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Abas ERP

5 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

Microsoft Dynamics SL

49 Ratings
Score 6.9 out of 101

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Abas ERP

ABAS by far offers the most bang for the buck. We are able to handle all of our business functions through ABAS and also have additional features like Business Apps, Business Intelligence, Vendor and Customer portals, as well as many other features that many other ERP packages didn't have. It has allowed us to consolidate our software packages and also provide visibility since everything is now connected.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL

In the service series, there is a weakness in applying revenue recognition concepts which are a strong point of the project series. It is difficult to get a period sensitive WIP that could be recreated at any time for a point in time (fiscal period).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Customization

Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.3
API for custom integration
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.6

Security

Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Single sign-on capability
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Role-based user permissions
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0

Reporting & Analytics

Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Dashboards
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Standard reports
Abas ERP
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Custom reports
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.6
Accounts payable
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Accounts receivable
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Global Financial Support
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Intercompany Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Localizations
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Enterprise Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Standardized Processes
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Inventory Management

Abas ERP
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Abas ERP
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Automatic reordering
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Location management
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

Abas ERP
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Pricing
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Order entry
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Cost of goods sold
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Order Orchestration
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
End-to-end order visibility
Abas ERP
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Credit card processing
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Order exception Resolution
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Abas ERP
7.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Automated Invoice Processing
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Shared Services Payments
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Revenue Recognition
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Cash Management
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Travel & Expense Management
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Period Close
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Transactions Tax
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Customer Collections
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Asset Management
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Project Financial Management

Abas ERP
7.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.7
Budgeting and Forecasting
Abas ERP
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Project Costing
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Cost Capture
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Invoicing
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Project Financials Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Real-time Financial Reporting
Abas ERP
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Embedded Business Intelligence
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Project Planning Collaboration
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Project Execution Management

Abas ERP
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Project Planning and Scheduling
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Project Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Resource Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Real-Time Project Reporting
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Procurement

Abas ERP
6.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Abas ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Sourcing Analysis
Abas ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Contract Authoring
Abas ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Electronic Signatures
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Assessment
Abas ERP
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Abas ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Management
Abas ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Portal
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Manufacturing

Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Process Design
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Production Management
Abas ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Abas ERP
3.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Work Execution
Abas ERP
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Manufacturing Costs
Abas ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Supply Chain

Abas ERP
5.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Inventory Planning
Abas ERP
6.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Performance Monitoring
Abas ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Payroll Management

Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
Pay calculation
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.6
Direct deposit files
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.0
Reimbursement management
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Grants Management

Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
Award Lifecycle Management
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Spending Control
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billing
Abas ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Pros

  • Flexibility. ABAS is fully customizable. This allows us to create a work environment that is as custom as we are. Some ERP software packages force you to adopt their methods. With ABAS we can build the system the way we want it to work.
  • Adaptable. ABAS has the ability to work with other software packages and provide a seamless connection. We use Solid Works for our engineering designs. ABAS is connected to Solid Works and this eliminates transfer errors while reducing the time it takes for engineers to load bills of material.
  • Service. ABAS has well-trained service technicians. The time it takes to get a response is minimal and the network of knowledge their support group has, helps to streamline any tasks we may present or questions we may have.
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  • Controls - Administrators can set very specific user roles and allow access to only the modules and screens that an employee needs. As far as accounting controls, the system does not allow you do delete items, manually adjust sub-ledgers, or other things that might raise red flags to auditors.
  • Multi-Currency - We use three different currencies, and Dynamics allows us to easily create journal entries, raise sales invoices, and receive payments in any of those currencies. The system automatically converts other currencies to the home currency for reporting purposes based on Fx rates that you enter each month. Any payments received in other currencies are applied to the invoice and then any gain or loss on the exchange is automatically booked to the Realized Gain/Loss account.
  • Subaccounts - Subaccounts/Classes/Dimensions are easy to set up for each GL account. You can control the combinations of subaccounts and accounts that are used to prevent users from accidentally keying invalid combinations. You can run reports on subaccounts to see all revenue or expenses for a specific subaccount.
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Cons

  • ABAS is headquartered in Germany with a US based headquarters in Virginia. Some of the programming structures were based on European methods that differed somewhat from the way business is done in the US. ABAS-USA has worked to modify the system so that it is in tune with US business practices and has made great strides in this effort. For the average user, the structures may go unnoticed, but for the more advanced user, some of the field names that are used for advanced reporting might be in German. However, ABAS-USA has recently been updating the programming language to be fully in English.
  • Because ABAS is growing rapidly, more complex customizations might take longer to complete than normal. ABAS appears to be bringing on even more technicians to handle the increased workload so the concern is waning.
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  • The field service module is not multi-currency compliant. I would like to have this feature added to the product in the near future. We have customized the modules to print in multiple currencies, but the underlying data is stored in a single base currency.
  • Payroll reporting is weak. Workers compensation reporting needs a lot of work. We have outsourced the fulfillment of depository and tax reporting (W-2, tax deposits, reporting and filing.
  • Financial reports (FRx and Management Reporter) are slow and cumbersome. We have built our own financial reports and reporting trees that are much faster and more flexible.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Dynamics SL5.4
Based on 8 answers
Unfortunately, Dynamics' lack of ability to smoothly integrate with our CRM system is causing us to look at other solutions. The efficiencies that we gain by using Dynamics for our day to day accounting are lost in the constant headaches of getting sales quotes to import properly into the system for invoicing. Another major issue for us has been budgeting and reporting. We currently do all of our budgeting and board reporting in Excel, which is too time consuming and inefficient, especially when a system as robust as Dynamics should easily be able to handle this relatively simple task.
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Usability

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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.8
Based on 6 answers
I rate it a 10 because we have removed the fields we don't need so users can really crank the data into the system. The software was designed for the professional services firm in mind but does a tremendous job for construction firms and "blended" companies that are both distribution firms but project centric as well. Perhaps they drop ship inventory to a project where their employees or subs need to work on a project for example.
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.9
Based on 2 answers
We have had only one unplanned outage for 2 hours in the last 30 months. We shut down for 30 min to 1 hour once a month, but that is for Microsoft OS updates to the servers. Being a 24/7 world wide operation, the reliability is really important. We do get an 8 hour window on the weekend that we can be down for a short period to install Microsoft Dynamics SL updates, but we do not have many of those. On our last version upgrade, we shut the users out at 9:30 am and were fully operational in less than 6 hours. The upgrade was New SQL server, New SL server and 2 new Citrix servers.
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Support

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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.5
Based on 4 answers
Support is only used when needed, so unfortunately ,they get all the odd issues. It's a difficult business, but Microsoft and our firm do a great job of meeting customer needs. We get routine feedback that our support services are very good.
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Implementation

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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.0
Based on 4 answers
Don't use a firm to help you unless they have a fair amount of experience. This product is deep and broad-get all the capabilities you paid for.
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Alternatives Considered

These other software packages all have strengths but for what we were looking for in one system, to handle most of our business processes, but also allow the flexibility to be customized (without the need to be placed on a "like to have" waiting list), ABAS gave us that ability, hands down.
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Haven't used other products for many years - none to compare.
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Scalability

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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.4
Based on 2 answers
Since the backbone of the database is MS SQLServer, the database can be easily scaled.
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Return on Investment

  • ABAS has the capability to handle many of the processes that we did on various software platforms. Since we've been able to consolidate these platforms, the cost of subscriptions, maintenance and management hasve been reduced.
  • Efficiency was a noticeable impact right from the start. In the past, reports from one system had to be loaded into another in order to provide the analysis needed for business decisions. Connections to our design software also reduced the amount of time our engineers spent manually creating bills of material and purchase requisitions.
  • The ability to see what's happening in various business functions all in one place has helped with decision making and provided the data necessary to ask the right questions when arriving at those hard decisions.
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  • n/a, we are resellers
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Pricing Details

Abas ERP

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Microsoft Dynamics SL

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details