Microsoft Dynamics SL (Formerly Solomon) Software


 

Microsoft Dynamics SL is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for project-based small and medium-sized businesses. The solution offers industry-specific capabilities for professional services, government contractors, distribution, construction management, and other vertical markets. Microsoft Dynamics SL was originally developed by Solomon Software with the title Solomon IV for Windows. Great Plains acquired the company in 2000 and was itself acquired by Microsoft shortly thereafter. Microsoft Dynamics SL is well-suited for businesses with fewer than five hundred employees.

Microsoft Dynamics SL has applications for financial management, business intelligence, collaboration, field service, IT management, and project management, as well as a business portal application. The advanced management edition provides more features than the basic Business Essentials package. Microsoft Dynamics SL can also support numerous industry-specific add-on applications from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who have been specially certified for Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft Dynamics SL utilizes Windows and .NET frameworks with the advantage of sharing Microsoft as a common developer. The system can be deployed on-site, or it can be hosted to add services like online training and support. The application runs on the Microsoft SQL Server database platform.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Houssam from Al Zaim United Co.
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2018

July 2018

It is very helpful for my business

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Pros

What I like about this product is it’s ease of use and capabilities, very helpful for my business and it is interactive

Cons

In my opinion I think it is a little bit pricy, costs too much to make it fully functional. But nonetheless it is good.

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Jeff from Tennyson Center for Children
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Tough to use, makes reconciliations a nightmare

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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.

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Jose from Kings Aire
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Dynamic SL Review

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Pros

Provides the necessary tools to process a service dispatch function. Have been using Dynamics SL since 2005 and at that time, it was one of the best available software that had the service dispatch module along with the accounting software. We also had a local dealer that helped us implement.

Cons

Has not kept up with changing times. Not sure how much Microsoft spend in research and development of Dynamic SL to stay current with changing technology. You have to access various screens to view information that should be available with a click. The service invoices are not connected to payroll, inventory, or purchasing. There are constant bugs in the software that we have to get a third party to fix.

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Jennifer from LC Home/LC Real Estate Group
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Perfect for Project Based Accounting

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This is a real accounting system, if you've got people who have never used anything but Quickbooks, you're in for a big mess! If you've got real accountants and not bookkeepers, you will be VERY pleased with this product.

Pros

It interfaces with our purchase order software (Sapphire Build) and gives us the detailed job cost we were lacking from our old accounting software.

Cons

It is not very user friendly. Training is almost non existent for it, and it isn't a widely used software.

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Angela from Kunz Law
Specialty: Legal
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

July 2017

July 2017

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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Microsoft Dynamics SL is easy to use and provides an adequate foundation for keeping track of due dates and deadlines.

Cons

Microsoft Dynamics SL is fairly expensive for what you get. For the money spent on the software, it should have more capabilities.

 
 

Michelle from Business Owner
Specialty: Other Services
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

February 2017

February 2017

Microsoft Project Management

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Microsoft Project Management software has pretty much had a market monopoly for many years in terms of powerful functionality. However, the choices have become more diverse without sacrificing powerful management features. Also, I have found other applications much more user-friendly with ongoing training support & superior customer service.

Pros

Functionality

Cons

Complex, not user friendly, low level of customer service, expensive.

 
 

Allison from The Mariners Museum
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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Good product. Have been using it for 17+ years.

Pros

user friendly

Cons

located on a server rather than online

Advice to Others

understand what you want it to accomplish before you set it up because some of the parameters are hard to change once you have started using them.

 
 

Desirae from ClientsFirst Consulting
Specialty: Other Services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Microsoft Dynamics SL

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Microsoft Dynamic focuses mainly on Sales, Marketing, and Service (help desk) sectors. SL focuses on professional services which are really nice. It's reasonably easy to learn and navigate, all while providing excellent data and reporting tools. It doesn't seem to be as flexible or customizable as Salesforce, but still a very nice option.

Pros

I like the integration with Office 365.

Cons

It's flexibility.

Advice to Others

Certainly worth checking out and taking a test drive.

 
 

Kyle from VSC Fire and Security
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Solid and dependable ERP that fits our business

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Dynamics SL is a solid product that is very dependable and flexible to our needs. It has helped accommodate our growth and expansion for years into other geographies and with new applications.

Pros

It is dependable, agile, able to integrate with almost any other solution in our IT footprint and intuitive.

Cons

While it handle's 90% of our business, need to rely on some ISV's to accommodate. They generally work very well together - just another thing to manage.

Advice to Others

Dynamics SL (Solomon) has been around since the 90's and is a trusted and proven product. Just need to find a solid consultant to help stand it up.

 
 

Tanner from Ensorcell Investments
Specialty: Real Estate
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Microsoft Dynamics SL - Review

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Overall, this is a quality product. It has a lot of optionality and can be used to execute most of your given business needs.

Pros

Once you learn how to navigate the software, everyday use is pretty straightforward

Cons

I wouldn't say it is the best when it comes to interacting with other systems

Advice to Others

Take a step back and list out the needs of your organization before making a decision on which product to use

 
 

Yanli from Agricultural Research Foundation
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Dynamic SL accounting

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This is a great product for accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger. Not quite great for fund accounting, we have to twist it to work for us to manage the project, fund etc.

Pros

Easy to use, works very well with Microsoft excel. You can copy/paste from Excel to Dynamic for some of the data entry which is so convenient. Customer service staff are very experienced and helpful.

Cons

Reporting is a weakness. I have to work between Dynamic and Excel to manually generate financial statements.

Advice to Others

You have to understand what you are really looking for in terms of functionality. Do your homework.

 
 

Charlene from Agricultural Research Foundation
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Microsoft Dynamics SL - Accounting

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This system is very easy to use in a menu driven sort of way. It has good features and not so good features. Hopefully, they are working on a fix for the not so good.

Pros

Menu-driven, easy.

Cons

Reports need to be customized, not able to do some year-end reports so you have to do those manual.

Advice to Others

DO your research. This could be your best option.

 
 

ROBERT P from COMMONWEALTH COMPANIES, INC
Specialty: Management Consulting
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Ms Dynamics

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I have used this product for over 10 years and have been very satisfied with an excellent business tool.

Pros

Ease of Use and Interface capabilities.

Cons

Learning curve.

Advice to Others

Excellent choice very cost effective.

 
 

Claudia from Kec
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Dynamics

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I have used this system for over ten years. The system is fairly easy to use.

Pros

I like the accuracy of the reports you can run within this system.

Cons

I hate when batches get stuck in unreleased mode or manual checks don't post to vendor history.

Advice to Others

Fully train your employees and have a great Customer service support system.

 
 

Jeff from North Texas computer support
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Easy to use

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Very easy and user-friendly it has a very good layout and setup is easy.

Pros

Setup

Cons

Startup time

 
 

Elethabeth from Voice of bible
Specialty: Advertising & PR
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Great software

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It is user friendly. It is easy to use and very helpful.

 
 

Hemanshu from Stratfinint Consulting
Specialty: Architectural
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2016

December 2016

MS Dynamics Review

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My experience has been mixed with this platform. It does the GL accounting part fairly well. IT has limited functionality in terms of effective project management. The system reports are very basic requiring extensive external data manipulation and custom report writing. It's a reasonably priced solution.

Pros

- Low Total Cost of Ownership
- Ease of implementation
- Reasonable GL accounting module

Cons

- PM capabilities are very limited
- Canned system reports are limited
- Multi-currency financials are challenging requiring third party solutions.

Advice to Others

- Works reasonably well for limited deployment of 1 currency GL accounting function.
- the ecosystem of support involving consultants for report writing, maintenance, upgrades is still evolving.
- Low Cost of ownership
- Quick time to Value.

 
 

Joanne from Joanne Cartering
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Microsoft

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Love it works better then any of them out there it's a ease to handle lays outs payroll, time sheets .

 
 

Marielis from Ramos Wood Floors
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Marielis Hernandez

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It good program. This program offers a large variety of things to do that makes our jobs simple .

 
 

Allen from Ramos wood floors
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great program

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Its a good program the helps with payments and more, makes work easier.Its actually not complicated like other programs out there.

Pros

Great easy

Advice to Others

Get it for your buisness

 
 
 
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May 2018

May 2018

Excellent product of work for growing organizations.

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The software is a tool focused on a database for the accomplishment of meticulous follow-ups in sales departments, with respect to its use it is easy to learn and to handle it, basically it gives you a better performance in your work.

Cons

It is expensive software, but it gives you an excellent tool package and facilitates work performance.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

The system is good for a smaller company. As our company has grown it has become difficult to use.

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As a smaller company it was pretty easy to get around. I have felt the upgrades have made significant difference.

Pros

It's basic set up isn't too hard to use ONCE you have had some training. The set up of projects versus general ledger is pretty user friendly.

Cons

The reporting piece is pretty limited without customization. We have had to rebuild the general ledger and projects. If we didn't have an EXCELLENT internal support employee we would be in great trouble.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

This product helps a lot of larger contractors effectively.

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Helps our team plan logistics quickly and integrate our routes efficiently for our jobs.

Pros

I love the fact that this integrates with so many things. You can iframe forms within your website to pull all your data directly into the CRM (a much cheaper option than having a developer build api connections that auto populate the information).

Cons

I would say this is a pretty expensive product compared to what is out there. Once you get over that size though, this is a good pick.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michelle from ESCCO

March 2018

March 2018

We have been able to customize SL to make it work for our company needs

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This software is easy to pull any data you need through quick queries with the export to excel feature.

Cons

There is quite a bit of setup going into programming to get it to run the way you need it because there's different pieces to get the system to work.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Elizabeth from Corporación Soloplástico, C.A.

February 2018

February 2018

Great and reliable software!

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We are currently using this software for accounting in our company

Pros

I love how extremely customizable Dynamics SL is when it comes to fitting our team needs. Also it is backed by the biggest software name in the industry so the overall quality is great

Cons

It's learning cuve is very steep because of the degree of customization built in it. But otherwise is a really great tool.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Yolonda from Bridges to Recovery
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

The program was hard to use

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I like that the program was affordable... and that it was a challenge to use... the people in the office loved that it challenge their minds...

Cons

It was very hard to use... it was very challenging and a lot of us could not grasp it... Hopefully they come up with a more easy version...

Review Source: Capterra
 

Gerson from TECRA TECHNOLOGIES

January 2018

January 2018

Identify the modules you need and focus on that

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Holly from Video Corporation of America
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

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

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Hem from Ford Motor Company
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

July 2017

July 2017

Very Good

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very easy to use and great in value for the money, overall quality is great for the beginner and new comer.

Cons

Pretty complicated, feature and functionality is not great to use, could be more easy to work around

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ben from CMA

December 2016

December 2016

Dynamics SL

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We use Dynamics SL as our financial suite and it does a very good job. We utilize the Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, and Budgeting / Forecasting modules.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Brittenford Systems

July 2009

July 2009

Dynamics SL - the gem of the Microsoft Dynamics line-up

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A well-refined product with a large worldwide user base and robust reseller channel.

For project and fund-based organizations, you can't beat this product.

It gets less attention than its sibling, Dynamics GP, but I think it's the hidden gem of the Microsoft Dynamics line-up.

Pros

Strong:
* time & expense
* project costing and allocation
* billing
* integration with SharePoint

Cons

Weak:
* e-commerce
* manufacturing and distribution functionality

Review Source: Capterra
 

Anastasis from NEORIS
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

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