What is Navision?

ERP system by Microsoft:

Navision is the original name of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central software solution. Even though the ERP system is no longer called that today, the name “Navision” is still very familiar. It is the leading standard ERP software for medium-sized companies from Microsoft, which offers companies an end-to-end solution for the management and networking of all processes (e.g. sales, CRM, purchasing, accounting as well as reporting). 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 easy upgrade from entry-level accounting software and older ERP systems.


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Renamed and improved:

Does Navision still exist?

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. 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, or today Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises.

This was followed in 2018 by the renaming of Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, which is still in place today. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is thus the successor generation of Dynamics NAV. Basically, it is an ERP solution that has been improved over the last few years and thus enriched in terms of functions and deployment options. So the different names emerged mainly as a result of the ongoing improvements of the ERP system.

We would like to shed light on the darkness and enlighten you below about the development of Navision, Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central:

  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 "Release Wave 2" (Version 15.0)
  18. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Release Wave 1" (Version 16.0)
  19. Dynamics 365 Business Central "Release Wave 2" (Version 17.0)
Navision functional range:

What can Navision/Dynamics 365 Business Central do?

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

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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Time travel to today – 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 services for companies using Navision.

Support for Navision

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.


Optimize Navision

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”.


Upgrade of Navision

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.


Hans Christoph Schröder

“We are very happy. The new ERP software now provides us with a suitable basis for precise planning, control and optimization of our production.”

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Thorsten Söth

“Anaptis has been successfully supporting us for years in the development of our homologation software and in the optimization of our processes.”

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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

“All departments, such as CRM and logistics, are interconnected and we are one step ahead of the competition!”

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Meike Friedrichs

“Anaptis has helped us to be more efficient. We now manage our data company-wide, as well as inter-divisional, in one system.”

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Sven Reckmann

“With the implementation of the mobile solution of Anveo, we save valuable time and have more satisfied customers.”

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Egbert Thies

“We can always rely on anaptis, as a competent partner. We have definitely more than improved our it status.”

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Frank Tente

“With anaptis we have a very reliable local partner. We benefit from a very competent and personal support.”

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Benedikt Boldt

“If a customer rents our advertising space, thanks to anaptis, we can now book this directly in the airport’s 3D location map.”

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Lars Lindemann

“Without Dynamics NAV and anaptis we would not have been able to meet the increased demands of our customers.”

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Myrio Kluser

„We support many customers in Microsoft Dynamics NAV in different versions and release levels. anaptis built us a data transfer tool for upgrades of individual solutions (large amounts of data in a narrow time slot).“

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Josef Brüninghoff

“Our warehouse logistics are now much more efficient. We retrieve real-time-data at any time in the warehouse.”
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André Bock

“Our field staff now rely on real-time data! In addition, the tour planning and order processing is optimized.”

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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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