What is Navision?

ERP system by Microsoft:

Navision is or was one of the most popular ERP systems worldwide. Why “was”? Navision was the original name of Microsoft’s software solution. Subsequently, it was renamed to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This was followed in 2018 by the latest renaming, for now, to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Over time, Microsoft has optimized its ERP software and expanded its offering. Even though the ERP system is no longer called that today, the name “Navision” is still very common. This is also the reason why the ERP solution has proven itself in companies of countless industries as well as sizes and today looks back on a long development. It is an adaptable solution that allows for easy upgrades from entry-level accounting software and older ERP systems.


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Renamed and improved:

Navision at a glance: Evolution and History.

Basically, Microsoft ERP solution is a software solution that has been improved and enriched in features and deployment options over the past years. So the different names emerged mainly as a result of the ongoing improvements of the ERP system. Thus, the various names emerge mainly as a result of the ongoing improvements of the ERP system. We would like to bring light into the darkness and enlighten you below about the development of Navision, Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central:


Originally Navision was developed by a Danish company called Navision Software A/S. In 2002, Microsoft took over the Danish manufacturer and integrated Navision into the Microsoft Business Solutions division.

Dynamics NAV

In the further course the umbrella brand Dynamics was created. In the course of this, the ERP solution was renamed Microsoft Dynamics NAV. In addition, the ERP system Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) was developed for large companies, whereas Navision was aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises.

Dynamics 365 Business Central

This was followed in 2018 by the renaming of Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, which is still in place today.

In detail, the time travel looks like this:

  1. Microsoft Navision
  2. Renaming to Microsoft Dynamics NAV + Release of Dynamics NAV 4.0
  3. Dynamics NAV 5.0
  4. Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1
  5. Dynamics NAV 2009 (Version 6.0)
  6. Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1
  7. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2
  8. Dynamics NAV 2013 (Version 7.0)
  9. Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
  10. Dynamics NAV 2015 (Version 8.0)
  11. Dynamics NAV 2016 (Version 9.0)
  12. Dynamics NAV 2017 (Version 10.0)
  13. Dynamics NAV 2018 (Version 11.0)
  14. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Spring 2018" (Version 12.0)
  15. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Fall 2018" (Version 13.0)
  16. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Spring 2019" (Version 14.0)
  17. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2019 Release Wave 2" (Version 15.0)
  18. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2020 Release Wave 1" (Version 16.0)
  19. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2020 Release Wave 2" (Version 17.0)
  20. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2021 Release Wave 1" (Version 18.0)
  21. Dynamics 365 Business Central "2021 Release Wave 2" (Version 19.0)
Navision functional range:

What can Navision/Dynamics 365 Business Central do?

The ERP solution has a modular structure. The modules are strongly interconnected. This eliminates the problem of working with different systems and the multiple entry or collation of data.

In the early days of Navision, there were only six menu items:

  1. General Ledger
  2. Sales and Receivables
  3. Purchase and Payables
  4. Inventory
  5. Jobs
  6. Englisch: Resources

Fact is: The intuitive handling already existed before: Even then users could move or hide columns, filter by fields and use flow fields to calculate with date filters.

Nevertheless, a lot has changed in terms of functionality, design and deployment options.

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Today, in Dynamics 365 Business Central and thus the latest version of the ERP solution, we not only find a far greater range of functions. In addition, the user interface is modern in the Microsoft look-and-feel and companies can choose from different deployment options (on-premise or cloud).

In addition, other Microsoft products such as Office 365 or Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Power Platform with components such as Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI have of course been (further) developed in parallel.

Our question to you: What would you like to do?

Navision support

You are using Microsoft Navision and would like to keep it that way?

Thanks to our experience, we can also provide support for older versions. When you are ready to upgrade, we already know your system and are well trained.

But we have to be honest: The day will come when you will not be able to avoid an upgrade. Because Microsoft will eventually discontinue support as well as updates for older versions.



Are you using Microsoft Navision and want to improve the system?

We are aware that not every small or medium-sized business has the financial means to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central right away. And that’s perfectly fine!

Nevertheless, we can improve and “spice up” your system within the limits of what is technically possible. We can add small things or perform small “technical upgrades”.


Navision upgrade

Are you using Microsoft Navision and looking to upgrade?

Are you ready to leave your aging Navision solution behind to upgrade to a shiny, feature-rich new Dynamics 365 Business Central platform?

Very well! We have successfully gone through this process dozens and dozens of times with many companies, as you can read through our testimonials.


Incentive to upgrade:

Financial incentives to upgrade from Navision to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

You want to upgrade Navision and use Dynamics 365 Business Central? We offer you some incentives to do so. You will find temporary and limited discounts, promotions and offers. Strike now!

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customers say about their ERP project.


Thorsten Söth

“Our IT partner anaptis has successfully supported us for years in the further development of our homologation software. Together we continuously optimize our processes and can therefore use the expertise of our employees much more efficiently.”

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Enno Beith

“From the very beginning we were in good hands with the anaptis staff. We always felt that our problems and requirements were understood and appropriate, proactive solutions were proposed.”

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Michael Angenendt

“The investment was necessary and we expect synergy potential in the medium and long term. NAV is an excellent tool with which the areas of CRM, controlling, logistics and purchasing can be managed very well. We hope that we will be able to react faster to changes in the market in the future and will always be one step ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency and innovations.”

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What can we do for you?

We advise you on all aspects of Microsoft Navision.

Get to know us personally! We will be happy to advise you on any questions you may have about Microsoft Navision. Just contact us and tell us how we can help you.

  • Support for Microsoft Navision
  • Optimization of Microsoft Navision
  • Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central

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