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Dynamics 365 Business Central vs. NetSuite

In a bid to tap into the soaring demand for cloud-based ERP solutions, Microsoft launched a cloud ERP solution called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, also referred to as Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has attracted several customers who were using legacy applications such as SL, GP and NAV. However, Dynamics 365 Business Central is not the sole cloud-based ERP solution in the market. NetSuite is another popular alternative.

Business Central-vs.-NetSuite

Both Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and NetSuite are designed to help small and mid-sized organizations scale and grow their businesses. Therefore, organizations often find it difficult to select one that would cater to their needs.

This blog highlights the various aspects where Dynamics 365 Business Central edges out NetSuite.

How is Dynamics 365 Business Central Different?

Here’s a simple analogy to help you understand how Dynamics 365 is more suited to business needs than NetSuite.

A single phone line is being shared among multiple users. In such circumstances, it is difficult to:

  • Keep personal information private on a public line
  • Assure that you do not lose phone access because of someone else’s blunder
  • Manage upgrades without everyone being on board

Thus, a public phone line makes business operations clunky and confusing.

NetSuite’s multi-tenant software is more like these public phone lines. The resources are shared by many users simultaneously. Dynamics 365, on the other hand, is completely opposite. It is a single-tenant solution where every user gets a unique environment to work.

Business benefits of using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central over NetSuite.



D365 Business Central

Platform and Cost
  • NetSuite is only cloud based ERP solution. It is not available on premise
  • Estimated Licensing cost for base product for NetSuite and the implementation cost is on the higher side (Application Cost $ 900 Per Month and over top it User cost is different – $60/PUPM)
  • NetSuite requires lot of user training
  • NetSuite binds customer for entire year contract (No facility for Downsize the number of users in between of Year)
  • D365 Business Central is available on cloud as well as on Premise.
  • D365 Business Central license and implementation cost is less
  • All updates are provided by Microsoft at no additional cost
  • Use Friendly interface and easy to learn
  • Flexible Licensing contract with flexi Up and downsize of Number of Users in between
  • Business Central comes on Monthly subscription basis, No locking period.
Customize and Extend
  • NetSuite allows customization through it’s SuiteCloud Platform. But it comes at extra cost. It’s not easy to customize
  • Sandbox instance available at extra cost
  • D365 Business Central is very easy to customize, very flexible and seamlessly integrates with Microsoft and 3rd Party applications
  • Sandbox instance, visual studio and access to Microsoft App Source available at no extra cost
  • Integration with Microsoft products not very seamless
  • It is not easy to integrate with 3rd party solutions
  • It has seamless integration with Office 365 and you can access the application through outlook
  • Power BI for analytics is embedded in Business Central
  • Easy to integrate with 3rd Party Solutions
  • Well equipped for professional services organization
  • Capabilities like advanced warehouse management, manufacturing require an additional module and that comes at extra cost.
  • Full ERP capability and very accessible for small and mid size companies
  • Very well suited for manufacturing and distribution companies. Base package offers warehouse and supply chain with option to upgrade to premium package which includes advanced inventory, manufacturing and service management.

* All Pricing is subject to change without Notice. Always consult to our Licensing Expert for Latest Licensing.


While both NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central help organizations smoothly manage their business operations, they do have differences in terms of performance, productivity and usability for users. The notable features and benefits discussed in the blog make Dynamics 365 Business Central an indispensable solution for businesses, especially small and mid-sized organizations.

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There’s never been a better time to update your systems and take advantage of all the benefits of cloud-based business applications. Learn more about the capabilities of Dynamics 365 Business Central.


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