Microsoft has announced the general availability of Dynamics NAV 2016, targeting the enterpriser resource planning (ERP) software at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
The latest version of Dynamics NAV includes tighter integration with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, Dynamics CRM and Office 365.
Wayne Morris, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Dynamics division, said NAV 2016 will help customers manage their organisations in a more effective way and use cloud computing to allow ERP tasks to be carried out remotely and on mobile devices.
"SMBs worldwide are looking to lower costs and compete more effectively with larger organisations, and are turning to technology to help streamline processes, empower workers with insights anywhere and on any device, and scale securely through the power of the cloud," he said.
New capabilities in NAV 2016 include the ability to work on smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android mobile operating systems, and bolstered document management and workflow capabilities.
Microsoft's Power BI visual analytics software has been added to the ERP software to enable users to glean data-driven insights into how their business is performing from a back-office operations perspective.
Closer integration with Dynamics CRM allows the ERP software to tap into sales and customer data in conjunction with back-office information such as cash flow, which Microsoft claims will help SMBs streamline their order-to-cash business processes.
To help SMBs scale operations as their business grows, NAV 2016 can now be deployed on the Azure SQL Database, Microsoft's cloud-powered database-as-a-service offering that provides access to a flexible platform to underpin an ERP setup.
However, Microsoft is not limiting NAV 2016 to its own cloud platform and will allow the ERP software to be connected to other cloud-based services.
Microsoft is expanding the flexibility of the Dynamics range of software, having recently bought FantasySalesTeam to add a layer of gamification into Dynamics CRM.
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