Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations vs Business Central

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Posted on March 27, 2020

Digital Transformation Enablers Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Vs Business central

“There’s no such thing as an overnight success” Although the general concept of this widely used quote is generally true, it doesn’t take 20 years to build a billion-dollar company anymore in the twenty first century. In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, different factors have allowed companies with clear cut visions and the correct resources at their disposal to grow at a rapid rate. Companies like Slack, Instacart, Pinterest, and Twitter all took around only 2 years to hit that $1 billion “Unicorn” valuation. The good news is that your company can also leverage new developments in technology like machine learning, big data analytics, and cloud computing in order to accelerate the growth of your own company. In addition to these, leveraging applications like ERPs and CRMs – helps you make more informed decisions

based on data about your customers, industry, and your own company – these are important in order to keep up with your competition. The organizations that particularly, invest in their infrastructure and make use of all the resources at their disposal can sustain a rapid growth rate to take their company to the next level.

In order to take your company to the next level, you must first choose an ERP which is the best fit for you. Choosing the wrong ERP or wrong CRM can have disastrous effects, though there are ways to avoid ERP failure. In order to help choose the best ERP for you, we have compiled some differentiators between the two flagship ERP offerings of Microsoft – Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Business Central.

Key differentiators between Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Business Central

Microsoft offers a choice between two ERP systems, Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Dynamics AX) and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV). The systems are part of the suite of Microsoft Dynamics 365 products. Sometimes, it is difficult to determine the best fit for your business, even though they both have distinct offerings. Here are some key factors to consider:-

Features Dynamics 365 Finance and Operation Business Central
Microsoft positioning Integrated enterprise class business platform for mature, growing, ERP-educated companies The next level for organizations that have outgrown their entry-level accounting software
Type of companies Multinational medium to large organizations and groups of enterprises; tailored for international development Small to mid-size enterprises
Industry Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail, Professional Services, Public Sector Distribution, Manufacturing, Professional Services
Depth of Manufacturing functionality Supports approx. 95% of manufacturing functionalities; a great option for discrete, lean and process manufacturing; other core functions, such as ATP, advanced warehousing with mobile solutions, etc. are included With the Premium package, additional capability in service management and manufacturing is available
Capabilities and integration with other Dynamics 365 components Designed to work out-of-the-box with other Dynamics 365 components; deep integrations with CRM, HR, Talent, Customer Service, Marketing and others; fully covers traditional back-office processes. Core capabilities: connects financials, sales, purchase, inventory, projects, service and operations
Minimum number of users 20 1
License cost $115 to $210 per user / month $70 to $100 per user / month
Availability 140 countries 33 countries
Localization Multiple country localizations inside of a single instance; includes out-of-the-box localizations (legal & fiscal) for 37 countries Combined localization strategy of Microsoft-led and partner-led models; local functionality is partly available for 19 countries; missing features are delivered by 3rd party Partners via Microsoft AppSource
Scalability Embedded Power BI – rich analytical and reporting functionality BI tools include reporting, dashboards, and ad-hoc analysis
Deployment Cloud or On-premise (Hybrid deployment) Cloud or On-premise
ROI In analyzing the results of Dynamics 365 deployments, Nucleus research found that for every dollar spent, companies realized an average of $16.97 in return.

To choose between Dynamics 365 and Business Central, your need to consider your business needs, goals, requirements and future vision. The essential difference is that Dynamics 365 has a lot more built-in ‘enterprise functionality’ compared with Business Central. This will be a key driver in considering Dynamics 365 for companies that need a deep and comprehensive ERP solution. However, Business Central has an advantage for speed on implementation and cost of Total ownership.

Now that you have previewed the features of both offerings you should now have a better idea of which ERP can help you reach the next level. If you need any further help in deciding or want to request a complimentary technology assessment, we here at Korcomptenz are ready to provide you with all the support you need.

KORCOMPTENZ is a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner headquartered in New Jersey with extensive experience improving business outcomes for our customers. We leverage end-to-end solutions involving the ongoing convergence of ERP, Azure Cloud, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT. We specialize in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 range of products such as Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, and Dynamics 365 CRM. Request a consultation today!


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