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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

In today’s marketplace, organizations need an ERP solution that simplifies everything. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, formerly known as Dynamics NAV or Navision, provides you with an integrated ERP and CRM solution that’s easy to adapt and use, helping you optimize operations, enhance customer interactions, and make smarter decisions. By encompassing all areas of your business, Business Central gives you the tools you need to streamline processes, maximize productivity, and — by extension — become more competitive.

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What Makes Business Central the Right Fit for Your Business?

For a company moving from accounting software or upgrading from Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Business Central is a great fit. You can choose what functionality you need, pay for what you use every month, and customize your solution with plug-and-play productivity and industry apps.

End-to-end view of your business to make impactful decisions Streamlined financials and built-in business intelligence for faster reporting Easily access and share real-time data across your organization Automatic upgrades to stay secure and up to date at all times

Learn more about Business Central and how it works, with insight into licensing, extensions, AppSource, integration with the Microsoft Power Platform, and new hosting options.

5 Things You Need to Know About Business Central

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Get the most out of your Business Central solution with Clients First. We take an agile approach to your Business Central implementation, starting with the necessary building blocks to fulfill what you need to reach your goals today while keeping future plans in mind. We offer Business Central software installation, upgrades, customization, training, and support. Contact our team today to get started!

Whether you are already using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and you’d like to see free how-to videos, or evaluating Business Central and want to take a closer look at features, check out our vast collection of online videos.

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Business Central FAQ

Business Central is a comprehensive, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system built to help growing small to midsized companies manage their business. Dynamic and customizable, Business Central connects and streamlines operations across every department and brings it into one user-friendly, intuitive system that allows people to work more efficiently and collaboratively.

Learn more about how Business Central works and why it’s a great fit for many businesses in this detailed blog post.

Business Central is one of the most flexible and scalable all-in-one business management solutions on the market today. Depending on your business needs and license type, you can choose from several different modules:

  • Financial management
  • Reporting and data analysis
  • Sales management
  • Supply chain management
  • Project management
  • Service management
  • Warehouse management
  • Manufacturing
  • Application compliance

In addition to the functionality above, Business Central also includes more complex functionality for processes like assembly, manufacturing, service, and warehouse management. It is also highly customizable with thousands of third-party extensions available on Microsoft AppSource.

Read more in our detailed guide: The Business Central Breakdown.

Business Central is a smart and strategic choice for any small to medium-sized company moving from basic
accounting software or upgrading from another system. In addition to its functionality, accessibility, scalability, and flexibility, it’s supported by Microsoft and therefore seamlessly integrated into the Microsoft stack.

But the decision depends on more than just the software. We recommend you take the time to properly evaluate, identify, and select the best ERP solution for your business. Follow the steps in our ERP Selection Guide to get started.

Business Central can technically be deployed online or on-premise. But as a cloud solution built on Microsoft Azure, an on-premise deployment won’t be able to deliver the full functionality and benefits of the true cloud solution. Read more about Microsoft’s decision to take a cloud-first approach and end perpetual licensing here.

As a SaaS solution, Business Central’s functionality is delivered through a monthly
subscription license that includes storage, hosting, and uninterrupted access to your
data and applications. There are two licensing options available: Business Central Essentials and Business Central Premium. The core inclusions for both models are:

  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Warehouse Management

In addition to the basics above, Business Central Premium includes service management and manufacturing capabilities.

Per-person licenses for additional users are Team Member or Device licenses. Team Member licenses are for individual users; Device licenses are for communal devices like POS, shop floor, or warehouse devices.

You can find all the details about licensing and pricing (including a calculator) in the Business Central Breakdown whitepaper.

Pricing for Business Central varies depends on the number and type of licenses required. The current base monthly subscription prices are:

  • Business Central Essentials $70 per user per month
  • Business Central Premium $100 per user per month
  • Add-on Team Member license $8 per user per month
  • Add-on Device license $40 per device per month

At Clients First, we offer a selection of packages that include licensing, implementation, and training services that will successfully get you live on Business Central. Learn more about our Business Central pricing packages here.

Business Central has a similar look and feel to the rest of the Microsoft 365 suite, so it will be a familiar environment. It should be generally intuitive for Microsoft users to navigate but, like most ERPs, it is still a complex system. To encourage high user adoption rates, ensuring all users have comprehensive training is essential.

At Clients First, we offer a free Business Central Tutorial and Training Library to help users learn the system and improve their skills. Browse through our extensive collection of Business Central tutorial videos, trainings, and webinars here.