Having garnered cash amounting to the GDPs of many developed countries, software giant Microsoft has treated itself with another 'billion plus' acquisition of its long-term partner and recent competitor, Navision, a business application provider for the mid-market. Will this move fill the gaps of earlier Great Plains' acquisition and further alienate Microsoft from a slew of other enterprise applications partners competing in the same space.
namely Axapta , formerly Damgaard Axapta . Note, however, that small manufacturing companies have typically used Navision Attain / Navision Financials for order fulfillment and accounting, rather than for manufacturing control, which resembles Great Plains product families' case as well. Navision offerings provide Financial Management, Human Resources (HR), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Warehouse Management, E-Commerce/Portal Slutions, Business Intelligence (BI)