Jul 2018
Dynamics NAV integration
(Last Updated On: May 2, 2024)

This post was updated to reflect current trends and information

Microsoft Dynamics is an enterprise resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software applications. Microsoft has several product lines within Dynamics:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP – Great Plains
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL – Solomon
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX – Axapta
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Navision (Dynamics 365 Business Central now) 

Today I want to talk about the most popular of the Dynamics product line – Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)

What is Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an Integrated Business Management Solution (ERP) for midsize and small businesses, delivered by Microsoft in the Microsoft Dynamics product line. Microsoft Navision combines ERP and CRM business solutions.

Besides being known as Microsoft Dynamics Navision, this robust Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution has also been referred to by a few other names over the years. Here are some of the alternative names for Dynamics Navision:

1. Navision: This is the most common and concise way to refer to the ERP system. Many users and professionals in the field simply use “Navision” to discuss it.

2. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: In recent years, Microsoft has integrated Navision into its broader suite of business applications under the umbrella of Dynamics 365. As a result, Dynamics Navision is now often called Dynamics 365 Business Central. This name emphasizes its central role in managing various business processes.

3. Microsoft Business Central: Some users shorten the name even further and refer to it as Business Central. This streamlined version highlights its core purpose as a central hub for business operations.

Regardless of the name, Dynamics Navision (or its modern counterpart, Dynamics 365 Business Central) remains a powerful tool for managing finances, supply chain, inventory, and customer relationships. If you’re exploring ERP options, it’s worth diving deeper into its capabilities!

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV is designed to manage customer relationships, finances, production supply chains, analytics, and e-commerce. Microsoft Dynamics NAV — the development of the Danish company Navision Software A/S, which Microsoft acquired in 2002.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Technology

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a three-tier client-server application. It consists of three main components:

  • The Database Server
  • The application server
  • The Client(s) who connects using Windows or the web interface.

As a database management system, Microsoft SQL Server is used. SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services are used to analyze and process operational data. Microsoft Dynamics NAV’s adaptability is provided by the object-oriented development environment of C/SIDE (Client/Server Integrated Development Environment). This allows to freely change the application code: modify the standard functionality, create individual reporting, etc.

According to Statista  22 percent of respondents said that they used Microsoft Dynamics for the purpose of CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Modules

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, has several modules delivering multiple functions for an enterprise. The main modules of Navision from Microsoft are:

  • Financial Management
  • Distribution Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Products management
  • Projects management
  • Human resources management

There are more of the core modules by now, but I wanted to give an idea about Dynamics ERP.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Integration

Companies using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, often need to integrate it with third-party systems. It is a rare exception to find a company that uses only Navision without any other system on-premises (or in the cloud). For example, lots of companies doing eCommerce use either Shopify or Magento (or any other eCom platform), and they use Microsoft Navision as their ERP backbone. Another example, is a company might be using some point of sale (POS) software, exchanging data with a 3PL, or even exchanging EDI with its partners; To avoid redundant data entry and data processing, companies decide mainly to go with full integration and automation of their flows and processes.

Integrating Microsoft NAV with other business systems is a big challenge and it’s possible to realize in-house, considering a company has enough qualified IT personnel and resources. Most companies outsource such a job in order to optimize the time of their internal IT staff, already stretched thin…

The Main Signs that You Need Microsoft Dynamics NAV Integration

There are many common factors that indicate the necessity of Dynamics NAV integration. But I would like to draw your attention to the following three main points:

You and your staff spend a lot of time on manual data entry in different systems

Entering the same information into different business systems takes a lot of time. If employees spend aт hours to moving data manually, this is a sure sign that you need to think about automation and integration. You can free up your employee’s time to perform more important tasks.

Mismatch information in your business systems

You can’t avoid the human mistakes when you manually enter information into the system. Typo errors such as invalid addresses or inaccurate numbers can be transferred from one software business system to another and lead to a wrong delivery address or inaccurate inventory (for example). As a result, such errors can create a great loss for any enterprise if it is happening frequently.

Unproductive Processes

Can you quickly get new items up on your eCommerce store? How much time does it take to update your inventory? When these processes are not smoothly running and it takes a lot of human intervention and time it negatively influences your business performance.

So, Integrating Microsoft Dynamics NAV permits to automatically synchronize information between your ERP and other software business systems.

Third-Party Integration Platform

You don’t need to have the capabilities in-house, for realizing an integration Dynamics NAV with the other systems. You can use a third-party integration provider that has a platform for integrating NAV with other business systems, from the cloud and without any installation on your premises. The best solution in the integration market is Magic xpi Integration Platform. Magic xpi delivers code-free, enterprise-grade integration, business process automation, and data synchronization solutions. This integration Platform uses pre-built certified connectors for automatic, real-time integration of CRM and ERP data with other enterprise applications such as email, calendar, and database systems.

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