Business Central vs Finance & Operations, which one is right for your organisation?

The Dynamics 365 ERP platform automatically unifies your systems and processes. It is a business management solution that helps companies connect their financials, sales, service, and operations to make better decisions, streamline processes, and improve customer interactions.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP systems include 2x cloud ERP platforms.

  • One is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central or BC for the small to mid-size market (earlier on-premises Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Navision).
  • The other is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (also known as F&O or Finance and Supply Chain or F&SCM) for the large to enterprise market (earlier on-premises Microsoft Dynamics AX or Axapta).

Both are fully featured, best in class applications with several common and exclusive workflows and functionality. There are key differences between Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations. Walkerscott can help you decide and implement  the Dynamics 365 application, that best suits your organisation’s needs.

Let’s compare key features and functionality within Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central vs Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC vs Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O Comparison Table

Dynamics 365 BC
Dynamics 365 F&O
Targeted Business
Dynamics 365 BCSmall to medium-sized businesses
Dynamics 365 F&OMedium to Large enterprises
Core Capabilities
Dynamics 365 BCPrimarily functions as a stand-alone all-in-one system with modules to cater to Finance, operations, supply chain, CRM, and project management
Dynamics 365 F&OWide range of modules with advanced ability across finance, operations, manufacturing, and supply chain automation
Additional Capabilities
Dynamics 365 BCService management and manufacturing via the Premium package within Business Central
Dynamics 365 F&OHR, sales, projects, and customer service through the comprehensive F&O functionality
Tax Regions
Dynamics 365 BCSuitable for businesses operating in fewer tax regions
Dynamics 365 F&OSuitable for businesses operating in multiple tax regions
Transaction Volume
Dynamics 365 BCSuitable for businesses with fewer transactions; can scale with growth
Dynamics 365 F&OSuitable for businesses with a high volume of transactions
Total Cost of Ownership
Dynamics 365 BCPer user licensing and a lower upfront implementation cost
Dynamics 365 F&OHigher per user licensing and a higher upfront implementation cost
Project Duration / Complexity
Dynamics 365 BCGenerally, less complex and quicker to deploy (4-8 months)
Dynamics 365 F&OGenerally, more complex and projects span multiple years (12-24 months)
Minimum Number of Users
Dynamics 365 BC1 USER - Can only be purchased via Resellers leveraging the CSP / NCE program
Dynamics 365 F&O20 USERS - Can be purchased via Resellers on the CSP / NCE program or via an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft