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Change Log vs Audit Trail

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What are the Benefits of Having a Solution Other than the Native NAV Tool for an Audit Trail History?

The question that Dynamics NAV (Navision) users ask is - Why Audit Trail? Why not use the built in Change Log functionality. Below is chart explaining the differences between Fastpath's Audit Trail and the NAV Change Log.  


     Fastpath Audit Trail    Native NAV Change Log

  Setup & User Interface

  • Available risk based analysis templates identify critical fields and activities to focus on.
  • Speeds up setup and audits are easily customizable.
  • Difficult to identify specific fields and activities for audit.
  • Leads to companies “over-auditing” impacting system performance.

  Performance Impact

  • Risk based approach and optional templates increase performance.
  • All audits have been tested to ensure no performance impact to end users.
  • Developed more as a trouble shooting function.
  • Client side processing competes for resources with the application.
  • Negative impact to performance, rendering the audit trail solution unusable as a control.

  Change Tracking

  • Tracks all changes inside of NAV and in SQL database directly.
  • Only can track changes made within NAV.

  Data Management

  • Risk based approach and available templates captures only the most critical data.
  • Reduces the amount of data needed to be stored.
  • Easy to schedule archives and purge functions.
  • Creates large amounts of data which leads to additional data storage expense, slow reporting and retention of data beyond requirements.

  Data Reporting & Access

  • Reports can be assigned, scheduled, reviewed and signed-off on.
  • Provides a road map for the external audit during the audit of NAV.
  • Easily export to multiple formats including Excel, or PDF.
  • Data storage format makes it very difficult to query across companies or users.
  • No sign off capabilities on reports and limited options for electronically exporting reports.

Audit Trail vs Change Log Chart

What are the benefits of having a solution other than the native NAV tool for an audit trail history? The question that NAV users ask is—Why Audit Trail? Why not use the built in Change Log functionality? See the chart explaining the differences between Fastpath’s Audit Trail and the NAV Change Log. Read More

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