Explore the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central vs Sage Intacct

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Deirdre Lysaght, Marketing Executive Oct 27, 2020

If you are experiencing challenges due to disconnected and outdated legacy systems or just simply considering updating your existing accounting software or ERP solution, then the following guide will help you understand the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central vs Sage Intacct.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Sage Intacct are both ERP platforms with varying degrees of core accounting capabilities. Both are frequently used by large businesses and enterprises but cater to slightly different business sizes and scenarios.

Sage Intacct is more midsize and large business focused and the software places greater emphasis on its accounting capabilities and scalability for growing businesses. In contrast, Dynamics 365 Business Central is scaled more for enterprise use with an advanced ERP-first mindset that also has very strong accounting features.

Which solution is best for your business?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an off the shelf cloud-based business management solution for small to medium size organisations. It connects systems and key business processes for efficient Finance, Sales, Service and Operations. Responding quickly to changing customer demands and new challenges, Business Central allows you to take control no matter where you are through its built-in business productivity and intelligent integration with Office 365 and Microsoft Power BI. Business Central is a multi-language, multi-currency business management solution that helps more than 120,000 companies worldwide manage their business more efficiently.

There are several key points to consider when comparing Business Central to Sage Intacct:

Functionality

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Sage Intacct both have strong capabilities tailored to their respective audiences.

Sage Intacct is designed to provide the ability to customise their deployments, data models, and reporting and it has excellent core accounting capabilities with additional built-in features like timekeeping that create additional efficiencies.

In contrast, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central stands out for its reporting and wide range of ERP capabilities. Business Central’s flexible reporting capabilities allow users to drill down into the data as needed and give enterprises enhanced visibility. The platform’s extensive features are further enhanced by its robust integrations and add-ons that allow companies to build out the platform to suit their requirements.

Integration

Business Central is a natural fit if you are already using Microsoft products. It has a seamless integration with Office 365 so you can create and send invoices and purchase orders directly from Outlook without having to open Business Central. Business Central also works with the other Dynamics 365 apps (like Sales & Marketing, Customer Service and HR) plus Power BI, Power Automate and PowerApps for custom applications.

Sage Intacct do offer Microsoft product integrations, but they are not as seamless as the integration between one Microsoft product and another. Sage Intacct offers some operational functionality but its capabilities are simple and not well suited for companies with complex needs.

Innovation

Business Central is fast to implement, easy to configure and innovative in product design, development, implementation, and usability. Pricing is simple and straightforward and you don’t need to figure out what specific features you want to pay for straight away and you don’t need to make that 12-month commitment as subscriptions are on a monthly rollover basis so you can subscribe and unsubscribe anytime.

Sage Intacct has attained innovation and customer satisfaction in cloud Financial Management but their pricing module is more complicated with a minimum 12-month subscription.

Mobility and flexibility

With solutions like Dynamics 365, you can now do business on the move, no matter where you are in the world. Business Central is more mobile and flexible than Sage Intacct and it offers convenience and control at the touch of a button.

Scalability

No matter what the industry or size of an SMB, business users expect a dependable service and platform on which to run their business, collaborate and get work done.

Along with a wave of innovative new features, Microsoft have invested heavily in boosting performance, reliability and scalability of Business Central across the platform and business application.

Sage Intacct is a cloud solution with features more focused around core accounting capabilities, financial management and reporting but is scalable and allows the handling of growing numbers of users, customers and transactions.

Is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central right for me?

If you are experiencing strained business growth with multiple and disconnected systems or you are looking for a cloud-based solution that manages the key aspects of your operations then it would be prudent to explore the highly adaptable and feature rich functionality of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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