Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Dynamics 365 Business Central screenshot.png
Screenshot of the role center of the October 2018 release, North American edition
Stable release
October 2020 (version 17)
PlatformPrimarily cloud-based
TypeEnterprise resource planning

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365BC) is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Microsoft. The product is part of the Microsoft Dynamics family, and shares the same codebase as NAV[1] and NAV's C/AL language is being phased out in favor of the new AL language.[2]

The product is primarily a web-based software as a service solution[buzzword] accessed via, though presently there is an on-premise version available, which included the option to use the NAV role-tailored "thick" client through version 14, while versions 15 and later are web-only.


D365BC is primarily based on the codebase for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, first published as Navision, which Microsoft acquired in 2002.

In 2016, Microsoft announced the creation of Dynamics 365 — a rebranding of the suite of Dynamics ERP and CRM products as a part of a new online-only offering.[3] As a part of this suite, the successor to NAV was codenamed Madeira.[4]

In September 2017 at the Directions conference, Microsoft announced the new codename "Tenerife" for this product, which would be released as "Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business Edition", while the successor product to Dynamics AX would be called "Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition".[5]

On April 2, 2018, D365BC was released publicly[6] and plans for semi-annual releases were announced.[7]

Business Central is available in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid deployment.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC) is a complete ERP from Microsoft for the SMB segment.


Microsoft D365BC delivers integrated functionality to provide support for:

  • Financial management
  • Supply chain management
  • Relationship management
  • Human resource management
  • Project & Resource management
  • Warehouse management
  • Service Order Management
  • Manufacturing


Microsoft D365BC is sold with three license types also known as subscriptions with fixed prices per user per month:

  • Essentials
  • Premium
  • Team Members

D365BC Essentials:

  • Financial Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Warehouse Management

D365BC Premium:

  • Everything in Essentials (Premium license include all modules existing in Essentials license)
  • Service Management
  • Manufacturing

Dual Use right

Dual Use right is available only through SaaS cloud licensing offering. The customer who uses SaaS version can download a license key for On-premise release.

RapidStart Services[edit]

Microsoft makes available to customers and partners the ability to utilise RapidStart Services [8] to help set up a new company quickly.

  • Configuration wizard
  • Configuration worksheet
  • Configuration packages
  • Configuration templates
  • Configuration questionnaire


  1. ^ "Business Central everywhere". September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Demiliani, Stefano (October 25, 2018). "Mastering new methods for Dynamics 365 Business Central success".
  3. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (July 6, 2016). "Microsoft readies combined CRM, ERP Dynamics 365 cloud bundle". ZDNet.
  4. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (April 13, 2016). "Microsoft takes wraps off its 'Madeira' SMB business-management service". ZDNet.
  5. ^ Gumpert, Jason (September 17, 2017). "With updated Dynamics 365 "Tenerife" release plan, Microsoft aims to unify NAV, cloud SMB ERP". MSDynamicsWorld.
  6. ^ Gumpert, Jason (April 2, 2018). "Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central reaches general availability, with promise of smooth NAV transition to come". MSDynamicsWorld.
  7. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (July 6, 2018). "Microsoft's plan to put Dynamics 365 CRM/ERP on a twice-yearly update schedule". ZDNet.
  8. ^ "Setting Up a Company With RapidStart Services". April 1, 2019.

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