What Is Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-inclusive business management application for small and medium-sized businesses that includes enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) functions.

Business Central is a cloud-native software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that frees your business from the need to maintain on-premises IT infrastructure, grows alongside your business, and enables you to optimize operations, maximize efficiency, and boost revenue.

Stoneridge Software was recognized as the Microsoft Partner of the Year for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central in 2022. We collaborate with small and medium-sized businesses to implement accounting and operations solutions tailored to their needs. 

Contact us to talk about a Business Central solution for your company.

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20/20 Business Insights With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Integrate Your Business Data

Business Central eliminates data islands by allowing you to manage your financial, sales, customer service, and operations systems within one application.

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Start Quickly and Grow

With a cloud-based solution like Business Central, you can get up and running quickly so changing financial management systems doesn’t get in the way of running your business. Add users as needed to scale your system with just a few clicks.

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Boost Productivity

Business Central not only uses the familiar Microsoft 365 Office interface—it also integrates with Office applications. The familiar interface makes for rapid onboarding, and the integration saves time by allowing employees to create quotes, orders, and invoices in Outlook.

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Make Better Decisions

With the complete picture of your business that Business Central provides across accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, and customer service, you’ll be able to identify trends, streamline workflows, and make proactive business decisions.

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Extend Your System

Add to Business Central’s ERP and CRM functions by incorporating other programs from the Dynamics 365 suite. Use Microsoft Power Platform to utilize enhanced business analytics, create automations, or leverage the Internet-of-things (IoT).

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Support for ISVs

No matter what niche industry needs you have, there’s likely to be an independent software vendor (ISV) extension available on the Microsoft AppSource marketplace.

“Every Step Was Done Right”

“The implementation went really well. The project managers and the team at Stoneridge broke it up in a way that was intentional and made sense. By getting everything on the schedule, keeping everyone accountable and making sure every step was done right, we had a successful project at the end.”
Conor Borud, CFO, Steffes Group

“Truly Understanding Our Industry”

“The success of the project was really due to the amount of time and energy that Stoneridge put into gathering information and truly understanding our industry.”
Chris Alberty, President, Agassiz Seed & Supply

Business Central Features

  1. Quoting, Invoicing, and Payment

    Generate personalized sales quotes and convert them into professional invoices without having to leave Outlook. MS Dynamics 365 Business Central makes it easy to process payments, reconcile bank accounts, and identify past-due accounts.

  2. Purchasing and Inventory Management

    Simplify and improve supply chain management with dynamically updated inventory levels, automated ordering, and data-driven forecasting. Built-in predictive intelligence helps forecast sales, monitor open orders, and track vendor lead times.

  3. Management Insights

    Improve overall financial management by gaining a full understanding of your financial data for accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, and customer accounts. Achieve better outcomes by empowering your employees with connected processes, predictive analytics, and real-time data.

Stoneridge Software: Your Business Central Implementation Partner

Stoneridge Software was built around helping small and medium-sized businesses implement Dynamics NAV and GP ERP systems. We’ve kept pace with Microsoft’s evolving business software ecosystem as they’ve developed industry-leading cloud-based ERP and CRM solutions.

Under Microsoft’s new Cloud Partner Program, Stoneridge is a certified Microsoft Solutions Partner for Business Applications and has been awarded the Specialist designation for Small and Midsize Business Management.

FAQs

What’s the difference between Business Central and Dynamics 365?

Dynamics 365 is an integrated suite of business applications that can be used to build customized ERP and CRM solutions for businesses of all sizes. Business Central is one application within the Dynamics 365 family, much like Word is an application within the Microsoft 365 Office suite. If you run a small or medium-sized business, it’s not a question of Business Central vs. Dynamics 365—it’s Dynamics 365 and Business Central together to streamline your operations.

What’s the difference between a Dynamics NAV ERP and a Business Central ERP?

In 2018, Microsoft rebranded its software-as-a-product Dynamics ERP solutions like Dynamics NAV, AX, and GP to the SaaS, cloud-based Dynamics 365 suite of applications. Most Dynamics NAV and GP users can upgrade their on-premises ERP systems to Dynamics 365 Business Central; most Dynamics AX users can upgrade to systems built with Dynamics 365 Finance, Commerce, and/or Supply Chain Management.

What licensing options are available for Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Business Central is licensed on a per-user basis. Microsoft offers two licensing tiers:

  1. Business Central Essentials at $70 per user per month
  2. Business Central Premium at $100 per user per month

Premium licenses include all functions in Essentials plus features for managing manufacturing and service orders.

Can I use Business Central for a small business?

As an all-inclusive business management system, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses. Because it’s cloud-based, Business Central enables small businesses to take advantage of sophisticated business management tools without needing to invest in extensive IT infrastructure. Per-user licensing allows a Business Central ERP and/or CRM system to easily grow as your business grows.

What deployment options are available for Business Central?

Microsoft 365 Business Central can be deployed on-premises, on a private Azure cloud, or on Microsoft’s public cloud.

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Whether you need a new Dynamics 365 Business Central implementation or want to upgrade from NAV or GP, we’re ready to partner with you to create a solution that propels your business to its next growth stage. 

Contact us today to talk about how Business Central can meet your company’s needs.