Dinah McNav, the ERP Agony Aunt, answers the problems and pressures faced by businesses everywhere. This letter comes from a manufacturing business owner who is concerned about the size of his business system, and asks the question “Does size really matter?”
I recently attended an industry conference aimed at senior decision makers, like Managing Directors, Finance Directors, etc. After the conference, we had a quick drink in the hotel bar and got chatting about work. The conversation got round to our ERP systems.
Now, I own a manufacturing business in the Midlands and we are doing pretty well, we have 125 employees and a turnover of about £48million. We’d plodded along for a while with basic accounts and non-automated production but the time had come to move. I mentioned that we had recently migrated to Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP to help to streamline our business, manage production, handle distribution/warehousing, provide better reporting and control sales & marketing. As I did, a number of them laughed and suggested I needed something bigger than NAV, as that system will never satisfy my needs. They suggested a product like Sage X3 or SAP. Well, I have used Sage (granted, Sage 50) in the past and wasn’t that fussed on it. And SAP just seems too expensive.
I liked what I saw with NAV and it seemed to tick the right boxes but they have now sown the seed of doubt and I can’t help thinking that they might be right and size does matter. Help me Dinah. Is it true that I should be looking for a bigger solution?
Mr I N Adequate
Dear Mr I N Adequate
Thank you for getting in touch, you are not the first person to ask me this question and I always reply by saying, never be ashamed of what you have to play with.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a proven solution for any business, whatever their size or stage of development. It has helped over 300,000 customers worldwide in delivering business success and driving business growth. It has the functionality, performance and ease of use that you need in an ERP solution.
As for your ‘friends’ telling you that you should be using Sage or SAP, well they clearly haven’t seriously looked into Microsoft Dynamics NAV as an option.
If they decide to bring it up again, here are some sobering facts that you can throw back at them:
To say that Microsoft Dynamics NAV can’t compete with the ‘so-called’ big boys is a total nonsense. In fact, NAV IS one of the big boys and can easily compete in any industry, against any other mainstream solution and, most importantly, it will more often than not win!
If size is such a big issue for these other senior decision makers, I’d suggest that they’re trying to compensate for something else! A small pension package perhaps?
Dinah McNav, ERP Agony Aunt
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