Upgrade to Dynamics 365: What Version is Best for My Business?

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Upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management?

Thousands of companies on legacy Microsoft products like Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) and Dynamics AX are considering an upgrade to Dynamics 365 since it's the natural migration path. There are two Microsoft options that are the popular choice: Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management. So what version is right for your business and what's the difference between the two? Both are modern ERP solutions that have great features including integrations to Microsoft Dynamics 365 and API web services to connect your business applications. They are both designed to improve productivity and provide the reporting that decision-makers need in real-time.

What Upgrade to Dynamics 365 is Best for You

Here are the top 3 things to consider when making the choice between Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management. Of course, you should always consult with your certified Microsoft Dynamics 365 Partner as part of your evaluation. We hope this helps you get started with the process.

1. Company Size - Typically, the software for a large company with thousands of employees, perhaps all over the globe, is far more complex than a single-entity business with less than 50 employees. Whether you are a small to a mid-sized business or a larger enterprise business, Microsoft has options for you.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central evolved from Dynamics NAV (FKA Navision ERP). Dynamics NAV has been around for over 20 years with over 160,000 companies worldwide relying on it for warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, job shops, service and repair shops and more. Over time, it’s built a solid reputation. Over time, Microsoft recognized the need to bring this solution to the next level to accommodate the changing needs of businesses. Dynamics 365 Business Central evolved from NAV as an upgrade of NAV and is designed specifically for the needs of growing small and mid-sized businesses. It’s designed to enable your organization to handle big data, optimize operations, enhance customer interactions, and make smarter decisions faster. Real-time data and visual dashboards give decision-makers the right data at the right time to know exactly where to take action. For companies between one to 250 users, Dynamics 365 Business Central is a solution that should be a must-review on any ERP search list.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management evolved from Dynamics AX (FKA Axapta). Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management (formerly known as Finance and Operations and later Finance and Supply Chain). It is a robust and flexible mid-market and an enterprise ERP solution that works best for growing and larger companies that have multiple entities, multiple currencies, perhaps multiple lines of business, and/or global operations. Companies that have over 50 to 1,000s end-users, depending on the industry would be a good fit. The minimum subscription is 20 licenses, but you can also purchase and deploy the software on your own servers. Built on Azure, you can easily connect data across your organization, extend your solution to meet your specific industry requirements, and transform your business with predictive insights. Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management is specifically suited to help you easily meet and adjust to local and global business requirements.

2. Business Complexity - For companies with multiple entities, global locations, and/or multiple lines of business, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management is equipped with onboard globalization services to simplify tax determination and calculation, electronic invoicing, regulatory reporting, business documents, and global payments with little or no code required.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management can help your business accelerate global expansion and ensure compliance as you grow. This Dynamics 365 solution includes localizations for 44 countries/regions and 52 languages right out of the box. With a flexible, no-code tax-determination matrix and configurable tax-calculation formula designer, it’s much easier to comply with local tax regulations and support complex tax scenarios including IFRS 16.

3. Future Needs - Microsoft built both Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to scale and perform as you grow using modern technologies built on the Microsoft cloud, such as machine learning, IoT, and mixed reality, to help you adapt to market dynamics. For example, both solutions offer supply chain and warehouse management features that extend as you grow.

The main difference between the two is Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management was built to automate additional complexity including multiple lines of business. Dynamics 365 Business Central will automate many processes for your small-to-midsize business, but Dynamics 365 Supply Chain was designed to offload much of the heavy lifting that’s left to do manually today. D365 Supply Chain Management will automatically prioritize the replenishment of high-demand stock in near-real time based on existing orders, current stock levels, and projected inventory. If you use other external systems such as PLMs, you can integrate with Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to eliminate troublesome data silos, improve quality, and optimize production processes.

Why Upgrade to Dynamics 365 with the Experts at Clients First

If you want more information on Dynamics 365 Business Central or Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, please contact your certified partner. If you don't have one, please contact us!  Your business deserves to have a cutting-edge ERP solution – not a bleeding edge. That is why Clients First is dedicated to providing the latest proven technology by the two software vendors that are both best-of-breed ERP solutions for ease of use and in supply chain ERP technology and functionality: Acumatica and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain.

Industry expertise and experience – Clients First consultants have direct experience in the industries we support. The Clients First Texas office is known for its vertical expertise in manufacturing, job shops, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) for aviation or heavy equipment organizations. We have customers in other industries, too, including make-to-order/engineering job shops, project manufacturing, field services, and wholesale distribution.

Do you need a Partner to help with your upgrade to Dynamics 365? We’re a Microsoft Gold ERP Partner, a Certified Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and an Acumatica Gold Partner.

Contact Us: Email: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, or call us at 800.331.8382. We're located in Dallas, Texas and service companies worldwide.

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