Microsoft has announced the upcoming launch of Dynamics 365 Business Central, a new offering designed to be an out-of-the-box Dynamics 365 solution for small and medium-sized organisations.

Microsoft claims that Dynamics 365 Business Central will be an all-encompassing solution, allowing organisations to:

  • Manage accounts and financials
  • Automate supply chains
  • Deliver improved customer services
  • Manage projects
  • Optimise business operations

The possible applications of Dynamics 365 Business Central will almost certainly prove far broader.

Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based solution, so doesn’t rely on installed software on an organisation’s server. Users will instead pay a monthly licence cost for Business Central, with the installation hosted on Microsoft’s cloud setup.

Microsoft has also indicated that it will perform regular updates to Business Central to ensure that this SME solution is always up to date with the latest functionality for all users.

Dynamics 365 Business Central replaces the short-lived Dynamics 365 Business Edition, which was launched in 2016 but quietly put to bed at the end of 2017.

It is also thought that Business Central may prove to be the natural successor to Dynamics NAV, Microsoft’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. Though this is not a certainty, the similarity in reported functionality – coupled with Business Central’s attractive tiered licensing – will make Business Central a highly compelling alternative to NAV. It would therefore make sense that the new offering might take the place of NAV in time.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available from April 2018. Though designed as the ideal SME solution, organisations may find that a custom Dynamics 365 setup proves a more functional and cost-efficient solution than Business Central. To discuss the right Dynamics 365 solution for your organisation, please get in touch.

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