Dynamics 365 (D365) Business Central vs. Finance and OperationsA common question for companies evaluating ERP solutions is what’s the difference between Dynamics 365 (D365) Business Central vs. Finance and Operations? While both applications have a lot in common—on-premises or cloud deployment, a huge library of add-on applications, seamless integrations, SaaS subscription licensing, connected insight across the business, and more—there are important differences you should know before making a decision (including Payroll!).

Our article highlights some of the key differentiators and comparisons between these popular Microsoft ERP applications.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance (formerly Finance & Operations)

Dynamics 365 Finance is a transition from Dynamics AX and is the most advanced ERP solution in the Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite. While AX users will enjoy much of the functionality they had, Dynamics 365 Finance is packed with feature enhancements and sophisticated tools such as AI and machine learning.

Companies looking for maximum power and flexibility will appreciate Dynamics 365 Finance’s modular application design. You can start with your core financial management base and then choose the extra functionality you need. While it is perfectly scalable to many businesses, it is ideal for medium to large enterprises, global companies, and businesses with particularly complex operations such as manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain management.

Dynamics 365 Finance applications available:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Field Service
  • Human Resources
  • Commerce
  • Project Operations
  • Project Service Automation
  • Marketing

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central is a transition from Dynamics NAV and includes all your core functionality in one, integrated system. You can choose between two versions—Essentials or Premium—and there are flexible licensing options.

Business Central is ideal for small to medium businesses who prefer an all-in-one ERP solution and don’t require the advanced functionality of D365 Finance.

Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials includes:

  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Warehouse Management

Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium includes:

Everything in Essentials PLUS:

  • Service Management
  • Manufacturing
Watch On-Demand: Deploying Dynamics 365 Business Central with Integrated Payroll