What is SaaS Enterprise Resource Planning software? Can Business Central be implemented as SaaS ERP software? Answer your questions with our Business Central SaaS guide below.
SaaS, which is an abbreviation of Software-as-a-Service, is a cloud-based solution which gives users the ability to use applications over the Internet. The benefit is that the product sits within your browser, you simply log in and the vast functionality of the product is available to you.
By subscribing to SaaS ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, there is no configuring of servers or installation. Examples of SaaS solutions within business applications are Office 365 or Salesforce.
SaaS ERP software does not require technical knowledge to maintain or install, it enjoys regular automatic updates and allows you to amend licensed user numbers through peaks and troughs of your business activity.
Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS is the complete product - as an ERP solution built upon over twenty years, Microsoft have continuously extended the functional areas of Business Central.
On a SaaS version of the system, you get all of the functionality available in Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premise. There is no missing or excluded functionality from the full strength product, it simply sits in a different environment.
In our blog, we cover the more technical differences between hosting your Business Central solution on SaaS versus on-premise - read it here.Read our blog on SaaS vs On-premise
The cost to implement Dynamics 365 Business Central depends on your business circumstances. SaaS ERP software has a subscription pricing model, which means businesses can spread the cost of software ownership via a per month per user licensing model.
Dynamics 365 Business Central's licensing cost includes hosting and security - a large saving and gives you peace of mind. Click here to see the per user per month licensing costs.Business Central Licensing
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a complete end-to-end ERP, used by hundreds of thousands of users across the world. It is flexible, scalable, functionally rich and can be customised alongside a wealth of technology (e.g. the Power Platform).
Business Central also has multiple hosting options - if SaaS doesn't sound like the solution for you, read about the alternative hosting options here. You can even host it yourself or ask us to do so for you using our Managed Services team. Each option has its own benefits and you have the flexibility to choose and adapt the hosting solution to suit your business.Discover Business Central
The diagram below shows the hosting options available to you when implementing Business Central. TNP can host your solution in the Microsoft Private Cloud, Microsoft can host it in their Public Cloud (SaaS) or you can host it yourself On-Premise. The diagram illustrates who is responsible for what in each scenario.
All options below also includes full support for your solution from TNP.
The Dynamics 365 Business Central ERP as a SaaS solution benefits from disaster recovery via Microsoft to the minute. These backups are encrypted and that encryption protects your data using protocols of industry standard.
Microsoft Azure enjoys surrounding architecture on a vast scale, as well as continuous Microsoft funding, improvement and research. Azure Active Directory acts as the authentication for users logging in, protecting the system from malicious attacks.
Internal security can be maintained using permissions functionality, where users are permitted to access certain parts of the system and not others. There is also an activity log which tracks changes users have made inside the system.Disaster Recovery Options
TNP have been implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central (including previous versions of the product Dynamics NAV and Navision) for over twenty years. With world-class support services*, we are the number one partner in the UK and Ireland.
The knowledge of our staff is second-to-none and every day we strive to deliver an exceptional service to our customers. TNP currently support dozens of customers on Business Central SaaS, for example Independence Matters, Interfood and Cinch Cars.
We also offer an Evergreen service for Business Central, where we work with you to regularly upgrade and maintain your platform. This is done in bitesize chunks at a time to suit you and your users.
*TNP have consistently scored over 70 on NPS surveys for our support. Read more about NPS here.Find out more About Us
Having considered their deployment options (on premise, private cloud) Interfood also decided to onboard to Microsoft’s own SaaS service, which gets upgraded on a bi-annual basis.Read their story