Microsoft Business Solutions Releases Navision 3.70

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 4, 2003 — Microsoft Business Solutions today announced the release of Microsoft® Business Solutions–Navision®
3.70, an integrated business management solution designed for small and midmarket companies.

Navision 3.70 provides tools that allow a business to streamline its internal processes, particularly in the areas of financial management, supply chain management, customer relationship management and e-business. Navision connects an organization seamlessly to employees, customers, suppliers and partners, allowing it to increase productivity, sharpen its competitive edge and grow its business.

With a goal of increasing usability and simplicity for end users across the application, the new features in Navision 3.70 focus on enhanced wholesale and distribution capabilities and a more intuitive user interface.

“Overall, Navision 3.70 is an easier solution to implement and use,”
said Kati Hvidtfeldt, group product manager for Navision at Microsoft Business Solutions.
“We aim to support the end-to-end processes of midmarket companies, regardless of their industry, by providing a flexible structure and functionality that supports their unique business needs. From Inventory to advanced Warehouse Management, and from a company’s commerce or Web portal to manufacturing and accounting, Navision is the one solution a company needs. Customers remain in control with Navision because they have the choice to pay for only the functionality they need to manage their businesses as they need it.”

In a direct response to customer requests for more flexible warehousing functionality, Navision 3.70 introduces several wholesale distribution enhancements.

For example, the Warehouse Management System module has been further broken down into four modules: warehouse receipt, warehouse shipment, pick and put-away. Depending on the level of complexity they require, customers can pay for only the elements they choose, and scale up as needed. In addition, two new, less-complex versions of the Warehouse Management System module, Bin and Bin Setup, have been created.

The addition of the new modules gives customers greater choice and a more affordable solution. Lower midmarket companies especially may not need the entire Warehouse Management System module, and with the new modules they can choose the exact functionality they need.

The redesign of the user interface in select application areas will help make Navision 3.70 easier to use. A number of forms, such as Purchase and Sales, have been updated and reorganized in a more logical way. On the main menu, only elements relevant to a particular customer will appear, based on the functionality it has chosen for its solution. Likewise, the menu display in application areas is now determined by user permissions; if a user is not permitted to use the functionality underlying an application area menu button, the menu button will be gray and not linked.

Availability and Pricing

Navision 3.70 is available now through Microsoft Certified Business Solutions Partners. To learn the availability of country-specific versions, those interested should contact their Microsoft Business Solutions country office. Navision 3.70 is backed by the award-winning support and training of Microsoft Business Solutions. A five-user financial solution with the foundation layer and basic general ledger only starts at $20,000 (U.S.).

Microsoft Business Solutions–Navision Standard, a lower-price offering of the Navision edition that addresses the needs of lower midmarket companies, also is immediately available. Navision Standard is designed to meet the less-complex information technology (IT) and functionality requirements of small and midmarket companies with annual revenues of $25 million (U.S.) or less and up to 10 licensed users. Single-user costs start at $4,500 (U.S.).

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions’ applications optimize strategic business processes across financial management, analytics, human resources management, project management, customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success. More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at .

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