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Abila MIP Fund Accounting

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Abila MIP Fund Accounting

The product is really well suited for small to medium non-profit organizations and other types of operations. Its features might not be as applicable for commercial businesses or large organizations. Some organizations may want to weight its fees and costs when choosing the product. Overall its features are well integrated and quite useful for organizations that may not need a more complex accounting product.
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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

Payroll Management

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
Pay calculation
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.6
Benefit plan administration
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Direct deposit files
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Reimbursement management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Customization

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.3
API for custom integration
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.6

Security

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
Single sign-on capability
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Role-based user permissions
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4

Reporting & Analytics

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9
Dashboards
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
6.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Standard reports
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Custom reports
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Accounts payable
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.4
Accounts receivable
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Cash management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Bank reconciliation
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Expense management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Time tracking
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Fixed asset management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-currency support
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-division support
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Regulations compliance
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Electronic tax filing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Self-service portal
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
6.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Standardized Processes
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
Global Financial Support
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Intercompany Accounting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Localizations
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Enterprise Accounting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Inventory Management

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
4.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Automatic reordering
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
1.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Location management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
1.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
4.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Pricing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
6.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Order entry
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Credit card processing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
2.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
2.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
End-to-end order visibility
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Order exception Resolution
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Accounting Firm BPO Features

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Client data roll-up capabilities
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Configurable alerts
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Billing bypass
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Client template cloning
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Single sign-on
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
4.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Industry-specific versioning
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Legacy system data migration
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Subledger and Financial Process

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Shared Services Payments
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Customer Collections
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Revenue Recognition
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Cash Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Asset Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Travel & Expense Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Period Close
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Transactions Tax
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4

Project Financial Management

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.6
Budgeting and Forecasting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Costing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Cost Capture
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Customer Invoicing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Financials Dashboard
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

Grants Management

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
Award Lifecycle Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Spending Control
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billing
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Manufacturing

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Management
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Supply Chain

Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Inventory Planning
Abila MIP Fund Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Pros

  • The vast array of account segmenting allows us to break down our business in many different ways, which gets us the information we need to make sure we are doing business right.
  • We love the ability to process vendor EFT payments, which fits our green thinking and saves lots of paper.
  • Having a cloud based platform allows us to work more efficiently and not have to worry about using the most recent version or keeping up with payroll updates.
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  • Provides flexibility for complex project based cost accounting
  • Strong and flexible allocation processer for cost allocations, markups, and pricing
  • A "Flexible Billing" module under the project controller series that allows for multiple billing formats ranging from fixed price schedule of values, T&M or Cost Plus, and scheduled billing.
  • Flexible reporting with options using Crystal Reports, SSRS, a Quick Query tool, and ability to tie into MS Office tools such as MS Access and MS Excel
  • Tight integration with Financials, but also the ability to integrate with modules such as Sales Order, Inventory, and Field Service
  • Customization abilities ranging from a VBA (visual basic for application) foundation to allow customizing existing forms to the ability to use the SDK (Software Development Kit) to build more complex customizations that integrate with Dynamics SL.
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Cons

  • It would be nice to switch between databases without having to logout and login.
  • When entering codes (like for a journal entry) it doesn't auto-search/fill the account numbers...you have to hit the dropdown and scroll for the number.
  • You can't post cash receipts without first having an invoice, which can slow down your processing.
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  • Not Intuitive - A lot of the functionality of Dynamics is not intuitive. For example, when you are on a field where you can enter information from a pick list, you have to hit F3 to show the list. Once you get used to it, it's no big deal, but the initial learning curve is pretty high if you are trying to learn it on your own.
  • Reporting - The reporting feature is another area that is just not intuitive. There are a lot of canned reports that are separated by module, but you have to know how to use the feature to even get a basic report to work properly. I've been on the system for almost 10 years and I there are still some basic reports that I struggle to run if they're not ones that I use regularly (ex. an Aged A/R or customer statement for a single customer). The export to Excel leaves a lot to desire as well since the reports always have to be reformatted manually to even be usable.
  • Integration with other Systems - We use a separate CRM and quoting system to track customers and create sales quotes. Once the quotes are created, they have to be imported into Dynamics using a integration tool. The import crashes frequently and there are a lot of bugs.
  • Sales Tax - Dynamics does allow for the use of sales tax, but it is not very robust. We use a third party to import sales tax rates every month. Our sales tax is a little more complex than what the system can handle so we end up doing a lot of manual adjustments and double check every invoice before it is processed.
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Likelihood to Renew

Abila MIP Fund Accounting9.2
Based on 42 answers
We are so used to this software there is no chance of us starting with a new software and re-learning every step.we are content with the software at this moment and feel there is no need to look for a new accounting software
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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

Abila MIP Fund Accounting8.8
Based on 38 answers
MIP is fairly easy to learn and to update. Whether it's transaction entry or reporting it has logical steps and maintains consistency. These are things that make usability a positive and not a negative.
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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

Abila MIP Fund Accounting9.0
Based on 6 answers
I refer back to the previous questions. It has suddenly quit on me.
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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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Performance

Abila MIP Fund Accounting9.9
Based on 6 answers
Yes, it works very well about 95% of the time. I don't notice any slow down with any programs it integrates with.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Abila MIP Fund Accounting8.7
Based on 35 answers
Every time we have needed support we had the issue resolved within an hour.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.5
Based on 4 answers
They give you the answers to your questions quickly. Extremely supportive support team.
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In-Person Training

Abila MIP Fund Accounting8.0
Based on 6 answers
Very knowledgeable and able to adapt to any users level
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No answers on this topic

Online Training

Abila MIP Fund Accounting6.8
Based on 4 answers
Personalized training provided for our organization
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Abila MIP Fund Accounting6.9
Based on 21 answers
Make sure you know what you need and how to minimize potential errors due to training shortfalls
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.0
Based on 4 answers
Just to let it take its course. The implementation for me once I became a part of my former organization was pretty seamless. Just get to know the basics and call the support team to ask questions if you need help on an issue, should they arise. They are ready, willing, and able to help!
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Alternatives Considered

When we purchased Abila MIP Fund Accounting software, we had looked at several other options. However, none of the other options allowed the flexibility that Abila MIP had. It also helps that Abila MIP Fund Accounting software is designed specifically for the non-profit sector. It was an easy choice when we laid out all the options.
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We selected Dynamics SL because our business lives and dies by the success of our projects. A product that can tell you that you have a problem before you invoice, helps you get your project back on track much better. It's also much easier to evaluate across projects, tasks and project types-what you do well and where you need to improve.
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Scalability

Abila MIP Fund Accounting9.0
Based on 6 answers
Not real sure what you mean by scalability. It seems to be able to handle all of the funds we are currently working with. If you mean the looks of it, some things are small and it would be nice to increase the size according to the user.
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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

  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting has enabled us to implement departmental budgeting and reporting. This has improved the accountability of department managers.
  • The software has enabled us to generate historical reports using GL detail. This has improved our ability to recognize trends in our business.
  • The software has enabled us to generate cross fiscal year reports. This has created opportunities to apply for a greater variety of grants.
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  • More time is spent on manipulating reports which can and should be automated.
  • Lack of electronic invoicing process and other green technology features creates more cost on printing and storage costs.
  • The lack of a user friendly interface requires more training and a bigger learning curve for staff.
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Abila MIP Fund Accounting

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Dynamics SL

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