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Microsoft’s Announcement of a Dynamics 365 Business Central Shopify Integration Is a Game Changer for Ecommerce SMBs

For many small and medium sized ecommerce businesses looking to expand and evolve their business processes, moving from accounting systems such as QuickBooks or Xero can be a difficult decision due to the availability of online platform integrations. For these types of businesses, it’s critical that their finance and accounting system connect to their online sales platform in an efficient, accurate, and scalable way. While there is no question that Dynamics 365 Business Central is a robust ERP solution that offers a wide variety of capabilities to simplify financial accounting processes for SMBs, it’s lack of ecommerce offerings and integrations with popular platforms has been notable. This has been one of the biggest potential barriers for ecommerce businesses considering making the switch Dynamics 365, but all of that is about to change with a recent announcement from Microsoft.

Ecommerce giant Shopify and Dynamics 365 Business Central are teaming up to offer a seamless, fully integrated connection between both applications through the Shopify Global ERP Program.

This new connection is slated to be part of the Wave 1 2022 (Version 20) release of Business Central and will include a host of new features implemented between April and September 2022. While we haven’t got our hands on the preview version of these upgrades just yet, we wanted to share a bit of information on the expanding integration capabilities of Business Central.

According to the announcement, this integration will include support for multi-tier pricing structures, multiple currencies, multiple companies, multiple entities, and a variety of Shopify store scenarios. Orders, Stock and Customer Information will also be shared to ensure accuracy between both systems. With this integration businesses will be able to ensure further accuracy, timeliness, and process efficiencies leading to more growth and less accounting and operational headaches.

This is a major change for those considering the switch to Business Central. More than 10,000 merchants are currently using Shopify Plus to manager their online shopping experience. Previously, SMBs on the platform would have needed to work with independent software vendors to develop this type of integration, potentially adding large costs, considerable time, and delaying important business processes. Now, this easy-to-use connection will be readily available to Business Central users allowing them to adapt faster, work smarter, and perform better.

With online shopping platforms experiencing a major boost during the COVID-19 pandemic, this announcement shows Microsoft’s continuing commitment to meeting the needs of businesses in evolving markets and expand the platforms ecosystem. With every new update, Business Central continues to expand its slate of features and capabilities, making it the smartest ERP choice for growing SMBs.

Is your business interested in making the switch to Dynamics 365 Business Central? Get in touch to request a demo or use our bundled pricing calculator to build your own solution and get a quote today.

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