Manufacturing Software Profiles

SOFTWARE SELECTION WITH SHELDON NEEDLE

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  • Are you looking at the right systems?

  • Is your organization ready to select and implement a new solution?

  • Have you made a business case for the cost involved?

  • Have you defined the steps to validate your decision?

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Microsoft 365 Business Center Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft 365 Business Center was originally developed and sold in Europe before being introduced to North America in the late 1990’s. It is a complete ERP software solution for small to mid-sized organizations that is touted to be fast to implement, easy to configure and simple to use.

This system is especially appealing to businesses that need a flexible and adaptable system with customization capabilities. However, once any significant customization has been done, the software can be very expensive to maintain. Microsoft 365 Business Center also appeals to organizations that need to do extensive inquiries and research of orders, inventory, accounting and financial transactions for small manufacturing, etc. The speed and ease with which a user can “drill down” is amazing. Data can be easily filtered and analyzed in almost unlimited ways.

Microsoft 365 Business Center is an excellent solution for financial accounting and distribution. It also is a suitable ERP software product for light or straightforward repetitive manufacturing. But manufacturers will usually need third-party applications to meet more complex requirements involving engineer to order/configure to order or batch. Users who are familiar with Microsoft Office will find Microsoft 365 Business Center easy to learn, and will be able to quickly take advantage of its many flexible features. Input, processing and inquiry screens are consistent throughout the system.

Enhancements for 2018 include deeper integration of Dynamics NAV and Microsoft products by connecting them with each other in the same business environment such as Dynamics 365 applications, PowerApps, Flow, Office 365, Power BI, and third-party applications. The addition of Microsoft’s Cognitive services uses advanced algorithms to amalgamate artificial intelligence into their applications. An additional enhancement is the ability to import payroll transaction files in the Quickbooks IIF format by installing the Quickbooks Payroll File Import extension.

Product Information

PRODUCT NAME
Microsoft 365 Business Center
CURRENT VERSION
2018
CLOUD MODE
Hosted only
NUMBER OF INSTALLATIONS
40,000+ mostly in Europe
PRICING
$60K minimum

Mode Suitability

MAKE TO STOCK / REPETITIVE
Yes
MAKE TO ORDER / CTO
Third Party
RECIPE BATCH
Third Party
CONTINOUS PROCESS
No
MIXED MODE (Stock/Custom)
Yes
ENGINEER TO ORDER
Third Party
ASSEMBLE TO ORDER
Yes

Industry Suitability

AEROSPACE
Third Party
ELECTRONICS
Yes
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Third Party
MEDICAL DEVICES
Third Party
MRO (Maintenance/Repair)
Yes

Professional Services

DESIGN / BUILD TO CONTRACT
Yes

Product Highlights

  Complete, feature-rich ERP software that combines financial, distribution, light manufacturing and business intelligence features with CRM, human resources, project management and service management capabilities.
  Microsoft, along with its various partners, offers customized cloud computing solutions for their Microsoft Dynamics ERP software solutions, including subscription-based Software as a Service (SaaS).
  The great majority of manufacturers who buy NAV will require one or more third party products.