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What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s ERP solution for small to mid-sized businesses which can be deployed as a cloud-based or on-premises solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution that helps your company to connect your financials, manufacturing, and distribution processes in one streamlined and efficient platform.

Previously known as Dynamics NAV, Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest version of a product that is already proven in hundreds of thousands of businesses across the globe.

How does Dynamics 365 Business Central compare to Dynamics NAV?

As the latest version of Dynamics NAV, Dynamics 365 Business Central includes all the capabilities of Dynamics NAV specifically re-designed for the cloud. The cloud deployment of Dynamics 365 Business Central gives you and your organisation the option to access business insights anywhere, at any time: with little or no upfront capital expenditure or the need to manage the hardware on a day-to-day basis.

However, Dynamics 365 Business Central still provides that option for those who still need an on-premises deployment. The choice is yours!

How does Dynamics 365 Business Central compare to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management?

In outline terms, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (previously known as Dynamics NAV) is Microsoft’s ERP software for small to mid-sized business. In contrast, Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Change Management (previously known as Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations or AX) is Microsoft’s ERP solution for large enterprises.

However, depending on your strategic requirements, your organisation's size may not be the only factor in deciding which Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP software solution is right for you. Learn more about the differences here.

We also find many group organisations with global operations favour Dynamics 365 Business Central solution as a ‘domestic’ solution.

Can I implement Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud?

Yes. Dynamics 365 Business Central can be deployed in a public cloud (SaaS) or private cloud (PaaS), or on-premises. It’s your choice.

Can I switch between deployment options?

Should your business requirements change, you can easily switch between deployment options – SaaS to PaaS and PaaS to SaaS.

What is the difference between deploying Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises vs SaaS vs PaaS?

Please click here to read our blog post, or alternatively listen to our podcast on the differences between the deployment options.

There are lots of 'add-ons' available with Business Central, is that good or bad?

Every year, Microsoft invests significant time and money to develop new functionality for Dynamics 365 Business Central to ensure that it remains one of the market-leading ERP products on the market and is completely up to date with exciting and fresh features. However, there might not be a demand for Microsoft to design apps for every specific need.

Therefore partners like Tecman step in and create add-ons that enhance user experiences and create the flexible, agile business software that can grow with your business. For further information, please visit our apps and extensions page here.

How does Dynamics 365 Business Central work with Outlook?

Dynamics 365 Business Central allows you to directly manage business interactions with your customers and vendors in Microsoft Outlook. With the Business Central Outlook add-ins, you can see all the relevant financial data and create and send financial documents, such as quotes and invoices, without leaving Outlook.

Why is Dynamics 365 Business Central suitable for manufacturers?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the ideal solution for manufacturers. Manufacturers need business software that is flexible enough to keep up with product changes, provide real-time accurate data for analysis and informed decision-making, all whilst promoting efficiency throughout the business and keeping your bank balance healthy. Dynamics 365 Business Central provides a central platform that allows manufacturers to do all this and more.

Tecman adds manufacturing-specific extensions to the out of the box offering provided by Microsoft, as our standard package adds further functionality to Dynamics 365 Business Central. These apps, developed by Clever Dynamics (a subsidiary of Tecman), includes the functionality that manufacturers need, such as a manufacturing execution system that allows you to track and interact in real-time with progress on the shopfloor (issuing materials, quality, scrap, drawings). This real-time data gives you excellent optimisation of your production schedule!

Why is Dynamics 365 Business Central suitable for distributors?

Businesses within the distribution industry have many supply chain aspects that need to be considered when choosing ERP software. Dynamics 365 Business Central is an integrated business solution that specifically focuses on the movement of products, delivering exceptional customer service and visible stock management.

Efficiency is key to any business which distributes; the more efficient the process, the more orders that are fulfilled on time and Dynamics 365 Business Central delivers this with ease.

Tecman adds distribution-specific extensions to the out of the box offering provided by Microsoft. Our standard package adds further functionality to Dynamics 365 Business Central and incorporates apps from our extensive suite of add-ons, including shipping agent integration, landed costs and shipment management.

A very popular add-on integrated into many distribution ERP projects is an enhanced warehouse management system developed by our subsidiary Clever Dynamics, which provides instant visibility to what is in your warehouse and pick, pack and ship functionality via handheld devices and barcodes.

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