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The Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite in the NAV (formerly Navision) and AX (production-oriented) versions is a merchandise management system still readily used in small and medium-size companies. In those companies that rely on Softzoll EDI solutions, the Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite is in widespread use.

In older versions (up to about 2009), ERP-side interfaces were to some extent implemented by MS SQL database tables, significantly more often, however, the data ports integrated in Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV were used to generate interfaces. By means of the data ports integrated in the ERP system, it has always been relatively easy to create business process-specific ASCII import and export integration mechanisms. In a clever and proactive implementation, uniform global interfaces are set up per business process; the conversion of the data into individualized data streams per EDI interchange partner is then the task of the EDI subsystem. Auch dienstleisterspezifische AddOns (z.B. im Bereich Automotive) nutzten diese Variante in hohem Maße.

Global interface to connect external EDI systems

The newer (>2009) and current MS Dynamics releases for AX and NAV further offer the option of creating globally usable XML interfaces by means of integrated Microsoft Dynamics XML modules. Unlike data ports, which had initially to be individually created, the new NAV and XML interfaces provide access to a data pool that can be filled or exported using XML import and export. Compared to the proprietary results of the data port, there is a standardized interface to connect external EDI systems here for the first time.

The Microsoft Dynamics XML interface offer the huge advantage that Microsoft already predefines these in a business process-oriented way (comparable to SAP IDocs). Another decisive advantage is that XSD schemas can be provided for individual business processes. The *.xsd files allow Softzoll to incorporate the greatest range of business processes in advance. The XML schemas can be directly imported into the Softzoll EDI software through a corresponding import function, and can provide a blueprint for all possible business process contents. This gives Softzoll immediate access to all content available or required in each business process. The Microsoft Dynamics XSD schemas are very extensive, so that essentially only a selection of the required partner-specific content has to be present in the implementation projects. There is also the possibility of introducing external XSD schemas, e.g., XSD defaults from the Microsoft BizTalk server, or schemas that are readily available, such as OpenTrans.

The most important Microsoft Dynamics interfaces are:

  • snd ORDERS: to deliver order data in the Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • rcv ORDRSP: to acquire order confirmations from the Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or from ASCII format
  • rcv DESADV: to acquire delivery notices from Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • rcv INVOIC: to acquire invoice data from Microsoft Dynamics SX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • snd INVRPT: to deliver stock level reports in Microsoft Dynamics SX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • snd PRODAT: to deliver product master data in Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • rcv PRICAT: to acquire shipping orders from Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or ASCII format
  • rcv IFTMIN: to acquire shipping orders from Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV XML format or ASCII format

All message types can also be applied on the supplier side.

Greater new interface release readiness

The advantage that is decisive for the user when choosing the current Microsoft Dynamics XML interfaces is clearly, in many cases, increased release readiness. Interfaces that are provided on the basis of the Microsoft Dynamics XML modules have a high likelihood of being available when there is a regular version update.

Softzoll, a partner for MS Dynamics

App/labs integrates commercial ERP software on the basis of Microsoft technology—either on premise as Microsoft Dynamics NAV or from the cloud as Dynamics365—with CRM functionality and the professional document management system, DocuWare. Because of this, corporate processes can be optimized overall and boosted across the company thanks to the most modern productivity tools.

Bosch Data GmbH offers, among other things, software solutions for small and medium-size companies on the basis of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, IBM, EASY software, or Microsoft Dynamics 365. In doing so, business processes are mapped as an integrated end-to-end solution or in selected subprocesses.

Avanade has extensive experience with Microsoft Dynamics. Many companies rely on Microsoft and Avanade to bring them into the modern ERP age.

The business focuses of MODUS Consult AG, which has its head office in Gütersloh, are operating and adapting Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX standard software for specific sectors. MODUS Consult is currently Microsoft Business Solutions’ number 1 partner.

Besides cross-sectoral solutions, the company offers specific solutions for the food and luxury food industry, the machine and system construction industry, the manufacturing, automobile supplier, wood and furniture, construction, and plastic-processing industries.

SHB Business Solution GmbH has been a Microsoft partner in implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) for over 20 years already. SHB supports you in efficiently introducing the leading ERP solution for small and medium-size companies and, moreover, offers custom modules.

TSO DATA is a business system house that has specialized in developing corporate solutions on the basis of Microsoft Dynamics.

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