Microsoft Dynamics NAV - This is your life!

We may not have seen the big red book on our screens since 2007, but we thought it was about time that we dusted it off and joined its previous handlers, Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel and Trevor McDonald, to give someone a surprise.

So, it gives us a great deal of pleasure to say, Microsoft Dynamics NAV… this is your life!

The Early Years

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you were born in 1983 under the name PCPlus to Danish parents, PC&C A/S (Personal Computing and Consulting). You started life as a single-user accounting application with basic accounting functionality and spent the next 4 years of our life establishing yourself within industry.

Things changed in 1987 when you developed into a client server based accounting solution that allowed multi-user access to your system simultaneously. This proved to be a successful development at such an early age. Your parents, PC&C, made the decision to change their name, and consequently your name, to Navision Software A/S.

Here is a picture of you in your early years.


 Navision... So Cute!


The Navision Years

Until 1990, and still known as Navision, you were primarily only sold in Scandinavia, but in your third incarnation you began to make your mark in other European countries, like Germany and the United Kingdom. Further investment was put into developing your capabilities and, in 1995, the first version of Navision based on Microsoft Windows95 was released.

Over the next 7 years, as Navision, you increased in popularity across Europe and, on July 11th 2002, the company and software was adopted by Microsoft and introduced to your siblings. And they’re here tonight!  Together you formed a new division within Microsoft know as Microsoft Business Solutions, please welcome Great Plains and Microsoft CRM.



The Microsoft Years

In 2003, Microsoft announced big plans to develop the whole range of their ERP family. These changes included;

  • A new role-based user-interface
  • Being based on a SharePoint portal
  • Having SQL based reporting and analysis functionality
  • Mobile client
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft Office

Things were about to change for you again in September of 2005, when Microsoft decided to re-brand, and re-release you as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The name that we know and love you for today.

Your next big development came in December 2008, when Microsoft released you as Dynamics NAV 2009. This meant that you offered all of the original features that users had become accustomed to, along with a new, cutting-edge three-tier Graphic User Interface, called RoleTailored Client (RTC). RTC can’t be with us tonight, but they’ve left us a screen-grab for you…



RoleTailored Client (Role Centre)


Right up to date

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, since 2009 you’ve gone through 3 further developments, with your latest version release being Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

We can see just how many versions you’ve gone through on Microsoft’s NAV comparison tool, but today we’re here to celebrate you in all your many guises. For years you’ve established yourself within the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) community, being recognised as one of the leading business management applications.

Available globally, you help more than 300,000 companies and over 2 million end users to run their businesses. You’ve come a long way since the early days of single-user capabilities, but that’s not the end of it. Microsoft have a very impressive roadmap for you, NAV, and their other business solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV this has been your life.

Let’s end with a short video that tells everyone exactly what you’re capable of!

We can help you find the best partner to make NAV a part of your business’ life too.

Give us a call to find out more or download our Guide to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

PDF Download - Product Overview and Capabilities Guide for NAV 2015.


Article written by Mark Blackmore, Head of Telemarketing QBS Group

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