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Today’s business world is boundless. Organisations all over the world work hard to grow their businesses – both nationally and internationally. This is all facilitated by the power of the internet and the possibilities of e-commerce. But of course, your expansion has consequences for the business software you use. Most companies prefer to use the same ERP solution across all organizational units to avoid information islands, multiple versions of the truth and confused employees and customers. But at the same time they feel the pressure to stay compliant with local rules and legislation. Microsoft is determined to facilitate this great and widely expressed wish. The company aspires to make Dynamics 365 Business Central globally available.

We see this situation quit regularly. Organizations select a local vendor to implement an ERP solution in their home country. But then run into problems on their first steps abroad. Many companies have had to learn this important lesson the hard way.

Microsoft decided to make this process much easier for her customers and implementation partners. At the recent Directions EMEA event in Milan, the company announced the spectacular increase in the number of localized versions for Business Central from 49 to 69.

That’s a 40 percent growth compared to a year ago! And already 50 percent more than the current number of localized versions of Dynamics NAV.

For a good understanding, localized or country specific versions mean:

  • Making Business Central available in the local language, the local currency and the local laws and regulations – all on an ongoing basis
  • The availability of local implementation partners in all these countries who know the localized version inside-out, speak the local language and understand the local culture
  • Access to a local helpdesk that delivers support in the local language and the local time-zone


As you can imagine, these are all aspects that will improve the quality of your implementation and international roll-outs.

But is doesn’t stop here. Mike Morten, Microsoft’s general manager for Dynamics 365 Business Central shared with his partners that Microsoft has the ambition “to make Business Central available worldwide.”

If you’re not a Microsoft Dynamics user today, it’s an interesting question how many country specific versions your current ERP vendor supports? And if that facilitates the growth that you foresee for your own company in the near future?

In summary: when you are about to select a new ERP/CRM solution, it’s smart to always check if your potential vendor has an international offering. And in how many different countries that are relevant for you this solution is actively supported.