MSDYN365BC On-premise VS Cloud (SaaS) Battle Cards

MSDYN365BC On-premise VS Cloud (SaaS) Battle Cards

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (MSDYN365BC) is a business management solution for small and medium-sized organizations

Today Business Central is available in two versions:

– On-Premise

– Cloud (SaaS)


About “Team Member» License

“BATTLE CARDS” – MSDYN365BC October 2019 Release2 (On-premise, Cloud SaaS)

MSDYN365BC 2019 Release 2 will be released in October (1°) with a series of new Interesting features, I will post about them after the Product’s launch (First week of October).

For now I have created this simple battle card between the two versions, On-premise and Cloud SaaS (we accept suggestions in the comments), already saying that the future is the Cloud SaaS… and so…    “Move to SaaS!!!”


FeatureMSDYN365BC On-premiseMSDYN365BC Cloud (SaaS)
EnvironmentOn Local, on Hosting (Azure) etc., ALL system is under control.

You need Hardware or Hosting.

NO Hardware. Cloud (SaaS) is on Microsoft Public Cloud.

The environment is managed by Microsoft, you can only access a management console (Admin Console) to create copies and backups of the environment (development and production sandbox).

File SystemALL control, you are local.No File System, I do not have (to date) access to the system, I only have the request of Business Central.
Product LifecycleLimited by updatesUnlimited, always updated
FunctionalitiesEssentials and PremiumEssentials and Premium
Connection\InternetFAST, run on local, persistent connection, no interne dependant.Internet dependant: If there is no connection or slow, you can’t work, a minimum of bandwidth is necessary.
InstallationClassic DVD distribution and Cumulative updatedNothing, ready-to go, only access to Business Central instance
UpdatesNo Automatic Update, installable manually or scheduled by custom procedure. Cumulative updates released and published.

(a couple a month + a couple big a year)

Automatic updates allow you to have a constantly updated Cloud product.

(a couple a month + a couple big a year)

PerformanceYou need a IT Manager or ConsultantScalable, managed by Microsoft (with Support ticket…)
AccessingWeb Client, Universal App, Outlook Client, no more Windows ClientWeb Client, Universal App, Outlook Client
SQL ServerNO more SQL Server Runtime- Only SQL Standard or best version.Not available
DatabaseLocal (Full Access)Not available
Windows ClientNot available (from October 2019)Not available
Web ClientAvailableAvailable
Licensing Nominal (named users)Nominal (named users)
Dual Use Right (SaaS an On-Premise)The use can acquire Cloud can download a license for On-premiseCloud Licensing offer “Dual Right license”
Intelligent CloudWith relative licenses it is possible to connect to the cloud via Business Central, you can view the same information from in Cloud and on local.
ScalabilityClassic local environment, buy other server and resources or expand your system.Business Central is hosted by Microsoft, on Azure in Public Cloud (Single-SignOn with Active Directory)

Multi-tenant database, architecture based only on events and extensions (APP) – No system engineer is needed

CostsMay be more expensive than Cloud.

Virus, Backup etc.

System engineer is needed.

May be convenient (scalability) and utilization plan.

Only at a monthly fee, cost scenarios can be made.

No Virus, no system hacks, backup, accessible from anywhere with web client, nothing is installed, system always on.

Connectors for (Flow, Power BI, Dyn354, Power Apps)Connectors, you will configure Proxy, Endpoints etc. to connect to other apps and Web Services.

You need activate SSL for secure connection.

Secure by Design (SSL native).

A lot of Connectors ready-to go for Cloud.

Only one-username\password to connect everything.

Web Services ready to go after publishing.

DevelopmentOnly Microsoft AL & VS Code

You need a developer license to develop

Only Microsoft AL & VS Code

No development license is needed to develop

APP OnlyDevelopment with APPDevelopment with APP
DebugAvailable in Production EnvironmentNot available in production, only in Sandboxes
Table ObjectsYou can’t delete data from some tables
**OTHERS? **

From comments?

My old post (2018) – “Why organizations will choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central”

4 thoughts on “MSDYN365BC On-premise VS Cloud (SaaS) Battle Cards

  • 25 January 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Hi Roberto,

    Great post, I would add in the battle card table the size of the database.

    Online documentation says that the limit is 80GB for the SaaS version


    but at the NAV TechDays 2019 during a session from Microsoft Employees, they communicated 150GB.

    These limits will grow in the future but we have to consider when we offer a solution to a Customer.

    Sergio Castelluccio

    • 27 January 2020 at 12:34 PM

      thanks for the info, 150GB for SaaS sounds great!

  • 30 April 2020 at 12:40 PM

    1) Developing in CAL is cheaper than crating Extensions
    2) Extensions let developers hide the source code, which means support and further development will be difficult in this case.
    3) Automated or windows for ERP upgrades is not what the responsible IT Manage wants. He want to be in control and he wants to test and release in the pace he decides.
    4) Miltiple Extensions will not work across the extensions. They will not interact and can create poor processes

    BC 365 SaaS is not for professional organizations.

    • 1 May 2020 at 8:36 AM

      3) Automated or windows for ERP upgrades is not what the responsible IT Manage wants. He want to be in control and he wants to test and release in the pace he decides.

      I respect everyone’s opinions, in fact I publish all the comments (even if they might bother Microsoft).

      On point 3 (automatic updates) I absolutely don’t agree,
      it is possible to decide when to activate the updates and if NOT to activate them, today everyone is asking for updated systems and they no longer want to have the system administrator \ ERP manager in the company who is there to install the patches \ updates.
      See the post on the third mechanization.

      Business Central is for small \ medium enterprises, for large enterprises Microsoft proposes AX.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.