9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and what are the reasons to consider it?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management ERP and accounting solution for small and medium sized businesses. Previously known as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Business Central enables users to manage all core functions of the business, brought to you by Microsoft, the world leading and most trusted software company. Carry on reading to discover 9 reasons why you should consider Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central as your next ERP and Accounting solution.

#1. Connect all Functions and Operations with Integrated Data and Insights

Business Central connects all operations and provides integration across all business functions. Business Central is used for Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Human Resources, Finance and Manufacturing, but with add-on applications you can get even more functionality dependant on your organisational needs. Using one system enables the effortless flow of data between functions, and gives quick, accurate insights.

#2 Financial Management and Insight Capabilities

Business Central includes a highly sophisticated accounting and Financial management system. It gives users a real insight into cash flow and offers deep analytical capabilities, customer insights and accurate reporting. Furthermore, it includes helpful automations, so you don’t have to repeat manual processes, increasing both efficiency and accuracy.

#3 Adaptations and Integrations

Add-On apps and integrations enhance the functionality and experience of Microsoft Dynamics Solutions. With add-on applications you can tailor the Business Central platform to suit your organisational needs and automate many processes. From credit control, delivery courier integration to graphical resource planning and scheduling and HR solutions, there is a wide catalogue of apps available, developed by Azzure IT and our approved partners. The apps integrate perfectly with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (and Dynamics NAV) to give users an enhanced and tailored experience of the ERP system.

#4 Hosting Flexibility

Business Central comes with the flexibility to be deployed both on-premises or in the cloud, meaning that there is a solution to meet all budgets and requirements. This makes it the perfect solution for organisations who do not want to have anything on-site, but still want a customisable solution. Deciding how you should host your ERP system depends on a variety of factors, but it mainly boils down to budget, business capabilities and business needs. For example, if an organisation does not have the infrastructure or budget to maintain a private cloud or on-premises hardware, Business Central can be deployed using Microsoft’s public cloud (Azure), which significantly reduces maintenance and upkeep costs without compromising on security. However, organisations that deal with extra sensitive information such as governments and those in the banking industry often opt for an extra layer of protection through an on-premises deployment, or with a private cloud. This deployment costs more through set-up and maintenance, but it means they have an extra level of control, security, and flexibility with their system.

#5 Analytics and Intuition

Microsoft Dynamics makes excellent use of business analysis and artificial intelligence through Microsoft’s Power BI, allowing users to visualise and analyse business data like never before. Users can quickly and effortlessly create dashboards and reports with instantly accessible data, allowing them to make quick and accurate decisions and gain a full insight into company data. You can read more about Power BI, its capabilities and benefits here.

#6 Business Central Grows with Your Business

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is designed to scale perfectly around your business. The model allows organisations to only pay for the functions and licenses that are needed, making it both cost effective and effortless to scale up (or down) when necessary.

#7 User Friendly System

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central features a user friendly and familiar interface, which can be effortlessly used by anyone within the business. With personalised dashboards, users can see relevant data and insights, and

#8 Cost Efficient ERP System

Business Central is cost effective without compromise on quality. The SaaS (subscription) model means that businesses get greater flexibility in terms of licensing and only pay for the licenses they need. Furthermore, because Business Central (and the add-on apps and integrations) manages all core functions, it eliminates the need for many other systems, such as financial and accounting management systems.

#9 Security

Data protection and cyber security is an ongoing battle. We hear too frequently in the news that another organisations data has been compromised, and it can only be expected to worsen as companies rely more often on cloud-based systems and software. However, the cloud-hosted version of Microsoft Dynamics 356 Business Central uses Azure AD as an authentication method, which is automatically configured and managed, meaning that you can rest assured the security is all taken care of and up-to-date.

About Azzure IT

We are the UKs leading Microsoft Gold Partner. At Azzure IT we have been implementing Microsoft Dynamics for 10 years, and we have over 20 years’ experience in delivering other ERP and CRM systems prior to that, so we know how to get the most from ERP technology and we understand the common frustrations with alternative ERP systems on the market. We work with businesses to fully understand their needs and requirements when implementing Microsoft Dynamics and ensure users are getting the most from the system throughout the journey with free training courses, extensive support and world-class customer service.

For a free demonstration of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, or to discuss your requirements in further detail with one of our experienced consultants, get in touch today.

Why now is a perfect time to look at ERP systems

Why are ERP systems so important? 

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems enable businesses to manage day-to-day activities and operations. ERP can be used to manage functions such as business analytics and intelligence, sales and marketing (CRM), HR, finance and accounting, supply chain and inventory. ERP provides you with a real-time visibility into business operations. The ERP system you choose can have a huge impact on the day-to-day running of the business, and can affect business processes, productivity and efficiency. Investing in a complete and integrated ERP system, like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Microsoft NAV), ties together a multitude of business activities and processes and enables the effortless flow of data between them. 

The impact of Covid-19 

The dreaded C-word has taken it’s toll on the UK economy, and unfortunately, many businesses have been hard hit. A remote or decreased workforce, and a reduction in sales and spending is to answer for negative implications on many companies’ bottom lines. With that being said, it’s more important than ever to have an integrated ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Alongside simplifying processes, the ERP gives users a clear picture of business operations and positions, and also enables the workforce to stay connected remotely via apps such as Microsoft Teams. A business can never be too efficient and choosing the right ERP system will increase business efficiency, which in turn saves time and money, helping offset some of the negative implications of Covid-19. Take control of your business operations with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. 

Time is on your side 

Is your organisation one of the many currently running at a reduced capacity? If so, now could be the perfect time to upgrade your ERP system. The breathing space presents you with the perfect opportunity to look at the issues with your current system and migrate to a new one. With Microsoft Dynamics you can discover how to run tighter and leaner operations and come out at the other end of Covid-19 stronger than ever. We specialise in delivering both remote and on-site projects, and our in-house consultants work with you to decide the solution best suited to your business needs and take all the hassle out of switching systems. Furthermore, we offer our customers a variety of training courses and materials so you can learn how to get the most from the ERP system.  

Why Choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for your next ERP system? 

Familiarity & Ease of Use 

We all know how simple and user-friendly the Microsoft suite is, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 is no exception. The system is user friendly and easy to navigate while boasting powerful reporting features and flexibility, powerful reporting features and flexibility, brought to you by a brand you can trust. What’s more Microsoft Office is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central so most of the day to day tasks like raising invoices or generating sales quotes can be done directly from the familiar tools in office like Outlook.  

Customisation & Flexibility 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central can be fully tailored to meet your company needs, which means you only pay for the necessary features, and you still get the best use out of the system. There is also a wide range of add-on apps designed to enhance the ERP, enabling you to manage all functions of the business, such as marketing, accounting, credit control and expenses, hire management and eCommerce connector to name a few. You can choose between either an on-premises or cloud-based ERP system, and we can help you decide which solution is best for your business dependant on your needs. You can find out more about the benefits of both on-premise and cloud-based hosting here.

Integration & Functionality 

The all-in-one system features everything a small to medium-sized organisation needs to manage their back-end business processes and is designed to be moulded for each and every industry. Perfect for manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, supply chain, engineering, non-profit/charity and professional services. The ERP collaborates with all Microsoft applications such as Office 365 and Power BI for complete ease of use, along with a wide range of add-on apps for a completely seamless solution. 


Microsoft are innovative, and they frequently improve and add new functionality with their updates, meaning you can continue to use the latest system. At Azzure IT, alongside customer support we offer our customers training days, where you can choose courses relevant to your needs and learn how to get the most from the ERP system. View all our training courses here.

Find out whether Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 365 is right for your business with a free, no obligation consultation and demo. Register here to schedule a call with one of our in-house consultants.  

Azzure delivers Perfect Package for Pitreavie

Azzure IT are delighted to announce that we are working with Pitreavie Group to develop and deliver a custom-built Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution.

Pitreavie Group has evolved to become the largest independent packaging solutions and industrial supplies company in Scotland, and have experienced sustained growth due to the forged strong relationships with global packaging suppliers and manufacturers. Due to this period of rapid growth, they found that their current system could no longer meet their demands, and chose to enter the market for a more suitable solution.

Pitreavie approached Azzure IT about delivering a Microsoft Dynamics solution late in their selection process and as a result of our adaptability and agility, we were able to demonstrate a system that would meet all their business requirements, in a very timely manner.

Stephen Heslop, Group Managing Director, said: “We chose to work with Azzure IT after being impressed with the team’s level of knowledge and expertise with Microsoft Dynamics.

“After discussing our requirements with the Azzure team, we added on some other capabilities including Shop Floor Data Capture, Quality Management Software and Delivery Carrier Integration, to ensure that our team had all aspects and capabilities to-hand should we require them.”

Azzure IT are delighted to be working with Scotland’s largest packaging solutions company, and we can’t wait to help them continue on their path to sustained growth.

Pitreavie Groups Managing Director Stephen Heslop with Azzure-IT’s consultant Shiraz Valimulla.

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