Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Essentials vs. Premium

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In a previous blog we explained the transition from Dynamics 365 Business Edition to Dynamics 365 Business Central. In this blog, we’re going to cover the two plans available for Dynamics 365 Business Central: Essentials and Premium.

If you’re not familiar, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business solution built for small and midsized firms that have outgrown their limited accounting software. True to its Microsoft Dynamics 365 branding, it connects all of your business apps on one common data model and is hosted in Microsoft Azure (though on-premise deployment will be available in Fall 2018).

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With its emphasis on scalability, Business Central comes with plans to fit various requirements: Essentials and Premium.

Business Central – Essentials

Business Central Essentials includes applications that are essential to any ERP platform and costs just $70/user/month.

Here is just a high-level look at Essentials functionality:

  • Financial Management
    • GL, AP, AR
    • Allocations
    • Budgets
    • Fixed Assets
    • Month/Year end closing
    • Multiple Currencies
  • Supply Chain Management
    • Inventory and purchasing control
    • Shipment and distribution
    • Returns and cancellations
    • Procurement and vendor management
  • Warehouse Management
    • Order Promising
    • Warehouse Receipt/Shipment
    • Warehouse Management Systems
    • Automated Data Capture
  • Project management
    • Capacity Management
    • Multiple Costs
    • Sales Invoicing, Sales Order Management
    • Estimates
    • Jobs, Time Sheet
  • Human Resource Management
  • Built-in CRM Functionality
    • Contact Management
    • Task Management
    • Outlook Client Integration
    • Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service (optional)

For a full list of module capabilities, view the Dynamics 365 Business Central licensing guide.

Business Central – Premium

Premium includes everything in Essentials, plus modules for complete Manufacturing and Service Management, enabling businesses to streamline their entire operations from end-to-end. It’s available for $100 per user/month and includes:

  • Everything in Essentials
  • Manufacturing
    • Production orders
    • Production Bill of Materials
    • Supply planning
    • Demand forecasting
    • Capacity planning
    • Agile Manufacturing
  • Service Management
    • Service Order Management
    • Service Price Management
    • Service Contract Management
    • Planning and Dispatching

For a full list of module capabilities, view the Dynamics 365 Business Central licensing guide.

Why Implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central lets users take full advantage of Microsoft’s all-in cloud strategy and seamlessly integrate their business processes with Office 365. Easy to deploy and maintain, adaptable as you grow, and as user-friendly as Office 365, Dynamics 365 brings transformative results the second you go-live.

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By Turnkey Technologies, Inc. - Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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