, formally known as Axapta and SL known as Solomon. However, each of these decision support systems has their individual differences as well as similarities. After purchasing these companies in 2002, Microsoft rebranded the names of the tools and therefore Navision was named Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Axapta was changed to Microsoft Dynamics AX, Great Plain was changed to Microsoft Dynamics GP and Solomon, Microsoft Dynamics SL.
Microsoft Dynamics AX comes to play in large organization. This decision support system is used in decision making and support in making decisions and optimizing the flow of the processes. The others including Microsoft Dynamics\s NAV, GP and SL are used in mid-sized and small size organizations. Microsoft Dynamics NAV GP are however related but they are not the same. They have lots of similarities as well as difference. It is the aim of this article to analyze the similarities as well as the differences of these tools in order to educate you on which product to use at a given time.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a part of the Microsoft Dynamics family. It is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) software which goes a long way to optimizing different processes in an organization including finances, manufacturing, supply chain, analytics, relationship management, electronic management. This Microsoft Dynamics product has lots of perks and high end benefits.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is customizable. This simply implies that it is the best model to be used when there is need to develop functionality for the given business area you operate and also require your business to adapt to the trend as it grows. Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides various functionalities which may include financial management, customer relationship management, human resource management, distribution, manufacturing and so on.
The architectural network of Dynamics NAV is made up of three basic components which include the database server, the application server and the client. The database server simply refers to the database which keeps stock of and stores the data of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It includes a native database server and Microsoft SQL Server. The application server simply refers to a service which controls the different operations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The client refers to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV user interface.
Microsoft Dynamics GP on the other hand has its own benefits and perks. Unlike the Microsoft Dynamics NAV, GP does not have customizable features. In other words, it is not ideal for developing businesses niches in order to adapt as the business progresses. GP however has lots of plugins which can be used in customizing features in the software to suit what you exactly desire. It uses SQL Server as its database in storing information for the client. Previous versions of the Microsoft Dynamics GP made use of databases such as Btrieve, Pervasive PSQL and some even used C-tree. You can effectively optimize your business organization by making use of these tools.