As CBR Technology Corporation is a certified and authorized Partner for both the Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise and the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution, we are often asked what exactly the differences between the solutions are. This article is meant to shed some light on this comparison. The system functionalities are often difficult to evaluate as to the importance of the Client. This document is not meant to portray a specific benefit from one solution to the other, but rather to highlight the factual features differences. Their importance of each feature is strictly a function of the system requirements of your organization.

Intuit QuickBooks is CLEARLY the most prolific accounting software in the United States of America and is used by many small and mid-size organizations alike. In addition, Intuit has developed an impressive Network of Professionals through the ProAdvisor and Premier Reseller Network. You are hard-pressed to find an Accountant or CPA which is NOT familiar with this solution. In addition, hiring temporary help is typically easier as there is no shortage of Applicants that have used QuickBooks in their past. Most reviews published about Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise identify an extremely ease-to-use accounting system. Most novice users can be trained in a minimal amount of time to transact in this system.

Although General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions are important, we have found that the truly mission-critical features can be found in the other modules of the Solutions discussed. Especially firms that operate in the distribution-wholesale, manufacturing, and service management industries will experience significantly different functionality.

What are the specific Software features differences between QuickBooks Enterprise Platinum and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Inventory Features QuickBooks Business Central
Inventory Valuation Methods Average, FIFO LIFO, FIFO, Avg, Standard, Specific
Product Matrix or Product Version Tracking No Yes
Support for Lot Numbers and/or Serial Numbers Either LOT or SN, not Both Any item can be none, Lot No or Serial
Auto Assign new Lot Numbers or new Serial Numbers during Production or Assembly No Yes
Support for LOT Expiration Dates No Yes
Ability to track Manufacturing or Warranty Dates for specific Lot Numbers or Serial Numbers No Yes
Ability to track Item Landed Cost Yes, Fixed & Percentage (added in 2020) Fixed, Percentage, Actuals
Support for multiple Bar Codes for different UofM of the same Item (ie. single Unit versus case pack) No Yes
Ability to prevent Negative Inventory for specific Item No Yes
Ability to set Stockout Warning for Specific item No Yes
Ability to set Lead Time per Item No Yes
Ability to set Item Replenishment Method per Item Purchase, Assembly Purchase, Assembly, Production Order
Ability to Interface IV with native Manufacturing Module No Yes
Ability to interface with native Warehouse Management No Yes
Support for Cycle Count per Item No Yes
Ability to track multiple Customer Item No (Cross Reference) No Yes
Ability to track multiple Vendor Item No (Cross Reference) No Yes
Ability to track Substitute Items No Yes
Ability to track extended descriptions which are date triggered No Yes
Support for non-English Item Description (multiple Languages) No Yes
Support for pricing which is based on Qty Breaks and Dates No Yes

In addition to the inventory management module, the Customer and Sales Order Entry features tend to interest Distribution/Wholesale companies greatly. Some of the differences in this area of the solutions include:

Customer and AR Features QuickBooks Business Central
Ability to Block Shipments, Invoices or All Trx per Customer No Yes
Ability to assign Customer to an internal Team No Yes
Ability to handle transactions in multiple currencies for the same Customer No Yes
Ability to handle customer prepayments with GAAP compliance No Yes
Ability to track Customer Banking info for EFT No Yes
Track non-US Calendar for SO Commitments No Yes
Ability to track Blanket Orders (Large customer commitments against individual sales orders) No Yes
Ability to interface with native Service Management Module No Yes
Default Shipping Times for Promised Ship Dates No Yes
Ability to assign default documents to specific Customer No Yes
Ability to track UPS Zone per Ship-to Address No Yes
Ability to default Warehouse per Ship-to Address No Yes
Ability to default Shipping Method per Ship-to Address No Yes

Vendor and Purchase Order Entry features tend to interest Distribution/Wholesale companies greatly. Some of the differences in this area of the solutions include:

Vendor and AP Features QuickBooks Business Central
Support for Vendor Purchase Quotations (RFQ Process) and the ability to turn Quote into Order No Yes
Ability to assign a Vendor to an internal Team for processing No Yes
Ability to handle transactions in multiple currencies for the same Vendor (FASB-52 Compliance) No Yes
Ability to handle Vendor prepayments with GAAP compliance (mandatory for Importers) No Yes
Ability to track Vendor Banking info for EFT Payment processing No Yes
Ability to maintain Vendor-specific Purchase Order formats No Yes
Ability to track Purchase Blanket Orders (Large vendor commitments against individual purchase orders) No Yes
Ability to process Vendor Purchase Return Transactions (reverse PO) No Yes
Ability to auto-create Purchase Orders based on inventory levels and replenishment methods including maximum inventory No Yes
Ability to assign default documents to specific Customer No Yes
Ability to approve Purchase Orders using workflow process based on PO Amount in Office 365 or via e-mail No Yes
Ability to approve the creation of a new Vendor with a workflow process (On-Boarding) No Yes
Ability to default Shipping Method per Ship-to Address No Yes

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is offered in two versions. Essentials and Premium. The Premium Edition will also include a native Service Management, Manufacturing (MRP) and Warehouse Management (WMS) module. QuickBooks Enterprise 2020 does not offer any of these features natively.

In addition to module-specific features, some of our Clients are also interested in system-wide feature and the system architecture.

System Features QuickBooks Business Central
Database Management Proprietary 16-Bit Database, 100,000 record limitation, Datafile Size should be no more than 1GB, no more than 30 Users Microsoft SQL Server (64-Bit), Highly Scalable, no practical data limits, No number of user limit
Support for native Web Client No Yes
Support for native iOS Client No Yes
Subscription vs License Subscription Only OnPrem License and Subscription
Workflow Management with Electronic Authorization No Yes
Support for Windows Authentication No Yes
Ability to modify native Pages/Windows No Yes
Ability to modify Navigation Menu No Yes
User Security to include Table Filters No Yes
Ability to limit Date Entry to Range of transaction entry (lower and upper date range, not just lower) No Yes
Total Number of Maximum Users 30 No practical Limit
Native Support for Odata, SOAP Web Services No Yes
Native User-Interface Language Support English English, French, Spanish, +-

There are additional feature differences that are beyond the scope of this article. For additional information, please feel free to contact us directly at Tel. (855) 227-0700 or via e-mail at Sales@CBRTechnology.com

Posted by:CBR Technology Corp.

Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics NAV, and QuickBooks Enterprise certified Solution Provider specializing in the deployment and implementation of these ERP, CRM and eCommerce solutions for the distribution/wholesale and manufacturing industries.

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