This article describe architecture, features and licensing model form Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV software is composed of three major components (three-tier architecture):
Some common configurations are:
This version will come later until October 31st this year. This NAV version introduce better cloud environment with multi-tenancy system. You can read more about new architecture on Multi-tenancy page.
Previous Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions (before NAV 2009) has two-tier architecture. Two-tier architecture models are used in the true Client/Server Distributed Data solution. In two-tier architectures, the data and data manipulation layers reside
on the server, whereas the application logic, presentation logic, and presentation layers reside on the client (we called 'Classic Client'). It puts the application logic (Business Logic) and presentation logic/layers (User Interface) on the client computer.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV gives administrators the option of using either a Native database server or Microsoft SQL Server, as the DBMS (as of NAV 2013 only Microsoft SQL Server). SQL Server is better able to cope with large database sizes, but requires
more maintenance than the classic database. The original database server is often referred to as 'C/SIDE' which refers to Client/Server Integrated Development Environment.
With NAV 2009, Microsoft introduced a completely new client interface which was named the RoleTailored Client (abbreviated RTC). Instead of a common experience for all users, the RTC improves efficiency by tailoring the NAV experience so users see
only information pertinent to their role and day-to-day activities. Other notable improvements include several visual improvements such as support for charts, colorful reports, and adoption of a Microsoft Office style ribbon.
The NAV client interface previously available in versions 5 and older was retained in NAV 2009, but renamed the Classic Client.
While the Classic Client supports both Native and SQL databases, the RoleTailored Client requires a SQL database. Additionally, SQL database logins are not supported with the RoleTailored Client.
In October 2012, Microsoft released NAV 2013, which discontinued support for the Classic Client. The RoleTailored Client has been renamed the Windows Client. Additionally, a built-in Web Client and SharePoint Client were added. The Web Client does
not require any special add-ins and works on computers and mobile devices alike.
Relative to Microsoft's other 3 ERP products, Dynamics NAV's sector is distribution and manufacturing companies that want more than “out of the box” functionality. The solution has a standard feature set, but it can also be thought of as an “ERP System
construction set”. The Pascal-like development language is easily accessible to appropriate developers and is designed for rapidly customizing the software. There is no need for complex server side Transact-SQL stored procedures as the one language manages
the application and database.
As per April 2013 Dynamics NAV is being used by 94,000 companies globally. The number of end users is estimated approx. two millions throughout the world. The facts show that Microsoft Dynamics NAV today represents 45% of the total installed Microsoft
As a native International ERP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is proposed with 43 official localizations and several unofficial ones (provided by local partners). These localizations ensure the full compliance of NAV with the local legal and fiscal rules.
From 2013 version, Microsoft has changed the release cycle to make a major release every year, there is a product road map available for all the Dynamics products and the significant customer loyalty to all of the different Dynamics products will secure the
focus on these many years ahead. The NAV solution is also compliant with IAS/IFRS.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV delivers integrated functionality to provide support for:
Microsoft Dynamics NAV uses a concurrent user licensing model.
In 2006, Microsoft introduced the "Business Ready License" (BRL) model. The customer purchases user sessions, which have access to certain parts of
the system included. There are two types of user - Business Essentials (BE) and Advanced Management (AM); AM provides access to more functionality than BE. Under the previous licensing model, "Module Based License" (MBL), users came with no functionality -
this all had to be bought separately. Microsoft offers a path for customers to transition from MBL to BRL licensing.
With the arrival of NAV 2013, Microsoft introduced a new licensing model called "Perpetual Licensing", which considerably simplifies
the pricing structure. When it comes to the user access/user types in NAV 2013, there are only 2 types of user licenses:
All users are based on concurrent license model and both users can access NAV using any client (windows client, web Client, SharePoint client…).