Microsoft dynamics SL was acquired by Microsoft along with Great Plains when Great Plains software merged with Microsoft. It is one of the four ERP products of Microsoft dynamics and probably the one which is lagging far behind in terms of new enhancements and features. Though till today dynamics SL still enjoys decent clientele but Microsoft management does not appear very keen in upgrading the software. This image of the ERP is hurting its credibility in the market and recently transfer of support to the third party by the company also gives negative signal about ERP's future.
Microsoft dynamics SL was originally accounting software with strong accounting features and flexible options which are still available in the ERP and it is still its biggest USP. This ERP has been developed in Visual Basic which is quite dependable language and uses SQL server at the back end very strongly. Basically Microsoft dynamics SL is best suited for the companies who are managing projects.
SL ERP software's strength lies in its capability to automate processes and improve operations. Its features like project management, financial, collaboration, analysis and business intelligence, customer relationship management and contract management provide all the necessary functionality that medium or large organization may need for managing projects, enhanced working style and efficiently executing its projects. These features collectively improve collaboration and communication with in the company, with customers and suppliers and helps immensely in bringing down the cost, labor and proper management of schedules.
Like GP and NAV SL too comes in two editions standard and professional edition, standard edition is for companies having turnover around $10 million whereas professional software is targeted for the companies above $50 million turnover. Microsoft dynamics SL supports its functionality with all the applications of Microsoft office which lends easy working and information in desired format. Its integration with Microsoft office project server 2007 gives online project management capabilities to project managers which immensely improves their working efficiency. Industry specific and project based functionality of Microsoft SL helps in improving user's productivity and more timely execution of projects within budget.
Ability to forecast and role based functioning allows its users to gain insight in the coming changes. Web based portal increases collaboration with the customers and suppliers for better supply chain management which is essential for timely execution of projects in any industry. Strong accounting features with multiple currencies and consolidation along with general ledger, accounts receivables and payables goes with the image of the ERP having strong financial management. Ability to analyze contracts and projects according to profitability is its unique feature. Business portal included in field service management improves management of services to make them better and more prompt and cost effective.
Though Microsoft dynamics SL is a capable ERP with strong financial features and suitability to project based companies, the uncertainty related to its future is its biggest disadvantage. Almost there have been no new enhancements and refinements in the software recently for attracting new customers and with Microsoft's declaration of a business solution for small scale companies, makes the clouds of uncertainty even more thick over SL's future.