How did Microsoft Dynamics NAV emerge?

Navision was the starting point

The history of Navision began back in 1983 in Copenhagen. The Danish software house PC&C was founded here and published the PCPLUS financial accounting solution in 1984.

1987 saw the first upgrade of PCPLUS toNavision 1.0. Unlike the previous version, the software could now be operated as a client server application via a LAN connection. The product was often referred to as the IBM Navigator or Navigator in Denmark as the software was distributed through the IBM Business Centre.

Navision 3.0, the successor to Navision 1.0, came onto the market in 1990. The AL (application language) was introduced with this version, which is based on the PASCAL development language. Now it was possible to make extensive modifications to the software. Navision 3.0 was unique back then. PC&C changed its name to Navision Software A/S two years later in 1992.

Navision A/S introduced the first ERP software called Navision Financials 1.0 to the market in 1995 in close cooperation with Microsoft. The Navision Attain 3.10 version was released in 2002. The cooperation with business customers was optimised in this version.

Navision becomes Microsoft Navision

After several years of successful cooperation, Microsoft acquired Navision Software A/S in 2002 and integrated it into the Microsoft Business Solutions business division. Navision applications were integrated into the product portfolio with the names Microsoft Navision and Microsoft Axapta. As Navision Software A/S primarily produced software for small and medium-sized businesses, Microsoft rounded off its Business Solutions product range. The former headquarters of Navision Software A/S in Vedbaek, Denmark became the EMEA headquarters (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of Microsoft Business Solutions.

Microsoft changed the product name of its Navision solutions in 2005. Axapta became Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Navision became Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 was released in March 2007. This version offered comprehensive business intelligence features, amongst other things, and supported cooperation between employees, customers and partners based on SharePoint technology.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV – An all-in-one ERP solution emerges

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 version offered the so-called RoleTailored Client (RTC) in addition to the Classic Client, allowing the user to organise the software based on their role in the business.

Microsoft Dynamics 2009 is still the standard solution in many small and medium-sized businesses. It is ideal for businesses with 1-249 users. However, we have also had reports of implementations where there were more than 249 users. Microsoft Dynamics covers the business management of organisational units within a small or medium-sized business: master data management, materials management (purchasing, warehousing, scheduling, evaluation), sales (incl. CRM, marketing), production, service, project management, resource management, human resources management, financial management and accounting as well as controlling.

The current version, released in Dezember 2017, is called Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. The product name refers to the year of publication.

Business Central everywhere – on-premises, hybrid or in the cloud

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central replaces Dynamics NAV. It connects systems and processes to simplify the management of financial accounting, sales, services as well as ERP and production – just like Dynamics NAV and its previous versions. But unlike its predecessors, Dynamics 365 Business Central is also available in the cloud. The flexible cloud platform can simply be accessed with your Internet browser using a Web client and offers users a lot of new and flexible possibilities.

Existing “Dynamics NAV“ installations – whether local or hybrid – can still be run as usual. The name Microsoft Dynamics NAV, however, is phased out in 2019.

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