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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. 

ParametersDynamics 365 Business CentralSage 50
Latest VersionDynamics 365 Business CentralSage 50
Implementation Costs£7,200Depends on the project
Ongoing CostsMuch lower cost of ongoing usage & supportHigher cost of ongoing usage & support
Licensing ModelsSubscription based model - you pay to use the system on a monthly basisSubscription 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 - £7820 Users - £140 (Total)
 Team Member - £6N/A
Number of UsersUnlimitedUp to 20 users
Number of TransactionsUnlimitedUp to 1.5 million
 Core Functionality 
Warehouse ManagementYesLimited
Sales CRMYesNo
Supply chain managementYesLimited
ManufacturingYesYes via Sage 50 manufacturing separate module
 Additional Capabilities 
ConfigurationVery configurableMinimal configuration
Cloud Based or On PremiseBothLocal access but Cloud available
Accessible across all devicesYesYes
Data AnalysisFully integrated with Power BINo
Artificial IntelligenceYesNo
ConnectivityFully connective via Common Data Model, 200+ connections availableNo
Office 365 IntegrationOffice 365 seamlessly integrates with Dynamics 365 for Outlook & ExcelAvailable from £10 per month
Automation and custom applicationsYes through the Microsoft Power PlatformNo
MTD CompliantYesYes, 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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