Microsoft has confirmed that the latest version of its Dynamics Nav ERP system is now available offering a series of upgrades in what the firm is touting as the "most significant release yet" of the product.
The firm said the Dynamics Nav 2013 update was designed to give small and midsize firms a simplified user interface to make it easier to access key business data and reporting tools that can be drawn from other Microsoft tools.
"The result is an ERP solution that is easy to use, works seamlessly with your existing productivity tools, and is quick and cost-effective to implement," claimed Microsoft senior director for ERP Product Management, Paul White, in a blog post.
"The feedback from our early adopter customers and partners has been really positive, and we couldn't be more excited about getting this product out into the market and putting it to work in your businesses."
White also touted the width breadth of use options Microsoft had built into the platform, claiming it can be used through any client, device or browser and hosted either on premise or in the cloud, to give customers as much choice as possible on how to use the tool.
White also said the firm had improved the performance of the platform to help it run faster, claiming earlier trial customers had already reported seeing a market improvement on this front.
Microsoft also said it had developed the product for 15 specific markets around issues such as language and currency, for markets including the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Quocirca analyst Bob Brown told V3 Microsoft had done well with its Dynamic platform to date, but there was certainly a much larger opportunity for it to win business, which this release could help it focus on doing.
"From a market perspective, there ought to be a lot more business out there in SME land which Microsoft should be able to win," he said.
"If this release signals Microsoft's renewed focus on some of its perhaps lesser known assets, then it could be a very interesting development. The full might of the "marketing engine" has never really been brought to bear on this part of the portfolio.
"A renewed focus could be linked to enriching the offer via the Azure platform. "
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