Dynamics 365 Business Central: A History of Names

From Madeira to Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft’s cloud ERP solution has gone by several names in its short three-year history.

To make matters more confusing, Dynamics 365 Business Central now includes the on-premise version (Dynamics NAV) on which the cloud product was based. Many resellers were already referring to the cloud solution as “NAV in the cloud.” Now the two share the same name and same functionality but different deployment options.

But wait, there’s more. It’s common for people to shorten the name to simply Dynamics 365. This gets confusing because Dynamics 365 encompasses an entire family of business applications:

  • Dynamics 365 Sales
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Service
  • Dynamics 365 Field Service
  • Dynamics 365 Talent
  • Dynamics 365 Retail
  • Dynamics 365 Marketing
  • Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation
  • Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central

These Apps, as Microsoft calls them, can be bought individually or mixed and matched to fit a company’s needs. This is great news for businesses looking for a custom-made business management solution but can be confusing when discussing Dynamics 365 with other users who might very well have a completely different setup of apps and capabilities.

But we digress. To help clear up a little confusion, here’s a history of name changes specific to Dynamics 365 Business Central, the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for small to mid-sized organizations:

Dynamics 365 Business Central names timeline

One last note: The Finance and Operations version still exists as a separate app. It also offers ERP functionality but is geared toward larger companies, typically with 250 or more users.

If you’re looking to replace your current accounting system with an ERP cloud solution for a small or mid-sized business, Dynamics 365 Business Central might be the version you need. Contact us to set up an appointment or attend a webinar to get an inside look at the capabilities available for your business.