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Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. SAP ERP
July 2022
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Pros
"The product is customizable so we can tune it according to our requirements.""Microsoft products are very good in general. This product is flexible, easy to use, intuitive, and has good capabilities.""All of the features are valuable, depending on where you implement them. I've done implementations in 60 countries, across 86 different companies and groups, and each company has a different reason for why they want to use it. Every single feature that I've implemented has been successful, and for some companies, where they didn't use the functionality, they have moved to external products or they've integrated into other applications.""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.""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 most valuable feature of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is its simplicity of accounting and receiving reports. The solution is similar to Microsoft Excel, and that similarity is good. All the functions of Microsoft Dynamics are user-friendly.""It is easy to use, and it works very well for small-scale companies.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"Its integration is most valuable.""The solution has a lot of good integrated modules.""If you are well versed in SAP, the initial setup is pretty simple.""The most valuable features are that it's very customizable and it's flexible.""SAP is a very process controlled application. It does not allow users to manage the data. Once the initial process is set, it works smoothly.""The most valuable features of SAP ERP are the general operations. It has a good way to manage a business and do financial reporting. Overall we are happy with the robustness of the solution.""The solution provides good production planning.""The best thing that SAP ERP has is the extensive coverage of processes for every field and business unit such as procurement, inventory, financials, asset management, plant maintenance, and production. We can cover up to 99.9% processes of our organization, which is the best thing about this solution. It also has a very good capability to integrate with other applications. The security and authorization level of SAP ERP is very high. No other solution can match this level."

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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.""I would like a more modular and user-friendly interface.""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.""There is a lot of improvement needed in the top model, such as better integration with logistics, quality management, and data modeling for all revenue types.""I wouldn't say that Microsoft Dynamics is very scalable.""In Thailand, the support here could be better. The process to get an answer is too long.""Customization and costs could be improved."

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"SAP is more expensive than some of its competitors.""Reporting is why most companies need to acquire business intelligence add-on solutions, and when it comes to SAP ERP, they could improve the reporting graphical representation of the data.""I'm only working on the front end with ERP's user interface, which isn't very easy for end-users. It's an old-school interface, so it's often challenging to find what you need.""I think that implementation could be simplified.""The integration with others application could be easier. There are many different features that this solution offers which could be easier to implement.""The problem for us, we are one company that has seven home markets. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. When we need to configure, modify rules, change policies, or taxes rules, when we move currencies around based on our other financial results, it can get very complicated. When we try to join everything together we have some problems. However, the process good, all of our material and procurement processes are going well. The problem is trying to consolidate the financial reports and this is where I have problems.""The flexibility in using the software could improve. I am from a product background and I've been testing a lot of applications, for example, Informatics. The UI, features, and cloud version could improve.""It was not designed to service all industries."

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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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  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "Some components are available at an additional cost, depending on the type of contract that you have."
  • "The licensing costs are slightly on the higher side. They need to make it more competitive."
  • "SAP is a bit on the costly side, but they also provide support and other things. We are paying for licenses and the use of the cloud."
  • "SAP ERP is expensive."
  • "When you have a solution that is stable, reliable, and has a high performance as this solution, the price is going to be expensive. However, when you evaluate the service you are paying for the cost is quite reasonable for this solution."
  • "We pay annually for the use of this solution."
  • "I don't know the price, but I know its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    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:There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time… more »
    Top Answer:The features are very useful for finance.
    Top Answer:They frequently change their strategy with the product, which they didn't do before. There are too many versions. In previous generations, SAP was stable and the roadmap was very predictable, but… more »
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    Also Known As
    Dynamics NAV, MS Dynamics NAV
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    Overview
    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.
    SAP ERP addresses the core business software requirements of midsize and large organizations in all industries and sectors. SAP ERP includes four individual solutions that support key areas of enterprise resource planning: human capital management, financials, operations, corporate services.
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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
    B&G Manufacturing, Unilever, Life is good Inc., Joy Global Inc., City of Cape Town, Bhopal Municipal, Corporation (BMC), adidas Group, Butcher & Packer Supply Company, Franklin Valve L.P., Evoshield, Prime Meats, a Norsan Group company, EMC Corporation, Varian Medical Systems Inc., FC Bayern Mªnchen AG, AkzoNobel Chemicals B.V., T¾V Rheinland, Pacific Drilling S.A., Fire & Rescue New South Wales, University of Amsterdam, Pa_alon S.A.
    Top Industries
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    Construction Company20%
    Retailer10%
    Import And Exporter10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization7%
    Government5%
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    Manufacturing Company22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise26%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. SAP ERP
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. SAP ERP and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV is ranked 7th in ERP with 19 reviews while SAP ERP is ranked 1st in ERP with 46 reviews. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is rated 8.0, while SAP ERP is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Dynamics NAV writes "Very easy to scale and the new pricing model is a lot cheaper". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP ERP writes "This is the best solution of this kind but has weakness in budget planning for certain user groups". Microsoft Dynamics NAV is most compared with SAP Business One, SAP S4HANA, Oracle E-Business Suite, IFS Applications and Infor M3, whereas SAP ERP is most compared with Anaplan, SAP Business One, Infor M3, Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Dynamics AX. See our Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. SAP ERP report.

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