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Dynamics SL

A full ERP system designed by Microsoft for professional services companies. Formerly Solomon.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions—Solomon) is designed to meet the specific business management needs of project, service, and distribution-driven organizations, including companies in these industries:

  • Professional services
  • Computer and IT-related services
  • Management consulting
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Wholesale distribution
  • General contracting
  • Government contracting

Microsoft Dynamics SL helps to automate financial, project and supply chain management and is ideal for small and midsize companies that need to integrate with other systems and serve customers better. It is available in two editions: Standard and Professional.

Microsoft Dynamics SL has several editions available depending on your needs:

The Business Essentials Edition is for customers who need core financial management and trade functionality.

The Advanced Management Edition is the preferred solution for growing, midmarket, or high-functional-needs customers who are looking for an adaptive solution with a broad set of functionality, including all functionality included in the Business Essentials edition.

Addtional a la carte components are available to Business Essentials and Advanced Management customers. Each offering, Business Essentials or Advanced Management, gives access to a specific set of a la carte granules that provide a richer set of features and functionality to serve unique business needs.

About Microsoft Dynamics Microsoft Dynamics™ is a line of integrated, adaptable business management solutions that enables you and your people to make business decisions with greater confidence. Microsoft Dynamics works like and with familiar Microsoft software, automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship and supply chain processes in a way that helps you drive business success.

Accounts Payable

Financial Management - Accounts Payable

Keep accurate information about money owed, due dates, and available discounts at your fingertips with a focused and flexible way to carefully track and take advantage of terms and discounts, predict cash requirements, and monitor payments so they are made only once.

Accounts Receivable

Financial Management - Accounts Receivable

Actively manage your customer accounts and identify problems before they occur. Flexible, integrated functions provide you with detailed information and reporting to monitor receivables and do what you need to enhance your cash flow and bottom line.

Advanced Payroll

Financial Management - Advanced Payroll

Take the guesswork out of complex labor and time collection. Calculate true labor costs, meet time-sensitive government reporting requirements, provide flexible deductions and benefits, and most importantly, pay your employees accurately and on time.

Advanced Shipping Manager

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Advanced Shipping Manager

Automatically create shipping labels, build shipment detail, charge shipments and much more. Add precise and efficient shipment functionality to Microsoft Dynamics SL Order Management and e-Commerce Gateway–EDI Edition.

Analytics and Reporting

Crystal Reports Modify any existing report or create an unlimited number of custom reports to suit your needs with Crystal Reports Professional, an industry-leading report writer included with Microsoft Dynamics SL System Manager. Crystal Reports provides powerful reporting and query capabilities for both novice and experienced users. Use it to select, analyze, summarize, and present data in almost any way imaginable.

Microsoft Forecaster Take control of the future of your organization with Microsoft Dynamics for Analytics–Forecaster. Meet business objectives and gain competitive advantage with budgeting and planning capabilities that allow you to plan more effectively and respond quickly to changing business needs.

Microsoft FRx Forecaster

Master your financial reporting process with Microsoft Dynamics for Analytics–FRx Professional. High-performance capabilities give you comprehensive, highly customizable financial and management reports that are easy to create, distribute, and use.

Business Portal Unlock business potential and enhance productivity by providing user-specific access to information and processes from a single Web-based portal. Built on Microsoft .NET technologies, business portal in Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers applications, information, and processes to employees, customers, and partners across your organization.

Key Performance Indicators With Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for business portal in Microsoft Dynamics SL, companies can define and help deliver instant access to personalized views of key business information via a Web-based portal.

Bank Reconciliation

Automate and simplify your bank reconciliation process to reduce paperwork, eliminate tedious administrative tasks, and help ensure accuracy

Bill of Materials

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Bill of Materials

Define, analyze, and manage your company’s produclt. Comprehensive features in three important manufacturing categories—bill of materials, production routings, and product costing—provide support for costing and production of manufactured and assembled goods.

Cash Management

Financial Management - Cash Management

Take the guesswork out of cash accounting, gain instant access to your current cash balance, and automate bank reconciliation. Powerful and integrated, Microsoft Dynamics SL Cash Manager is automatically updated when batches are released by other Microsoft Dynamics SL modules.

Cash Manager

Take the guesswork out of cash accounting, gain instant access to your current cash balance, and automate bank reconciliation.

Powerful and integrated, Microsoft Dynamics SL Cash Manager is automatically updated when batches are released by other Microsoft Dynamics SL modules

Currency Manager

Financial Management - Currency Manager

Conduct global business easily, whether your company uses a single currency with plans to expand or already operates with multiple currencies. Integrate transaction processing across Microsoft Dynamics SL to track exchange rate fluctuations, determine possible gains and losses when making payments in another currency, and maximize multinational business profits.

E-Commerce

Web Order Empower your customers and employees with the flexibility and convenience of accessing and acting on key enterprise information anytime via the Web. Give staff and customers the ability to enter orders over the Internet; check order status any time, day or night; and inquire into current inventory availability and pricing.

eCommerce Gateway – EDI Edition With Microsoft Dynamics SL, you can take advantage of the benefits of conducting business electronically to solidify your position in the value chain. Microsoft Dynamics SL eCommerce Gateway–EDI Edition works with Microsoft Dynamics SL Order Management to help integrate and automate business transactions with customers, vendors, and remote warehouses.

Field Service

Equipment Maintenance Track and control every aspect of routine and unscheduled equipment maintenance. Automate the work order process, allowing your maintenance department to generate work orders more quickly and accurately, track work orders with user-defined criteria (making time stamps obsolete), perform detailed accounting procedures with ease, and execute all of your maintenance/repair procedures with maximum efficiency.

Flat Rate Pricing Take full control over every flat rate in your organization and inspire more customer confidence in your organization. The flat rate pricing process, the standard in more service industries every day, is now easier than ever. Stop purchasing expensive flat rate books from an outside publisher and enable your technicians to give on-the-spot printed price quotes on specific services from your pricing catalog.

Service Contracts Manage your service agreements more effectively and maximize revenue for every. If your business has service agreements, you know managing them can be difficult. But with proper management, service agreements can be a major source of revenue for service companies. With Service Contracts, before a technician is dispatched to a site, the customer service representative will be alerted to any active contracts that exist.

Service Dispatch Track and manage every detail of your service organizatoon. Flexible capabilities help you manage field technicians efficiently, clarify information about technicians’ profitability, and accurately track customer information, including account status and equipment and service history.

Financial Statement Translation

Isolate, evaluate, and eliminate the impact of currency fluctuations on your business operations with Microsoft Dynamics SL Financial Statement Translation. This flexible and integrated module helps you dramatically improve month-end close processes by performing necessary currency translations and automatically calculating gains/losses due to rate fluctuations.

General Ledger

Financial Management - General Ledger

Capture and analyze the financial information you need to make better business decisions with flexible, integrated capabilities that let you harness your accounting processes to meet the way you do business.

Financial Statement Translation

Isolate, evaluate, and eliminate the impact of currency fluctuations on your business operations. This flexible and integrated module helps you dramatically improve month-end close processes by performing necessary currency translations and automatically calculating gains/losses due to rate fluctuations.

Multiple Company

Monitor, analyze, and report on multiple companies or functional divisions within your organization. Focused and flexible capabilities help you set up multiple companies in one or more databases, run processes, close books, and report results by company or in a consolidated company.

Inventory

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Inventory

Ensure your customers get what they want, when they want it—and maximize return on your inventory investment. Deal with the full range of inventory issues, including outgoing orders, incoming stock, returns, backorders, surplus inventory, and dead stock.

Inventory Replenishment

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Inventory Replenishment

Replace inventory more accurately and help improve customer satisfaction. Provides integrated tools that optimize inventory stocking levels and automate purchasing to maintain favorable customer service levels and inventory balances.

Landed Cost

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Landed Cost

Capture actual shipping, handling, and import fees (landed costs) and easily roll them into the total cost of goods. Distributors and manufacturers can calculate accurate inventory valuation by including additional charges beyond item purchase costs, such as miscellaneous origin and destination fees.

Order Management

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Order Management

Improve customer satisfaction by keeping order management employees on task and on top of the entire sales order process—under any circumstances. This core distribution module provides comprehensive capabilities for a range of industries, such as distribution, service, and manufacturing, to help improve efficiency and customer service now and as your business grows.

Order to Purchase

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Order to Purchase

Accurately promise customers the goods they want, when they want them. Balance inventory carrying costs with customer service levels so your representatives can fulfill customers’ request for goods, even when stock is short.

Payroll and Direct Deposit

Payroll (United States) - Make payroll and benefits administration a smooth, predictable, and timely process with powerful and flexible capabilities that allow you to operate faster, smarter, and more profitably.

Payroll-Advanced (United States) - Take the guesswork out of complex labor and time collection. Microsoft Dynamics SL advanced payroll helps you calculate true labor costs, meet time-sensitive government reporting requirements, provide flexible deductions and benefits, and most importantly, pay your employees accurately and on time. Advanced payroll requires the purchase of the Payroll.

Project Management and Accounting

Allocator Gain precise control over project finances by creating flexible, multiple tiered hierarchies to reflect the spectrum of labor rates and billing structures you need. Then automatically allocate charges and revenues, account for work-in-process, transfer or consolidate transactions, and record accurate data for billing and posting to general ledger accounts.

Analyzer Enhance business decision-making with efficient access to comprehensive data about project performance and profitability. Quickly collect and summarize data for key metrics, selectively pinpoint details for analysis, and present results in intuitive and practical formats.

Budgeting Take control of your project finances with powerful budgeting tools that allow you to significantly increase your project’s profitability. By tracking your budgeting process throughout the life of your project, you can view the impact of budget changes on profitability and manage the information you need to make your project successful.

Communicator Help enhance control of project progress and profitability by increasing awareness of changes in key indicators or documents awaiting action. Automated alerts keep you informed of pending deadlines, required approvals, escalating costs, and eroding margins, making it easy to intervene so projects and profits stay on track.

Contract Management Streamline time-consuming contract management tasks and help increase the productivity of subcontractor interactions for even the most complex projects. By improving control over change orders, document tracking, and subcontractor disbursements, you can help ensure timely completion, enhance cash flow, and boost project profitability.

Controller Improve your project profitability by providing project managers with the accurate, meaningful information needed to gain control over project revenue and expenses—enough control to help make even low-margin projects profitable.

Employee Utilization Get the information necessary to improve the profitability of service professionals and other human resources. Track personnel availability, billable time, revenues, and the realization of established utilization goals. View timecard line-item detail, or speed up analysis by customizing and summarizing data in a variety of groupings and time periods.

Flexible Billing Shorten billing cycles and improve cash flow by taking control of unbilled receivables and converting them more quickly to revenues. Streamline invoicing with automatic generation, formatting, and submission of drafts for approval, then easily note needed corrections, finalize invoices, and post receivables.

Time and Expense Take control of your labor, project, and travel-related expenses. Accurate, timely cost information gives you the precise information you need to increase your productivity and make better, more effective business decisions.

Purchasing

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Purchasing

Boost productivity and reduce transaction costs with increased purchasing accuracy, speed processing, streamlined receiving, and efficient invoice matching and vouchering. Provide buyers with accurate, up-to-date vendor and pricing information to help them make consistent, cost-effective buying decisions.

Supply Chain Management

Advanced Shipping Management - Automatically create shipping labels, build shipment detail, charge shipments, and do much more with Microsoft Dynamics SL Advanced Shipping Management. This module is only available as an a la carte module on the Advanced Management Edition.

E-Commerce Gateway EDI - With Microsoft Dynamics SL, you can take advantage of the benefits of conducting business electronically to solidify your position in the value chain. Microsoft Dynamics SL E-Commerce Gateway—EDI Edition works with Microsoft Dynamics SL Order Management to help integrate and automate business transactions with customers, vendors, and remote warehouses. Available as an a la carte module.

Inventory - Help to ensure that your customers get what they want, when they want it—and maximize return on your inventory investment. Microsoft Dynamics SL Inventory helps you deal with a full range of inventory issues, including outgoing orders, incoming stock, returns, backorders, surplus inventory, and dead stock.

Inventory Replenishment - Replace inventory more accurately and help improve customer satisfaction. Microsoft Dynamics SL Inventory Replenishment provides integrated tools that optimize inventory stocking levels and automate purchasing to maintain favorable customer service levels and inventory balances. This is only available as an a la carte module on the Advanced Management Edition.

Landed Costing - Capture actual shipping, handling, and import fees (landed costs) and easily roll them into the total cost of goods. With Microsoft Dynamics SL Landed Cost, distributors and manufacturers can calculate accurate inventory valuation by including additional charges beyond item purchase costs, such as miscellaneous origin and destination fees.

Order Management - Improve customer satisfaction by keeping order management employees on task and on top of the entire sales order process—under any circumstances—with Microsoft Dynamics SL Order Management. This core distribution module provides comprehensive capabilities for a range of industries, such as distribution, service, and manufacturing, to help improve efficiency and customer service now and as your business grows.

Orders to Purchase - Accurately promise customers the goods they want, when they want them. Microsoft Dynamics SL Orders to Purchase helps balance inventory carrying costs with customer service levels so your representatives can fulfill customers’ requests for goods, even when stock is short. This module is only available as an a la carte module within the Advanced Management Edition.

Purchasing - Boost productivity and reduce transaction costs with increased purchasing accuracy, speedy processing, streamlined receiving, and efficient invoice matching and vouchering. Microsoft Dynamics SL Purchasing provides buyers with accurate, up-to-date vendor and pricing information to help them make consistent, cost-effective buying decisions.

Requisitions - Help increase control and reduce paperwork by enabling employees to enter purchase requisitions online for manager approval and automatic transfer to Purchase Order Processing. This module is standard in the Advanced Management Edition or as an a a la carte module in the Business Essentials Edition.

Work Order

Distribution/Supply Chain Management - Work Order

Streamline the planning and handling of your work orders, so you can control costs and maximize profits. Easy-to-implement and easy-to-use, Microsoft Dynamics SL Work Order helps plan and track product item costs and keep general ledger accounts and inventory quantities seamlessly integrated and in balance.

Reviews of Dynamics SL

Tom from Archdiocese of Philadelphia says...

Great Product for Non-Profits and Schools.

The good: Great Product easy to navigate.

The bad: No Complaints it really is the perfect fit for our organization.

An anonymous Dynamics SL user says...

I find it a poor product from user interface to functionality

The good: nothing - I know too many better alternatives on all counts

The bad: User interface, flexibility, speed, functionality

Russ from Taco Mayo Franchise Systems says...

It has the basic features that we need and use. We just use the general ledger and accounts payable features.

The Good: It is fairly easy to learn.

The Bad: It can be inflexible at times