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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.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Sr/7i/OTCTGZAJ1NQF.pngProject AccountingMicrosoft Dynamics SL is used for project management and financial reporting. It is used across the organization. The financial modules provide general ledger details and reporting along with payroll being processed for projects and management.,Project accounting is linked to the Financial modules - there is no need to duplicate data entry. Reporting in Project Modules is extensive. Validation of fields for data entry and solid integrity of data. Customizations of screens for data entry for users and addition of fields.,Purchasing does not have a budget validation to warn or stop a purchase from going over budget on a project level. Project budgeting does not have an interface with inventory ids. Financial modules could have more quick vewing screens for example a quick way to find the check no. of an invoice.,9,Project data is updated quickly and reporting tools available for management daily.,,1,1,Vendor implemented,1,1,1,1Dynamics SL - A strong product for Now and the FutureMackay Communications, Inc deals in all phases of Marine Navigation and Communication systems as well as emergency satellite communication equipment and services. We use all the modules of Dynamics SL except the Project related modules. We use the product to track field service, sales, inventory, and purchasing for a world wide 24 hour a day business located in 7 countries. Using the multi-company features, we are able to use a single repository for Inventory, vendors, customers, sales and service activities.,Field service modules (dispatch, contracts and equipment tracking) work very well for us. Each service location has control of their operations, but their service information is visible across the company. Multi-company operations are a great benefit. We have 7 individual corporations operating in a single database. there is a single repository for shared information, allowing us to appear as a single seamless operation to our customers, while maintaining separate operational reports and separate and consolidated financial reporting. TCO is very competitive. We have invested less than 150 K in the Product and user licenses. Our annual fees for support are under 30 K. Dynamics SL has a strong independent Users Group. This resource is very valuable as I know people across the world that are a good forum for seeking answers. Customization Manager and the Visual Tools software development kit allows us to easily customize and extend the functionality to meet changing business requirements. We have created solutions for Inter-Company inventory transfers, multi-currency financial reporting and many small changes to enhance productivity,The field service module is not multi-currency compliant. I would like to have this feature added to the product in the near future. We have customized the modules to print in multiple currencies, but the underlying data is stored in a single base currency. Payroll reporting is weak. Workers compensation reporting needs a lot of work. We have outsourced the fulfillment of depository and tax reporting (W-2, tax deposits, reporting and filing. Financial reports (FRx and Management Reporter) are slow and cumbersome. We have built our own financial reports and reporting trees that are much faster and more flexible.,9,Through tracking productivity gains, in 2012 improvements to the system (customization and business rule enforcement) saved over 1200 hours of employee time. These changes contributed the same effect to the bottom line as increasing sales by 2,000,000 dollars. We had a similar result in 2013. Since we can produce changes to the system and new functionality, we are more responsive to the changing needs of an expanding global business. We have been able to fulfill the invoicing and reporting needs of each country in which we do business.,,150,2,Customization and modification of the 'out of the box' programs. Using VBA and Customization Manager, there are few things that can not be modified and enhanced to adapt the software to the company. Software Development Kit: Although the users do now directly use this product, they see the enhancements that are provided by creating new screens and functionality. We have added over 50 new screens to the product. Shared resources (Customers, Vendors, Employees, Inventory Items, Dispatch, Reporting, ...) allows us to expand the number of company without 'Data Synchronization' headaches caused by products that do not let multiple companies reside in a common database.,We were able to customize the system to create a streamlined way to transfer and track inventory between companies, Implemented an extended notes feature that allow for multiple comments and notes that can be attached to any screen. Created out own Financial Reporting that is fast and responsive.,We plan to add more multi-currency reporting ans tracking features. Implementation of project accounting is in the short-term future. Mobile field service applications are also in the short-term future.,9,9,8,10Dynamics SL-The Right Choice for the Project-Based OrganizationWe are a professional services firm mostly with client billings of time making up 70-80% of our revenues. Creating billing transactions from timecards based on many different rules that are sometimes client based, task based, project based or even fixed price-make for the need for some capable software. We are much happier with the web apps having moved off of the business portal time entry tool which was extremely slow and time consuming. We use Dynamics SL across the whole organization and everyone enters a timecard. We use the software for expense reporting and evaluating which were good projects and bad, which tasks were good and which were bad. We use the software to help us make better estimates on future similar projects. We've used Dynamics SL the entire 20 years we've been in business and really love it.,Facilitates Time Entry from any device. Facilitates billing with "Allocator" which is really a transaction creator-creating billing records from time cards using unique rules Simplifies the review of draft invoices-making transactions not ready to be billed yet default to the next billing period so revenue does not "leak".,When we have a lot of invoices rather than just a few large invoices, we can be frustrated by how long it takes Flexible Billings to generate a lot of invoices It would be nice if Dynamics SL had an easy integration to some of the nicer salestax tools such as Avalara and CCH. It would be nice if the fixed assets module and electronic banking were not third party.,9,Less time needs to be invested to create invoices from timecards. Project profitability is right there for you to review as the whole product is "project-centric"-we do less of the work that tends to lose us money and more lucrative work. The ease with which we are able to hide unwanted fields makes data entry simple. The intuitive naming of the tables makes report writing much easier than most accounting/ERP products.,,10,21,8,Time Card Entry Time Card Approval Billing transactions that get generated automatically from time cards.,We charge trip charges based on distance to clients offices in Flexible Billings We've created SQL Reporting Services reports that red, yellow and green light utilization from services professionals on the team. We use Quick Queries to fetch worked, billed, and realized time for all.,We could use the purchasing and inventory modules better We could integrate with nice requisitions products such as Paramount's Workplace. We could share our nice project accounting data with clients on a portal that is part of SharePoint.,No,Price Product Features Product Usability Prior Experience with the Product Vendor Reputation,We are happy with where we ended up. I would not change anything. We were thorough and practical and have a solution that does not take us a lot of time to do our work.,Implemented in-house Professional services company,No,Change management was minimal,Finding time to work on it while doing the rest of our work Configuring the allocator module to default exactly what we needed into the draft invoices Getting every one to enter time weekly-no exceptions.,10,No,10,Yes,We have gotten tremendous support from Microsoft on all 3 products-not just Dynamics SL but Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP as well. I would say that Microsoft goes the extra mile in that they will even help debug a partner's code rather than just say "it's your fault-deal with it". This is rare for us but is happening now and we are getting the help we need for a very large Dynamics SL client.,Integrating sales order lines with project revenue and costs is unmatched. Having project costs and revenues entered from any screen is extremely handy. You can make a Journal Entry to a project-updating both project and task Hiding fields, making fields required, even creating your own screens and reports with the toolset are easy relative to most accounting software/ERP solutions.,Archiving data to a data warehouse if custom tables and custom programs have been added. Transaction Import is not quite as easy to use as other transaction importing tools-but it's free. Modifying some of the project accounting reports in Crystal is a bit difficult at times.,Yes,10,9Microsoft Dynamics SL is quite dynamic!Currently, it is not being used at my organization. It was highly utilized at my last organization, where I worked for 3 years. It was predominantly used within the finance and accounting department, where we used it to keep track of our G/L accounts as well as make debit and credit adjustments to our factories overseas. It helped us keep track of what we owe and what is to be paid out to us.,Easy to create debits and credits to applicable accounts. Easy to keep track of payments, which can be seen on the easy to access Aging report. Easy top view line items of each transaction made to each account,Difficult to reverse an incorrect entry. Difficult to complete some tasks without authorization to certain modules. Would freeze up a lot, and would therefore have to start over.,8,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.,QuickBooks Pro,5,5,Helped us figure out what invoices were due or past due. Helped us reconcile our accounts Helped us keep track of what we were owed and what we owed other factories.,Helped us chase factories when we received a short payment,Continue to help keep track of our books,1,Not Sure,Product Features Product Usability,I didn't have any say in the purchase and use of this product, but I am glad I was able to have such a great experience getting to use and become familiar with this program. It gave me a much better understanding on how this financial technology is so necessary in business.,Implemented in-house,No,How to switch modules to fully utilize the system. How to receive further authorization to modules.,9,10,Yes,When our program froze, they were extremely capable of helping to resolve the problem. They told us that it was a bug and to resolve the issue the program just had to be reinstalled and the computers rebooted. Once that was complete, the program was working like new. The support team was extremely gracious and cared about the issue at hand and the progress we made.,Creating debit or credit adjustments Creating batches for payment Downloading and printing the aging report,Deleting incorrect debit or credit notes Deleting already printed checks,8Would not purchase SL todayIt is being used for AP/AR in Accounting; users are in more departments than just Acctg. (For example, I am in Land). We were using QuickBooks and this was supposed to streamline our processes and handle more payees. The reporting capabilities were supposed to be great; they are not turning out to be even remotely sufficient for what we need.,It is sufficient to process AP It is sufficient to process POs,The reporting functions should be much more robust We have too many glitches and work - arounds Our support has been minimally effective The licenses are too expensive for the quality of the product,2,Not my question to answer for our company.,,14,1,AP/AR POs Reporting,2,Vendor implemented,6SL Review for Direct Sales CompaniesWe use SL to manage our warehouse operations, inventory, purchasing, ordering, and shipping functions. Additionally, we also use SL in the Accounting Department for GL, AP, AR, and Fixed Assets (this is an add on module).,It is very robust in the Project Modules. There are many different ways to use Project functions and many companies like the flexibility of having it be stand alone or integrated with other modules. The web piece, Business Portal, is also a valuable asset to SL. While not having every function that the regular program has, BP allows users who may not need the full install to do day to day functions like time and expense entry, check reports, etc. The Accounting Modules are pretty straight forward. While SL itself is lacking in many of the standard reports, there are add on pieces to make this easier. FRx in versions past, and now BI360. Both are excellent options.,A standard Fixed Assets module would be wonderful. While there is a piece out there as a third party, bringing that in house would be a giant step in the right direction. Process Manager can be cumbersome and difficult to use. There are many mysteries as to when it's going to process records, aside from the midnight. Additional options in set up to push types of jobs at specific intervals would be an amazing option to have, as well as perhaps a process flow somewhere of what it's looking for and priority that it's processing requests. Even Microsoft hasn't been able to answer all of this very well when asked for clarification! A more user friendly way to customize SL would be great. Seeing products like AX that have a more advanced customization piece in place makes me very envious. SL seems to be a little behind in keeping up with this. A mobile solution for a direct sales type company. We struggle with wanting consultants to go mobile, but the foundation isn't there for it to be done easily. From what I have seen, SL is behind in moving into the mobile era for retail businesses. It's possible but again requires third parties and getting the data back into SL can be clunky and tedious.,7,We paid a partner an obscene amount of money for an upgrade almost a year ago, and almost every part of it has gone badly. We are STILL finding problems that didn't exist before the upgrade happened. Our partner has been somewhat attentive at certain issues, and not at all with others. It's been very frustrating to shell out more funds for support and still having problems that we were told would be 'fixed.',,1,Easy: Time and Expense Entry in Project. Easy: Basic Document creation in Financial Modules Easy: Running reports.,Knowing which order to do what step in some of these modules can be tricky for someone who is not familiar with how SL works. Setting up Projects to integrate with the Financial Modules and getting all pieces in place for FTT to run properly.,8
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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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SL itself is relatively easy to use and most of the Help Files documentation is well kept and outstanding in the amount of information that is given. Most end users pick up the functions quickly and are off and running after some limited training. There will always be questions and research to be done, but overall SL is relatively easy to follow for a seasoned user.
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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)
5.9
Intercompany Accounting (3)
4.9
Localizations (2)
2.7
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)
3.0
Shared Services Payments (1)
6
Billings Management (1)
6
Customer Receipt Applications (1)
5
Customer Collections (1)
6
Revenue Recognition (2)
3.7
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)
5.6
Project Costing (3)
4.8
Cost Capture (2)
3.0
Capital Project Management (1)
8
Customer Invoicing (1)
5
Project Revenue Recognition (1)
2
Project Financial Performance Analysis (2)
3.7
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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