Compare and Contrast – Dynamics SL and Dynamics 365

Compare and Contrast – Dynamics SL and Dynamics 365

Dynamics SL and Dynamics 365… What is the change? 

Why is this an improvement?

Foundation — foundationally, Dynamics SL is an older technology utilizing Microsoft SQL Server databases, Windows Client Technology, written in and utilizing kernel technology written in C++.  Some of this technology was written when you (the reader) were just a child!

New Foundation — Dynamics 365 is built upon Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.  This foundational change builds upon the decades of legacy Dynamics NAV functionality and wins with Web Client technology as a robust user interface. Unlike Dynamics SL, the technology has evolved and kept up with the technology demands of the market.

Management and Maintainability — unlike putting Dynamics SL in a hosted environment, Dynamics 365 is built in a fully managed Azure instance which means that you never worry about backups, business continuity or downtime.

Functional Differences — Naturally, there are differences in the application such as:

  • Role based functionality tied to security — although available in Dynamics SL, this has never been implemented quite functionally for customers. In Dynamics 365, this is inherent within the solution, out of the box. However, for the NAV sophisticates out there, you can switch to the non-role based environments!
  • Chart of Accounts — come across as Chart of Accounts in Dynamics 365
  • SubAccts become Dimensions which augments the functionality you are currently used to in Dynamics SL.  Further, Dimensions can be used significantly more in PowerBI and Microsoft Flow.
  • Master Data (Vendors, Customers, Items, Projects, etc.) these become the same basic structures in Dynamics 365.
  • Reporting — no more Management Reporter! The Modern Solutions are to utilize Account Schedules in Dynamics 365 and also leverage Jet Reports (from Jet Global) or PowerBI for reporting and analytics. PowerBI is integrated throughout.
  • Data Migration — out of the gate, we have proven tools and methodologies to bring across Master Data and Open Balances. We continue to build out more sophisticated data models to provide you with a solution that when leveraging Microsoft’s PowerBI, Artificial Intelligence and Flow, you can more fully take advantage of the data.
  • Services — this is where it gets real exciting. Consider that your migration from SL to Dynamics 365 will not be the same kind of engagement you have experienced in the past. Our service model is to provide you with remote expertise which allows us to leverage the best talent without geography being a barrier.
  • Support — continuing to support you is key and Modern ERP is here with 24/7 support coverage, escalated case management and continuous improvement solutions.


As a management consulting leader, I perform Dynamics 365 Readiness Assessments for customers who have a more complicated journey to Dynamics 365, usually Finance & Operations customers. I do this through working with teams from the C-Level through all levels of the organization to produce outstanding roadmaps to the cloud. With deep ERP and CRM knowledge and taking an agnostic view of systems, I am able to outline critical success criteria and overall roadmaps that fit your timing, priorities and corporate objectives while leaving room to grow and change as the business changes. When working with me, I become your business solution adviser and catalyst for change My Top Skills • Microsoft Dynamics ERP (NAV, GP, SL)– (24 years) • Microsoft Dynamics CRM/CE – (14 years) • Cloud and SaaS Technologies – (15 years) • Consulting and Implementations – (17 years) • Solution Management – (11 years) Key Roles Performed • Executive Leadership – (17 years of experience) • Business Advisory – (17 years of experience) Industry Experience • Professional and Field Services – (20 years of experience) • IT Services – (20 years of experience) • Healthcare Digital Transformation, Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 CE and Project Services, Cloud and Business Development

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