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The NAV People releases D365 Cannabis, “seed to sale” for a new and complex industry

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

The NAV People has released D365 Cannabis for the marijuana market-a market that, of course, operated informally before legalization.

The NAV people describe D365 Cannabis as an "enterprise grade software [that] manages every aspect of the business from ‘seed to sale.'" As well as managing the greenhouse, growing and manufacturing processes, D365 Cannabis also covers finance, sales, distribution and wholesale, as well as the management of dispensaries. As a modular solution, D365 Cannabis can be implemented enterprise wide or across discrete business units.

The solution is built on AgriWare, a seed sales and inventory software, then is powered by Microsoft Dynamics NAV. AgriWare covers the greenhouse side, Dynamics NAV the manufacturing and financials, and The NAV People has written a point-of-sale component for brick-and-mortar dispensaries, which taps into patient information in cases of medical marijuana.

Why the D365 label? "I think we all know the branding of all of this is going to change," says Jeff Kiehn, The NAV People's CEO of the Americas. "With us launching a product right now, branding it with Dynamics 365 is slightly ahead of the curve. Our speculation is that [by fall], it's not going to be NAV, it's going to be Dynamics 365." The company has apps that were approved just last week for Dynamics 365 for Financials, and it is actively recoding its NAV add-ons for Dynamics 365 as well.

How it is structured

Kiehn described some of the complexities of this new market, which call for an enterprise-grade solution:

  • As a new industry, its growers and producers are largely new. Kiehn says of ...

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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).