Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon IV for Windows) is a mid-market ERP product that integrates financial management specifically designed for project- and service-based companies.
Acumatica performs many of the same functions as Microsoft Dynamics SL. But Acumatica was designed from the start to be accessible through the cloud and mobile technology. This lets Acumatica offer more features and functions than Dynamics SL and at a lower long term price.
Take a look at how Acumatica compares with Dynamics SL:
|Functionality||Acumatica||Microsoft Dynamics SL|
|True cloud (built for cloud)|
|Full function ERP|
|Full relational database export|
|Flexible licensing options (subscription and perpetual)|
|Multiple deployment options (cloud, on premise, hybrid)|
|Scale as you grow|
|Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)|
True cloud: “True cloud” means all functionality is accessible through the internet using a standard browser without the need for any additional software installation on the user’s device or additional software licensing. Acumatica works on premise or in the cloud without additional equipment or software. Dynamics SL requires Microsoft SharePoint as a front-end for it to run in the cloud.
Multiple deployment options: Technically, both products support cloud, on premise, and hybrid configurations. However, Acumatica supports all three deployment options natively using a browser to access the system. Dynamics SL, on the other hand, requires SharePoint as a front-end to enable a cloud configuration. In addition, SharePoint requires user licensing, increasing TCO.
Scale as you grow: When choosing an ERP solution, you must consider not just your company’s current needs but the future needs as well. Both products allow you to scale resources to support a growing company, but because Acumatica only charges by the computing power required and not by users, you can scale your equipment as you grow, allowing an unlimited number of users to access the system regardless of function. Dynamics SL, on the other hand, incurs greater costs as your company grows and more employees need access to the system. Be aware of these costs and consider them in your final evaluation.
TCO: Acumatica charges by computing resources used, not by user. Dynamics SL charges per user, and these costs increase as your company grows. In addition, Dynamics SL requires a license for SQL Server to run, where Acumatica can work not only with SQL Server, but also with less expensive databases, such as MySQL. Moreover, Acumatica works natively in the cloud, where Dynamics SL requires a separate license for SharePoint for it to work in the cloud.
While Microsoft Dynamics SL is a very good mid-market ERP product, there are some drawbacks. For example:
Solomon was acquired by Great Plains Software in June 2000. Great Plains was subsequently acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2001. Microsoft has stopped actively marketing Microsoft SL. Currently all the development and support for Dynamics SL has been outsourced.
Acumatica offers a completely integrated ERP and CRM solution and can be deployed on premise or in the cloud. The cost for Acumatica is based on the price of system resources, not by the number of users, so you enjoy unlimited users as your company grows.
We believe Acumatica provides the best price/value, performance, functionality, and ease of use of any ERP product available for small- and medium-sized businesses. We encourage you to perform due diligence when considering the purchase of any ERP system, not just ours. Ask questions. Know your business requirements over the next three to five years. We want to make sure you get the ERP system that is right for your company now and in the future.
NOTE: John Howell, Jr., is the past CEO of Solomon and was with them from 1983-1999. He was the also the co-founder of Acumatica. Those that like the functionality of Dynamics SL will find similarities with Acumatica.
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