The only question is:
can you live with AX for let's say the next five years or so ?
Microsoft plans say they want to make one solution out of all the solutions they are presenting now.
So let's deal with what we have and let's hope that things will get better with the so called "Project Green"
Here you got some customer stories about Dynamics Ax (Axapta) implementations. You can find some case study on Ax implementation in enterprises such as X-Box (High Tech), Tommy Hilfiger (retail focus) , Carbogen (pharmacy)... and other in differnet industries (oil and gaz, distribution, services,...)
As for the Navision case studies, you can find also customers evidence here. But I know less about Navision (I'll let Nav specialist telling you about it)
Hope these links can help you
Could you give a few examples of Nav implementation up to 1000 users or
at least above 500 users? Such info, especially case studies would be
very helpful to make a decision witch system choose Nav or AX?
There are plenty of NAV implementation of up to 1000 users. Some even larger. In my old company we had around 2000 users on Dynamics NAV (GN Store Nord). And in my new job we expect to have a around 2500 users within 3 years (ISS).
But although we see this as one implementation/project, then we don't talk about 2500 users in one company in one database. But 2500 users in maybe 100 companies in 3-4 databases.
My personal rule of thumb says that we should not put more than 500-600 users in one database, and not more than 200-250 users in one company. More could work, but it really depends on the combination of roles of the users. So i.e. if you have 200 out of 250 users in Sales then you are out for a challenge in optimizing system performance - but even here then it's surely possible to get a new system out of it.
( I only use NAV actively )
I have heard that GP has very poor multi-language and multi-currency support - both of which are very strong in NAV. Therefore in an international implemenation, GP can't compete with NAV.
I've also heard that GP's 'verticals' are more mature than NAV's.
Im also trying to work out if we go down the AX or the Nav path.
My understanding is that AX will probably be the product that will eventually win out over the other MS flavours with a "lite" version being available down the track.
The documents I have read also seem to indicate that AX is probably the best that provides remote web access and with concepts such as virtualisation and cloud computing being touted as well as decentralisation of work forces, its something to think about.
I represent a multi country franchise system which makes remote accessability more attractive as well.
Id guess though that if you want an easier out of the box implimentation that does 90% of everything, then go NAV :)
Following is a cut and paste from another site I thought was kind of useful, but might be a bit outdated...
Targeted to small to medium-sized companies with $20 - $500+ Million in
Complex Manufacturing and Distribution. Axapta is Microsoft Business
Solutions' high end system with features such as a product configurator (allows
order clerks to configure a complex product with many options and features on
the fly), graphical views of scheduling and Bill of Materials...
Technology. Axapta is the only Microsoft Business Solution available
today that is web based. Axapta can be accessed over the internet using a
browser or using the same user interface used over a local area network. Axapta
uses "thin client" architecture which means that only a small amount of code is
required on a workstation or remote computer. Traffic over the internet is kept
to a minimum. Non web based systems require the use of products such as Citrix
and Terminal Services to obtain remote access, but do this at the expense of
additional complexity and expense.
International. Axapta is compliant with the legal requirements of
thirty-one countries around the world.
Multilingual. You can run multiple languages, changing from one to
another in real-time. Employees can work in the language of their choice and
they can send documents to customers and vendors in their native languages.
Customizations. Customizations are specific not only by user, but also
by location and by company. Axapta uses a versioning system for its
customizations that allows you to revert back to previous versions if necessary.
Multiple Site Support. Multi-site support is ideal for companies with
wide area networks that want centralized reporting and the ability to
cross-reference or amalgamate information from individual offices. Customer,
vendor, general ledger account numbers, and similar information can be shared or
made unique depending on business needs.
Targeted to small, medium-sized and some large companies with $10 - $500
Million in revenues.
Customization. Navision is known for its customization capabilities.
There are many third party solutions that are available that have been written
using Navision customization tools.
Rock solid performance. Customers consistently give high marks to
Navision's reliability and speed.
Dimensional reporting. By attaching dimensions to transactions, it is
possible to analyze business performance across multiple dimensions.
Financial reporting. Financial reporting is based on transactions and
not monthly buckets. Financial reports can easily and quickly be generated for
any date range. Financial report writer also used for analysis of item ledgers –
what sold, what purchased… with control over rows and columns with
Navigation. Navision provides superior tools to easily drill down for
Resellers. We have consistently heard positive comments on the
resellers from Navision clients. Navision requires that resellers attend
Databases. Navision was developed using the C/Side database. Navision
has offered their system with Microsoft SQL Server since 1999 and today about
35% of new Navision systems are sold with the Microsoft SQL Server database.
Normally we recommend industry standard technology such as Microsoft SQL Server.
However, with Navision, the empirical evidence is that C/Side is fast and
Granular pricing. You don't need to purchase what you don't use. You
purchase features rather than a module that contains features that you may not
Supply Chain. Navision includes warehouse management, production, and
Inter-company transactions. Automatic balancing between legal
entities. A PO created in 1 company creates a draft sales order in the other
company ready to be approved
Microsoft Business Notification Be aware of business-critical events
anywhere and prevent problems before they might occur. For example, receive
notifications to tell you if there is a delay in shipping or production, or when
the inventory on crucial items sinks beyond a certain level
5 pre-loaded verticals. For faster implementation for Wholesale,
Furniture, Machinery, CPG (consumer packaged goods), High Tech - Should reduce
implementation time significantly
Manufacturing. Includes visibility into work-in-process and support
for order-by-order planning workflow (light MRP), manual planning, graphical
production schedule, Gantt charts and production reporting.
Anaytics. Business Analytics with predefined or customized OLAP cubes.
Pre-defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Financial Management, Supply
Chain Management and Customer Relationship Management