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)


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“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!!!”


Feature MSDYN365BC On-premise MSDYN365BC Cloud (SaaS)
Environment On 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 System ALL 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 Lifecycle Limited by updates Unlimited, always updated
Functionalities Essentials and Premium Essentials and Premium
Connection\Internet FAST, 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.
Installation Classic DVD distribution and Cumulative updated Nothing, ready-to go, only access to Business Central instance
Updates No 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)

Performance You need a IT Manager or Consultant Scalable, managed by Microsoft (with Support ticket…)
Accessing Web Client, Universal App, Outlook Client, no more Windows Client Web Client, Universal App, Outlook Client
SQL Server NO more SQL Server Runtime- Only SQL Standard or best version. Not available
Database Local (Full Access) Not available
Windows Client Not available (from October 2019) Not available
Web Client Available Available
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-premise Cloud Licensing offer “Dual Right license”
Intelligent Cloud With 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.
Scalability Classic 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

Costs May 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.

Development Only Microsoft AL & VS Code

You need a developer license to develop

Only Microsoft AL & VS Code

No development license is needed to develop

APP Only Development with APP Development with APP
Debug Available in Production Environment Not available in production, only in Sandboxes
Table Objects You 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.

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