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Question: Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Sage ERP X3 - which should we choose?
Answer: For a good advice we should have more information about your processes. If your are a production company I would make a comparisson of Dynamics NAV and SAGE in detail. If your company is mainly Wholesale I would advice Dynamics NAV. Costs for Dynamics NAV in Euro: 90 Euro per month per user. Implementation cost excluding interfaces, customizations and conversion is appr. 15-20 days. depending on complexity and sieze of the company. To be able to answer your questions we should analyse your requirements in far more detail.
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Pros
"I like Microsoft Dynamics' simplicity. The interface is excellent, and it's a highly mature product. You can hardly find any bugs in the product.""The solution is easy to use, flexible, and customizable.""The initial setup is easy - because it stands on Microsoft offerings, it's simple and intuitive to use.""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.""Has good integration with Power BI.""NAV covers everything from purchasing and selling items to invoicing. Everything is within NAV, so it's all very neat.""The customer support is good. The first level of support agent in every case was able to solve the problem very quickly."

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"The accounting part and the procurement part are most valuable. It is a very good system with workflows and notifications."

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Cons
"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.""The UI is not particularly user-friendly and the CRM could do with some enhancements.""The performance and virtual machine backup is not good with this solution and need improvements.""The initial setup of the solution was quite complex and the troubleshooting involved with that needs to be improved.""Microsoft Dynamics NAV will be replaced with Office 365 in the future.""I would like a more modular and user-friendly interface."

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"Its implementation process is kind of complicated. If the person implementing it doesn't know what he is doing, the system can have many issues. Sage X3 is just an accounting system. As compared to Oracle E-Business Suite, it does not cover a lot of functionality. It doesn't have the payroll, lease management, and HR modules. Oracle E-Business Suite is better than Sage X3."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It is very cheap. There are no additional charges, but the problem is that you have to acquire an additional supporting system such as a budgeting system. You will have to implement the integration and maintain two systems. So, you need to pay for the license of that budgeting system and this one. You also need to pay the license for the payroll and integration. There are all these integrations that you have to pay for."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    it_user413973 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user413973 (Head Of MIS/ERP - Senior Application Manager at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees)
    Vendor

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV suitable for Trading Organization. I would like to advise you to go for MS Dynamics NAV which will enables you to integrate your existing software application easily.

    -They have a very strong overall functionalities to help meet the needs of business today, and in the future.

    -The product easy to use and works smoothly for those who are familiar Microsoft products

    -They committed to enhancing and supporting for overall solutions now and in the future

    Sydney Chidambaram - PeerSpot reviewerSydney Chidambaram
    Consultant

    Is there any reason you not looking at other ERP software solutions? What
    is the size of the organisation? What is the expectation for the
    stakeholders? And how many users we have to consider? Also what is the
    client currently using as this will determine implementation cost also.

    it_user461712 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user461712 (Prezes Zarządu at a media company)
    Vendor

    Dear Sage Users,

    I would like to ask you if you have experienced similar problems with Sage X3 that I have mentioned below. If yes, please advise me how can I fix them.
    I am the first customer of Sage X3 in Poland. Since September 2014 there has been an extensive implementation of Sage X3 software in my 120-person company for 60 software licenses. My company has been using Sage X3 since August, 1st 2015. The overall cost of our investment so far amounts to 280.000 EUR.
    After one year of my experience with Sage X3 I can say that each day is marked with new defects emerging in Accounting and Finance and Inventory and Warehouse modules.
    Unfortunately, the Sales and Inventory Management Modules of Sage X3 possess very serious flaws that have been discovered in August of last year and have not been remediated so far. The most important flaw of Sage X3 concerns the phenomenon of uncontrolled change of prices of goods in different warehouse locations. This defect results in our inability to accurately account the result of the company and provide reliable financial data to tax offices, external financial auditors, banks, and to calculate sales commissions. For example, during transfer of one product of 100 EUR value from warehouse A to warehouse B, Sage X3 unexpectedly and randomly changes its value into 103 EUR or 95 EUR or other value. The values of goods can be decreased or increased without any logical reason. Over the course of last 9 months, there have been numerous attempts of repair. There have been many announcements from Sage Poland that the problem has been eliminated. In reality, the problem continues to exist and is deepening. The issue concerns both old and new deliveries, also two large recent deliveries, each of them encompassing few containers of goods.
    Problems with X3 implementation are causing significant financial losses to my 120-personnel company.

    Beside malfunction of purchasing prices mentioned above, there are also other problems in Polish version of X3:

    Accounting and Finance
    • no module fixed assets
    • Inconsistent data provided by the various modules of Sage, eg. different statements of the same warehouse in Accounting and Sales modules. Three different statements of the same warehouse, show three different inventory amount.
    • In PL version no proper reports of profit and loss account, balance sheet, etc.
    • no automatic posting clearing counterparties in this settlement with cash reports

    Purchasing Management/Material Requirements Planning
    • no automatic integration of data
    • values of minimum stock have been entered into Sage X3, but optimal replenishment recommendations not working

    Manufacturing Management
    • no production module of the working properly and thus no possibility to connect production to accounting system

    Sales Management
    • incorrect prices of goods accepted for sale
    • Sage X3 changes prices of goods transferred from one location of warehouse to another
    • customers’ balances mistakes, also incorrect information of debts of the customer 'total balance' and even a few minutes of disappearing balances in SAGE. The program then gives the debt of "0". Bizarre is that the issued invoice can be seen in the Cashier and Sales module only after posting, so it is after 1-3 days.

    It is possible to see scanned examples mentioned above at www.sage-reviews.com,

    --
    Pozdrawiam, Best regards

    Maciej Juchkiewicz
    Prezes Zarządu / Chairman

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Microsoft Dynamics NAV is good for smaller-sized companies.
    Top Answer:As our company grew we had to switch from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to a solution that was suited for larger-sized companies.
    Top Answer:The accounting part and the procurement part are most valuable. It is a very good system with workflows and notifications.
    Top Answer:It is very cheap. There are no additional charges, but the problem is that you have to acquire an additional supporting system such as a budgeting system. You will have to implement the integration… more »
    Top Answer:Its implementation process is kind of complicated. If the person implementing it doesn't know what he is doing, the system can have many issues. Sage X3 is just an accounting system. As compared to… more »
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    Dynamics NAV, MS Dynamics NAV
    Sage ERP X3, Sage X3
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    Overview

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 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.

    Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management delivers faster, simpler, and more flexible business management at a fraction of the cost and complexity of typical enterprise ERP systems.

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    Sample Customers
    Harris Farm Markets, Mister Spex GmbH, Bounce Foods, Eurofin Services SA, Medica Medizintechnik, Associated Gaskets, Onduline, Sitka Surfboard Corporation, World Animal Protection
    Power Distributing, Universal Paper and Plastics
    Top Industries
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    Construction Company20%
    Retailer10%
    Import And Exporter10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company43%
    Government8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is ranked 4th in Activity Based Costing Software with 19 reviews while Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is ranked 9th in Activity Based Costing Software with 1 review. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is rated 8.2, while Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central writes "Very easy to scale and the new pricing model is a lot cheaper". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management writes "A stable, scalable, and inexpensive solution with workflows, notifications, and fast support". Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is most compared with SAP ERP, SAP Business One, SAP S/4HANA, Oracle E-Business Suite and Anaplan, whereas Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is most compared with SAP ERP, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, IFS Applications, SAP S/4HANA and SYSPRO.

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