Microsoft Dynamics SL

by Microsoft

Who Uses Microsoft Dynamics SL?

A financial system that integrates project management software and accounting capabilities to help contractors keep up with compliance regulations, and deliver projects within budget and on time.

What Is Microsoft Dynamics SL?

Project management, job costing, materials management, service call entry, receiving, billing, and sales solution.

Microsoft Dynamics SL Details

Microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com

Founded 1975

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US$190,00
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Microsoft Dynamics SL deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Windows (Desktop)

Training

  • Videos

Microsoft Dynamics SL Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Compliance Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Document Storage
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Government
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Nonprofits
  • Order Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Control
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Cash Management
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contract/License Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Estimating
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Management
  • Job Costing
  • Job Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multiple Projects
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Timesheet Management

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  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bid Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Change Order Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Storage
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Invoice Management
  • Job Costing
  • Job Scheduling
  • Multiple Projects
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Status Tracking
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Task Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Visual Assemblies
  • What-if Analysis

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  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Bid Management
  • Budget Tracking/Job Costing
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  • Change Order Management
  • Commercial
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Incident Reporting
  • Inventory Management
  • Job Costing
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Offline Access
  • Permit Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • RFI & Submittals
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Residential
  • Scheduling
  • Status Tracking
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timesheet Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bills of Material
  • CRM
  • Contract/License Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Reports
  • Distribution Management
  • Document Management
  • Enterprise Asset Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • HR Management
  • Integrated Business Operations
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Management
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Orders
  • Shipping Management
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Warehouse Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Idea Management
  • Issue Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Multiple Projects
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritization
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Workflow Management

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Microsoft Dynamics SL Reviews

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Overall rating

4,1/5

Average score

Ease of Use 3,9
Customer Service 3,9
Features 4,1
Value for Money 3,9

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Gerson M.
Gerson M.
IT Consultant
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/01/11

"Identify the modules you need and focus on that"

Comments: Once you configure and deploy this solution, you get a better understanding of your clients businesses.

Pros: Multi Company functionality is fantastic. This is a product designed to empower your people and making them more productive. It's focused on Financial and projects deployments. Provides the tools to share information across the company. Budgets, Invoices, projects and information in general.
It's scalable and focused on Professional Services, Government Conntractors, Service in General, Distribution and we can say that Construction can be an industry that is perfect for this software.

Cons: It requires some hardware resources that can be overwhelming for small businesses. But the more you allocate for this area, the bigger the reward.

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  • Reviewed on 2018/01/11
Holly S.
Director of HR
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/01/09

"Have used Dynamics SL for around 8 years. Very comfortable with it and pretty easy to get use to."

Comments: Using them daily, I understands many ins and outs. I've been cross trained over the years in many of the modules. I understand there will be an upgrade coming in the near future and look forward to seeing a preview of it.

Pros: Reporting is great. I use reports weekly for time sheets when entering in payroll, for commission data. All of the look up screens are simple and give great information-- such as in the modules for Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, and General Ledger.

Cons: Different modules do not speak to one another. You have to go to several different modules to complete a task, so multiple windows must be open at a time. It tends to slow down our servers and sometimes crashes when you are in the middle of something.

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  • Reviewed on 2018/01/09
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Business Analyst
Financial Services, 1 001-5 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/09/09

"If you are a mid-small size organization. Look no further"

Pros: Ease of deployment. World class technical team to partner with. Cost effective. Product documentation to help with self-help after deployment. Easy and affordable support options to choose from.

Cons: Customizations. I had no problem with using this in our organization other than limited customization options. You pay for what you get. I love MS Dynamics. It was affordable. We were evolving into a mid-large size organization with complex inner-workings therefore I had to look for other options.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/09/09
Jeff L.
CFO
Philanthropy, 501-1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    3/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 2017/11/10

"Tough to use, makes reconciliations a nightmare"

Comments: Investigate NetSuite. I've heard it's better.

Pros: -The biggest pro with Dynamics SL is the interchange functionality with Excel. Exports from Dynamics SL to Excel have the formulas pre-written, and the formatting isn't great but isn't crazy. Copy and paste a journal entry from Excel to the GL!!! Yes please!
-Subledgers are abundant.
-Useful and simple multicompany reporting.
-Good for project-based accounting I guess.

Cons: Where to start? CASH MANAGER AND BANK RECONCILIATIONS. The biggest thing that drives me crazy about Dynamics SL is that users can enter an accounting event, say a check, where the check date is different than the transaction date and both are different than the post date. In other words, there is no control function over periods!!!! One transaction could impact three different periods. Go back to the check example, where a check cut on July 1 could have a period post of June 30 and a transaction date of August 1. The check shows in the GL in June, Cash manager in August, and AP aging and reports in July. Absolutely horrible control for an ACCOUNTING system.
-Not user friendly or simple to use. My staff all have over a year experience and still don't know where certain things are in the system.
-Requires a lot of third-party support, which piles on the consulting fees in addition to the fees paid for annual maintenance to Microsoft.
-DSLUG [Dynamics SL user group] doesn't seem very user friendly either. My guess is that most outstanding organizations are on different software.
I suppose there are a lot of "hidden tricks" which make you valuable if you know the system inside and out, but since most users can't just pick it up off the street [even with an accounting background], they end up paying a lot to the consultants.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 2017/11/10
Timothy J.
Director of IT
Farming, 501-1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/01/25

"SL may be a legacy product but provides solid value"

Comments: It has been in use at my company for 14 years. While lacking a modern UI, it has been a good value for the investment.

Pros: The ability to develop custom software modules using their tools. We created three robust modules that integrate with core financial, project and distribution modules.

Cons: Microsoft doesn’t seem to put much investment in the product any longer. The legacy VB.Net Windows client is dated.

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  • Reviewed on 2020/01/25