Microsoft Dynamics SL Reviews

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Score 7 out of 10
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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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Score 4 out of 10
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Dynamics is definitely designed for a manufacturing or smaller companies who is looking to transition to all Microsoft products. There are project and allocation features that may work well with companies who have cost allocations. However, that also depends on the reporting needs and how robust of an allocation.

The program is not very appropriate for non-profit accounting environment because it does allow for fund accounting very appropriately. Any organizations that require complex reporting structure should also look at other software that has more robust reporting features.
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Score 9 out of 10
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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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Mark Schrier profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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It's extremely useful in a multi-company environment. Service Dispatch, Contracts and Equipment are very useful to our company. The project reporting modules are very powerful. We do not currently use them, but we have plans to add them in the future. If you are in the Service, Construction and Professional Services fields, then this product deserves consideration.
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Score 8 out of 10
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The key strength is the ease of adapting to ever-growing operations. Designing the setup with both the short and long-term goals in mind will allow the best setup/configuration to be completed. As growth requires changes, the flexibility of the system and reporting will grow with the company. Internal knowledge should be gained to allow for the ease of utilizing the system to accomplish this growth in addition to the reseller/consultants used.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Does the out of the box version of Microsoft Dynamics SL meet our needs? Many companies have rituals and functions that were established to accommodate what they have to do in the software they use. Take a good look at standard SL in the modules needed, if those functions meet your core needs go with it. Customizations can be done, but keeping a streamlined product allows for quicker and painless upgrades. With that, you gain the benefits of the product that Microsoft Dynamics has put in place to improve the product. Think about reworking internal procedures to meet a standard software.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Organizations that have challenging project accounting needs should definitely review this product. Very few products come close to Dynamics SL in handling these broader project accounting needs as well as Dynamics SL. We have had clients insist on buying Dynamics GP because someone in their firm already knows it-only to learn that they should have gone with SL as we suggested. Organizations that need extremely robust Order Management features should also look at Dynamics SL closely. Not only are the features very strong-they are also project-centric so if you need 5 different lines on a sales order to update 5 different projects-no problem. You can even enter a project on the fly while entering a sales order-assuming you have permissions.

Dynamics SL, like Dynamics NAV has a tremendous toolset for customizing. If you allow the customizing to occur-make sure that you have the staff or budget to support lots of customizations as the mods do make support and upgrading a bit more challenging.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We see this as a great fit for the right company. I would say easily a 9 out of 10 and I don't have another 10 product in mind. It really depends on customer needs. Many times, it is an excellent solution for many companies.
There are other distribution solutions that are easier to use, so it might not be the first choice for that type of firm.
Payroll and HR are not the strongest in this product so a company that needed the best in that area, might look at Dynamics GP.
For Professional Services firms, it is an excellent choice!! One of the best.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I worked within finance and accounting and I feel like for the most part it is extremely user friendly. Despite a few bugs/glitches in the system, it was very straightforward and easy to use. It gives you what you are looking for. Definitely recommended to keep track of the books.
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Score 8 out of 10
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If you are in general accounting or even different financial positions, I recommend using this software. I have used QuickBooks in the past and although I did enjoy it, I would prefer Microsoft Dynamics SL over this. It is broken out in categories which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Once you get used to where everything is (does not take too long), you will not be disappointed and your daily routine will be much easier and accurate!
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Score 2 out of 10
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I would not purchase SL if I had that authority for my company. It is old software that is not being upgraded or supported, and it is full of bugs. The reporting functions are minimal.
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Score 7 out of 10
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If someone is looking for a true accounting system for a small to mid-sized company, then I would definitely suggest looking into Microsoft Dynamics SL. For a very small company, a solution like QuickBooks might be the way to go, but only if you do not need tight audit controls. You also have to really know what you're doing or have an accountant that's easily reachable since the system will allow you to do things that a true accounting system would not. For a larger company, or someone that is looking for a system that integrates well with other systems, or a system that will be used by multiple departments, I would suggest looking into an ERP system or a suite of systems that are all run on the same platform.
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July 05, 2014

Dynamics SL

Score 9 out of 10
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It is well suited for general accounting. It is well suited for clients that need flexibility. It is well suited for growth.
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Score 7 out of 10
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It really depends on the type of business that is using SL. If it's more project heavy for say, construction, it's usually a pretty good fit. In cases such as my company, we are in direct sales. It's not really set up to be as accommodating for the retail type of environment that we need and are looking for.

If the customer is looking for mobile solutions there are better options out there. If they are looking for basic order processing, warehouse functions, and accounting, then SL may be a good fit.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pay calculation (2)
9.6
Direct deposit files (1)
9
Reimbursement management (1)
7
API for custom integration (6)
6.0
Plug-ins (4)
6.0
Single sign-on capability (9)
6.1
Role-based user permissions (8)
5.9
Dashboards (5)
5.1
Standard reports (9)
5.2
Custom reports (9)
4.2
Accounts payable (10)
6.7
Accounts receivable (7)
6.0
Global Financial Support (1)
6
Primary and Secondary Ledgers (3)
5.8
Intercompany Accounting (3)
4.9
Localizations (2)
2.6
Journals and Reconciliations (3)
6.2
Enterprise Accounting (2)
7.0
Configurable Accounting (2)
6.8
Centralized Rules Framework (1)
8
Standardized Processes (2)
5.6
Inventory tracking (5)
6.0
Location management (2)
1.0
Manufacturing module (2)
6.0
Pricing (2)
6.0
Order entry (3)
6.0
Credit card processing (2)
7.0
Cost of goods sold (2)
7.0
End-to-end order visibility (1)
8
Order exception Resolution (1)
6
Automated Invoice Processing (2)
2.8
Shared Services Payments (1)
6
Billings Management (1)
6
Customer Receipt Applications (1)
5
Customer Collections (1)
6
Revenue Recognition (2)
3.6
Cash Management (3)
5.5
Asset Management (3)
5.3
Travel & Expense Management (1)
5
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting (2)
4.6
Period Close (3)
6.1
Transactions Tax (2)
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations (3)
4.9
3rd Party Accounting Systems (1)
7
Budgeting and Forecasting (3)
5.7
Project Costing (3)
4.8
Cost Capture (2)
2.8
Capital Project Management (1)
8
Customer Invoicing (1)
5
Project Revenue Recognition (1)
2
Project Financial Performance Analysis (2)
3.6
Project Financials Dashboard (1)
2
Real-time Financial Reporting (3)
4.7
Award Lifecycle Management (1)
6
Spending Control (1)
6
Billing (1)
7
Production Management (1)
6
Inventory Planning (1)
6

About Microsoft Dynamics SL

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.

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