Dynamics 365 Business Central and Industry-Tailored Functionality

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No two businesses are alike, even those within the same industry. Size matters.  So does the makeup of your teams, your IT department, your goals, your preferences, etc. There are a myriad of factors that make up your business and set you apart from your competitors. When choosing an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution, you need a solution such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) that can be specifically tailored to your organization's needs.

Of course, there are other solutions out there. But you need one that meets your specific business requirements.  When business management software fails to do what is needed, you could end up with a mishmash of workarounds, patches, and expensive third-party customizations. What should be a finely tuned ERP system could turn into a complicated nightmare.

The problem

According to a study by Mint Jutras, 67 percent of ERP users want industry-specific functionality. The study polled 340 manufacturing executives.  67% said they need industry-specific functionality; most of the others said they would like it.  Of the 67% percent, some said they were reluctant to purchase an ERP solution because it was challenging to find one to fit their specific needs.

Many manufacturers who require industry-specific functionality have resorted to using multiple applications to carry the load they wish a single ERP solution could handle. Having numerous disparate systems may lead to problems, particularly if they were not designed to work together. Upgrades will be more complex, and compatibility may be compromised.

The solution

A good answer for manufacturers seeking an industry-specific ERP solution is Microsoft Dynamics 365BC and Vicinity Software. Microsoft Dynamics Business Central is a solid system for core financials. But if your formula-based manufacturing company wants industry-specific functionality, you can add Vicinity Software's formula manufacturing software system that accommodates the complexities of batch processing.  Vicinity's solution is a stable, tested add-on for Dynamics Business Central that provides the exact functionality needed by formula-based manufacturers.

Vicinity solves the unique challenges of formula-based manufacturing—particularly the chemical, food, and beverage industries—by allowing all users to share data in a centralized system.

Powered by a team of software developers, technical experts, and business consultants all based in the U.S., Vicinity introduced the first software product for formula-based manufacturers who use QuickBooks® Online or Microsoft Dynamics®, including Dynamics GP, SL, NAV or BC.

Whatever manufacturing challenges you’re experiencing—simple to complex—we can provide efficient solutions.

If you are looking for industry-specific ERP software for formula-based manufacturing, contact our experts at Vicinity Software.

By Vicinity Software, vicinitysoftware.com

Post Updated July 2021

1 thought on “Dynamics 365 Business Central and Industry-Tailored Functionality”

  1. I couldn't agree more, Randy - one-size ERP does NOT fit all. While there are certainly some industries and businesses that can use Microsoft Dynamics (or any other accounting and financial systems, for that matter) right out-of-the-box, there are many that would struggle without a vertical, industry-specific add-on to help meet their unique industry needs.

    Your solution for the process manufacturing industry is one such example, as are Tensoft's solutions for the software/SaaS industry or semiconductor industry. We've seen plenty of very frustrated prospects and existing Microsoft Dynamics customers who've been ready to move to another ERP system until they found our solutions for their industry.

    VARs with a realistic appreciation of how much this can help their customers are more rare than you would think, but the really good ones recognize that helping their customers benefits them too!

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