Acumatica vs. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Acumatica
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Acumatica delivers a set of cloud-based business software applications with dashboards, reporting tools, integrated document management, centralized security, and customization tools.
$1,000
per year
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV) is one of the ERP products in the Dynamics family. The technology is based on the Navision product acquired by Microsoft in 2002. This product is the best-selling Microsoft ERP platform, and is often used by companies in the manufacturing and distribution verticals.N/A
Pricing
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPricing is always consumption-based with no five-year lock-ins or termination penalties. The Acumatica ERP pricing structure allows adding casual users, suppliers, and customers without paying for additional licenses. The cost is based on the features and resources utilized, not on the number of users who access the system. An Acumatica partner works with users to understand specific requirements, determine the proper resources and modules for the company, and presents a price for the license.
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Community Pulse
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Considered Both Products
Acumatica
Chose Acumatica
Acumatica's cloud base is a key to success. Exports to Excel make getting information easy to access.
Chose Acumatica
We also evaluated Sage Intacct. We chose Acumatica for ease of use and our VAR highly recommended it
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.5
58 Ratings
18% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
4.0
7 Ratings
56% below category average
Pay calculation7.850 Ratings2.07 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.135 Ratings2.05 Ratings
Direct deposit files7.747 Ratings2.06 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.4
164 Ratings
15% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
6.1
18 Ratings
17% below category average
API for custom integration8.5152 Ratings6.117 Ratings
Plug-ins8.4148 Ratings6.115 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.6
203 Ratings
7% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.7
22 Ratings
8% above category average
Single sign-on capability8.8164 Ratings7.518 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.4200 Ratings9.921 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.3
209 Ratings
17% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
5.3
23 Ratings
27% below category average
Dashboards8.5197 Ratings5.019 Ratings
Standard reports8.0206 Ratings6.023 Ratings
Custom reports8.4201 Ratings5.022 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.8
432 Ratings
15% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.8
23 Ratings
3% above category average
Accounts payable8.7421 Ratings7.522 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.6329 Ratings7.021 Ratings
Global Financial Support8.1115 Ratings5.510 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers8.5166 Ratings6.09 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.6315 Ratings6.512 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.5191 Ratings6.012 Ratings
Standardized Processes8.6206 Ratings6.113 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.5
262 Ratings
9% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
6.0
18 Ratings
26% below category average
Inventory tracking8.3258 Ratings6.118 Ratings
Automatic reordering7.6109 Ratings6.011 Ratings
Location management8.6141 Ratings2.014 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.8
270 Ratings
13% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
4.8
21 Ratings
46% below category average
Pricing8.2236 Ratings2.318 Ratings
Order entry8.7242 Ratings6.018 Ratings
Credit card processing8.5165 Ratings2.012 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.2226 Ratings2.016 Ratings
Order Orchestration8.0108 Ratings6.57 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.8
301 Ratings
18% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.5
13 Ratings
2% above category average
Billing Management8.6171 Ratings6.511 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management8.6278 Ratings6.512 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management7.7124 Ratings6.08 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting8.7128 Ratings6.09 Ratings
Period Close8.7182 Ratings5.512 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
9.9
4 Ratings
26% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.7
8 Ratings
13% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting9.64 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Project Costing9.93 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Cost Capture9.93 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Capital Project Management10.02 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance10.02 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition9.93 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.1
90 Ratings
18% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
6.2
5 Ratings
9% below category average
Project Planning and Scheduling8.183 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers8.480 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality8.168 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools8.044 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.2
32 Ratings
10% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.7
3 Ratings
27% above category average
Award Lifecycle Management8.632 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
7.7
170 Ratings
11% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
6.9
8 Ratings
0% above category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared8.448 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Contract Authoring8.731 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated8.1140 Ratings6.07 Ratings
Supplier Management8.173 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
49 Ratings
30% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.4
5 Ratings
14% above category average
Risk Repository8.637 Ratings5.54 Ratings
Control Management8.741 Ratings5.05 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments8.738 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Issue Detection8.740 Ratings5.55 Ratings
Remediation and Certification8.633 Ratings5.54 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
69 Ratings
26% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
5.4
4 Ratings
22% below category average
Transportation Planning and Optimization7.250 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management7.947 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management7.339 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Fulfillment Management8.255 Ratings1.04 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management7.751 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.9
77 Ratings
19% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
4.5
4 Ratings
48% below category average
Production Process Design7.963 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Production Management8.170 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Configuration Management8.365 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Work Execution8.556 Ratings2.03 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs7.967 Ratings2.04 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.3
89 Ratings
17% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
3.5
6 Ratings
67% below category average
Forecasting7.577 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Inventory Planning7.882 Ratings2.06 Ratings
Performance Monitoring7.873 Ratings2.06 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Acumatica
8.7
50 Ratings
20% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.3
3 Ratings
3% above category average
Proposal Management8.741 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Product Master Data Management8.348 Ratings2.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(479 ratings)
6.5
(23 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(26 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(19 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
6.7
(14 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.9
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AcumaticaMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Likelihood to Recommend
Acumatica
I'm so new to it. I mean it has a lot of capabilities. So I'm used to working with Infor products, so I'm used to large ERP systems and I haven't seen anything that makes me question Acumatica. It seems like I can customize anything and have the system to do what I need. So I mean that's one advantage point why we selected Acumatica is because it can be tailored to our business and to what we need and the way we want to do it
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Microsoft
It addresses well some integration and connectivity issues with other software and adapted technologies: formulation and manufacturing batching software, scanners and bar codes, inventory, financials, emailing of invoices and statement, sales and purchasing... etc. I believe it to be better suited to a medium to large company. Not as simple and seamless as we expected for migrating from another Microsoft Dynamics software product (we moved from GP to NAV). Our staff is going through a tougher time than we thought to learn some procedures. Normal growing pains?!
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Pros
Acumatica
  • Streamlines our processes and simplifies our systems. Previously, we had to manage two software systems to handle an order and get it out the door with proper shipping documentation. Now, we were able to deploy the shipping document creation inline with the sales order process and streamline our process. This allows us to save about $3K a year just on time savings alone (in creating shipping documentation). This was a nice win for us for this project.
  • Financial Reporting is simplified and flexible for our needs. We are estimating a time savings of around $14.5K per year in time spent creating reports through manual manipulation. The reporting capabilities are much more flexible and allow for greater visibility than our previous ERP.
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Microsoft
  • Automate the creation of bills of materials for production. We can now generate a BoM from a sales order.
  • Organization of all data pertaining to thousands of parts, assemblies, and finished goods. Engineering and purchasing have a common portal.
  • We can create sales orders from quotations instead of re-entering them (this did require some bolt-on software). Less redundant work with fewer entry errors.
  • Accounting can provide reports based on specific criteria stored in NAV. We can pull better and more detailed intelligence.
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Cons
Acumatica
  • Manufacturing suite. You have all the time. So for the Manufacturing edition, you're able to have negative issues that are unlimited and are not balanced into a job that needs to be improved. The mobile app itself for warehouse picking and management sets the default item to one. This is not how most warehouses that I've ever worked at operate. Bomb hierarchy and respectful of child elements. These are nitty gritty elements, but these are kind of down-and-dirty items that need to improve. But overall it's pretty good.
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Microsoft
  • The version of software that we currently use isn't compatible with Windows 7, therefore we had to install it using the virtual computer under Windows XP. This created a few additional steps that the users had to go through in order to access the software which generated more calls to our IT Helpdesk.
  • We did research how much it would cost to upgrade the software so that we could get a version compatible with Windows 7, but the cost was way too expensive for our organization. Also, when we need to make updates or changes to the software, there are very few consultants who are familiar with the software so we are limited in who we can use for consulting services. Since we are limited in choosing consultants who can make updates and changes to the software the fees are usually really expensive for their services.
  • There is a .zup file that we constantly have to delete in order for the database to work properly and update. Users get a pop-up about once a week asking if they want to replace the .zup file and if the file is not deleted then the opening page for the software will not show up correctly and the database will not have the most up to date information.
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Likelihood to Renew
Acumatica
We aren’t going to switch at this point! It’s a great system and we are looking forward to realizing the full potential of the system once we can find a VAR who has a bench that can support us.
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Microsoft
We've already decided to continue using this software. It is too expensive for us to upgrade so we made a workaround by using the virtual computer with Windows XP installed on it. We did research replacing this software, but it was a better financial decision to keep what we had instead
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Usability
Acumatica
Most "things" are intuitive which makes the software nice. A few other "things" make no sense and come from a programmers mind, not a users experience.
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Microsoft
It has simplified all processes and reduces turnaround time for month end processes. You can easily navigate through the dashboard which is very user friendly and easily guides you to different functionalities. Duplications of Invoices is avoided because NAV rejects posting of an invoice number already in the system so you increase accuracy.
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Performance
Acumatica
there have been some performance issues
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Microsoft
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Support Rating
Acumatica
We used Acumatica Support directly for the first year or so. Overall it's pretty good, but sometimes the support staff wasn't educated on the customizations we had, nor was I as the Customer as I couldn't remember which things were customized and which things were out of the box, so when there was an error, there were some misunderstandings.
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Microsoft
It provides one to efficiently be able to manage bookkeeping and inventory without much challenges. One can easily navigate through workflow processes while managing usages and budgets. Being able to produce reports in Word, Excel or PDF means one is able to have a working document to produce trends and graphs or produce pivot tables.
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Implementation Rating
Acumatica
I'd say the partner selection is critically important. I think the software is very easy to implement. It's very customizable to your business. Finding a partner that will work with you to understand your business and your needs is the critical piece to make sure that the system goes along with it.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Acumatica
Well, we decided to go with Acumatica and I believe it was a really good decision. The VAR was a big part of that as well because of their insights and knowledge, but I just felt Acumatica was the right fit for us in size and it had the capabilities we needed, but it also wasn't overkill.
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Microsoft
I have personally supported all of the Dynamic family of ERP systems and made the decision to concentrate on NAV as the solution of choice. From a support and development standpoint there are few if any packages that can compare. It is not uncommon for most of the companies that I support to only call me once or twice a month after the first year. This is due to the ease of tracking down problems and errors and the ability for a developer to provide the end-user with routines that automatically correct the most basic kind of error
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Return on Investment
Acumatica
  • Definitely positive because we're able to give data to the end users much quicker. Were they able to make more accurate and timely financial decisions and kind of know where they're at, and how much money do I have left to spend for the month? Things like that. And our CFO is able to utilize the data more quickly.
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Microsoft
  • Automation processing, including EDI functionality, has increased employee efficiency and prevented the need for adding additional employees.
  • Implementation of the warehouse functionality, including cycle counts, has resulted in better inventory control/less shrinkage.
  • Implementation of e-Ship and e-Receive, has resulted in greater efficiency and order accuracy.
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ScreenShots

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