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Comparing Dynamics 365 Business Central & Sage 50

When working in a fast-paced environment and with technological innovations at an all-time high, the need to ensure that your business has the right software in place to cope with the shift to the digital workplace is vital. 

When looking at cloud-based finance systems you need to select one that is scalable as your business grows as well as being able to complete the core functions required for your business. 
 
To help you with your decision, we will provide you with a comparison between two of the biggest ERP options for SMEs: Dynamics 365 Business Central & Sage 50. 

Parameters Dynamics 365 Business Central Sage 50
Latest Version Dynamics 365 Business Central Sage 50
Implementation Costs £6,000 Depends on the project
Ongoing Costs Much lower cost of ongoing usage & support Higher cost of ongoing usage & support
Licensing Models Subscription based model - you pay to use the system on a monthly basis Subscription based model - you pay to use the system on a monthly basis
Types of User

A user is licensed for either of the following licensing options:

Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials:

- Financial Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Project Management

Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium:

All of the variables included in the above + Service Order Management & Manufacturing

Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Member

A user is licensed for either of the following licensing options:

Sage 50 Standard:

- Add up to 2 users & manage up to 2 companies

- Easy to setup and manage your accounts

- Manage invoices, cash flow, banking, customers

- Manage sales, suppliers, stock & VAT

Sage 50 Professional

All of the variables included in the above plus:

- Track & manage stock

- Manage multiple departments & budgets

- Track project income, expenses & profit

- Create sales & purchase orders

- Trade in multiple currencies

- Office 365 integration with 1 user free included in the price

Price/license (per month)

Essential - £53

First User - £125
  Premium - £78 20 Users - £140 (Total)
  Team Member - £6 N/A
Number of Users Unlimited Up to 20 users
Number of Transactions Unlimited Up to 1.5 million
  Core Functionality  
Finance Yes Yes
Warehouse Management Yes Limited
Sales CRM Yes No
Supply chain management Yes Limited
Manufacturing Yes Yes via Sage 50 manufacturing separate module
  Additional Capabilities  
Configuration Very configurable Minimal configuration
Cloud Based or On Premise Both Local access but Cloud available
Accessible across all devices Yes Yes
Data Analysis Fully integrated with Power BI No
Artificial Intelligence Yes No
Connectivity Fully connective via Common Data Model, 200+ connections available No
Office 365 Integration Office 365 seamlessly integrates with Dynamics 365 for Outlook & Excel Available from £10 per month
Automation and custom applications Yes through the Microsoft Power Platform No
MTD Compliant Yes Yes, free for latest subscription, additional cost for previous versions & perpetual licence

As you can see from the above comparison table, it is pretty evident that Dynamics 365 Business Central is a leading alternative to Sage 50 Accounts Professional and can easily be scaled up as your small and medium sized business grows. In addition to this, you don’t need to use a server with Dynamics 365 Business Central which is an essential part of using Sage 50 Accounts Professional. 

Next Steps? 

If you have read the above comparison table and are looking to take the next step towards implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central in your small business then please get in touch with our team of ERP experts today who will be able to discuss your specific requirements. 

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