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Aptean Intuitive ERP

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Score 6.9 out of 101

Microsoft Dynamics SL

50 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 101

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Aptean Intuitive ERP

If you have a programmer and are willing to let them learn the system and want software to function the way you run your business this may work well. If you do not have a programmer on staff and are willing to change your business to match the software but think in the future you may wish to modify your ERP software this may work out well. If you want something you can modify quickly this is not a good choice. If you do not wish to modify the code nor your business practices an evaluation would be required. It does allow substantial modifications, but there are areas it may not fit with your business so well. It is possible that Intuitive may happen to make the options you require available in the future.
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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

Aptean Intuitive ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.3
API for custom integration
Aptean Intuitive ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Aptean Intuitive ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.6

Security

Aptean Intuitive ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
Single sign-on capability
Aptean Intuitive ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Aptean Intuitive ERP
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4

Reporting & Analytics

Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
Dashboards
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Standard reports
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Custom reports
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.9
Accounts payable
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.4
Accounts receivable
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Global Financial Support
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Intercompany Accounting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Localizations
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Enterprise Accounting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Standardized Processes
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0

Inventory Management

Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Automatic reordering
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Location management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Pricing
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Order entry
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Credit card processing
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Order Orchestration
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
End-to-end order visibility
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Order exception Resolution
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Shared Services Payments
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Customer Collections
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Revenue Recognition
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Cash Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.0
Period Close
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Transactions Tax
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Asset Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Travel & Expense Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0

Project Financial Management

Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.6
Budgeting and Forecasting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Costing
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Cost Capture
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Capital Project Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
3.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Customer Invoicing
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Financials Dashboard
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9
Embedded Business Intelligence
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Project Planning Collaboration
Aptean Intuitive ERP
4.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Project Revenue Recognition
Aptean Intuitive ERP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0

Procurement

Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Sourcing Analysis
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Electronic Signatures
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Assessment
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Supplier Portal
Aptean Intuitive ERP
5.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Manufacturing

Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Process Design
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Production Management
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Work Definition
Aptean Intuitive ERP
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Work Execution
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Manufacturing Costs
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Supply Chain

Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Forecasting
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Inventory Planning
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Performance Monitoring
Aptean Intuitive ERP
7.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Payroll Management

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

Grants Management

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

Pros

  • Easily allows adding fields to the database. The data manager reads all fields, so just adding a field automatically brings it over.
  • Optionally purchasing a tool called "Form Wizard" allows non-programmers to add new fields to a form and move around existing fields freeing up the developer to work on other things.
  • They have a wrapper for the DevXpress grid which allows individual users to add and remove columns pertinent to their specific job.
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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

  • Documentation. The design of en extensible system works well once you figure it out. Some things can be tricky and time consuming.
  • They provide no support for customizations. I can understand not wanting to help write specific custom code, but they refuse to even tell anyone what a method on a base class does unless you pay them $200 an hour.
  • Their proprietary design can cause modifications to take longer. If you use one of their forms you can not load it, you must call their launch function and put you code in the "Execute" method. If they were more standardized the documentation issue would not be so bad.
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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

Aptean Intuitive ERP10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have a lot invested in this from user education to customizations. It would be hard to justify the cost for changing.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL5.4
Based on 8 answers
We couldn't run our business without it and it's a great fit. Plus we are a Dynamics SL partner with over 200 customers using SL. It's our comfort zone.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
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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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

This is the only ERP product I have used.
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They were both pretty easy to use, but I started using Microsoft Dynamics SL so it was a matter of knowing and becoming familiar with this program first. I became very accustomed to the modules and how to navigate the program.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

  • Since we can customize it I would like to think it has been beneficial.
  • It is difficult to measure how well business would have done without the software.
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  • Increased employee efficiency. While using this program, I was able to complete payments to factories pretty seamlessly. I just had to select the invoice that was getting paid, and include it in the batch for payment.
  • Better customer service. I was able to better communicate with factories what was owed to them and why by entering the debit or credit notes and adding them to the batch to submit for payment.
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Pricing Details

Aptean Intuitive ERP

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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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