Comparing Acumatica vs Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV) is a mid-market ERP product that offers:

  • Customizability
  • Third-party software support
  • Support for vertical industries
  • Cloud and on-premises deployment options

However, there are drawbacks to Business Central:

  • NAV users must rewrite many of their customizations before moving to Business Central after the Spring 2019 release.
  • Business Central users can’t request a copy of their production database.
  • Many of the third-party solutions available for NAV are not available yet for Business Central.

Acumatica offers significant features and capabilities over Business Central.

Take a look at how Acumatica compares with Dynamics 365 Business Central:

Functionality Acumatica Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
True cloud (built for cloud)
True mobility (all devices/no special apps)
Full function ERP
Full relational database export
Customization using industry standard tools
Upgrade on your schedule
Flexible licensing options (subscription and perpetual)
Multiple deployment options (cloud, on premise, hybrid)
Scale as you grow
Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Significant differentiators between Acumatica and Dynamics 365 Business Central

True cloud: “True cloud” means all functionality is accessible through the internet using a standard browser without the need for any additional software installation on the user’s device or additional software licensing. Acumatica works on premises or in the cloud without additional equipment or software. Business Central can also run on premises or in the cloud.

True mobility: Out-of-the-box, the entire Acumatica suite can be accessed using a standard web browser. Acumatica’s web pages are built to resize to whatever device you are using for every page and every screen. Moreover, every screen has the same information and flow, whether it is on a PC, tablet, or phone. Business Central can also run on mobile devices.

Customizations using industry-standard tools: Both products are highly configurable, but Acumatica is built using industry-standard C# and .NET. Business Central uses a proprietary development language, AL with Extensions 2.0, making customizations more difficult and expensive. Plus, there are additional costs for development privileges.

Flexible licensing options: Every company is different, and some prefer a depreciable capital expense versus an ongoing operating expense. Acumatica is available with subscription or perpetual licensing. Business Central is only available through a subscription.

Multiple deployment options (cloud, on premises, hybrid): Deployment options include public cloud (like Amazon Web Services), on your premises, and hybrid configurations (private cloud). Both Acumatica and Business Central support all three deployment options natively using a browser to access the system.

Scale as you grow: When choosing an ERP solution, you must consider not just your company’s current needs but the future needs as well. Both products allow you to scale resources to support a growing company. But because Acumatica only charges by the computing power required and not by users, you can scale your resources as you grow, allowing an unlimited number of users to access the system regardless of job function. Business Central, on the other hand, is licensed by user. As your company grows and more employees, customers, and suppliers need access to the system, the costs rise quickly. Be aware of these costs and consider them in your final evaluation.

TCO: Because Acumatica charges by computing power used, not by user, costs reflect the functions and resources you need. With Business Central, costs add up. Business Central charges per user as well as by the resources used, and these costs increase as your company grows.

About Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Business Central is based on Dynamics NAV. Dynamics NAV was originally developed in the 1980s. Although many improvements have been made to NAV to run in the cloud as Business Central, at its core it still relies on old software techniques and architectures.

Conversely, Acumatica was designed from the start to be accessible through the cloud using current technology. This lets Acumatica offer more features and functions than Business Central. In addition, Acumatica offers a completely integrated ERP and CRM solution for the price of resources consumed. And with Acumatica, you enjoy unlimited users for a single annual fee.

We believe Acumatica provides the best price/value, performance, functionality, and ease of use of any ERP product available for small- and medium-sized businesses.

See the G2 Crowd survey showing how users compared Acumatica against Microsoft Dynamics NAV, GP, and 365.

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