Understanding the Editions and User Types of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses (SMBs) face numerous operational challenges that can affect their growth and profitability. One such challenge is managing various aspects of their operations such as finances, inventory, sales, purchasing, and services. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software designed specifically to help SMBs overcome these challenges.

In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of the different editions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and its various user types. However, if you’d like a more comprehensive guide, check out this article on Dynamics 365 user roles. Understanding the differences between these editions and user types is crucial in determining which edition is suitable for your business.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Editions

There are two editions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – Essentials and Premium. The first and most significant difference between these two editions is their functionality.

Business Central Essentials offers the core functionalities, including financial management, sales, purchase, inventory, project, and basic management. Advanced features like Service Order Management, Advanced Inventory Management, Manufacturing Capacity planning, and warehousing, are all featured exclusively in Business Central Premium.

The pricing of Business Central Premium ($100 per user per month) is higher than Essentials ($70 per user per month). However, if your manufacturing business requires advanced features that are only available in Premium, the additional cost is going to be a worthwhile investment.

Both Business Central Essentials and Premium offer plenty of customization options. The Premium edition provides more advanced customization options, such as customizing workflows, forms, and fields. Additionally, Premium includes the ability to add custom extensions, giving manufacturers the flexibility to extend the software’s functionality beyond its base capabilities.

Business Central Essentials allows for up to 100 users, while Premium allows for an unlimited number of users. This makes Premium a great option for growing businesses looking to expand their workforce.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: User Types

Within Business Central, regardless of which edition you own, are different Dynamics 365 user types. Understanding these user types lets you manage costs and optimize your employee’s workflow.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has several different user types, all with different capabilities and permissions. Full Users, Team Members, and Device Users are the three most used types.

Full users have access to all the features and functionalities of the system and can perform any task within their role. Team members are restricted to viewing data and performing specific tasks, while Device users are designed for specific devices such as barcode scanners, time clocks, or production machines.

Choosing the Right Edition and User Types for Your Manufacturing Business

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a great choice for small to medium-size manufacturing businesses looking to streamline their operations. By understanding the differences between Essentials and Premium, businesses can choose the edition that best suits their requirements.

The different user types allow for flexibility in access and control, and the scalability of the system ensures that businesses can grow and adapt without needing to switch to a new ERP system.

Overall, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an ideal solution for SMBs that are looking for a reliable and efficient way to manage their manufacturing operations.

Closing Thoughts

At Sabre Limited, we are experts in manufacturing. We stand among the best manufacturing ERP implementation partners across North America. What sets us apart from our competitors is that we use fixed fees instead of time and material billing and we always put the customer first. 

Our areas of expertise include:

Be sure to reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about manufacturing in Business Central.

If you're interested in learning more about what Sabre Limited can offer, we've been dedicated to helping small to medium-sized manufacturers learn and adopt Business Central. Reach out, and let's explore how we can contribute to the success of your manufacturing journey. Contact us at info@sabrelimited.com or call (519) 585-7524. We look forward to hearing from you.

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