Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software product from Microsoft.

The product is part of the Microsoft Dynamics family, and intended to assist with finance, manufacturing, customer relationship management, supply chains, analytics and electronic commerce for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise and local subsidiaries of large international Groups. Value-added resellers (VAR)s can have full access to the business logic source code. 

For modifications of the system, the proprietary programming language C/AL is used.

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History Of Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV originates from Navision, a suite of accounting applications which Microsoft acquired in 2002.

Navision originated at PC&C A/S (Personal Computing and Consulting), a company founded in Denmark in 1983. PC&C released its first accounting package, PCPlus, in 1984 - a single-user application with basic accounting functionality. There followed in 1987 the first version of Navision, a client/server-based accounting application that allowed multiple users to access the system simultaneously. The success of the product prompted the company to rename itself Navision Software A/S.

The Navision product sold primarily in Scandinavia until 1990. From Navision version 3 the product was distributed in other European countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom.

In 1995 the first version of Navision based on Microsoft Windows 95 was released.

In 2000, Navision Software A/S merged with fellow Danish firm Damgard A/S (founded 1983) to form Navision Damgard A/S. In 2001 the company changed its name to "Navision A/S".

On July 11, 2002 Microsoft bought Navision A/S to go with its previous acquisition of Great Plains. Navision became new division in Microsoft, named Microsoft Business Solutions, which also handled Microsoft CRM. 

In 2003 Microsoft announced plans to develop an entirely new ERP system (Project Green). But it later decided to continue development of all ERP systems (Dynamics AX, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL). Microsoft launched all four ERP systems with the same new role-based user-interface, SQL-based reporting and analysis,SharePoint-based portal, Pocket PC-based mobile clients and integration with Microsoft Office.

In September 2005 Microsoft re-branded the product and re-released it as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. 

In December 2008 Microsoft released Dynamics NAV 2009, which contains both the original "classic" client, as well as a new three-tier GUI called the RoleTailored Client (RTC). 

The product itself has gone through several name changes over the time. Initially "Navigator" was used in Denmark, although most Danish users knew it as "IBM-Navigator", as IBM distributed the software. Internationally it was sold as "Navision", except in the U.S., where it was called "Avista". The names "Navision Financials", "Navision Solutions", "Navision Attain", "Microsoft Business Solutions - Navision Edition", and - as of 2014 - "Microsoft Dynamics NAV" (pronounced N-A-V, except in the U.S. where most customers simply say "nav" - short for "Navision") have all been used to refer to this product.

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