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We regularly work with a number of leading ERP solutions, including SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software.  As we’ve outlined in other blogs and research, each software solution has its strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs.

Microsoft’s ERP software solutions, which include Navision, Axapta, and Great Plains, are now sold and delivered under the Dynamics moniker as part of the company’s strategy of unifying its enterprise software into a single ERP offering.  In addition to our experience with Microsoft ERP solutions, we also recently compared Microsoft Dynamics to other leading enterprise software packages as part of our recent benchmark study of over 1,300 ERP implementations across the globe.  Some of the findings we discovered from our experience and research include the below items.

Findings on Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software Solutions

  • Installed by 14% of organizations that use an ERP software solution
  • Its product line is evaluated, selected, and implemented in an average of 18 months, compared to an average of 20 months for other solutions
  • The total cost of ownership averages $2.6 million for the initial investment, or 5% of the implementing company’s annual revenue.  Microsoft Dynamics is the lowest cost solution of all the leading ERP solutions covered in our study.
  • Highest predictability (or least variance) of actual ERP implementation costs of all vendors
  • Above average benefits realization and overall company satisfaction
  • Leads all ERP vendors in the product’s level of employee satisfaction

However, in addition to the above strengths, there are three tradeoffs to consider when selecting or implementing Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software Tradeoffs

  • Below average executive and management satisfaction
  • Highest variance and unpredictability of actual implementation duration
  • Above average level of business and operational implementation risk

The point is not to suggest that Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software is better or inferior to other enterprise software solutions, but rather to provide one data point as part of a robust ERP software selection process.  While this provides useful information on the surface, it is also important to consider business requirements that are unique to your business, understand the key functional and technical differentiators, and assess the overall fit with your organizational and operational needs.

Learn more about how Microsoft Dynamics stacks up to other leading ERP software solutions by viewing our enterprise software video presentations or reading our ERP benchmark report.