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IFS Applications vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about IFS Applications vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"The product is quite flexible.""The best feature is the maintenance module, which is essentially an industry-specific workflow designed with a manufacturing module as per industry standards. It's very precise and specific without having complex functionalities. It's straightforward. Field Service Management is definitely a wonderful product that IFS has developed because it caters to field services. The energy and utility sectors can answer their business needs using the software.""One of our favorite features is the "Info-Zone", which provides operational intelligence in flight and in context to guide both business users and support teams to productivity.""Some of the strengths are Enterprise Management Solutions and the series of Management solutions which is number one in Gartner's report and has been for the last five years.""The solution overall is very versatile and flexible, especially compared to other products.""The most valuable feature is the distribution module."

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"It is easy to use, and it works very well for small-scale companies.""Microsoft Dynamics NAV is brilliant and it's a different segment when comparing it with Dynamics AX. Dynamics AX is a larger product with much more features and it's aimed at a different segment of the market.""Our data is much more manageable than before.""The most important feature of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is that it lets us centralize all our information so that we don't need to rely on any other software outside of Microsoft.""The initial setup is easy - because it stands on Microsoft offerings, it's simple and intuitive to use.""NAV covers everything from purchasing and selling items to invoicing. Everything is within NAV, so it's all very neat.""For me, the main strengths of Microsoft Dynamics NAV are that it's user-friendly and light. These are its major wins. I have used other ERPs and their architecture were a little more complex when compared to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV architecture.""The product is customizable so we can tune it according to our requirements."

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"An area for improvement would be transactions, which can be tedious to complete as the process is very complex.""The user interface can be improved. When you're clicking through the screens, there are some icons or symbols that really need updating and would be more useful and noticeable if they are aesthetically pleasing.""We would like to see AI-driven CSI functions built into the tool that would allow us to quickly tie our improvement goals to metrics and activities, so Assyst will suggest the next steps to help us get closer to our goals.""The integration is a bit complex, and post-implementation support services need to be improved. They have a service center based out of Sri Lanka. The support aspect is good, but the response time is a little slower than we anticipated. In the next release, it would be better if Warehouse Management could be improvised. They have a product line that's a data warehouse management system, but it's still premature and requires a bit of enhancement.""It would be ideal if, in the future, the product could incorporate IoT and blockchain elements. We'd like to explore more of these types of features going forward.""There are certain digital features that need to be incorporated, such as IOP."

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"The initial setup of the solution was quite complex and the troubleshooting involved with that needs to be improved.""I am hoping there is more integration with other platforms, more features, and customization in the next release.""In the next release, I would like to see a quality check module - Navision doesn't have one, and the industry very much requires it.""Customization and costs could be improved.""Some of the control aspects such as auditing can definitely be improved. For example, auditing is not very easy, and the user permissions are complicated.""We need to customize more often than we would like.""I think Microsoft should improve on the process of how the user decides on a business workflow. For example, there may be some kind of drag-and-drop interface that lets us decide for ourselves how to develop the business workflows that fit our purpose.""Microsoft Dynamics NAV could be improved in terms of exporting income statements and balance sheets. Currently, there is a feature, but you can only have the last three years. I spent some time trying to improve the KPI portion that exports the data, that already calculates the sub forms or subtotals, but they weren't able to break that up into different dimensions. They've now managed to crowd the separate table and you can export that, but it's only for the last three years. So, they could improve this solution by getting the chart of accounts or the account schedules to be exported, where you can go further than just three years with it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Ask for all-inclusive pricing, as they are pretty flexible if you ask for custom models."
  • "Pricing is an area that could be improved. They could be more competitive."
  • "IFS Applications is expensive software, but it's on par with SAP and Oracle. It's for large enterprises and government entities and not for small and medium-sized enterprises. They have one licensing model, but if you want to have a module-specific license, they provide component-based licenses. Unlike SAP and Oracle, it doesn't have different levels of licensing. It's one level of licensing."
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  • "The first time we tried to buy the newest version, it was expensive."
  • "I have some subscription-based customer and a few customers who have perpetual licenses that hosted the application on the cloud."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "I think the pricing is the best; it's cost effective for sure."
  • "Microsoft Dynamics NAV has a pay-as-you-use payment model."
  • "NAV might be a little pricey for a small or medium-sized company, but all the solutions out there are."
  • "The cost is one of the benefits. If you don't want to go for the full-blown finance and operations, the pricing model is a lot cheaper and has now switched to being based on a per-user subscription. So, if it's on cloud, you now have an expense instead of a large CapEx. If it's on-prem, you obviously still have to continue with the licensing model that they have, but if you compare the features and functionality, in terms of the price that you pay, I find it's better than other products. My answer on the pricing would be slightly different, depending on the country you're in and the return on investment, based on the size of the company. It's well-priced internationally. I think the new model is priced even better because it's now subscription-based and, if you go for cloud, the return on investment is a lot quicker and if it's expense, you can cap it. If you do take the on-prem version, the licensing is still priced as what it used to be, so that would depend on what country you are in."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the distribution module.
    Top Answer:IFS Applications is expensive software, but it's on par with SAP and Oracle. It's for large enterprises and government entities and not for small and medium-sized enterprises. They have one licensing… more »
    Top Answer:For me, the main strengths of Microsoft Dynamics NAV are that it's user-friendly and light. These are its major wins. I have used other ERPs and their architecture were a little more complex when… more »
    Top Answer:I would rate the pricing of this solution at three out of five.
    Top Answer:One of the main areas my clients had concerns with was the reporting function of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and it probably depends on what level of licensing clients have. These are not complex users… more »
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    IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers – at the Moment of Service™​​​​​​​. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 4,500 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that provides small and midsize businesses greater control over their financials and can simplify their supply chain, manufacturing, and operations. It's quick to implement and easy to use, with the power to support your growth ambition.
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    Sample Customers
    Carlsberg, Pukka, Aston Martin, Sky, China Airlines, Cimcorp, Mini, Pepsi.
    Harris Farm Markets, Mister Spex GmbH, Bounce Foods, Eurofin Services SA, Medica Medizintechnik, Associated Gaskets, Onduline, Sitka Surfboard Corporation, World Animal Protection
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Construction Company20%
    Import And Exporter10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise42%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    IFS Applications vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IFS Applications vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IFS Applications is ranked 11th in ERP with 6 reviews while Microsoft Dynamics NAV is ranked 7th in ERP with 17 reviews. IFS Applications is rated 7.4, while Microsoft Dynamics NAV is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IFS Applications writes "A cloud-based ERP solution with a useful maintenance module, but post-implementation support could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Dynamics NAV writes "Very easy to scale and the new pricing model is a lot cheaper". IFS Applications is most compared with SAP ERP, Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP S4HANA, IBM Maximo and ServiceNow, whereas Microsoft Dynamics NAV is most compared with SAP ERP, SAP Business One, SAP S4HANA, Oracle E-Business Suite and Infor M3. See our IFS Applications vs. Microsoft Dynamics NAV report.

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