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What is Microsoft Dynamics NAV and How to Purchase it?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

According to Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that provides small and midsize businesses greater control over their financials and can simplify their supply chain, manufacturing, and operations. It's a quick to implement and easy to use, with the power to support your growth ambition. Start with what you need now, and easily adapt as your business needs change. In the Microsoft Cloud or on your servers--the choice is yours.

How is Microsoft Dynamics NAV Sold and Bought?

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is available exclusively through Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partners. These Value Added Resellers provide planning, implementation, customization, and support services aimed at optimizing the solution for each customer's specific needs. Regardless of how and where the software is deployed, customers have the choice of purchasing their Microsoft Dynamics NAV licenses up front, or paying a monthly fee to a service provider.

Perpetual Licensing

Perpetual Licensing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is designed to help small and midsize businesses get started with an affordable upfront starting price, rapid start tools and built in functionality. With Microsoft Dynamics Perpetual Licensing, customers license the ERP Solution functionality, and access to that functionality is secured by licensing users.

Service Provider's Subscription Licensing

Service provider's Subscription Licensing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is designed to help keep the upfront cost to a minimum through a "per user per month" licensing fee. This helps small and midsize businesses get started with a low initial cost while leveraging the built in functionality and rapid start tools.

Both licensing models are designed to simplify the purchase process. Customers have the choice of two concurrent-user types, Limited User and Full User, and the option to give those users access to advanced functionality through the "Extended Pack."

The Starter Pack

Small and midsize businesses can quickly and affordably get started with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. The Starter Pack offers core Financials, Distribution and Professional Services functionality, plus three Full User Licenses for one price.

The Functionality included in the Starter Pack is designed to help customers:

  • Gain control and insight over their finances

  • Purchase and sell items and materials

  • Pay and manage employees

  • Manager the billables generated by consultants

For many businesses, this is the only license component required.


Additional software licenses may be required, such as Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint. These licenses are not included with the Starter Pack. Additional software must be licensed according to the applicable license terms.

The Extended Pack

Businesses that require more advanced functionality can license the optional and additive Extended Pack. The Extended Pack enables customers to integrate core financials and distibution management with broader functionality extensions such as:

  • Manufacturing to support and control the manufacturing environment

  • Warehousing to manager the warehouse to support operations

  • Basic Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to manager customer and supplier relationships and offer the highest quality of service and support.

The first three Full Users included in the Start Pack get to access to all of the incremental functionality.


  • The Stater Pack is a prerequisite to the Extended Pack

  • Upon purchasing the Extended Pack the functionality is extended to all current and coming users of the customer.

See Licenses of Additional Software for more information.

Do you have more questions about Microsoft Dynamics NAV or maybe this business solution is the one for you and you'd like to schedule free demo? Contact us at or 847-590-3000

Also, many of your questions may be able to be answered by downloading the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Product Overview and Capability Guide here.

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