04 Feb Dynamics 365 Business Central vs Sage 200c and Sage Murano
Business Central vs Sage. Are you currently working with Sage Murano or Sage 200c and plan to change tools? Do you need more functionality in areas such as integrations with third-party applications? Are you wondering if you should change ERP to optimize the time of your workers?
When you wanted to launch an ERP in your company, Sage Murano seemed like a good option. And the truth is that you were right. It is a good product for small and medium businesses. Now that you have grown, although you continue to be a SME, you have developed new requirements and you need to have a product with the necessary capabilities to solve more complex problems.
Dynamics 365 Business Central is a leading solution for small and medium businesses designed to help you grow your business at your own pace, using the functionality when you need it, and in a connected way since it works natively with the rest of Microsoft products.
For the following comparison, the Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud and Sage 200c product will be used as a reference (although it is also applicable in most aspects if you are using Sage Murano).
Licensing and pricing
Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud is licensed by nominal user per month in 3 levels:
- Team Member (query user and limited functionality) for € 6.70 / month
- Essentials (user with full functionality less access to the Manufacturing and Service Management modules) for € 59 / month
- Premium (user with access to all functionality) for € 84.30 / month. This monthly payment per user offers access to all ERP functionality, without any surcharge, so it will always support your growth strategy without increasing its price.
Unlike Business Central, in Sage 200c the licenses are for concurrent users, that is, users who will be connected to the application at the same time (useful if you have more than one work shift).
One of the most common doubts regarding the licensing of Sage 200c refers to its price. It is licensed by independent modules and versions (Standard, Extra, Advantage and Complete).
These versions are distinguished by the modules that include, if they allow custom developments, type of users and type of support they offer. For example, the most basic version, known as Standard , only supports up to 3 users and does not support customizations.
In addition, it must be borne in mind that there is a “high” charge to the service that is fixed and paid once. As an indication, this rate would be about € 200 for the Standard version and € 400 for the Extra).
Customer type and availability
Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud is specially designed for those companies that have exceeded the functionalities of their current accounting system or ERP system and are considering whether to migrate to the new version of their current ERP (for example, from Sage Murano to Sage 200c) or change software (make the jump to Business Central). Or, on the contrary, it is also indicated for companies that despite being in an initial phase want to rely on a consolidated tool to scale their business .
As for users, it is estimated that is optimized for companies that need between 10 and 250 users . It is available in more than 200 countries. And currently more than 220,000 companies worldwide use it or, what is the same, more than 33 million people work daily with this tool.
For its part, Sage 200c is the evolution of Sage Murano in the cloud. It is a software designed for companies that need between 10 and 100 users (from 10 to 200 employees) and that has 100% of their clients in Spain since it is a software developed by a Spanish company for exclusively Spanish market.
At this point there is a great divergence between the ERP offered by Microsoft and by Sage. While Sage 200c is a local solution designed for Spanish companies, Dynamics 365 Business Central has a global optics and different locations (at functional and legal level) designed specifically for each country . That is, if you work only in Spain, the two programs will be adapted to the corresponding legislation. However, if you have delegations or if in the future you plan to open new offices in other countries, Business Central is your only option.
De this fact also derives the language. Dynamics 365 Business Central is a multi-language software while Sage 200c is only available in Spanish.
At the level of customizations and adaptations, both solutions have tools that allow you to customize fields, screens and process flows. However, if you need to expand functionality in a specific sector, Microsoft offers a market of native apps developed by different partners for Dynamics 365 Business Central that can be purchased using Appsource . On the other hand, for Sage 200c you have only the apps developed by the manufacturer itself available and does not allow integration with third-party products.
Support and maintenance
In Sage 200c the application support is offered directly by Sage as a manufacturer . The partner can additionally complement this service although many of its partners are simply license distributors.
On the other hand, in Dynamics 365 Business Central the support falls solely and exclusively on the partner, which offers a much more personalized service . It is the partner who knows in detail the business processes that you manage in the ERP and can thus help you in your day to day . You can check here the Grup support offer from Serveis Triangle.
Both applications, when working in the cloud, offer version migration automatically and free of charge. It is only necessary to program when you want the update to be done and so the client will always be in the latest version of the tool.
Microsoft launches monthly improvements for Dynamics 365 Business Central or what is known as Cumulative Updates , which are small improvements in functionality, usability and bug fixes and biannually presents a new version with great improvements and news especially in the scope of functionality and connectivity (every April and October).
Business Central vs Sage. Both solutions offer options to manage all the business circuits of a company, such as finance, purchases, sales, warehouse, etc. A point of divergence between the two ERPs is the CRM. Sage licenses it as a separate module (both the CRM Essencials and the Professional). Business Central incorporates a CRM in its ERP functionality and for those companies that need more specific sales functionalities, it offers native integration with Dynamics 365 for Sales (complementary licensing).
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