As long-time resellers of one of the business accounting software products known as “Microsoft Dynamics” we ask readers to forgive us for a moment while we temporarily suspend our general no-bias approach to ERP and business software.
Microsoft recently released heretofore secretive sales figures on the relative sales success of its major ERP (and CRM) accounting lines, which we share today. The chart below sums it up nicely.
As the chart indicates, the product commonly known as “NAV” (formerly “Navision” prior to its acquisition by Microsoft in 2002) has a worldwide installed base more than double that of the next leading contender (GP, formerly Great Plains). The figures come from Microsoft itself, courtesy of its 2014 Convergence Conference.
NAV added on average 667 new customer companies per month over the past year, an increase of 8.5% year over year. GP added about half as many, though starting from a smaller base, that represented a 9% gain. Dynamics AX, a product formerly a sister-company to NAV before their acquisition, added 83 users a month, for a 5.6% gain in users.
Okay, so as NAV resellers, we’re a little prejudiced. But we picked up the product over a dozen years ago, and felt then as we do now – having had the ability to choose from nearly any product we wanted to sell – that NAV represents the most bang for the buck (and for fewer bucks today by the way, by far, than ever before) of any software we could represent. And given its modifiable, customizable core, we still say it’s the best software, for the money, your money can buy.
So forgive us our bias if you will: we think that in this case, everybody wins.