First — what’s the same? Both solutions are D365 ERPs. But they have differing capabilities, and suit different businesses and organisations. Here’s the lowdown:
Who’s it for? Dynamics 365 Business Central is basically the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It is a comprehensive business management solution designed for small to medium-sized businesses who have outgrown their entry-level accounting package. Microsoft Dynamics ERP is an integrated enterprise-class business platform for mature, growing, ERP-savvy multinational medium-large organisations.
What industries? While Business Central is aimed at distribution, manufacturing and professional services verticals, additional service management and manufacturing capabilities are add-ons. For D365, think distribution, manufacturing and professional services, retail and the public sector. Plus it supports around 95% of manufacturing functionalities and is ideal for discrete, lean and process manufacturing. Other core functions like ATP, advanced warehousing with mobile solutions, are inclusive.
Will it scale? Microsoft Business Central is great if you’re only processing thousands of transactions, but D365 handles hundreds of thousands!
Core capabilities? Business Central connects financials, sales, purchase, inventory, projects, service and operations. But D365 components all work together — out-of-the-box. It has deep integrations with CE (CRM), HR, Talent, Customer Service, Marketing and more as well as covering all traditional back-office processes.
Business analytics? Microsoft Business Central comes with BI tools including reporting, dashboards, and ad-hoc analysis. Whereas Microsoft Dynamics 365 has embedded Power BI to deliver rich analytical and reporting functionality.