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Can Dynamics NAV be replaced by Microsoft project ‘Madeira’?

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Last week Microsoft released a preview of Project ‘Madeira’ which has added tools to enhance the adoption. Integrated features like Power BI, Office 365 giving you the power of analytics & ease in use of dash-boards etc are definetly going to help. On  behalf of New ERP System (Project Madeira), most of the people’s are saying Dynamics NAV ERP Software is on verge of getting replaced; which to us seems impossible in days to come.

Microsoft Project Madeira, which is primarily targeted around SMB market segment; is equal to NAV 2017. There are areas where project Madeira adds a value when but have limitations on customization, functionalities etc.

Lets evaluate the differences between Dynamics NAV 2016 and Project Madeira: Madeira is a project completely based on SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) model while Dynamics NAV works on IaaS, PaaS and On-Premise with lots of customization in the reports, dash-boards meeting the industry specific work-flows.

We, at Navision India, don’t conquer to  or envisage that Dynamics NAV would be replaced by project Madeira. As on date, approximately 124,000 organizations worldwide embrace NAV and that number is increasing daily. The critical point to ponder is; both business management solutions are different.

Both of these products have few  functionalities and features are over lappin. But have different proposition to offer.The traditional mailing systems have to replaced at the same time when the ERP migration is done. Whereas, with Dynamics NAV you don’t have this compulsion. You have the freedom to choose between exchange, exchange online, O365 besides other products depending upon the organization maturity. While ‘project Madeira’ is appropriate for start-ups or SMB companies,  NAV is an enterprise suite to manage the critical flows and customize as per business needs.

Differences between Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Project Madeira

Scope Dynamics NAV Project Madeira
Deployment: IaaS, PaaS and On-Premise SaaS
Product: Comprehensive Functionality Modified Functionality
Licensing: Dynamics NAV Prices, SPLA CSP
Office 365: Add on Integrated
Differentiators: Customization gives Flexibility Extensions and Update
Customizations Allowed: Yes Only Extensions


ERP products working over  SaaS or in-premise mode have few differences or convenience being added to meet the dynamic business scenarios and trying to address business productivity, which SMB space is coping with currently. Ease of technology migration,  adoptions, customizations are few concerns for the enterprises.

Project Madeira is a more advanced solution as compared to Dynamics NAV ERP Software but the industry specific flavors, addressing to complexities like  manufacturing process automation, HR automation etc are still buzzwords and would require adoption and product feature enhancement besides the need of customization.

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