Business Central functions

Recently featured in a blog by Roberto Stefanetti (Dynamics 365 Business Central MVP, blogger and author) if you’re weighing up the pros and cons of both Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premise and the Cloud (SaaS), look no further than his Business Central battle cards.

Follow Roberto on Twitter here to find all of his great posts.

Aiding your businesses growth and allowing you to stay ahead of the curve, although Business Central is generally thought of as cloud-based, it can also be paired with Office 365 and other Dynamics 365 products for a fully integrated incidence.

Providing a side-by-side comparison, you can quickly and easily see what’s featured, or in fact not featured, to help you make an informed decision as to which one to go for.

Business Central Pros and Cons

With the October release of Business Central fast approaching (1st October), the following pros and cons, sometimes also called battle cards, are based on the current version (as of September 2019).

You can find out what’s expected in the release here. But for the time being, we’ll focus on what’s available today.

FeatureOn-PremiseCloud
EnvironmentOn Local, on Hosting (Azure) etc., ALL system is under control.
You need Hardware or Hosting
NO Hardware. Cloud (SaaS) is on Microsoft Public Cloud.
The environment is managed by Microsoft, you can only access a management console (Admin Console) to create copies and backups of the environment (development and production sandbox).
File SystemALL control, you are local.No File System, I do not have (to date) access to the system, I only have the request of Business Central.
Project LifecycleLimited by updatesUnlimited, always updated
FunctionalitiesEssentials and PremiumEssentials and Premium
Connection/InternetFast, runs on local, persistent connection, no interne dependant.Internet dependant: If there is no connection or slow, you can’t work, a minimum of bandwidth is necessary.
InstallationClassic DVD distribution and Cumulative updatedNothing, ready-to go, only access to Business Central instance
UpdatesNo Automatic Update, installable manually or scheduled by custom procedure. Cumulative updates released and published.
(a couple a month + a couple big a year)
Automatic updates allow you to have a constantly updated Cloud product.
(a couple a month + a couple big a year)
PerformanceYou need a IT Manager or ConsultantScalable, managed by Microsoft (with Support ticket…)
AccessingWeb Client, Universal App, Outlook Client, no more Windows ClientWeb Client, Universal App, Outlook Client
SQL ServerNO more SQL Server Runtime- Only SQL Standard or best version.Not available
DatabaseLocal (Full Access)Not available
Windows ClientNot available (from October 2019)Not available
Web ClientAvailableAvailable
LicensingNominal (named users)Nominal (named users)
Dual Use Right (SaaS and On-Premise)The use can acquire Cloud can download a license for On-premiseCloud Licensing offer “Dual Right license”
Intelligent CloudWith relative licenses it is possible to connect to the cloud via Business Central, you can view the same information from in Cloud and on local.
ScalabilityClassic local environment, buy other server and resources or expand your system.Business Central is hosted by Microsoft, on Azure in Public Cloud (Single-SignOn with Active Directory)
Multi-tenant database, architecture based only on events and extensions (APP) – No system engineer is needed
CostMay be more expensive than Cloud.
Virus, Backup etc.
System engineer is needed.
May be convenient (scalability) and utilization plan.
Only at a monthly fee, cost scenarios can be made.
No Virus, no system hacks, backup, accessible from anywhere with web client, nothing is installed, system always on.
Connectors (Flow, Power BI, PowerApps)Connectors, you will configure Proxy, Endpoints etc. to connect to other apps and Web Services.
You need activate SSL for secure connection.
Secure by Design (SSL native).
A lot of Connectors ready-to go for Cloud.
Only one-username\password to connect everything.
Web Services ready to go after publishing.
DevelopmentOnly Microsoft AL & VS Code
You need a developer license to develop
Only Microsoft AL & VS Code
No development license is needed to develop
App OnlyDevelopment with APPDevelopment with APP
DebugAvailable in Production EnvironmentNot available in production, only in Sandboxes
Table ObjectsYou can’t delete data from some tables

Business Benefits

Streamlining processes, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a comprehensive business management solution for small to medium-sized businesses.

It has many business benefits, from increasing your financial visibility (allowing you to make more informed decisions from your connected data), to optimising your supply chain and boosting sales.

Business Central is highly adaptable, and can even help you deliver projects on time and under budget when using jobs and resources functionality, all the while remaining GDPR compliant.

Making it easier to run your business too through mobile apps, whichever way you choose to host your version of Business Central, TVision can help you implement, manage and maintain your finances.

For more information on how we can help you, get in touch with one of our experienced team.