Microsoft gives a fresh look to Navision ERP

Microsoft Business Solutions will introduce the first major release of its Navision enterprise resource planning platform next...

Microsoft Business Solutions will introduce the first major release of its Navision enterprise resource planning platform next month, following its acquisition in 2002.

Navision 4.0 will include an Outlook 2003 user interface, integration with SQL Server's reporting service and tools for monitoring key performance indicators.

Simon Edwards, general manager at Microsoft Business Solutions, said, "We are building in better support for Microsoft infrastructure, such as integration with Biztalk and Office."

The preferred database for Navision is SQL Server, although it has its own built-in database.

A manufacturing module has been added, which Microsoft said offers deep visibility into work in progress and support for order-by-order planning workflow, enabling businesses to manage production orders, bills of material, manual planning processes and exceptions.

It also offers templates for manufacturing and electronics engineering to help consultants configure the software for these businesses.

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