Dynamics NAV and SAP are undoubtedly the most popular ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions available today. Often many business owners are confused which amongst the two is a better ERP solution for them. So, in this post, we will compare these two premier ERP solutions on different parameters to help the readers make a more prudent decision.
• Global Approach: Dynamics NAV offers 52 localisations and supports 44 languages, compared to the 41 localisations and 28 language support of SAP.
• Partners: Dynamics NAV has over 10,000 partners worldwide against more than 11,500 partners of SAP.
• Popularity: Dynamics NAV is being used by over 100,000 companies across the globe, whereas SAP is being used by more than 31,000 companies.
• Maturity: Dynamics NAV is the revamped version of Navision, which was first released in 1983, whereas SAP is a revamped version of TopManage that was first released in 1996.
• Licensing: Dynamics NAV offers two types of licenses: Perpetual and Subscription with added flexibility that the subscription licenses can be used for on-premise as well. So, the data can be migrated to and from the cloud as per the requirement. On the other hand, SAP offers separate licenses for on-demand and on-premise requirements, which substantially cuts the flexibility option.
• User Types: Dynamics NAV allows two types of users: Full users and Limited users. On the other hand, SAP allows 4 types of users: Full users, Limited CRM users, Limited Logistics users, and Limited Financial users.
• Reporting: Dynamics NAV offers reporting features like SSRS, Direct export to Excel, and Jet Report Express, whereas SAP offer Crystal reports, and HANA (in-memory) reporting features. Both Crystal and SSRS reports allow users to utilize the power of SQL. SAP HANA delivers better performance in data warehousing in-memory while Jet Reports helps in fetching data to Excel, and Direct export to Excel allows the NAV users to work on raw data easily.
• Support: Dynamics NAV offers mainstream support for 5 years and extended support for 10 years after the release at a onetime maintenance cost of 16% of the license costs. On the other hand, SAP offers only 4 years of support for every release, and its onetime maintenance cost is 16% of the license costs.
• Office integration: Dynamics NAV being a Microsoft product offers tighter integration with Office, which is also a Microsoft technology. On the other hand, SAP only offers basic MS Office Excel export and Outlook for CRM functionalities to the users.
• Instant messaging & Social media: Dynamics NAV offers richer IM and social media features given its Outlook and Yammer integration attributes. However, SAP offers only IM features.
• Intranet and Publishing: Dynamics NAV offers seamless integration with SharePoint that helps a lot in intranet and publishing; these features are not available in SAP as it does not support SharePoint integration.
• CRM integration: Dynamics NAV offers tight integrations with its sister product Dynamics CRM; SAP, on the other hand, has a basic CRM integrated with it.