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Score 6.7 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

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

Customization

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
API for custom integration
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Security

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.1
Single sign-on capability
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Role-based user permissions
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.2

Reporting & Analytics

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Dashboards
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Standard reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.3
Custom reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.2
Accounts payable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.9
Accounts receivable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Global Financial Support
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.2
Intercompany Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
Localizations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.2
Journals and Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
Enterprise Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.6
Centralized Rules Framework
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Standardized Processes
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.5

Inventory Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Location management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

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

Subledger and Financial Process

Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.5
Automated Invoice Processing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
Shared Services Payments
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Customer Collections
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Revenue Recognition
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.2
Cash Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Asset Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.5
Travel & Expense Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.5
Period Close
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Transactions Tax
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Project Financial Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.5
Budgeting and Forecasting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.6
Project Costing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Cost Capture
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
Capital Project Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Customer Invoicing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.2
Project Financials Dashboard
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.6

Grants Management

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

Manufacturing

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Supply Chain

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Inventory Planning
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Pros

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • 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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • Incorporate some functionality provided by third party products into the core product.
  • Since Dynamics SL has strong multi company capabilities, incorporate functions to secure projects within a company to certain groups.
  • Improve the budgeting, forecasting, and change order interfaces so that the tools are more online.
  • Improve the forecasting capabilities to include more robust and integrated tie in to the project EAC/ETC (Estimate at Completion/Estimate to Complete) numbers. This would allow project revenue/margin/cash forecasting.
  • Expand on the subtask concept
  • Improve the interface for multi level rate entry for pricing and cost allocations such that more security can be applied and reduce risk of inadvertent changes.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 5.4
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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.8
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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.9
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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.5
Based on 4 answers
They give you the answers to your questions quickly. Extremely supportive support team.
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Implementation

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.0
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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

QuickBooks is a good entry point software. Dynamics is the next logical progression in a company's growth. Dynamics SL will allow for rapid growth and provide the necessary controls that QuickBooks is lacking.
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Scalability

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 1.4
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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • With the switch to SL 2011 and the use of the Business Portal or APPS we were able to eliminate employee time and effort to data enter what we need for project management. We have been able to drop that admin time by roughly 3 FTEs corporate wide one of which was a full time accounting professional.
  • Training time on this product has been streamlined with out of the box functionality. We get better use and greater consistence of data within the structure that we put in place, from drop down lists to tables restricting data entry to what we want to measure. Overall with the uploading of data from 1975 we have a full scope of project information to review as needed in this product. You cannot ask for more than that.
  • Data structure is so strong within this product that when we need to pull it out into Excel we know exactly where it lies and how to access. IF we were ever to migrate to some other software, we know what we need and where it is. But since we have been on this product since 1999, I think we will stay.
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL has a fantastic USER GROUP that allows me to connect with others in the industry to learn from them and share what I know. I am a strong believer in this power and this product offers just what I need in user group meetings.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Dynamics SL

General

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