Navision software has been around since 1983. This software has had a number of names over the years, originally known simply as Navision and then later Navision Attain; but just what it is? Put simply, it’s now a Microsoft owned piece of software that has been designed specifically to work with small to medium-sized companies.
The software itself is used to assist small to medium sized enterprises in areas such as relationship management, manufacturing and finance. Navision wasn’t always Microsoft owned however. Navision has come a long way since 1983 and had quite a journey, only proving just how invaluable it always was and still is in the running of enterprises. Let’s take a look at the story of Navision and how it evolved into the software we know today.
Navision’s first story began in Denmark. It was originally developed by a company called PC&C A/S, which later became known as Navision Software A/S. The software was designed specifically to act as a user friendly IT solution that allowed for rather basic accounting facilities to just one single user. Just a little later on down the line and Navision was further developed to cater to the demand of several users at any one time.
During this initial development, the ability to allow more processes and departments to use it were also catered to. Over the next 20 years from its birth, Navision grew even more functionalities allowing it to eventually reach ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) status.
After several years of working with Navision Software A/S, Microsoft finally acquired not only the software company itself but the ERP system also. This meant that as of 2002, Navision became a part of Microsoft Business Solutions and thus Microsoft Navision was born. This acquisition put Microsoft in a powerful position, now allowing the global company to offer an ERP system to SMEs.
In 2005, Microsoft changed its name from Microsoft Navision ERP to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Microsoft Dynamics NAV offered different versions, each of which were named after the year in which they were released. These subsequent versions included more functionalities and technologies under the umbrellas of finance, supply chain management and business intelligence.
In 2013, Dynamics NAV delivered further improvements allowing for better performance, new technology components, all with even strong functionality. Further improvements continued from here through to 2017, seeing the arrival of Tablet Client, Office 365 integration and even document reporting using Microsoft Word. After 13 years however in 2018, a rebrand was inevitable and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central was introduced to the world.
Dynamics NAV became part of the Dynamics 365 universe and included a number of new and exciting features including a brand new interface, much greater compliance in terms of GDPR and a better enhanced Excel integration. What was once Navision accounting software had become part of an entire solution for enterprises.
Microsoft Business Central now provides users with an easily adaptable ERP solution. Not only is the system easy to use but it’s comfortable across a variety of industry environments too. It’s quick to adapt, fast to implement and easy to configure. What’s more, it’s also highly scalable, allowing small to medium enterprises to grow without the worry of having to look elsewhere for software as their needs inevitably change. With access to up to date data at any one time, you’re able to analyse in real time and make smarter decisions based on what’s happening now.
See trends as they happen across every area of your company from finance to sales, service to operations and use that knowledge to not only prevent issues from arising but improve your customer service too. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can gain a fully comprehensive overview of your entire company across one centralized dashboard. The sheer convenience of this software is worth the investment alone.
Here at NAV Experts, we know the true benefits of utilizing software like Dynamics 365 Business Central when running your small to medium sized enterprise. It’s for this reason we offer Business Central. We’re are, however, aware that migration from an older system to Dynamics Business Central can provide some with a slight headache at the mere thought. Thankfully, not only has the process itself changed but our incredible team of software experts are also here to make like that little bit easier.
Not only can we provide you with the software guaranteed to make running your SME better than ever before, but we can also help with upgrading your older system too. Upgrading from an older version of Dynamics NAV to Business Central has never been easier, in fact we’d go as far as to say that it’s changed dramatically in 2016. If you’d like more information on the upgrading of your current Navision software or if you’d like more information on beginning with Business Central for the very first time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.