Unlock the Power of One
for ERP and E-Business
Table of Contents
Advanced Technology for E-Integrated Enterprises Page 3
Harness the Power of One Page 4
Integrate Everything Page 5
Leverage Web Tools Page 6
Scale as You Grow Page 7
Adapt to Change Page 8
Upgrade with Ease Page 10
Leverage the Microsoft Platform Page 11
Work Smarter Page 12
Prepare for the Future Page 13
Glossary Page 14
Minimum System Requirements Page 15
“We chose Navision Axapta because it
has the most future-oriented technology
and because it is ﬂexible enough to
support our wide and varied range of
Tore Lindbak, Managing Director,
Production Trade Logistics Customer Human Finance Project E-business
Minimum System Requirements
For the Client:
2-tier and fat-client
200MHz Pentium Pro II processor with 64MB
RAM or higher
133MHz Pentium Pro II processor with 32MB
RAM or higher
Any new, commercially available computer pur-
chased after October 2000 with an Intel or AMD
processor with the above memory requirements
• Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 with Service
Pack 3 (SP3) or higher
• Windows 95 with OEM Service Release 2 (SR2)
• Windows 98
• Windows Me
• BackOfﬁce Client ODBC Version 3.51.0000
Please verify that your server conﬁguration and
sizing meets the recommendations set forth by
the Sizing Tools provided by Navision and its
• Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
• Microsoft SQL Server 2000
• Oracle 8
Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
AOS: Axapta Object Sever. Navision Axapta server software Objects: Fragments of program code that can be used again
that is optimized for three-tier environments and that lever- and again. This limits the amount of code to be maintained
ages the beneﬁts of web applications. and reduces the risk of errors.
Business Connector: Ensures that Navision Axapta is open OLAP: On-line Analytical Processing. This technology
to, and accessible from, all COM-compliant products, includ- enables users to analyze data at all levels and in all directions
ing Microsoft products and web solutions. in Navision Axapta.
COM/DCOM: Common Object Model/Distributed Common SQL: Structured Query Language. A special syntax used to
Object Model. This Microsoft standard ensures straightfor- extract, analyze and present data from a database by creating
ward and seamless integration with Microsoft and other COM- queries. SQL syntax is an integral part of Navision Axapta's
compliant applications. X++ programming language.
Feature Key: A feature of Navision Axapta that enables you to Three-tier solution: Distributed application architecture that
add, remove or hide functions easily. supports traditional clients and web clients. This is the key to
savings and ﬂexibility, enabling your company to run existing
Genuine object-oriented language: A genuine object-orient- applications at a lower cost.
ed language employs discrete objects, predeﬁned building
blocks, that can be used again and again. Genuine objects are Version-layer technology: Structure that deﬁnes separate,
set apart from program code and have their own properties protected levels within Navision Axapta where modiﬁcations
that can be set or read, depending on their purpose, without are made. This ensures that Navision, an NSC or the client
affecting other objects or code. company can safely and easily upgrade Navision Axapta
IntelliMorph: This technology ensures that new ﬁelds in
Navision Axapta are sized and placed appropriately and Wizard: A program that guides a user step-by-step through a
attractively on all relevant screens throughout the enterprise process, typically the installation of a program or the set-up of
solution, and that they adhere to the graphical standards of company information.
the solution as a whole.
X++: The underlying Navision Axapta programming language
IntelliSense: A Microsoft standard help ﬁle containing context- that was developed speciﬁcally for the product and is based
sensitive support for developers and programmers. upon Java, C++ and SQL syntax.
MorphX Development Suite: A series of tools dedicated to
the development of Navision Axapta solutions.
By combining e-business and ERP in a single platform,
MorphX: Navision Axapta's object-oriented development Navision Axapta provides a complete solution for all
environment, based on the company's X++ programming lan- business needs.
NSC: Navision Solution Center. The local distributor of
Navision software products. NSCs sell, implement and pro- One Toolbox Extranet Subsidiaries
vide training on Navision products. WAP / Web
One Database Mobile devices Sales Resources
for E-Integrated Enterprises
To make a successful transformation to e-business, enter-
prises need an agile technology platform. With versatile tech-
The Design Philosophy
This brochure describes the technical capabilities of
nologies like MorphX™ Development Suite, Navision Axapta ® Navision Axapta ®. The system's innovative
provides a range of unique tools to leverage the power of e- “power of one” design philosophy enables enterprises
to manage change in a controlled manner while
business and cost effectively adapt to changing business con- unlocking the beneﬁts of e-business.
Navision Axapta is ideally suited for enterprises looking to
Navision Axapta includes everything you need for e-busi-
automate core business processes in their ERP systems.
ness. The system's web application toolbox lets you quickly
Navision Axapta technology allows businesses to extend their
build applications that reuse Navision Axapta’s core function-
processes to customers, partners, suppliers, and employees.
ality and data. In addition, the system supports essential e-
business technologies like XML, WAP, and the Application
Not all ERP technology platforms are the same. Selecting
Service Provider (ASP) model.
the wrong platform can lead to cost overruns and missed busi-
ness opportunities. With Navision Axapta, the underlying tech-
nology is what saves you money in three key ways.
The fundamental design philosophy for Navision Axapta is
what we call the power of one – one set of business logic, one
database, one toolset, and one source code. Whether appli-
Navision Axapta was designed with a three-tier architec-
cation customizations are made at the subsidiary level,
ture. This architecture includes a number of advanced tech-
department level, or with individual users, Navision Axapta
niques that cleanly separate the business logic from the pres-
puts the ability to adapt in your hands. This simplicity makes it
entation interface and the application data. As a result, the
easy and less costly to customize and upgrade Navision
business logic can be accessed using the interface of your
choice – browser, application client, machine-to-machine, or
Harness the Power of One
To be truly successful in business, you must ﬁrst build efﬁ-
cient internal processes and then extend those processes to
Traditional ERP System with
an E-business Add-on
customers, partners and suppliers. With its design principal of
A traditional ERP system with an e-business add-on is
"one set of business logic, one database, one source code, illustrated below. Application maintenance and duplicate
data lead to higher cost of ownership.
and one toolset," Navision Axapta is uniquely positioned to
automate both internal and external processes. At Navision, Windows clients
with Business logic Browser clients
we think of this as "the power of one."
The Need to Reuse Resources
When it comes to selecting an e-business platform, one of Synchronizing
the ﬁrst decisions is to choose either an add-on e-business
application or a single system that combines internal process-
es with e-business processes. Selecting an add-on application
One Set of Business Logic
presents a number of disadvantages. These include extra
Navision Axapta's three-tier architecture is the key to
maintenance, redundant data, redundant business logic, the leveraging one set of business logic for e-business.
need for more than one development toolset, and database
Windows client Web client
synchronization issues. Windows client WAP client
Windows client XML client
The Power of One
Navision Axapta enables companies to build powerful
e-business applications simply and cost-effectively. Navision Navision
Axapta’s three-tier architecture cleanly separates the busi-
ness logic from the presentation layer. This lets you maintain
one set of business logic for everyone – customers via the Database
web, suppliers via extranet services, employees via WAP
technology, and e-commerce marketplaces using XML.
E-business applications should strive to reuse
Key Beneﬁts business logic, data, and in-house expertise.
Important beneﬁts provided by Navision Axapta's
"power of one" approach include:
• Lower development and maintenance costs
• No redundant data
• No redundant business logic
• Greater responsiveness to change
• Easy-to-upgrade applications
• Ability to use emerging technologies like WAP and XML
Prepare for the Future
We recognize that enterprises look to implement e-busi- manageable amount of code and straightforward development
ness technologies as a way to optimize costs and build tools, making it remarkably easy to adapt, upgrade, and main-
stronger relationships with their customers, partners and sup- tain customized processes. One of our primary design goals
pliers. Navision is the ideal partner for enterprises seeking to with Navision Axapta was ease of use for all types of users.
leverage the Internet, web applications, mobile technology,
• IT managers are attracted to the openness of the system
and new industry initiatives.
and its ability to support changes in company processes.
Navision Axapta automates time-consuming routines and
A Vision that Starts with Our Customers
provides legacy systems with a uniform user interface.
At Navision, we have created a vision of the future that
• Programmers appreciate Navision Axapta's unique,
starts with our customers. When it comes to emerging tech-
object-oriented development enviroment.
nologies, Navision is deeply committed to putting our customers
• Managers, executives, and other employees value the
ﬁrst. As our customers increasingly adopt collaborative prac-
adaptability and user-friendly interface.
tices, we believe the ability to combine ERP, e-business, CRM
and supply chain management in the Navision Axapta core sys-
The Power to Manage Change
tem provides a powerful competitive advantage not attainable
With innovative technologies like AOS, Navision Axapta
delivers a range of advantages that you won't ﬁnd elsewhere.
Above all, Navision Axapta puts the power to manage change
Whether it's new technologies like XML and WAP, the
in the hands of ERP and e-business architects. As the e-busi-
Application Services Provider model or the Microsoft.net ini-
ness era matures, this is a crucial advantage that will help you
tiative, you can expect that Navision will be there.
take your business in the direction you want to go.
Instead of struggling with technology,
Navision Axapta is proof of our expertise. No existing devel- users can focus on their jobs.
opment language supported the technological concept we
sought to create, so we created a new development suite based
on our own object-oriented programming language: X++.
X++ combines the best of many programming languages:
Java, C++ and SQL syntax. X++ gives Navision Axapta a
Navision offers you more than just technology. An equally • Navision Axapta’s graphical user interface ensures an easy
important part of our objective is helping you to work smarter. transition for those users already familiar with a Microsoft
Working smarter comes from: Windows standard navigational environment.
• being able to perform a task without being • Navision Axapta Feature Key functionality allows users to
distracted by other matters personalize their working environments. Users can tailor
• the feeling that your tools make you better at what you are their screens, resulting in increased productivity.
already good at, no matter what your role in the enterprise • Navision Axapta is designed speciﬁcally for international,
multi-site corporations and supports multiple languages.
Our aim is to help people perform their work quickly, easily, For instance, a Dutch comptroller can go to Spain and
and in a goal-directed manner. As a result, we placed technolo- change his display of the local system to Dutch with
gy where it should be: out of sight and out of mind. As e-busi- just a click of the mouse.
ness becomes more widespread and enterprises increasingly
use the Internet to conduct business, it becomes even more
important for technology to be both transparent and reliable.
“Right off the shelf, Navision Axapta offers
Managers and employees enjoy easy, fast access what we need in order processing and track-
to vital information to enhance decision-making. ing, multi-currencies and languages. For those
things that do need customization in the
future, Navision Axapta is easy to adapt with
its leading-edge technology.”
Alan Baldwin, Chief of European Operations,
Navision Axapta provides an ideal environment for compa- Take Advantage of the Internet
nies looking to leverage information technology as a competi- The Business Connector is a vital tool for web applications
tive advantage. Not only can these companies move quickly built to use information from Navision Axapta. This is true for
using the extensive ready-to-run functionality delivered with web applications built with Navision Axapta's own framework,
Navision Axapta, but they can also integrate different business as well as for any other web-based application that communi-
systems to meet overall enterprise objectives. Navision Axapta cates and transacts with Navision Axapta. The Business
makes this integration easy in three main ways. Connector provides the perfect synergy between your back-
ofﬁce ERP solution and your front-ofﬁce web applications.
First, the system provides wide-ranging support for
Microsoft's COM standards using the Business Connector. XML Integration
This means that any COM-compliant application can readily XML is a vital business collaboration standard. Using the
communicate and transact with Navision Axapta. Second, XML interface, Navision Axapta applications may read and
MorphX Development Suite, including the web application write XML documents and communicate with other XML-
framework, provides a number of tools that simplify integra- aware programs. This technology enables you to set up direct
tion. And third, Navision Axapta supports integration for connections to your trading partners or participate in B2B trad-
emerging e-business technologies such as WAP and XML. ing exchanges on the web.
The COM Standard
With Navision Axapta as part of your IT infrastructure, you
“Our challenge was to overcome our diverse infor-
can cost–effectively integrate a vast selection of Microsoft- mation systems. We had grown so rapidly that our
compliant applications. Links established between Navision systems were not interconnected. We had separate
Axapta and COM-compliant applications are transparent to systems at the central ofﬁce to manage purchas-
users. This functionality can seamlessly combine Microsoft® ing, production, and sales order entry.”
Word®, Microsoft® Outlook®, Microsoft® Excel®, and other Lou Zuiker, Manager of Research and
Development, Northern Micro, Canada
Microsoft applications with Navision Axapta.
Leverage Web Tools
When it comes to web applications that span your enter- The Navision Axapta web framework is designed to be
prise, Navision Axapta delivers a key advantage: all web appli- as customizable and expandable as possible so that you
cations are built on the same business logic that drives your can easily develop the solutions that best meet your busi-
client-based applications. What's more, Navision Axapta pro- ness requirements.
vides a comprehensive framework for rapidly building, deploy-
ing and maintaining web applications. The web framework Build Web Applications Easily
includes a number of ready-to-run web applications, such as Building web applications is simple thanks to the Navision
Customer Self-Service, plus all the tools you need for building Axapta Web Application Wizard. This wizard was designed to
and customizing web applications. help both experienced web programmers and non-technical
personnel. The structured approach of the wizard, combined
The web tools, part of the MorphX Development Suite, with other resources such as web forms, assures consistent
include a visual HTML editor and cascading style sheet editor design and reliable functionality in your web applications. The
as well as a range of pre-built web forms, web menus, and Web Application Wizard enables you to quickly build a wide
web reports. Also included are a website wizard and a web variety of applications that leverage the data and business logic
application wizard that give you total control of layout and in Navision Axapta.
Using the web application wizard, a new web
application that uses core Navision Axapta
functionality can be built in minutes.
“The whole process was to prepare us for
e-business. We want our customers to
know where an order is at every step.
Now we have a screen that shows exactly
where an order is in the process.”
Amir Bagherlee, Vice President of Operations,
Louis Poulsen & Co., USA
Navision Axapta web tools let you rapidly design, build and maintain web applications.
Leverage the Microsoft Platform
Navision is fully committed to supporting Microsoft prod-
Navision’s commitment to Microsoft products,
ucts, standards, and initiatives. As proof of our commitment,
standards and initiatives results in faster accli-
Navision is consistently among the ﬁrst vendors to support mation to the software, reduced training needs,
new Microsoft products as they become available. One exam- and reduced maintenance costs.
ple of this is Navision's early certiﬁcation for Microsoft®
Windows® 2000. More Reliable and Manageable
Microsoft certiﬁcation translates into greater reliability and
Our certiﬁcation to use the "Designed for Microsoft" logos manageability of Navision Axapta applications. Applications
is your guarantee that Navision Axapta functionality and coexist more readily, and robust, self-repairing installations
appearance is compatible with Microsoft products. These logos minimize conﬂicts among shared system components.
certify that Navision Axapta has been stringently tested to
ensure total compliance to Microsoft products and technology. Supports Advanced Technologies
Navision Axapta supports a number of advanced Microsoft
Low Cost of Ownership technologies available in Microsoft Windows 2000. These
Applications that bear the "Designed for Microsoft" logos include OnNow™ technology for intelligent power manage-
typically boost employee productivity. These applications min- ment, self-repairing technology for smoother installations, and
imize the need for help desk support simply because they use component sharing technology for better application reliability.
conventions commonly found in Microsoft products. Navision
Axapta is easy to use for those who are already accustomed “It took just 8 hours in total - to unpack,
to Microsoft software applications. build and install the hardware along with the
installation of Windows NT, Microsoft
SQL Server and Navision Axapta.”
Administration and IT Manager, Lederbauer, Austria
Upgrade with Ease
Many companies gain a competitive advantage by adopt-
ing new technologies as they become available. But the cost to Navision Axapta
Version Layer Technology
do so can be prohibitive. Thanks to Navision Axapta's version
layer technology, it is hassle free and cost-effective to migrate The kernel is the base application.
to new versions of the base technology. USER: Site-specific
modifications for one site
CUSTOMER: Customer's own
modifications for the entire enterprise
Version Layer Technology
PARTNER: Business partner-specific
solutions for individual customers
Navision Axapta’s version layer technology lets you moni-
BUSINESS: Vertical solutions
tor and maintain modiﬁcations to the system. Customizations made by business partners
made by a Navision Solution Center (NSC) and by you are LOCAL: Country-specific modifications
maintained in upper layers, separate from the original standard DISTRIBUTOR: Distributor-specific
application code. Functionality speciﬁed in upper layers takes
SOLUTION: Reserved for future expansion
precedence over that in lower layers. You have full control over
SYSTEM: Standard Application
modiﬁcations, and, if necessary, you can roll back to the stan-
dard application at any time. With version-layer technology, changes made by
your company, business partners and Navision are
maintained separately. This enables you to cost-efﬁ-
ciently reuse functionality and ensures that none of
In addition, maintenance enhancements can be applied to your changes are lost during upgrades. Layer technol-
ogy also reduces maintenance and provides invest-
any layer. By maintaining changes in independent layers, ment protection.
Navision Axapta retains each customization in its original form.
Those who beneﬁt from customization also beneﬁt from Upgrade Support Tools
Navision Axapta’s maximum ﬂexibility and security. Navision Axapta upgrade CDs include comparison and
upgrade project tools that allow you to select the customized
Automated Upgrades processes that you want to retain in the new version of the soft-
When Navision Axapta upgrades are released, you will ware. You can compare objects within the standard application
receive a new version of the product. Upgrades are easy and layer (SYS) and the other layers to see what has been altered
automatic – just run the installation program and the ﬁles will and if the alteration affects a customization you have made.
be copied to the correct locations. To simplify the upgrade Typically, you will have to approve only the changes made to
process, you can choose to use a wizard to guide you step-by- the SYS layer and merge them with your customizations. This
step through all the procedures. Then you can run the includ- tool makes it easy to decide which functions and changes you
ed compare tool. need to retain in the upgraded version.
Version layer technology lets you monitor what
has been changed, where it was changed, and
from where the changes originated. Customized
processes are preserved during upgrades.
Scale as You Grow
Navision Axapta is designed to grow and expand with your
business. The system’s advanced architecture is designed to
One Set of Business Logic
Ensures Easy Scalability
scale horizontally and vertically in a multitude of different con-
For scalability, multiple AOSs can be added to the
ﬁgurations. Navision Axapta supports both two-tier and three- system without the need for segmented or redundant
business logic. The result? Maximum scalability while
tier client/server application environments, and, with Axapta maintaining only one set of business logic.
Object Server (AOS), you can deploy the system in a distrib-
uted networking environment. This means maximum value for Windows Windows
your IT investment. WAP Web
Scalability via Distributed Applications
AOS is speciﬁcally designed to leverage the beneﬁts of
Navision Axapta in distributed networking environments. As a
result, AOS lets you optimize a Navision Axapta system for the Navision
best possible performance, bandwidth utilization, security, and AOS Axapta
What's more, with Navision Axapta, you do not need mid-
dleware. This translates into a simpler, easier-to-maintain sys-
tem conﬁguration. The bandwidth requirement for communi-
cation between an AOS and clients is modest. These beneﬁts The Axapta Object Server (AOS) is designed for
translate into lower operational costs for you. distributed applications in a networked environment.
and Oracle. Navision Axapta complies fully with both of these
Your Choice of SQL Databases
system standards in order to ensure direct access and top
Navision Axapta uses Structured Query Language (SQL)
performance. This enables you to employ a large number of
syntax. This gives you a choice of SQL database manage-
standard maintenance and backup tools.
ment from the leaders in the industry - Microsoft SQL Server
Adapt to Change
The ability to quickly adapt to change should be in the
hands of those who use and manage the system. To make this
The Navision Axapta Solution
a reality, Navision Axapta provides four unique ways to adapt
to business requirements and individual preferences.
Manage Functionality Using Feature Keys Navision Axapta Core- Customer's
Standard requirements special
Application fit needs
Feature Keys is a capability that lets system managers
enable and disable functionality in Navision Axapta. Using
Feature Keys, an administrator can give different users and First, the Navision Axapta standard solution is
merged with customer's special needs, satisfying
groups access to application areas and features by showing core requirements.
or hiding data ﬁelds.
Feature Keys can be used for simple, on-the-ﬂy changes as Core-
well as for more sophisticated, cross-departmental changes.
Feature Keys puts the power to adapt Navision Axapta directly
in the hands of individual managers and system administrators. Next, features not used are concealed.
Work Faster with IntelliMorph
IntelliMorph technology makes it easy to modify forms and
reports in Navision Axapta. IntelliMorph allows users to hide fit functionality
and show ﬁelds on a form. Better yet, IntelliMorph takes care
of reformatting the forms, too. Users can safely and swiftly
Then, the system is adapted to meet
rearrange ﬁelds to best suit individual work preferences. customer-speciﬁc needs.
Customized interfaces are requirements
only a mouse click away.
The customized solution is now ready. Functionality
for individual users can be tailored at any time.
Using Feature Keys, even complex functionality can be
enabled or disabled with a single mouse click.
IntelliMorph also makes it possible to quickly build and The MorphX Development Suite greatly speeds up the
redesign screens, forms and reports, including web-based customizations made to Navision Axapta. It includes the
forms. Field labels can be modiﬁed without disturbing ﬁeld IntelliSense help function for quick access to online guidance.
data or underlying business logic. For example, you can Using MorphX, even complex requirements can be met in just
switch languages on an invoice form and IntelliMorph auto- minutes or hours.
matically resizes the ﬁeld labels to ﬁt the words. These are just
a few of the timesaving advantages made possible by Create New Business Logic with X++™
IntelliMorph. Meet complex requirements for new business logic using
the Navision Axapta object-oriented language, X++. The X++
Leverage Functionality with MorphX programming language serves many purposes. It is a data-
When extensive changes to functionality are required, use base language, a scripting language, a language for building
the MorphX Development Suite, a multi-purpose toolbox avail- reports, and a language for building user-interface forms for
able in Navision Axapta. MorphX Development Suite is a visu- both traditional clients and web applications. X++ even
al environment that uses drag-n-drop technology, enabling includes a help-system language. Few, if any, other ERP sys-
system administrators and programmers to modify functional- tems provide such a versatile tool.
ity in Navision Axapta without manipulating the underlying
business logic. Using MorphX, the entire Navision Axapta Navision Axapta X++ radically reduces the amount of
application is accessible in an expandable "tree" structure. code necessary to deliver rich functionality. Less code means
Speciﬁc items can be quickly located, and it's easy to reuse less risk of error and faster performance. And, object-oriented
existing pieces of functionality. programming increases the ease and speed of any develop-
“Now that we have the development environment Rapidly accommodate any new requirements.
included with Navision Axapta, even I, with no
programming background, can easily add on
a new product variation.”
Jacob Torén, Chief of Finance, Colorcraft, Sweden