The Evolution of Microsoft Dynamics 365
The tech world is inundated with information and speculation about
Let’s take a step back.
In 2015 Microsoft released
The Microsoft Dynamics 365 product line encompasses two larger application suites: the Enterprise edition and the Business edition. Originally, Dynamics 365 for Operations was to exist as the ERP solution under the Enterprise edition, while its counterpart, Dynamics 365 for Financials was to exist as the ERP solution under the Business edition. Upon recognizing that the nomenclature made the two ERP applications seem like two halves of a complete whole, Microsoft rebranded the two as:
Now that we’ve covered the branding of Microsoft Dynamics 365, you’re probably wondering what the differences are between the Enterprise edition and the Business edition. By the end of this blog, you’ll not only understand the differences between the two, but which one can best suit your business needs.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition
Under the Enterprise edition, there exists the Dynamics 365 Plan, which includes two separate solution packages: the Unified Operations Plan and the Customer Engagement Plan. The two plans are crafted to meet the needs of firms with complex, multifaceted operations.
Unified Operations Plan
The Unified Operations Plan is an ERP-focused plan that includes these applications:
- Finance and Operations (formerly AX)
As part of the Unified Operations Plan, Finance and Operations is the culmination of the cloud-focused evolution that began with Microsoft Dynamics AX and boasts several restructured and augmented ERP components. Its full suite of functionalities include the following:
- Procurement and Sourcing
- Financial Management
- Human Capital Management
- Country/Region Functionality
Meanwhile, PowerApps enables end users to create customizable business apps they can integrate with their Microsoft applications.
Retail is an application tailored for use in retailing and consumer goods, while Talent is an application designed to facilitate the activities of human capital managers and recruiters.
Customer Engagement Plan
In contrast to the Unified Operations Plan, the Customer Engagement Plan is a CRM-focused plan that includes the following applications:
- Customer Service
- Field Service
- Project Service Automation
- PowerApps (the same as in the Unified Operations Plan)
Using the power of the cloud, mobile technology and potential interface with ERP, these applications facilitate new and enriched means of reaching and interacting with your customers.
Customers wanting Enterprise edition can choose between Unified Operations, Customer Engagement, or combined in the full Dynamics 365 Plan.
Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition Licensing Options
Although the Enterprise edition and its subcomponents are optimized for 250+ employees, the plans are very flexible and scalable, enabling them to suit the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses as well.
The complete Enterprise edition includes the both the Unified Operations Plan and the Customer Engagement Plan, although it is possible to purchase both plans separately if you only need one or the other.
It is important to note that Finance and Operations is only available as part of the Unified Operations Plan. However, all other apps that exist under the Enterprise edition can be purchased individually.
See the chart below for a breakdown of the Enterprise edition’s licensing options.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business edition
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business edition is optimized for business that require simpler ERP and CRM solutions. Though it lacks several of the features included in the Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition, it has sufficient depth and breadth of functionality to serve both small and large companies with relatively straightforward processes.
Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business edition is the Business edition’s ERP solution. Its functionality emphasizes financial components, though it is not limited to those. The product’s modules include the following:
- Financial Management
- Inventory Management
- Project Management
- Additional Capabilities (multiple currencies, dimensions, document reporting)
Dynamics 365 Business edition Licensing Options
While Microsoft has yet to release complete details and licensing options regarding the Business edition, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is available for purchase and implementation. As the backbone of the Business edition, it is officially optimized for firms ranging from 10-250 people. However, just like Finance and Operations and the greater Enterprise edition, it is scalable and flexible enough to suit the needs of many larger companies as well.
I’m interested in purchasing Dynamics 365 software. Who should I talk to?
Now that you understand the difference between the Enterprise edition and the Business edition, you’re probably wondering how to take the next step in buying the product that is right for your operations. That’s where we can help. As a Gold Microsoft Dynamics Partner, Turnkey Technologies can help you choose and implement ERP and CRM solutions that will satisfy your needs efficiently and cost-effectively.