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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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SAP ERP

If business and financial consolidation is a problem for any organization, SAP would work very well to bring in consistency in processes and transparency in financials. The solution works well if the customization is kept to a minimal level and industry standard business processes are followed in an organization
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
SAP ERP
7.3
Pay calculation
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.6
SAP ERP
5.0
Direct deposit files
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.0
SAP ERP
8.1
Reimbursement management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP
8.0
Benefit plan administration
Microsoft Dynamics SL
SAP ERP
7.8
Salary revision and increment management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
SAP ERP
7.6

Customization

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
7.5
API for custom integration
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
7.3
Plug-ins
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
7.7

Security

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
8.8
Single sign-on capability
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.1
SAP ERP
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
SAP ERP
9.1

Reporting & Analytics

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.8
SAP ERP
7.5
Dashboards
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.1
SAP ERP
7.4
Standard reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
SAP ERP
7.7
Custom reports
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.2
SAP ERP
7.4

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.1
SAP ERP
8.4
Accounts payable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
SAP ERP
8.2
Accounts receivable
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
8.0
Global Financial Support
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
SAP ERP
Intercompany Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
SAP ERP
Localizations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.7
SAP ERP
Journals and Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.2
SAP ERP
Enterprise Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP
Configurable Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
SAP ERP
Centralized Rules Framework
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
SAP ERP
Standardized Processes
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.6
SAP ERP

Inventory Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
SAP ERP
8.1
Inventory tracking
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
8.6
Location management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
SAP ERP
8.0
Manufacturing module
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
8.3
Automatic reordering
Microsoft Dynamics SL
SAP ERP
7.6

Order Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
SAP ERP
7.6
Pricing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
8.3
Order entry
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
7.6
Credit card processing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP
6.3
Cost of goods sold
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP
8.1
End-to-end order visibility
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
SAP ERP
Order exception Resolution
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP

Subledger and Financial Process

Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
SAP ERP
Automated Invoice Processing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
SAP ERP
Shared Services Payments
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Billings Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Customer Receipt Applications
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
SAP ERP
Customer Collections
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Revenue Recognition
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
SAP ERP
Cash Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.5
SAP ERP
Asset Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.3
SAP ERP
Travel & Expense Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
SAP ERP
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.6
SAP ERP
Period Close
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.1
SAP ERP
Transactions Tax
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP
Subledger Reconciliations
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
SAP ERP
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
SAP ERP

Project Financial Management

Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
SAP ERP
Budgeting and Forecasting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.6
SAP ERP
Project Costing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.8
SAP ERP
Cost Capture
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0
SAP ERP
Capital Project Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
SAP ERP
Customer Invoicing
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
SAP ERP
Project Revenue Recognition
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
SAP ERP
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.7
SAP ERP
Project Financials Dashboard
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
SAP ERP
Real-time Financial Reporting
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.7
SAP ERP

Grants Management

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

Manufacturing

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Production Management
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP

Supply Chain

Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP
Inventory Planning
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
SAP ERP

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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SAP ERP

  • Integration of functions within the organization (example: warehouse releasing and inventory management with finance costing and logistics)
  • Security features are on point. Clear segregation of duties can be achieved by assigning access rights based on least privilege principle
  • Can be easily learned.
  • Roles assigned to users can be customized.
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Cons

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • 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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SAP ERP

  • High cost of licensing, implementation & maintenance.
  • It gets complex when companies try to implement their existing business processes to Standard SAP provided business processes if it differs.
  • It is not for small/medium size businesses
  • The complete implementation process may take several years. Usually, companies take core modules of SAP ERP & implement those first.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 5.4
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 8.6
Based on 4 answers
The cost of SAP as an ERP is quite high and the switching costs associated with ERP systems are even higher. That being said moving from one ERP to another only happens once in a great while for large organizations. Those switching costs include retraining, IT hardware requirements, outside consultants and more
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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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Once you learn how to use SAP ERP, it becomes a powerful tool for analysis and inventory management.
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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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.5
Based on 4 answers
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL 9.0
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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SAP ERP

SAP ERP 3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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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SAP ERP

SAP is much more powerful than Dynamics GP. Dynamics GP is great for smaller shops with simple transactions and some inventory or manufacturing activity. It does not hold up well against SAP's advanced functionality and extensive reporting and tracking capabilities. Of course, Dynamics GP is much less expensive and would be better suited for SMEs that are trying to increase their reporting capabilities without breaking the bank.
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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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SAP ERP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Microsoft Dynamics SL

  • 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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SAP ERP

  • It is reliable and works in mostly predictable patterns. This allows us to store data for years without risk of failure.
  • Reporting is sparse - even that which is custom. Most of our reporting is done through Excel from an SAP data dump. The dump is reliable but excel requires a good deal of human intervention.
  • It is available to all team members so we can roll out custom transactions to everyone at the same time. Saving us time and money.
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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

SAP ERP

General

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

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