Comparative Analysis of Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise 2017 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

As CBR Technology Corporation is a certified and authorized Partner for both the Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution, we are often asked what exactly the differences between the solutions are. This article is meant to shed some light on this comparison. The system functionalities are often difficult to evaluate as to the importance to the Client. This document is not meant to portray a specific benefit from one solution to the other, but rather to highlight the factual features differences. Their importance is strictly a function of the system requirements of your organization.

Intuit QuickBooks is CLEARLY the most prolific accounting software in the United States of America and is used by many small and mid-size organizations alike. In addition, Intuit has developed an impressive Network of Professionals through the ProAdvisor and Premier Reseller Network. You are hard-pressed to find an Accountant or CPA which is NOT familiar with this solution. In addition, hiring temporary help is typically easier as there is no shortage of Applicants that have used QuickBooks in their past. Most reviews published about Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise identify an extremely ease-to-use accounting system. Most novice users can be trained in a minimal amount of time to transact in this system.

Although General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions are important, we have found that the truly mission-critical features can be found in the other modules of the Solutions discussed.

What are the specific Software features differences between QuickBooks Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics NAV ?

Inventory Features QuickBooks Dynamics NAV
Inventory Valuation Average, FIFO LIFO, FIFO, Avg, Standard, Specific
Product Matrix or Product Version Tracking No Yes
Support Lot No – SerialNo Either LOT or SN, not Both Any item can be none, Lot No or Serial
Support for LOT Expiration Dates No Yes
Ability to assign auto Lot Serial No No Yes
Ability to track Landed Cost No Fixed, Percentage, Actuals
Support for multiple Bar Codes for different UofM No Yes
Ability to prevent Negative Inventory for specific Item No Yes
Ability to set Stockout Warning for Specific item No Yes
Ability to set Lead Time per Item No Yes
Ability to set Replenishment Method No Purchase, Assembly, Production Order
Ability to Interface IV with native Manufacturing Module No Yes
Ability to interface with native Warehouse Management No Yes
Support for Cycle Count per Item No Yes
Ability to track multiple Customer Item No No Yes
Ability to track multiple Vendor Item No No Yes
Ability to track Substitute Items No Yes
Ability to track extended descriptions which are date triggered No Yes
Support for non-English Item Description (multiple Languages) No Yes
Support for pricing which is based on Qty Breaks and Dates No Yes

In addition to the inventory management module, the Customer and Sales Order Entry features tend to interest Distribution/Wholesale companies greatly. Some of the differences in this area of the solutions include:

Customer and AR Features QuickBooks Dynamics NAV
Ability to Block Shipments, Invoices or All Trx per Customer No Yes
Ability to assign Customer to an internal Team No Yes
Ability to handle transactions in multiple currencies for same Customer No Yes
Ability to enforce Prepayment policies No Yes
Ability to track Customer Banking info for EFT No Yes
Track non-US Calendar for SO Commitments No Yes
Ability to track Blanket Order No Yes
Ability to interface with native Service Management Module No Yes
Default Shipping Times for Promised Ship Dates No Yes
Ability to assign default documents to specific Customer No Yes
Ability to track UPS Zone per Ship-to Address No Yes
Ability to default Warehouse per Ship-to Address No Yes
Ability to default Shipping Method per Ship-to Address No Yes

In addition to module specific feature, some of our Clients are also interested in system-wide feature and the system architecture.

System Features QuickBooks Dynamics NAV
Database Management Proprietary 16-Bit Database Microsoft SQL Server (64-Bit)
Support for native Web Client No Yes
Support for native iOS Client No Yes
Subscription vs License Subscription Only Subscription and full License
Workflow Management with Electronic Authorization No Yes
Support for Windows Authentication No Yes
Ability to modify native Pages/Windows No Yes
Ability to modify Navigation Menu No Yes
User Security to include Table Filters No Yes
Ability to limit Date Entry to Range No Yes
Total Number of Maximum Users 30 No practical Limit
Native Support for Odata, SOAP Web Services No Yes
Native User-Interface language Support English English, French, Spanish, +

There are additional feature differences which are beyond the scope of this article. For additional information, please feel free to contact us directly at Tel. (855) 227-0700 or via e-mail at

Published by CBR Technology Corp.

Business Central D365, Dynamics NAV, QuickBooks Enterprise certified Solution Provider specializing in the deployment and implementation of these ERP, CRM and eCommerce solution for the distribution/wholesale and manufacturing companies.

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