Indicators to Consider When Choosing Between D365 BC and F&SCM
Now that you are aware of the truths about BC vs. F&SCM, it’s important to understand the key indicators when evaluating the two systems.
1 – Investment/Commitment Requirements (Microsoft’s 1/3 Rule)
Microsoft’s 1/3 rule is a simple way to help you assess whether your business needs a more comprehensive, but complex solution like Dynamics 365 F&SCM or a simpler solution like Dynamics 365 Business Central.
However, it is important to note that the 1/3 rule is just a guideline. The best way to choose the right ERP solution for your business is to consult with a Microsoft partner like Technology Management Concepts, who can assess your specific needs and recommend the best solution for you
- BC is 30% of the cost of F&O for Implementation
- F-SCM Implementations are a MINIMUM of $1 million dollars on average
- BC Implementations are around 30% of this $300k and can be lower depending on your company’s size and complexity
Time to Implement
- BC takes 1/3 of the TIME to implement
- BC implementations typically take 6 months to 1 year
- F-SCM implementations are typically 2+ years to implement
- Many F-SCM implementations never get fully live because they are always being “configured”
- BC implementations require 1/3 of the client’s internal resources for the implementation project compared to F-SCM
- I.E. You might need 3 internal team members to manage and be a part of the internal BC implementation team. For F&O you would need 9
2 – Functionality Requirements
- Different countries have unique financial regulations and reporting standards.
- F&SCM and BC both offer localization capabilities to comply with these requirements. However, F&SCM may have broader localization coverage, particularly in regions with complex financial regulations such as complex tax structures and a wider range of payment providers and banking systems.
Unified Instance Requirement
- F&SCM is a single-tenant solution
- This environment is for a multinational company with offices in different countries that wants to implement an ERP system that allows them to have a single instance across all locations.
- Each office can have its dedicated environment within the system, ensuring data separation and customization based on specific country requirements.
- BC is a multi-tenant solution
- This environment requires separate instances and to consolidate across those instances for each country. Each instance would have its own environment and database.
- While BC offers the ability to consolidate data and reporting across instances, it involves managing and coordinating multiple systems.
Transaction Volume Requirement
The maximum transaction volume in numbers for Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) and Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain Management (F&SCM) can vary depending on several factors, including the specific implementation, infrastructure, and performance optimization.
F&CSM is capable of managing hundreds of thousands to millions of transactions per day, ensuring efficient processing and management of extensive financial, supply chain, and manufacturing operations.
BC is known to handle thousands to tens of thousands of transactions per day. The exact maximum transaction volume will depend on factors such as the hardware infrastructure, database design, and data management practices implemented by the organization.
Typically anything over 500 users should consider F&SCM.
BC can handle large user requirements, however if you have any of the requirements above and a large user count you will be a good fit for F&SCM.
Specialized Functionalities Requirements
If your company requires specialized functionality and comprehensive solutions tailored to the needs of Process Manufacturing, Transportation Management, Intercompany Stock Transfers, Quality Management, then F&SCM is the best option for you as it highlights these specific operational areas.
Our Recommendations – Good Practices for a Smooth Migration Assessment
TMC’s best recommendation for any client is to explore their options. It is in your best interest to ask us or your partner, “Is BC or F&SCM a better fit for my company?” and delve into a thorough assessment and discovery process that includes:
Getting demos: Request demonstrations of both Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain Management to see their functionalities in action and evaluate how they align with your business requirements.
Defining your scope of requirements – FULLY: Conduct a comprehensive Business Process Review (BPR) to thoroughly analyze and understand your company’s needs. This process should involve a detailed examination of your workflows, pain points, and specific requirements. Consider engaging a partner like TMC to assist with the BPR or hire an independent firm for this purpose.
Getting proposals: Obtain proposals from vendors or implementation partners outlining the recommended solution, cost estimates, and implementation timelines. Review and compare these proposals to make an informed decision.
Doing your research: Conduct thorough research on both BC and F&SCM, including studying their features, capabilities, scalability, and customer reviews. Consider factors such as integration possibilities, industry-specific functionalities, and future growth potential.
Just don’t take someone’s “word”: Don’t solely rely on opinions or recommendations without conducting your own due diligence. Make an independent judgment based on your particular business needs by evaluating the information offered, checking the claims, and using your discernment.
Use the guidelines we’ve provided as a starting point to empower yourself in making the decision that is best for your company. With careful examination of your options, you’ll be able to select the best ERP solution that aligns with your organization’s needs and goals.
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