Organizations investigating mid-market Accounts and ERP software will usually produce a shortlist of products. In the UK, the shortlists will often include Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Sage 200. So how do they compare, and why would you choose one over the other? There are a wide variety of factors to consider when choosing an ERP solution. These include your type of organization, business requirements, processes, industry sector, objectives, forecast growth, complexity, IT infrastructure, resources, history and to an extent personal preference. But of course software features, ease of use, architecture, license costs and functionality also need to be considered. So, here’s a brief overview and comparison of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Sage 200.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV
In the UK, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a leading mid-market business management solution, from Microsoft’s Dynamics suite of products. The software has over 1, 250, 000 licensed users throughout the world. A fully integrated ERP solution which will help you control all of the key processes within your business, it’s also an extremely flexible and adaptable product and has more than 2000 add-on applications available. One of the key, high-level features of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is its role-tailored functionality. This is where the user’s desktops are individually personalized. Essentially the software hides all the information which the user doesn’t need to see, which saves time and improves productivity. Microsoft Dynamics NAV includes the following functionality: – Financial Management and Accounting – Supply Chain Management – Manufacturing Management – Sales Management – Marketing Management – Human Resource Management – Project Management – Service Management
The Sage 200 suite is a flexible ERP solution typically used by small to medium-sized businesses. These will often (although by no means exclusively) have migrated from Sage’s extremely popular small business accounting software suite, Sage 50. Sage 200 has been written using ‘.net’ technology, and is a fully integrated, modular product suite which aims to bring together all aspects of a business from accounting and finance to manufacturing and customer service. Essentially Sage 200 aims to help you run your whole business using a single suite of software, improving productivity, profitability and delivering a rapid return on investment. Sage 200 comes with two foundation modules as standard: – Sage 200 Financials – Sage 200 CRM There is also a number of additional, optional modules available including: – Sage 200 Commercials – Sage 200 Project Accounting – Sage 200 Construction – Sage 200 Manufacturing – Sage 200 Point of Sale – Sage 200 Wholesale and Retail
How Do the Costs of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Sage 200 Compare?
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV licence model is designed with flexibility in mind, so organisations using the product can keep costs as low as possible but allow the system to expand as their business grows. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV licence costs depend on how many users you have plus the features, functions and level of licences you need. However when comparing Microsoft Dynamics NAV with Sage 200 it’s not an exact like for like comparison – the licensing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is worked out differently than Sage 200 licence costs. In fact, working out the overall costs of any ERP project can become quite complex, and to get an accurate idea of budget, you need to talk to an experienced and accredited business partner.
So Which Product is Best Sage 200 or Microsoft Dynamics NAV?
If you take an overall look at the features, functions, pro’s and con’s of both solutions, it really isn’t a case of their being a ‘best solution’. It’s more a case of which product is the best fit for your business requirements and best able to meet the needs of your organisation. However, deployed correctly, both Sage 200 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV will: – Increase employee productivity – Enable you to build closer relationships with customer, suppliers and business partners alike – Help you to make more informed decisions
Concentrix is an independent business solutions specialist and offers both these popular ERP solutions. To make a more informed decision about which of these solutions will deliver the greatest benefits to your organisation, you will need to talk to an ERP specialist. If you’re a UK business investigating ERP software and need help, advice or information about Sage 200 or Microsoft Dynamics NAV, please contact Concentrix.
By Peter Elgar, Concentrix Ltd, a leading UK Microsoft Dynamics Business Partner