Microsoft Dynamics 365 Explained

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 is more than just a fresh coat of paint for Microsoft’s ERP and CRM solutions. It offers cloud-based functionality with granular customization allowing you to only purchase what you need and use. Having said that, you probably have quite a few questions about what exactly you get with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and how it compares to past offerings (Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM).

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For those small and mid-sized businesses with particular needs (especially wholesale distribution and manufacturing), Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central picks up where Dynamics NAV left off. While Dynamics NAV will continue to be supported, Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available moving forward. It provides the following cloud or on-premises functionality:

  • Financial Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Service Management (premium)
  • Manufacturing (premium)

Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials starts at $70 per user and Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium starts at $100 per user.

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If you are wondering what happened to Dynamics AX, its functionality is present in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Similarly, Dynamics CRM functionality can be found in Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement.

As for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL, Microsoft will continue to support and sell licenses independently from Dynamics 365, continuing to provide updates. GP and SL users can still integrate their systems with Dynamics 365 Business Central using Intelligent Edge, allowing them to utilize cloud-based analytics and reporting.

The next question you might have is: Why? Why should you even be interested in these cloud-based solutions? Some of the advantages of Microsoft’s cloud include:

  • Automation of processes and workflows – fewer errors and more efficiency when data does not have to be entered and re-entered manually and passed around through emails and offline delivery.
  • Data flows between all departments and locations – better and faster communication with fewer workarounds. No longer do you have to worry about two physically separate locations not having the same information at the same time.
  • Centralized data management – You are in control of your data and how it is disseminated throughout your organization.

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