An unintentional but nonetheless well-kept secret, To-Increase Replication Management for Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been widely embraced by companies that want to ensure the consistency of business data across organizational entities. As Microsoft Dynamics NAV experiences greater adoption from larger businesses, this is a very timely subject.
After years of sustained and steady improvements without a lot of public acclaim, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. The latest version of the ERP system is more powerful than ever, the user interface is extremely intuitive and easy to learn, and the versatility of Dynamics NAV compels more and more companies to think of it as a perfect fit for their organization’s requirements.
But it’s not just greater numbers of businesses who look favorably at Dynamics NAV. It’s also that much larger companies are attracted to the solution than I can remember it ever having been the case.
When we talk with these companies, we often find they are operating in a business environment that involves multiple entities and subsidiaries, often distributed across geographies. When they anticipate the deployment of an ERP system, one of their challenges is effective data management. One of the important questions IT managers must answer is: "How can I make sure that the entire company and all its business entities rely on a single, accurate version of the business data that resides within the ERP system?" As an IT practice, the activity of ensuring data consistency across organizational entities is usually known as master data management.
This is where Replication Management comes in. Our solution, which is part of our suite of Business Integration Solutions for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, takes advantage of the powerful technical platform of Dynamics NAV to enable IT managers to execute on a master data management strategy that meets the needs of their multi-company organizations. They may be responsible for a single ERP system, where multiple companies are set up in a single Microsoft Dynamics NAV database, or there may be several Dynamics NAV databases present across the company’s locations, within one or several geographies.
By performing master data management by means of Replication Management, they can establish an environment with multiple companies within a single database or have a setup with multiple companies across multiple databases. One company is set up as the master and serves as the central location to publish data that all other organizational entities can subscribe to. Specialists sometimes refer to this as a hub-and-spoke model.
One aspect of master data management with Replication Management IT managers tend to enjoy is that they do not need to perform extensive development projects to realize the company’s master data management strategy. The mapping tool in Replication Management lets you create and maintain your company’s master data management structure directly within Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Setting up master data management with the solution is a structured, predictable process, and, if an error should occur in any part of it, the visibility is high, so you can quickly track and remedy it. Our customers and partners would agree with me in stating that To-Increase Replication Management is an effective tool to support master data management scenarios in distributed, growing companies. And, with Replication Management, it also becomes easier for these companies to deploy and use Microsoft Dynamics NAV as the ERP system for the entire organization and all its subsidiaries and related entities.