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Acumatica vs Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Compare Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Acumatica. Learn how Acumatica offers more features and capabilities with unlimited users.

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Feature Comparison

Functionality Acumatica Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
True cloud* (built for cloud)
True mobility (supports all devices with no special apps)
Full function ERP
Full relational database export
Customization using industry standard tools
Upgrade on your schedule
Flexible licensing options based on customer requirements
Multiple deployment options
Scale as you grow
Superior Return on Investment (ROI)

What are our customers saying after replacing a Microsoft Dynamics Product with Acumatica?


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.

Make sure you take some time to review Acumatica’s ERP software selection resources to help you find the ERP solution that is right for you.

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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

Both products are available through subscription licensing, but Acumatica also offers alternate options to accommodate customers’ unique requirements. Check Acumatica ERP Pricing.

Scale as you grow

Both products allow you to scale resources to support a growing company. But Acumatica charges by the computing power required and not per user. You can scale up much easier with Acumatica, as unlimited users can access the system and contribute to your operational efficiencies. Business Central, on the other hand, is licensed per user. Company growth can be impeded as more employees, customers, and suppliers need access to the system, and costs rise quickly. Be aware of these costs and consider them in your final evaluation.


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.

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