Key differences between Business Central Essentials vs Premium for Manufacturing
The Business Central Essentials version costs $70 US ($90 CAD) for a full user per month. This includes about 85% of the functionality of the product. You have the full accounting, purchasing, warehousing, project accounting, sales, human resources, and many other modules.
The Business Central Essentials version costs $100 US ($128 CAD) for a full user per month. Business Central premium adds two core modules:
- Service Management in Business Central
- Production Management in Business Central.
Service Management Module in Business Central: Service management allows companies to create and book or "service orders". Service Management also allows you to create service contracts for any ongoing maintenance activities. This module is often used by companies that sell and service products.
Production Management Module in Business Central: Product management is a module that is designed to allow a complex multi-level structure of bills of materials and routings including scheduling and managing the production of finished goods. There are lots of other ways that you can handle manufacturing that is not production manufacturing. Only certain companies need the level of sophistication that is provided by this module.
Can Manufacturing be done with Essentials?
If you are a manufacturing company, and see that the premium module comes with Production management, you might think you must have premium to do manufacturing. That's not entirely true.
Assembly Management for manufacturing: Assembly Management is a "lightweight" manufacturing module that is in the essentials level product. It supports bills of material, due date scheduling, recording of production and completion, and multi-level bills. Many companies do well using the Assembly Module, which still supports the forecasting and planning features that are built into Business Central.
Choosing between Business Central Essentials vs Premium is a big decision that impacts the overall costs of the project. This document is meant to provide manufacturing companies who are looking at or considering a Microsoft Business Central implementation a high-level overview of the differences. You can find a more detailed breakdown in the original article
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