Manufacturers: Select between Business Central Premium and Essential Licensing

By | December 23, 2021

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest version of the Dynamics NAV product, which is the best option for Dynamics NAV customers who want a modern and affordable solution. Dynamics 365 Business Central is in two versions i.e., Business Central Essentials and Business Central Premium. If you are running a manufacturing business then it is important to understand the difference between these two versions to ensure you get the solution that addresses your needs. In this blog post, we are covering the differences between these two versions of Business Central for Manufacturing that are relevant to making the right decision. 

Manufacturers: Select between Business Central Premium and Essential Licensing

The differences between Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials and Premium 

Before discussing what version of Business Central for manufacturing is best for your company, let’s start with a quick overview of the two versions of Business Central for manufacturing.

Business Central Essentials Core Modules 

Dyn365BC Essentials covers all the core functions a business requires to operate, including

Finance Management

Electronic payments, dimensions, multiple currencies, budgets, accounts schedules, cash flow forecasting, fixed assets, cost accounting, general ledger, and direct debits, customer payment processes, and etc.

Sales and Marketing

Dynamics 365 Sales integration, campaign management, opportunity management, interaction and document management, email logging, and contact management.

Sales and Delivery

Pricing, discounting, invoices, sales order management, sales invoice discounts, alternative shipping addresses, and sales return order management.

Purchasing and Payables

Purchase invoicing, purchase return order management, alternative order addresses, purchase order management, purchase invoice discounts, and vendor catalog items

Supply Chain Management

Basic receivables, purchase order management, locations, item transfers, inventory and purchasing control, shipment and distribution, returns and cancellations, procurement and vendor management

Project Management

Basic resources, capacity management, multiple costs, jobs, and timesheets

Warehouse Management

Bin setup, inventory picks and put-away, warehouse receipt/shipment, internal picks and put-away, warehouse management systems order promising, and automated data capture.

Business Central Premium Core Modules 

Premium functionality includes the following offerings in Essential.  In addition to the features you get with Essentials, Premium offers Service Order Management and Manufacturing capabilities

Service Management

Planning and dispatching, service contract management, service item management, service order management, and service price management.


Machine centers, standard cost worksheets, production bill of materials, basic capacity planning, version management, assembly management, production orders, and finite loading.

Production Management

Enables complex, multi-level structures of bills of materials and routings, including scheduling and managing finished goods production. Cost: $100 per full user per month.

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