Compare Microsoft Dynamics Editions

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Features Overview

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance Business Edition

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2

Suggested number of users/ business market size From 10-250 Users (Small to mid-size businesses) with a 300 seat User maximum. (Small to mid-sized businesses generating between $5M and $50M) From 100s to 1000s of users (small to mid-sized businesses generating between $5M and $500M) Designed for businesses with 250+ users (size and scale challenges of larger, enterprise class organizations). From 5-250 users (Small to mid-size businesses) with a 500 seat User maximum. (small to mid-sized businesses generating between $5M and $500M)
Basic functionality
  • Finance
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Inventory

(Does not contain Production, Warehouse, HR, or Service modules).

Customers are usually migrating from lower end or manual financial software systems.

  • Finance
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Inventory
  • Production
  • Warehouse, Huma
  • Resources, Service Inter-company transactional capabilities
  • Finance
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Inventory
  • Production
  • Warehouse
  • Projects
  • Human
  • Resources
  • Travel
  • Expense
  • Service
  • Transportation

Richer manufacturing and Public Sector capabilities. Inter-company transactional capabilities. Retail and Advanced Warehouse capability options. Segmented for Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Field Service, Project Service Automation, Retail and Talent

  • Finance
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Inventory
  • Fixed Assets

Customers are usually migrating from lower end or manual financial software systems.

Additional Sales and Marketing features (Reduced feature set) Dynamics 365 for Sales and Marketing (CRM) integration available. Full Dynamics CRM integration possible, but only available at reduced feature set integration points Item Charges, Shipment methods, Shipment agents Dynamics 365 Enterprise suite option integrates full Dynamics CRM with Operations 365 functionality using the Common Data Model (CDM) & (CDS) Services Offer integration with Dynamics 365 for Sales and Marketing (CRM), Advanced Pricing
Additional Item Features Light cost accounting Lot tracking, Locations and related functionality, MRP Lot tracking, Locations and related functionality. Advanced Warehouse capabilities available. Multi-site and locations. Site based costing and inventory management. Master Planning capabilities. Support for Enterprise managed Item Master. Inventory Tracking, Sales Order Processing, Bills of Materials, MRP
Additional Purchasing features None Purchase quote, Item charges Purchase quotes, Requisitions, policies, workflows, category management, RFQ, Purchasing hierarchies, and replenishment strategies Three-way PO and Invoice matching, PO creation, separate Inventory receipt,
Administration features Common security roles Links-to attach documents, Notes-for adding info and notifying users, Comments-for adding any comment/text, common security roles, and User Role Centers Highly configurable and agile including document attachments, SharePoint file integration, common security roles, workflows and workspaces None
Customization System Configurations and AppSource Apps (MS Plug-ins) System Configurations, Custom-Developed functionality, & ISV add-ons More complex and time consuming than NAV to configure None
Deployment Only available through extensions Available through extensions and though changes to base code None None
Deployment Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) only. Web based- hosted on the cloud. Local (on premises) or SAAS (Cloud) Deployment currently available Local (on premises server) Deployment or SAAS (Cloud only) Deployment or Cloud Hybrid Deployment currently available Local (on premises) or SAAS (Cloud) Deployment currently available
Software Upgrades Automatic. Requires Project creation to implement updates Automatic for Cloud Deployments, varies for other options None
Purchase types Subscription Perpetual or subscription Subscription (Perpetual in near future) None
Licensing types None (Local) Perpetual “Solution Functionality”(Local) Perpetual” User” Licensing(Local) Infrastructure Licenses (SQL, SharePoint, Windows Server, and (Local) add-on licenses may also be required) Subscription Licenses (include Infrastructure licenses Subscription Licenses (include Infrastructure licenses for strictly cloud based), both User and (mobile) Device available. Additional add-on subscriptions may be required for Power BI, non-production instances, additional storage, sandboxes, and related Server/User licenses etc. Local/ hybrid installs (SQL Sever 2016 & WindowsServer 2016, others) None
User Types “Named” Users only “Named”, “Limited” also “Concurrent” Users* “Named” Full Users” Other” Users (Team member or Activity subscriptions), ISV or device users “Full”, “Limited”, “Self-Serve”, also “Concurrent” Users*
Support Metrics Direct tech support in multiple service levels from MS, as well as Partner provided support (varies) Direct tech support in multiple service levels from MS, as well as Partner provided support (varies) Direct tech support in multiple service levels from MS, as well as Partner provided support (varies) “Direct tech support in multiple service levels from MS, as well as Partner provided support (varies)
Client access options Web browser, mobile application, or tablet application From Windows client, or from Web browser, mobile application, or tablet application Web browser, mobile application, or tablet application Web browser, mobile application, or tablet application
Dimensional and BI Reporting capabilities Does not support Management Reporter. Uses Account Schedules and internal parameters to create financial statements. MS Excel. Extensive and advanced analysis by Dimensions. Power BI integration, SSRS, available add-ons Broader analysis by Dimensions with additional control. Power BI integration, SSRS, SSAS, Management Reporter, & MS ExcelBroader analysis by Dimensions with additional control. Power BI integration, SSRS, SSAS, Management Reporter, & MS Excel Multiple Segments for GL Account Structure. Out-of-Box reports with Report Writer tool, 1000 SSRS Reports that can be published to SSRS Site or SharePoint, Refreshable Excel Reports, SmartList, Out-of-Box Data Warehouse with 5 pre-built cu-bes, Integration with Power BI
Implementation costs Low Low to mid-range Mid-range configuration, but usually shorter time to implement compared to SAP and Oracle Depends on the processes, integration points and custom development
Total Cost of Ownership Rating for 30+ Users Low Lot to mid-range Mid-range Mid-range
Office 365 integration Yes Yes Yes No
Workflow capabilities Yes No Yes Yes
Preferential Industries Preferred platform amongst financial and services industries. Preferred platform amongst manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries. Preferred platform amongst manufacturing, distribution, supply chain and retail industries Preferred platform amongst discrete manufacturing, distribution, public sector, professional services or financial services industries.
Flexibility and scalability Not designed for companies in global business, but does support multi-currency, with home currency and unlimited foreign currencies and simple currency conversions. Elementary multi-company support. Multi-language, multi-currency capabilities with the scalability to accommodate the needs of larger organizations doing business globally. Currency exchange rate provider services are configurable. Rapid Start data migration and management tools Multi-language, multi-currency capabilities (with multi-rate types like buy rates, sell rates, spot rates, etc.) with the scalability to accommodate the needs of larger organizations doing global business. Both Reporting and Accounting currency support. Currency exchange rate provider services are configurable. Data migration and management tools Multi-language, multi-currency capabilities with the scalability to accommodate the needs of larger organizations doing business globally.
BUSINESS SECTORS
Distribution No Yes Yes Yes
Government & NPO No No No Yes
Manufacturing No Yes Yes Yes
Retail No Yes Yes Yes
Services Yes Yes Yes Yes