Microsoft Dynamics SL

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Microsoft Dynamics SL is one of Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning software products for project-driven small- and medium-sized enterprises. It is part of the Microsoft Dynamics product family.

Microsoft Dynamics SL is best known for its project-based ERP strengths with a connection to Microsoft Office Project Server, a member of the Microsoft Office family. This comprehensive business management solution provides project-, service-, and distribution-driven businesses with project management and project accounting functionality to help organizations effectively manage projects and improve profitability and efficiency.[citation needed] The functionality includes finance, project accounting, manufacturing, field services, supply chain management, analytics, and electronic commerce.


Microsoft Dynamics SL, originally called Solomon IV for Windows, was created by Solomon Software, which was co-founded by Gary Harpst.[1] Solomon Software was an independent accounting software company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

In April 1999, Solomon Software refocused the product on an all Microsoft technology strategy: Microsoft SQL Server as the database technology; Visual Basic as the software language; and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) as the customization language.

Solomon was acquired by Great Plains Software in June 2000. Great Plains was subsequently acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2001.

Project-based ERP Industry Features[edit]

Microsoft Dynamics SL provides ERP project functionality to assist professional services, government, construction, and distribution industries with the features they need to better manage their projects.[citation needed]

The solution provides professional services organizations with functionality to manage people and finances while maintaining profitability for client services and projects.[citation needed] Microsoft Dynamics SL supports accurate budgeting and cost forecasting, time and expense entry, complex allocations, unlimited billing formats, change order control, contract administration, local and Web-based project analysis, employee utilization/realization, proactive alerts, and workflow.

Microsoft Dynamics SL Business Analytics

Microsoft Dynamics SL provides government contractors with functionality that helps them meet Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit requirements.[citation needed]

In the construction industry, Microsoft Dynamics SL provides general contractors and residential homebuilders with project management, job cost, materials management, service call entry, receiving, billing, and sales capabilities to allow the management of complex job sites while lowering costs, reducing project delays, and improving customer service.[citation needed]

Microsoft Dynamics SL provides distribution-focused organizations with inventory, receiving, billing, and sales solutions. The functionality is designed to help organizations reduce distribution costs and inventory, and streamline processes while improving customer service.[citation needed]


The newest version is Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 (now Dynamics SL 2011: ref: ), which extends the reach of business information with Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence technology to improve collaboration, reporting, and analysis.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Oral history with Gary Harpst, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota

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