Business Central is a mature product. It was originally launched in Denmark in 1984 under the brand name, Navision, which derived from its two core strengths – its flexibility and its navigation feature which allows users to drill down/navigate to the lowest transaction level from the highest General Ledger view of the business.
Since then, Microsoft has undertaken a number of technical refurbishments, most notably in 2008 when Navision was architected from a two tier to a three tier architecture thus paving the way for cloud computing and this new multitenant Software as a Service offering. Business Central is a full ERP solution that is suitable for small companies with 1 employee up to large companies with many hundreds of simultaneous users. At its heart, it is a financial management application which competes with Sage, SAP Business One, etc.
But Business Central is much more than that. It run a company’s standard financial processes – its General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Credit Control, Purchasing, Approvals – but it also manages a company resources – be they inventory/stock, employees, projects, digital. It has a warehouse management module for storing and distributing goods. It has an assembly and production module for manufacturing goods. It has a service management module for managing contracts and SLAs. It has a jobs module for running projects and managing the P&L of these projects.
More than that, the software as a service Business Central is built on Microsoft’s Common Data Service which means it is fully integrated with Office 365, the rest of the Dynamics 365 suite, notably Customer Service and Sales Pro and the Power Platform. This means you can use Power Automate to create automated workflow between all these apps giving you a foundation to digitally transform your customer’s business.
And best of all, since it is now a Software as a Service app, your customers implement once and will never have to upgrade. On the Microsoft Azure platform, upgrades will be pushed every 6 months to all the customers accessing Business Central.
Now is the time to prepare. MicroWarehouse will be running a series of partner enablement training sessions to help you find Business Central leads, pitch, demo, sell, implement and support Business Central starting on August 6th when we will discuss the opportunity Business Central opens to you. Please join us on this exciting journey since we believe Business Central is a hero product that will drive significant adoption of the Microsoft platform in Ireland.