Microsoft Dynamics 365, Business Edition or Enterprise Edition? (Video)


Hi, I’m Aran Cameron, Vice President of Sales at Encore Business Solutions. Keeping up with Microsoft branding and naming of their products can be a difficult task. One of the most common questions I get is, “Which Dynamics product is right for me,” and further to that, “Which Dynamics 365 Edition is right for me? Business Edition or Enterprise Edition?” Well, there’s no clear answer to that question. There are some fundamentals that you can apply to guide you to choosing the right product. I break these fundamentals down into two specific categories: the size of your organization, and the functionality that your organization requires. Business Edition and Enterprise Edition are targeted at two very different sizes of organization. Business Edition is targeted at businesses with 10 to 250 employees. Enterprise Edition is targeted at organizations with over 250 employees. Further to that, there are requirements for each licensing. Today, Business Edition has a 300-seat maximum license while Enterprise Edition has a minimum 20-seat license. Each addition has pricing that is suitable to the size of organization that it is trying to target.

Enterprise Edition users are, in general, about two to four times as expensive as Business Edition licenses are. Where applicable, the cost to implement under Enterprise Edition versus Business Edition is roughly follows that same two to four times metric. Next section is functionality required. There are differences in the functionality available in each edition. Both editions do have functionality that covers traditional ERP modules like accounting and operations, as well as tradition CRM modules like sales and marketing. Enterprise Edition has a number of additional pieces of functionality that cover project service automation, field service automation, retail, and talent functionality that Business Edition does not have. For further assistance in navigating which Dynamics 365 Edition is right for you, please contact Encore.

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