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Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution for mid-sized organizations that is fast to implement, easy to configure, and simple to use. Right from the start, simplicity has guided—and continues to guide—innovations in product design, development, implementation, and usability. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has more than 80,000 customers, over one million users worldwide, and is available in more than 40 country versions.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV you can implement proven industry-specific functionality relevant to your needs—even for the most highly specialized industries and organizations. The result? A cost-effective complete ERP software solution tailored precisely to your unique requirements—one that helps you better manage and improve your cash flow, increase efficiency, and impact the bottom line.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an ERP solution that helps people work faster and smarter, and gives your business the flexibility to adapt to new opportunities and growth. It offers a breakthrough user experience and technology innovations that can simplify access to information, improve organizational agility, streamline integration with a wide range of applications, and enhance reporting capabilities- even for the most highly specialized industries and organizations.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Modules available for Navision include GL, Fixed Assets, Sales & Receivables, Relationship Management, Service Management, Purchases & Payables, Inventory, Warehouse Management, Manufacturing, Capital Require- ments Planning, Resources, Jobs, HR, Payroll and Commerce Portal.

Navision is a flexible program that is adaptable to anything from single-user installations to enterprise-level configurations utilizing Microsoft SQL Server. Installation varies accordingly, but in all cases is well organized, and should be a relatively straightforward process for a professional computer technician. You have a choice of using the Navision Database Server for simplicity and economy or Microsoft SQL Server for power and scalability.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

The program's main work area has a navigator-style menu with a vertical list of hyperlinks for each installed module. Clicking on one of these items displays the applicable items for that module on the right-hand side of this window. These hyperlink items lead directly to query windows, data-entry screens and report lists. The program uses a combination of grids for list items and queries, and multi-tab data-entry screens for record details.

Screens generally have a couple of pop-up menu buttons that provide quick access to related queries. For example, from the customer screen, the Customer button leads to items such as Ledger Entries, Issued Docu-ments, Ship-to Addresses, Sales, Jobs and so forth that are related to the specific customer. A Sales button leads to items like Invoice Discounts, Prices, Quotes, Orders and so forth.

One of the most powerful aspects of Navision's design is its use of 'dimensions.' The chart of accounts lets you define an unlimited number of dimensions and dimension values at any time. A dimension is data that you can add to an entry as a kind of marker so that the program can group entries with similar characteristics and retrieve these groups for analysis. Dimen- sion values are sub units of dimensions. For example, a dimension called Department can have sub units such as Sales, Administration and so forth. This is a powerful concept and tool, allowing nearly unlimited configurations to meet the company's needs and business processes.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Customization is provided through the program's development interface. The underlying codebase is a language called C/SIDE, which can also be used to extend and enhance any Navision module in an infinite number of ways. Using the Object Designer, you can make modifications to the application or create completely new application areas. Of course, this would typically be undertaken by an experienced Navision developer. Third-party consultants that are specialists in this area are available.

Another area of customization is in reporting. Reports provided can be modified using the built-in WYSIWYG report designer, or new reports can be designed using a wizard that lets you select tables, fields and layouts, then produces a new report that is selectable just like the other standard module reports.

Navision's security system is integrated with Windows 2000 Active Directory, providing 'single sign-on' functionality, which simply means that once you are logged into the client workstation, your access to the program and permissions within the program can be defined using your Windows login credentials. In addition, users can be assigned roles, and you can also apply security filters that limit the permissions that you grant to each user or role so that they only gain access to information about particular customers, vendors, dimensions and so on.

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