Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued vs. Microsoft Dynamics SL

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution was a cloud-based ERP solution for university process management. Jenzabar now offers Jenzabar ONE as their higher ed solution.N/A
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Dynamics SL is one of the ERP products in the Dynamics family. This product was acquired from Solomon 2000. The product is typically used by SMBs, particularly in project-based businesses (e.g. construction). It has strong accounting and project management capabilities.N/A
Pricing
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinuedMicrosoft Dynamics SL
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinuedMicrosoft Dynamics SL
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinuedMicrosoft Dynamics SL
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
6.0
1 Ratings
18% below category average
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Pay calculation6.01 Ratings9.62 Ratings
Direct deposit files7.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
3.5
1 Ratings
70% below category average
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
6 Ratings
19% below category average
API for custom integration6.01 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Plug-ins1.01 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
8.0
2 Ratings
2% below category average
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.3
9 Ratings
12% below category average
Single sign-on capability8.02 Ratings7.49 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.02 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
6.0
2 Ratings
15% below category average
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
9 Ratings
3% below category average
Dashboards1.01 Ratings7.15 Ratings
Standard reports8.02 Ratings7.19 Ratings
Custom reports9.02 Ratings6.19 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
8.0
2 Ratings
5% above category average
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.4
10 Ratings
3% below category average
Accounts payable8.01 Ratings7.610 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.01 Ratings6.07 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.01 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
5 Ratings
59% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
3 Ratings
15% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
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Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.8
3 Ratings
24% below category average
Billing Management00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings6.32 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
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Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.7
3 Ratings
47% below category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings2.12 Ratings
Capital Project Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
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Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
1 Ratings
18% below category average
Award Lifecycle Management00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
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Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
1 Ratings
23% below category average
Production Management00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
-
Ratings
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
1 Ratings
20% below category average
Inventory Planning00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinuedMicrosoft Dynamics SL
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
6.6
(17 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
5.4
(8 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
1.8
(6 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
1.4
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinuedMicrosoft Dynamics SL
Likelihood to Recommend
Jenzabar, Inc.
JICS is well suited for schools that have long-used Jenzabar products or are looking for a stripped down, direct data management system. If someone is seeking innovation or the latest in features and technology, I do not believe they would be as pleased with JICS. It's a bare bones system alternative.
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Microsoft
For a small to mid-size business, MS Dynamics SL is effective. We are capable of managing our finances with a very low risk of error. We have worked with MS Dynamics for almost 15 years and have more than doubled the size of our business in that time with very few issues from the program. We have exponentially increased our revenue and reporting demands and have found SL to be very dependable and stable. The program does have the occasional glitch and those are sometimes outside of the realm of expertise of our IT department. SL support is excellent, but their timeliness is not as urgent as ours.
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Pros
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is good at interacting with the Jenzabar database.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) can integrate with Active Directory to allow for one set of credentials and also has its own credential management system for local accounts to be created.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) will display grades as soon as they are entered into the Jenzabar database.
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Microsoft
  • 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
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar is unwilling to work with other companies to integrate information across multiple platforms.
  • The quality of JICS is contingent upon appropriate use and entry by those on campus. While not a limitation to JICS itself, there seems to be more problems with JICS in this regard than I have noticed on other campuses with other platforms.
  • JICS is typically behind on the times. Features it adds today were commonplace for others much earlier.
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Microsoft
  • Reporting in the Project module is lacking functionality. I understand that most companies have specific needs when it comes to tracking project information but the standard reports are not good.
  • I would recommend a product like Management Reporter that is for Projects only. Project Reporter should allow users to pull in all Project related data into reports.
  • Fixing suspended batches. Obviously all of us users have experienced this mess. SL knows what needs to be corrected and there could be some step by step fixes in a separate repair module to do the steps we do in Query Analyzer.
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Likelihood to Renew
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
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
Jenzabar, Inc.
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is very usable and easy to maintain. With us having students log in with their AD credentials, they don't have to remember an extra username and password. Also, I have been able to update and customize some of the coding, which has allowed us to make sure the site works just the way we want it to.
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Microsoft
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
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
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 Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
Support is generally very helpful. There are some support staff that really try to go the extra mile and help with solving the problem you have, not just answering your initial question. If you don't understand a feature that is offered in the Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) environment, they also have a portal with on-demand webinars/courses that you can watch to get a better idea of offerings at your own base.
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Microsoft
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 Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
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
Jenzabar, Inc.
We selected JICS many years ago as it was a cost-effective option that was streamlined and straight-forward. Today, no one is ever thrilled with their SIS, and I can anticipate major difficulties if we attempted to move from JICS. However, from a features and revolutionary standpoint, I do feel we will always be a step behind if we continue with Jenzabar.
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Microsoft
Of the comparable mid-range ERP systems, Dynamics SL competes at the lower end based on price, but also above the high-end based on flexibility, data, and reporting. Being able to stay with the same core accounting from a $100 million dollar company to a $3 billion dollar company shows the range of capabilities.
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Scalability
Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Since the backbone of the database is MS SQLServer, the database can be easily scaled.
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Return on Investment
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar has allowed us to house all data in one system, which was badly needed.
  • Jenzabar allows us to speak one language across campus, although many offices still work outside of Jenzabar due to limitations within JICS.
  • Jenzabar has not been effective in being a leader in new features or developments. I always feel like we are a step behind.
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Microsoft
  • 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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