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I have collected some resources that can help you when you are considering a multi-site implementation of NAV. (These recommendations can be useful with other Microsoft Dynamics solutions as well.)


  • A centralized model is one with a single Microsoft Dynamics NAV environment (i.e. single application & database). For most situations, this is not recommended due to the complexity of such a solution.
  • A decentralized model is one where multiple Microsoft Dynamics NAV environments are used, each with its own application files and database.
  • A hub & spoke model is where Microsoft Dynamics NAV is being used with non-NAV ERP applications.

Here are some of the key considerations when planning the implementation:

  • Customers with a large number of users and heavy transaction load may prefer a decentralized environment.
  • Customers with unique requirements across their business who use a customized Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution and ISV add-ins may opt for a decentralized environment to retain maximum flexibility.
  • Customers who need to deploy the solution into multiple countries may prefer a decentralized model.
  • Customers with uniform requirements throughout their businesses may prefer a centralized model.

Implementing in a multi-site environment might entail the following:

  • A decentralized environment would require the use of a data warehouse to facilitate cross-company reporting.
  • Consolidation for financial reporting might be needed.

These considerations are described in more detail in the following resources:

-Morten Rasmussen

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