Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a finely-tuned, technologically advanced, all-in-one business management solution, with automated processes, global mobility, easy accessibility and strong defences to protect your business.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly known as Dynamics NAV and before that, it was Navision!) is a single, end-to-end solution for managing all your business processes, and part of Microsoft's Dynamics 365 range of business applications. It's also incredibly flexible and can be customised to suit any business need.
Business Central is a trusted, proven Enterprise Resource Planning solution which has served 160,000 customers and is enhanced by Microsoft every year. It has rich functional breadth and can be deployed in the public cloud, private cloud or on-premise.
So, what's the difference between Dynamics NAV & Dynamics 365 Business Central? In some ways the question at hand can be answered in a short sentence: ‘Dynamics 365 Business Central is just the new name for Dynamics NAV’.
Dynamics 365 Business Central can revolutionise how you do business, taking streamlining, automation and customer engagement to a new level. It gives you a single, end-to end solution for managing finances, operations, sales and customer service, and an opportunity to easily upgrade from entry-level accounting software and legacy ERP systems.
Dynamics 365 Business Central is great value because it integrates with other Microsoft cloud services including Office 365 and can be customised or extended for specific industry needs with Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI. So, let’s take a look at what it can do!
Dynamics 365 Business Central enables you to streamline your financial close and get real-time visibility into the performance of your business. You can easily share your information in a secure manner with an accountant and gain more control over your budgets and cashflow.
Centralise your financial management data across accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, and customer interactions for an up-to-date, end-to-end view of your business. Make faster, more informed decisions when you’re guided by connected processes, predictive analytics, and real-time data.
Dynamics 365 Business Central enables you to monitor and control your sales-order and purchasing process through automated workflows and dynamically updated inventory levels. You can prevent unnecessary or fraudulent purchases by implementing approvals, plus modify a posted invoice in your financial management system and register the correction without hassle.
With Dynamics 365 Business Central you can shorten the time from quote to cash by connecting your sales and accounting. Connect the dots between your sales and marketing teams and act quickly on sales-related enquiries right from Outlook. Easily handle multiple ship-to and bill-to addresses per customer, including direct shipment and invoicing addresses.
Dynamics 365 Business Central brings together comprehensive organisational information, automate manual tasks, connect processes and workflows, enable fact-based inventory management, and provide managers with clear visibility into business performance, margins, profitability, and opportunities for improvement.
Perform common resource & project management tasks and get all the data you need to help manage budgets and monitor progress. Track machine and employee project hours using timesheets, and access real-time data on available resources, such as employees and machinery.
Whether it's contracts, warranties, SLAs or mobile service management, Dynamics 365 Business Central enhances your operational efficiency, provides effective contract management and enforces critical processes - helping to ensure your service team hit SLA's - all of which drives customer loyalty!
Dynamics 365 Business Central is a flexible solution that can be customised to suit your organisation. But what makes it different from the other ERP solutions and lifts it above the others on the market?
It can be differentiated in the following ways:
When choosing where to host your Business Central solution, you have options depending on the amount of control and flexibility you wish to have. Software as a Service (SaaS) provides a completely managed environment but limited access. At the other end of the scale, hosting the solution yourself gives full control but obviously the additional cost of running and maintaining the servers.
One product, three choices:
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Business Central is one of the only ERP solutions to give this wealth of options when it comes to hosting. We love its flexibility and ability to suit any organisation of any size.
A ‘traditional’ ERP implementation process is arduous, complex and worst of all, costly. It often involves a specialist detailing your processes from start to finish in one massive, confusing document. But not with us.
Instead of writing pages and pages on your processes (which you no doubt want to avoid, too), we develop a model of your business within the platform itself, so you can see exactly what you’ll be getting. We call this the 'Day in the Life Process'. With this approach, you get to see a potential solution working in your actual business context with items, suppliers and customers you know. No assumptions. No projections. Just a model you can trust!Learn more about the implementation process
Keeping your Business Central solution up-to-date means your organisation can rely on the latest security updates and functional improvements to the software.
But there are many frequently asked questions surrounding upgrading Business Central:
Upgrading Business Central
We aim to answer these questions and more on our Business Central Upgrade page. Click here to read more about keeping your Business Central solution up-to-date.
Upgrading Business Central can become something easily managed, scheduled and thoroughly tested. When you use our Evergreen service, we make sure your Business Central solution is kept healthy and evergreen all year around.
Why not book in for a free Evergreen consultation to discuss your options and understand the benefits of remaining on an evergreen platform?
Or you can simply read more about our offering here - we're delighted to be able to offer this service, enabling Business Central users to benefit from the latest and greatest additions to the software.More about Evergreen
If you're looking for something more specific to your industry, check out the pages below. Our experts have worked on countless projects across industries such as Retail, Fashion, Beverages and Furniture and have the expertise to assist you in any capacity you require.
Our team of experts have been working with the beverages sector since 2003! We know the beverages industry inside out and are able to advise on the best way to tackle the unique challenges that drinks companies have to overcome.
Dynamics 365 Business Central provides businesses with one solution for complete omni-channel success. TNP have worked with customers to create a set of APIs that can easily connect to various e-commerce platforms. Our experts can tackle any eventuality.
We work with our customers to develop their apparel management solutions to help their businesses run faster and smarter. Whether you are a large fashion house or a smaller business, we can build the perfect fit for your business.
Managing your entire food chain has never been easier than within Dynamics 365 Business Central. TNP's developed solution gives you the ability to move, track and trace products in real time to boost your efficiency in getting stock to market.
We've been helping UK furniture companies for over 25 years, working with well-known names such as SCS, Loaf and Barker & Stonehouse. We believe that the relationship between a company and its ERP provider should be one that lasts a lifetime.
Maintain compliance and track products with Dynamics 365 Business Central for healthcare. Where laws and regulations are ever-changing, TNP can help you to ensure that compliance across the organisation and take the stress out of surprise audits.
TNP can help businesses in the Hotel and Hospitality industry to embrace technology across the organisation. Dynamics 365 Business Central provides back-office staff with automation and easy reporting.
Covering industries such as pub companies, student accommodation, social housing and many more! TNP have developed a specialised property management module that gives organisations access to the power of Dynamics 365 Business Central.
We specialise in the retail industry, supporting over 45 retail customers, and have a team of 40 retail experts whose skills cover the full customer journey from product innovation right through to support in specific areas such as EFT payments and POS hardware.
We believe Dynamics 365 Business Central is the best product on the market due to its functionality and flexibility. As with all software, customers often purchase additional products to extend the solution.
We took the most common additional user needs and created our own range of extensions, offering that extra extended versatility of your system - we called it nHanced 365!
We've recently released our Ask nOra chatbot, which can answer questions related to your Business Central data from within Microsoft Teams! Read more about Ask nOra here.
As well as our own extensions, we work with other third-party Partners to provide you with even more add-ons to enhance your system. The list of partners are limited, and together with TNP, provide you with fully integrated, additional functionality to your system.Dynamics 365 Business Central Extensions
The licensing options can be broken into two options on a named user basis:
Dynamics 365 Business Central can be purchased on two levels - Essentials or Premium, and is based on user types 'full' or 'team member'.Learn more about licensing & pricing
Your Enterprise Resource Planning system is critical to your business. With ransomware attacks on the increase year by year, it becomes more and more essential to adopt a recovery strategy.
You need to be protected from ransomware attacks in the first instance, but also able to recover those critical systems quickly if the worst occurs.
Our Disaster Recovery team can assist you in building a strategy for defending your business and re-instating those business systems in the event of an attack.
We offer a free Disaster Recovery consultation to guide you through - you can book it here.How we can help with Disaster Recovery
Keep up with the latest Business Central news with our blog - our posts include the latest Microsoft release waves, highlighting the important new features, and how to maximise your use of the solution.Check it out
This video covers updates to the Business Central client, the application itself (diving into various departments), Microsoft 365 and some technical changes under the hood.Watch here
Our video takes a look at Dynamics 365 Business Central for those unfamiliar with the application, including navigation and customisation options.Watch here
In this webinar, we cover the tools built into Business Central as standard. We show you how to get your users accessing the data they need to make reporting easier, faster and using the standard functionality already available.Watch recording here
From the start the core technology that made Dynamics 365 Business Central (or Navision back then) tick has been C/AL. That’s the language that the whole solution is written in, from the core building blocks, like posting routines and tax calculations, all the way up to the custom code written specifically for your business.Read the blog here
Our handy comparison table will help you understand when functionality was introduced into the different versions of Dynamics NAV & Dynamics 365 Business Central.Compare versions here
As well as having over 70 members of support staff purely dedicated to looking after our customers' systems, we think the quality of our support is the best in the business. But what makes it the best and what can you expect as a customer of ours?
To align with Portico's wider IT strategy, TNP implemented Business Central as a cloud ERP for Portico Shipping.
Interfood Technology worked with TNP to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Dynamics NAV.
Nord Anglia required better visibility of financial results across their schools base of 31 countries. TNP and Dynamics 365 Business Central were the solution!
As the top Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner based in the UK and Ireland, we get a lot of questions from prospective and current customers. To give you an idea of what we can do and the knowledge within our team, we’ve compiled some of the questions we most frequently receive, which include:
Click through to our FAQ and get the answers to your most important Business Central questions!
The 10th edition our famous Ultimate Guide has everything you ever needed to know about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft's Power Platform, including:
The Power People is the sister brand of The NAV | 365 People. What we are to Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV, The Power People are to the Power Platform, Azure Integration Services and Business Analytics.
Dynamics 365 Business Central, as a Microsoft product, works seamlessly with the Power Platform including Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate. Our team of specialists are able to help you on this journey, no matter where you're starting from.
Click here to read more about The Power People and see if we can bring something exciting to your business!
We believe that training is essential if you want to get the most out of your Dynamics 365 Business Central system (and save yourself hours of lost time, headaches and frustration!)
The more you understand the functionality of this product, the better you will be able to use it in your organisation and the more you’ll benefit from your investment. That’s why we offer a range of Dynamics 365 Business Central training courses all completely for free, regardless of whether you are one of our customers or not.View our training courses here
Microsoft release two versions of Dynamics 365 Business Central each year. We've compiled the highlights to illustrate the functional changes, including more detail from Microsoft on how to use these functionalities:
For more on the latest developments in Dynamics 365 Business Central, as well as industry news and updates, take a look at our blog!