There is no question that Dynamics SL users are loyal to their software. Some organizations have been using it for more than a decade and have invested in customizations, upgrades, maintenance, servers and ongoing training and support for end-users. The level of allegiance to Dynamics SL is remarkable.
Yet, as we navigate this challenging time, the inherent weaknesses of Dynamics SL have been magnified. The problems are not functionality and feature related. The fact is that Dynamics SL cannot meet the needs of today’s mobile and virtual workforce. It cannot be contained in a secure environment using on-premise servers. And, it simply does not easily scale in a way that helps manage growth using adaptable business applications, a scalable database or the ability to quickly add (or remove) users.
Dynamics SL organizations can resolve these issues by upgrading to a modern business management environment in the cloud, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This cloud-based business management solution is the next generation of Microsoft ERP for small and medium businesses and incorporates the advantages of the entire Microsoft platform such as connectivity, mobility, scalability, and flexibility. The good news for the Dynamics SL community is that there are now tools and solutions available that make it easier than ever to move to Business Central.
Dynamics SL Overlay for Business Central
The SL Overlay for Business Central. So, based on feedback from the Dynamics SL user community, as they wanted to see functionality in Business Central that they rely on in Dynamics SL. Now organizations can confidently make the move knowing that their workflow, processes, and user experience will be similar as they make the move to Business Central.
The SL Overlay features includes the following:
- Set the future date of the Reversing Journal for Recurring journals
- Standard process posts to the next day
- A benefit of Dynamics 365 Business Central is that it saves all data being entered so users don’t need to rely on the idea of clicking a “save” button.
- Dynamics 365 Business Central includes a warning message interface to turn on and off warning messages to assist users during data entry
- The SL overlay adds 25 SL focused additional warning messages for data missing from key fields that can be turned on or off
Shortcut Dimensions 3-8
- Dynamics 365 Business Central includes 8-dimension fields that are like the similar to Dynamics SLSL’s 8 subaccount segments
- Dimensions 1 and 2 are available on all data entry setup screens in Dynamics 365 Business Central.
- The SL Overlay adds Shortcut Dimensions 3-8 to setup and data entry screens which mimics the Dynamics SL subaccount field.
- Adds initialization process to populate previous entries
The SL Overlay includes built in help and online videos to assist customers with these new features.
The Spring 2021 release is scheduled to include new reports, batch processing enhancements, data entry enhancements, and SL-based graphical menu system, and more. Click here for a full description of the SL Overlay.
What’s great about the SL Overlay for Business Central is that any of the functionality can be turned on or off, so organizations and choose which features they want to use. And, don’t let the name fool you. The features and functionality are a great add for anyone that is implementing Business Central, not just Dynamics SL users.
SL Data Migration Tool
As mentioned before, some Dynamics SL organizations have been using the software for more than a decade, and that’s a lot of data. They may believe that making a change to Business Central means sacrificing access to important data. With the Microsoft Dynamics SL Intelligent Cloud migration tool, organizations can have their data and store it, too. The tool “intelligently” moves open transactions and account balances to the primary storage, so users can take advantage of what the Microsoft cloud has to offer such as enhanced insights, artificial intelligence and anytime, anywhere access across multiple devices. In the meantime, closed transactions and historical data are archived, so they are secure and accessible for organizations, but do not consume primary cloud storage.
Dynamics 365 Business Central for Professional Services
We understand that many Dynamics SL users are in it for the robust functionality the software offers professional services firms. But have you seen Dynamics 365 Business Central for Professional Services? It has what you need to plan for profitability from start including flexible project forecasting. Powerful project planning, estimating, and budgeting. And easy mobile time and expense entry. Dynamics 365 Business Central for Professional Services provides exclusive project-focused analytics and insights along with the power to maximize utilization, deliver great projects on-time and on-budget, and optimize your project portfolio. Add this to the robust core accounting and business management functionality of Business Central, and you get a solution that lets you put profitability first, not last – and a solution that will make you want to upgrade from Dynamics SL.
The Velosio team is ready to help you on your journey to the cloud, and we are perfect for the job. Why? Because we have deep expertise with both Dynamics SL and Business Central for Professional Services, and we understand the nuances of making the move. What’s more, we are experienced with the SL Overlay for Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics SL Intelligent Cloud data migration tool. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer and the reasons you no longer need to wait to make the move from Dynamics SL to Business Central.