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Top 4 Features in Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011

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    Last year I blogged about Microsoft Dynamics SL and how it compares to Dynamics GP.  Well, coming soon is a major new release of SL which will add some great capabilities.  Dynamics SL 2011 is a robust edition of an already feature-rich product.  Look for these exciting new Dynamics 2011 features:

    Overall Useability – the menu system and user interface has been enhanced in many ways, including:

    • Login to multiple companies at once, with color coded cues.
    • “Print screen” function
    • Export from SL to Excel from screen grids
    • Attach documents to any screen or record

    Reporting – the ways to get data out of your system has been greatly enhanced:

    • New Quick Query tool –robust query tool with predefined views, the ability to create your own custom view, user-friendly column names, views defined by user security, and export to Excel.  Think GP’s Smartlist--only in some ways more powerful!
    • Management Reporter – the next generation of FRx Financial Reporter is now available for SL.  This product is FRx rewritten on the latest technology to utilize SQL, VB.Net, 64-bit, etc.

    Integrations and the rest of the Microsoft Stack – additional enhancements and “hooks” to the rest of the Microsoft solution stack you may be using:

    • Quick Send (electronic document delivery) enhancements – print a document via Quick Send, correct emails and resend, one time sends.
    • Doc Share (automatic interface with SharePoint to store key documents) – save to different formats, use subfolders, and a new Doc Share SDK to build out other SL to SharePoint document based interactions.
    • Web Services – Customer and Customer Activity web services are now available (great for CRM related integrations).  Project budget and financial information available.  Framework and SDK for additional web development.
    • Better reporting of Crystal or SSRS reports to SharePoint.

    Project Related Enhancments – SL’s already powerful Project Management and Accounting Capabilities have been improved further. So if you were looking for an excuse to upgrade your Dynamics SL system, here it is:

    • Tight Integration with Inventory and Order Management modules
    • Two allocation methods per project
    • Project to GL Reconciliation Report
    • Report Pack for Government Contractors, adding 13 new reports.
    • Project Transaction Transfer to easily move transactions from one project to another.

    Dynamics SL 2011 has been in beta for a while, but is planned to release in the second quarter of 2011.  I feel this new release makes a very powerful mid-market ERP solution even more formidable and well worth a close look for those considering a new ERP solution.

    Rick Feterick / Crestwood Associates LLC– an Indiana Dynamics Partner
    Ph:  847-394-8820 x48  Email: [email protected]

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