How does Microsoft Dynamics SL compare to Acumatica?
Dynamics SL costs more for each individual user license; Acumatica, on the other hand, is priced for unlimited users – providing a more scalable and cost effective solution.
Dynamics SL offers on-premise and hosted deployment options. Acumatica offers multiple choices – including cloud.
Dynamics SL’s core modules cannot be accessed from a web browser. The SL “Business Portal” provides web access for only a small subset of the product’s features. Acumatica is designed and built for the web, and can be used on any browser based device.
CRM is not included with Dynamics SL Business Essentials and requires a separate “connector” to integrate them. Acumatica’s Customer Management Suite is included and fully integrated.
Dynamics SL web services work only with a subset of the application; Acumatica’s web services are the most complete toolset in the mid-market.
Dynamics SL is built on proprietary technology (some 16-bit code is still remaining) while Acumatica can be customized using standard development tools.
Other Disadvantages to Dynamics SL
Dynamics SL is not easily localized internationally.
Customization and development can be more expensive and time consuming with Dynamics SL.
No streamlined workflow. Acumatica has essentially combined the operational task assignments from a typical CRM system with Accounting and ERP to assist with managing and documenting accounting transactions.
SL requires customization to change field names in reports.
No journal vouchers.
No approval process for check printing.
No contract feature in AR for contract building.
No Deferred Revenue module.
No security at the field level.
Can’t have multiple periods open at the same time.
Most reports don’t drill down to source documents.
To schedule items, you must buy the add-on Application Server module.
Requires purchasing an additional module to process ACH payments through a third-party.
Requires third-party involvement for audit history.
Forces you to buy access to the source code ($3,400).