Dynamics 365 Business Central
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s new ERP solution for medium-sized businesses. Business Central was first known under the work title Dynamics 365 Tenerife and is, for the time being, delivered solely as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution. Since Business Central contains almost the same functionality we already know from Dynamics NAV, some have also called the new solution for “NAV in the cloud”.
Business benefits with Business Central
With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, you get the same standard functionality as you get with Dynamics NAV (Navision). Both solutions are rich in standard functionality as well as direct integration into D365 Sales (Microsoft CRM), Office 365, Power BI, etc.
Microsoft describes the D365 Business Central as an ‘all-in-one business solution’ that helps you streamline business processes in your company, enhance your customer interactions, and create development and growth.
Business Central is built around the following three business benefits:
- No silos
The close integration between business applications in Dynamics 365 ensures a business without data silos where you can share updated data and not least work smarter and more efficiently.
- Built for development
Dynamics 365 is a flexible business platform that can be scaled to suit and meet your business needs in terms of size and complexity.
- Business insight
The integration to Power BI and the ability to utilize the Azure Intelligence tools (for example Cortana for forecasts), provide increased insight into your company and business.
The following table is an overview of high-level functional areas addressed in D365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV.
|D365 Business Central Essentials /|
Dynamics NAV Starter Pack
|D365 Business Central Premium /
Dynamics NAV Extended
|Financial Management udvidet
Cost Accounting (Essentials)
|Supply Chain Management|
Sales Order processing
Purchase and procurement
|Supply Chain Management
Advanced Warehousing (Essentials)
|Jobs and Resources|
Job Planning, Budgets and Invoicing
D365 Sales Integration
Service Order Management
Assembly Bill of Materials
Works order management
Capacity and Demand planning
Business Central is licensed as a per month subscription, where you only pay per named user. This means, among other things, that there will be no opportunity for simultaneous users, prior purchases, annual maintenance agreements, etc.
This new licensing model will probably be problematic for some of the NAV users who are used to the payment model we know from there. On the other hand, Office 365 users who already know this licensing model, will probably find it easier to adapt.
So which solution is right for you?
Both Business Central and Dynamics NAV are targeted at medium-sized companies.
However, D365 Business Central is in terms of price especially attractive to small businesses that have outgrown their accounting system and need a true ERP system in which they can continue to grow. Until AppSource has more and better solutions to offer, D365 Business Central must be said to be best suited for companies that can do with standard software.
Dynamics NAV, on the other hand, is aimed at companies with complex needs where customization and enhanced functionality is required, as well at those who insist on an on-premise solution.