The Microsoft Dynamics portfolio of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) products continues to dominate the midmarket for growth-oriented companies. With the ongoing investments and product positioning from Microsoft there is also increasing clarity about where the various business solutions from Microsoft are targeted. To illustrate the tremendous adoption of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products worldwide I am including the latest publicly disclosed numbers as of July 2012 that highlight the number of companies worldwide that run each of the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Product No. of Companies
Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) 92,500
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) 42,500
Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta) 16,500
Microsoft Dynamics SL (Solomon) 12,000

As you can see from the table above the 92,500 companies that run Microsoft Dynamics NAV globally, or what was formerly called Navision, continue to validate the investments that Microsoft is making in Dynamics NAV as the favorite solution of small to medium size business worldwide. The strength of Microsoft Dynamics NAV has always been its vibrant global partner community, strong global footprint, ease of deployment, and ability to fit the unique needs of a wide range of businesses. However, what has and continues to set Microsoft Dynamics NAV apart is the ease with which Dynamics NAV can be tailored to the specific needs of an individual business without breaking the upgrade path. The latest advances in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product make it easily the best choice globally for companies that have outgrown QuickBooks and are looking for a complete ERP solution that can scale as the business grows and adapts to changing business requirements. Also Dynamics NAV continues to be a favorite choice of midmarket companies that are tired of paying exorbitant sums to run and maintain Oracle and SAP and are looking for a much more flexible and adaptable solution. Often time’s companies find that the payback from jettisoning SAP and Oracle to switch to Dynamics NAV is less than twelve months and almost always less than twenty-four months. To show Microsoft's commitment to making Microsoft Dynamics NAV the number one choice globally for small and medium size businesses the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is completely web enabled and accessible from Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Dynamics GP or what was formerly called Great Plains continues to be a favorite solution of companies that operate in English speaking countries. The strength of Dynamics GP has always been its quick deployment out of the box as well as its strong focus on financial management features and functionality. Like Dynamics NAV, a vibrant and committed partner channel continues to make investments in extending the product and supporting customers in a diverse set of industries. Microsoft continues to make investments in Dynamics GP to make it the obvious choice for companies looking for an out of the box financial management solution here in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.

With the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX or what was formerly called Axapta, Microsoft is realizing their vision of taking SAP and Oracle head on in the largest enterprises. Microsoft has made significant acquisitions of Intellectual Property and significant investments in the product to enable Microsoft Dynamics AX to be run in the largest global enterprises and specifically in companies that want to consolidate all of their ERP instances globally into a single instance. Based on the impressive growth that Microsoft Dynamics AX is experiencing against SAP and Oracle it is further validation that companies have been waiting for an alternative to the exorbitant cost of ownership that SAP and Oracle require.

Finally, Microsoft Dynamics SL or what was formerly called Solomon continues to find tremendous adoption with project-based companies that are looking for Microsoft Project integration.

I think the numbers bear out that business solutions from Microsoft are some of the most widely used ERP products globally and with Microsoft's continued investments will continue to have the same tremendous success that they have experienced over the last decade.