Microsoft Cloudifies ERP for SMBs With Dynamics NAV 2016 Release
Microsoft enlists the cloud for the latest launch of its enterprise resource planning software for small businesses.Overshadowed this week by Microsoft's splashy Windows 10 device event was the official launch of Dynamics NAV 2016, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software platform for small and midsize businesses. In keeping with the Microsoft's post-PC, "cloud-first" product strategy, the latest version of Dynamics NAV features deeper ties to the Redmond, Wash., software giant's Azure-backed cloud services slate. "Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 offers significant new capabilities in mobility, business insight, and cloud services, as well as deeper interoperability with Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365," said Microsoft Corporate Vice President Wayne Morris in an Oct. 5 announcement. The cloud is the great equalizer, enabling SMBs to stand their ground against larger enterprises, according to Morris. "SMBs worldwide are looking to lower costs and compete more effectively with larger organizations, and are turning to technology to help streamline processes, empower workers with insights anywhere and on any device, and to scale securely through the power of the cloud," he said. Accordingly, Dynamics NAV 2016 works in tandem with several Microsoft cloud services to enhance SMB business processes with enterprise-grade capabilities. They include new business analytics capabilities, courtesy of Power BI, Microsoft's cloud-based business intelligence software offering.
Customers can glean business insights "with pre-built Microsoft Power BI dashboards and data connections that give teams instant access to key performance indicators in an intuitive environment designed for secure collaboration," stated Morris. Dynamics NAV 2016 also features native integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, allowing organizations to link their customer service and sales operations.