According to recent Microsoft customer figures, Dynamics GP is leading the growth in the Microsoft Dynamics ERP space, adding new customers at the rate of 9.3%. Meanwhile, in the last year, AX has added new customers at the rate of 5.6%.
As somebody who has been working with Microsoft partners reselling both Dynamics GP, AX and NAV, these numbers are not very surprising. Each product has its target markets and areas of strengths. Microsoft has been pushing AX very strongly for large scale deployments, and GP for small to mid-sized organizations. The question about comparing GP against AX comes up so often that I have a few slide in my typical presentation that I run though as soon as somebody brings up the question.
Disclaimer: Although the comparison below is aimed to be unbiased, I am a certified Dynamics GP Technology specialist and a Dynamics GP MVP. So my love for the product might have seeped through accidentally.
Microsoft’s recommendation on GP vs AX
If you go to Microsoft’s ERP Selection page, you are directed to Dynamics GP for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses, and AX for Enterprise Organizations (this exact structure may vary by country). See the next table for a breakdown.
Drilling down further, the recommendations for GP and AX are as following –
There are, in fact, very large Dynamics GP customers, and some very small AX installations. However, in my experience of working with Dynamics GP over the last 8-9 years, most Dynamics GP installations are 2-150 core users. Core users are in the system almost all day long. They are often supplemented by a lot more HR/payroll, requisition, reporting, and mobile users who access the system periodically.
Dynamics GP Modules
Below is the list of the core Dynamics GP modules, included in the starter Pack. There are more modules in the extended pack, and even more Dynamics GP ISV Products.
Dynamics AX Modules
Both Dynamics GP and AX have extremely strong core functionalities running on the Microsoft platform. GP is intended to do more for its customers out of the box and has a large suite of add-on solutions, some of which have been around for decades. AX is built towards large scale implementations, and often requires customizations based on your business. GP will typically have a shorter implementation time compared to AX.
Ultimately, more important than the product are the capabilities of your implementation partner, and the consultants you will be working with. Great GP partners can handle GP solutions for larger scale needs if required. Conversely, an unprepared AX implementer would struggle with a small scale project. And vice versa. Request references for past implementations in similar industries, and custom demonstrations for the areas your company specializes in. If a partner has done it successfully before, and you like what you see – you increase the chance of a successful implementation significantly.
I did a comparison 5 years back, and some of the comments there are still relevant. GP, AX, and NAV have unique strengths and weaknesses, and it is worth understanding the differences when assessing your ERP solution needs.
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By Jivtesh Singh, Dynamics GP specialist, MVP