Navision customers happy with buyout

Local users of the Danish ERP package Navision are upbeat about the company being bought by Microsoft.

Local users of the Danish ERP package Navision are upbeat about the company being bought by Microsoft.

Last week Navision accepted an acquisition offer of stock and cash valued at about $US1.32 billion. Navision, which is aimed at medium-sized and small companies, will become part of Microsoft’s business solutions division.

Masterpet financial controller Graham Stirling sees the acquisition as a natural progression but thinks it will be a long time before there is any impact on end users.

When the petfood company went looking for an integrated financials and warehousing system 18 months ago it shortlisted Navision Attain and Damgaard Axapta. It chose Navision but not long after the two companies merged anyway.

Stirling says he can see the reasons for the Microsoft buy-out. “I can only think that there are strategic reasons for Microsoft because it doesn’t have much European presence with Great Plains. It also gives Navision an inroad into the US.”

Independent Liquor IT manager Lex Paterson sees the move as beneficial to Navision customers.

“I think eventually it’s got to be good. Support will be better and because Microsoft already has Great Plains, somewhere down the line there will be merging of the products.”

Auckland-based Independent Liquor has been using Navision Axaptor for about six months.

Navision has been in Australia and New Zealand for five years and claims 400 customers in the region.

When the deal is completed in four months, Navision’s headquarters in Denmark will be the centre of operations for Microsoft business solutions in Europe.

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