FreeAgent vs. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeAgent
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
FreeAgent is an cloud-based accounting system designed for small businesses and freelancers. FreeAgent supports many core accounting features and bank reconciliation, payroll, tax management, project level accounting, and multiple currency support. It is mobile-accessible, and integrates with many apps.N/A
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Score 7.9 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
FreeAgentMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeAgentMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
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Features
FreeAgentMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.6
13 Ratings
14% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.6
6 Ratings
5% above category average
Pay calculation8.012 Ratings7.86 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.56 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.92 Ratings9.35 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
5.5
11 Ratings
25% below category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.0
16 Ratings
10% above category average
API for custom integration4.59 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Plug-ins6.410 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.5
14 Ratings
8% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.0
20 Ratings
10% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.013 Ratings9.016 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.013 Ratings9.020 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.8
20 Ratings
3% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
5.1
21 Ratings
31% below category average
Dashboards10.018 Ratings5.117 Ratings
Standard reports9.018 Ratings5.121 Ratings
Custom reports4.410 Ratings5.120 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
9.3
22 Ratings
23% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.8
21 Ratings
15% above category average
Accounts payable10.017 Ratings9.020 Ratings
Accounts receivable10.019 Ratings8.419 Ratings
Cash management10.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Bank reconciliation10.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Time tracking10.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Fixed asset management8.611 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support9.17 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-division support9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance8.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic tax filing9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal9.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.01 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings9.011 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.4
4 Ratings
5% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.7
16 Ratings
10% above category average
Inventory tracking7.72 Ratings9.016 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.21 Ratings6.79 Ratings
Location management4.51 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Manufacturing module9.11 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.1
13 Ratings
9% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.9
19 Ratings
2% above category average
Pricing8.19 Ratings7.117 Ratings
Order entry6.82 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Credit card processing8.25 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.13 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.4
11 Ratings
12% above category average
Billing Management00 Ratings8.39 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings7.86 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings8.37 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.7
8 Ratings
13% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Capital Project Management00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance00 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.7
4 Ratings
12% above category average
Project Planning and Scheduling00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.7
3 Ratings
26% above category average
Award Lifecycle Management00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
8.0
6 Ratings
14% above category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Contract Authoring00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.6
3 Ratings
39% above category average
Risk Repository00 Ratings9.32 Ratings
Control Management00 Ratings9.43 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments00 Ratings9.32 Ratings
Issue Detection00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Remediation and Certification00 Ratings9.72 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.7
3 Ratings
12% above category average
Transportation Planning and Optimization00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Fulfillment Management00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
7.1
3 Ratings
6% below category average
Production Process Design00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Production Management00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
Configuration Management00 Ratings1.32 Ratings
Work Execution00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs00 Ratings8.63 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.5
5 Ratings
26% above category average
Forecasting00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Inventory Planning00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Performance Monitoring00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
9.3
2 Ratings
24% above category average
Proposal Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Product Master Data Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
FreeAgentMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(22 ratings)
8.0
(21 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(4 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
8.9
(5 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeAgentMicrosoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Likelihood to Recommend
FreeAgent
FreeAgent is really suited to the financial management of a small business. Especially an owner managed business as it provides all the tools to keep on top of finances. It can reduce the need for a bookkeeper as it is easy to add expenses and reconcile them with the linked bank accounts. The integrated payroll would also reduce the need for third-party management of such processes. Would still recommend the use of an accountant to advise on more complex financial requirements.
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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
FreeAgent
  • Accounting! As you'd expect. Makes it much simpler andmore cost effective. In-coming and out-goings are recorded and assigned to projects and accounts. My accountant can access my books and reconcile so much more easily than trawling through spreadsheets.
  • Time billing - time spent on projects/client work is recorded and is ready to be invoiced as required. Saves so much time and prevents inaccuracies.
  • Invoicing - again, it should do this well and it does. Non payment reminders are automatic and clients have no excuses for not knowing the status of their account.
  • Account dashboard - gives me an instant overview of the health of the business (am I on track to meet my yearly targets) and my accounts.
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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
FreeAgent
  • Reporting on financials, time tracking and project status is a little poor. It's adequate for what what we need, but would be great to see more advanced features.
  • API is quite closed so cannot integrate with our other project management tools.
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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
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
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
FreeAgent
I spent nearly two decades in IT and am happy to say that FreeAgent's user interface is one of the best interfaces I have ever used.
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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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Reliability and Availability
FreeAgent
Based in a cloud and never had any issues with down time. I can access from any device
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Microsoft
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Support Rating
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
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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Alternatives Considered
FreeAgent
I used Fresh Books for about three years prior to switching to FreeAgent. It was the accounting functionality that made the difference - in the past two years I've not regretted the switch. Fresh Books is good, but its the UK accounting features that make FreeAgent indispensable to my business.
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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
FreeAgent
  • Professional and uniform offering providing great confident customer service. My clients love it, whether they use it a little or a lot. It's a great piece of software - while sophisticated, it's straightforward to use.
  • Time saving and efficient use of my team's time. Being able to easily share and compare work / tasks.
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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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