Small to Mid-Sized Businesses have many choices when upgrading their existing legacy business management/ERP system.  Some of the popular searches for Microsoft ERP systems are Microsoft Dynamics NAV “Navision” and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.  To clear the confusion of both of these Microsoft ERP systems continue reading; Dynamics NAV vs. Dynamics Business Central-What’s the difference?

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, still called “Navision” by some, was the most popular ERP system for Small to Mid-Sized from 4 distinct Microsoft Business Management Systems-Dynamics AX, GP, SL, and NAV.  What made Dynamics NAV so much in demand are broad business functionalities around Financials, Supply Chain, Inventory, Warehouse, Project Management, CRM, Manufacturing, and much more.  Dynamics NAV had a reputation of being easy to customize and also flexible with deployment options; either on-premise or cloud-based. Companies that are looking for Microsoft Dynamics NAV are presented with the newer version or “Cloud Version” of Dynamcis NAV, now called Microsoft Business Central.  The rich business ERP functionality that companies are used to is carried over to this next version which now incorporates modern digital transformation, has a fresh new user interface, and is made for the Cloud with the ability to add on functionalities with business applications (Apps).

Now with the era of modern systems and digital transformation, the next generation of NAV is called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.  Just like Dynamics NAV, Business Central is also available as an On-Premises or Cloud ERP system.  However, most customers tend to select the cloud version of Business Central.  With a Cloud Enterprise System Deployment, there is a cost-saving associated with not having to rely on your infrastructure, and updates are much more frequent.  In addition, Microsoft’s Cloud Azure service has advanced security levels and an extremely high up-time. You can access Business Central from any mobile device and conduct business on the go.

Functionality-wise, most of the same expansive business capabilities are also contained in Business Central compared to Dynamics NAV; such as Supply Chain, Financial, Warehousing, etc.  However, the difference now is a more, intuitive user interface, in addition to advanced business functionality that takes advantage of the power of cloud applications and integrations; for example, Microsoft PowerApps.  PowerApps is a community of business applications that are easy to create to enhance Microsoft ERPs capabilities.  There are hundreds of tailored business applications currently available to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.  PowerApps ramps up the ability to customize a user’s ERP solution quickly and scale to add business functionality as your company requires over time.

Another area of difference is a new business intelligence tool by Microsoft that integrates with Business Central (and other systems), called Power BI.   Power BI (Business Intelligence) connects your business system to other data resources to create insightful graphs and charts to give you a much better insight into your organization and to spot trends.

Furthermore, another popular integration to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the seamless integration with Microsoft Office 365 It is now possible to have just one system for both ERP and Outlook.  You no longer have to toggle between different systems and can send and receive emails right from your ERP system.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, then, is the “next generation” of Microsoft Business ERP systems designed to be a modern, technology solution that uses the power of Cloud Business Solutions and can grow and scale with you over time as your business needs change while providing a lower-cost, all-in-one total business management solution.

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