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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  • Mary Love from JWS

    Specialty: Food / Beverage

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    Easy to use. Amazing software!

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    Pros

    It is a user-friendly software where you can familiarize the functions/tasks easily with lesser supervision.

    Cons

    So far I can't remember anything that I could say the least likeable about this product/software.

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  • Houssam from Al Zaim United Co.

    Specialty: Retail

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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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  • Verified Reviewer

    May 2018

    Excellent product of work for growing organizations.

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Michelle from ESCCO

    March 2018

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

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    Pros

    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Elizabeth from Corporación Soloplástico, C.A.

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Yolonda from Bridges to Recovery

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    January 2018

    The program was hard to use

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    Pros

    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...

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gerson from TECRA TECHNOLOGIES

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Holly from Video Corporation of America

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeff from Tennyson Center for Children

    Specialty: Non-Profit

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    November 2017

    Tough to use, makes reconciliations a nightmare

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    Value for Money

    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

    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

    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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  • Hem from Ford Motor Company

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    July 2017

    Very Good

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    Pros

    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
  • Angela from Kunz Law

    Specialty: Legal

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    July 2017

    Microsoft Dynamics SL

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    Pros

    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

    February 2017

    Microsoft Project Management

    Ease-of-use
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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

    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

  • Desirae from ClientsFirst Consulting

    Specialty: Other Services

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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.

  • Kyle from VSC Fire and Security

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    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.

  • Tanner from Ensorcell Investments

    Specialty: Real Estate

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    January 2017

    Microsoft Dynamics SL - Review

    Ease-of-use
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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

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