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Likelihood to Recommend

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

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

Security

Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.1
Single sign-on capability
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Role-based user permissions
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.3

Reporting & Analytics

Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9
Dashboards
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Standard reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Custom reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Accounts payable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.4
Accounts receivable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Global Financial Support
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Intercompany Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Localizations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Enterprise Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Standardized Processes
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0

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
4.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
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
4.4
Cash Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Asset Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Travel & Expense Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Period Close
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Transactions Tax
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3

Project Financial Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.5
Budgeting and Forecasting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Costing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Cost Capture
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Customer Invoicing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Financials Dashboard
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

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

  • AP, AR and GL processing is straight forward and quite efficient. Period posting is a great control of operations.
  • Project setup is quite easy for users, as is review and analysis. We manage by budget for each project and have never had an issue or need for additional information
  • Time and Expense capturing by employees is painless and efficient. This is highly important to a project centric organization. It meets our needs and users are content.
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Cons

  • Built-in functionality for workflow/reviews/approvals could be improved.
  • Better documentation of controls and reporting of the audit trail (think SOX).
  • Better remote office, work from home capabilities (such as cloud bases SAAS) would help resolve security and speed/performance constraints.
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Likelihood to Renew

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

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

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

Microsoft Dynamics SL9.5
Based on 4 answers
The Boyer support team here has a team that can do environmental support, application support and custom programming support. Our clients tend to get to the right person fairly quickly due to our use of Dynamics CRM to assist with the queue. Microsoft has a team of people with 10+ years of experience when we call or email so the answers come quickly on the rare time that we need their help.
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Implementation

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

MIP is a more robust product with more comprehensive modules that is tailored toward a non-profit accounting environment. The reporting and GL analysis features on MIP is also a lot more robust than Dynamics SL and the interface within MIP is designed to tailor to user needs. Lastly, the importing feature MIP is a lot more fluid and a lot easier to trouble shoot.
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Scalability

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

  • 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

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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