1 solutions M i c r o s o f t D y n a m i c s S L 6. 5 E n h a n c e m e n t s formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon Build a Better Business
2 Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 Enhancements Table of Contents Overview of Microsoft Dynamics SL What s New In Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 Significant New and Enhanced Features 4 Organizations That Will Benefit Most 5 Details of New Features and Enhancements Foundation 7 Financial 8 Project Management and Accounting 9 Inventory and Order Management 10 Business Portal Analytics and Reporting 12 Technical Support and Services 13 Haven t Upgraded in a While? 14 Total Solution Financing 16 MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS
3 Empower. Connect. Build a Better Business. Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5, formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon, can help build stronger businesses by empowering people to manage processes faster and more accurately. And Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 includes new modules and numerous enhancements specifically for our customers in professional services, construction, and distribution firms, as well as for government contractors. Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 can help you to better manage your accounts and process requests for goods or services more efficiently. The latest version provides role-specific functions for employees throughout your company. It delivers the tools your people need to connect to information, streamline processes, reduce inefficiency, and gain new business insights. Save Time and Money with the new Requisitions Module Streamline the submission and approval of requests with the new Requisitions module. Employees can enter requests directly and managers can review and approve them immediately. Simplify Account Management with the new Bank Reconciliation Module Get quick and easy access to your accounts for easier investment management. Improve Security and Efficiency with the Enhanced Application Server Module Schedule reports to run as frequently as needed, with increased security, using the enhanced Application Server module. Increase Productivity with the Business Portal in Microsoft Dynamics SL Connect to important information through the Internet with a Microsoft Internet Explorer connection. The Business Portal makes it easier than ever before. Microsoft Dynamics SL helps you grow your business, improve customer and employee satisfaction, and work more effectively with your business partners, customers, and vendors. Your data is more secure and more accessible to the people who need it. And with Microsoft solutions and a worldwide network of Microsoft Business Partners, you can address today s business challenges while creating a foundation for future growth. Build a Better Business with Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 microsoft dynamics SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS 2-
4 Significant New and Enhanced Features of Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 Organizations That Benefit Most Continuing its focus on project-driven organizations and distributors, and based on extensive feedback from our customers and partners, Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 delivers advantages in five broad areas. Microsoft Dynamics Microsoft Dynamics, formerly known as Microsoft Business Solutions, helps small and midsize businesses, large organizations, and divisions of global enterprises automate and manage financial, operational, and customer relationship functions. With this release, Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon becomes Microsoft Dynamics SL, an innovative solution for bringing people and processes together. Empower Your Employees and Managers You can save time and money with the addition of the powerful new Requisitions module. Employees can enter purchase requests directly into the system, and managers can proactively approve or reject them. The module can support purchasing policies by company, department, cost center, or even by project. Approved requests can then be submitted for bids potentially saving your company even more money. Manage Your Accounts Effectively The new Bank Reconciliation module provides easy access to your account balances and enables your staff to quickly reconcile company bank statements in electronic formats, extending the Microsoft Dynamics SL suite of applications for easier management of your bank accounts. Maintain Security and Efficiency Take advantage of automated processing with the enhanced Application Server module. Reports and processes can now be scheduled to run within the time frame required by individual employees. And with new security measures in Application Server, you can lock a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system while processing continues helping to provide a more secure environment. Manage Data Access from Anywhere The powerful Business Portal 3.0 in Microsoft Dynamics SL, built on Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies for collaboration and document management, can boost your productivity. New features include a requisitions item-request. You also gain options to provide employees, customers, and vendors with extranet access. Authorized users can connect to the portal from any Microsoft Internet Explorer connection eliminating the need for a virtual private network (VPN). This feature simplifies access and IT management and helps provide secure access to data. Business Portal now offers multicompany queries, Item-Request-Entry and Item-Request- Approval applications, an Inventory Lookup application, and a roles-based home page. Take Advantage of Project-Driven Organization and Distribution Enhancements Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 includes more than 100 enhancements to appeal to both existing customers in multiple industries and new customers in project-driven and distribution industries. The enhancements span all aspects of the product, making installation easier and providing performance scalability as well as new capabilities for financials and payroll, project management and accounting, distribution, field service, and customization tools. This release will be of special interest to: Companies with remote employees or multiple divisions. Firms that have multiple accounting departments, several legal entities, or operations at several locations. Small to midsize businesses and contractors of the U.S. government. Project-driven organizations of this type with specialized accounting and tracking needs. Professional Services. Organizations that provide management consulting or IT consulting: architectural, engineering and surveying services; research, development, and testing services; and management, advertising, and public-relations services Homebuilders. Construction companies that develop more than 25 lots per year General Contractors. Contractors that engage in residential or commercial construction Specialty Trade Contractors. Contractors who provide services such as heating, ventilating, air conditioning, flooring installation, and electrical and mechanical services Any project-driven business delivering billable contracts for its customers Wholesale Trade. Establishments primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution of durable goods Any business that distributes inventory and uses Microsoft Dynamics SL to manage customer orders and inventory MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS
5 Foundation Now you can provide people across your organization with enhancements that increase productivity by improving your peoples experience in navigation, data entry, and database administration. Enhanced Application Server Module The new scheduling capabilities in the Application Server module give your people the ability to establish a schedule for executing automated processes or running reports. And now you can also lock down the Application Server programmatically. Enhanced Performance Throughout the System You can process more data in far less time with improvements in these applications and processes: Process Manager Service Contract Revenue Recognition Cash Transactions History Report Sales Order Entry Processing of Direct Deposits in a Terminal Server Farm Environment Updating Standard Costs from Pending Enhanced Schema Help Content Now it s easier to extend and configure Microsoft Dynamics SL with better information about the structure of the Microsoft Dynamics SL database and data content. Schema Help files contain more detailed information about both new and existing tables. Enhanced SL Object Model Applications developed by Microsoft Business Partners and independent software vendors (ISVs) using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 can more easily be brought into your Microsoft Dynamics SL environment, thanks to support for the Microsoft.NET Framework. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Visual Studio 8.0 Support Because Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 includes support for the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server and Visual Studio, it will work well with updates to your Microsoft infrastructure. microsoft dynamics SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS 6-
6 Financial Management Improve your organization s financial status with the new Financial Management additions. Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 makes it easier to reconcile your records with those from your bank so you stay up-to-date. Project Management and Accounting Get increased control of your organization s project management and accounting functions with Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5. Now you can apply additional mark-up rates and automatically update projects from purchase orders easily keeping your project information current. New Bank Reconciliation Module Easy to set up and easy to use, you can streamline the management of your bank accounts, reducing effort and errors. Once set up, bank reconciliation takes only three quick steps every month: (1) import cash transactions, (2) review and clear the checks and receipts, and (3) close the period. It s that simple. Reconcile bank statements quickly by importing transactions from your bank and automatically matching the records for reconciliation. Bank reconciliation can clear transactions from the following modules: General Ledger Accounts Payable Accounts Receivable Payroll Streamline the management of your bank accounts. Reconciling is easier with integrated Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and General Ledger modules. Gain more control over project expenses and make better decisions with this Webbased snapshot of your project s financial, cashflow, and billing status. Addition of New Third Rate Key in Allocations Looking up time-andexpense rates for employees who have different rates for different types of work is now far easier with the addition of a third rate key. New Purchase Order Feature That Automatically Updates Project Commitments Project managers can more accurately assess project spending and progress with the automatic updates that eliminate the need to run the Financial Transactions Transfer Process function manually. New Extranet Access with Business Portal in Microsoft Dynamics SL Employees, vendors, and customers gain the power to access the Business Portal through a Microsoft Internet Explorer connection. Employees can record time and expenses remotely. And managers gain more flexibility in reviewing time and expense sheets and invoices. MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS
7 Inventory and Order Management Improve the management, efficiency, and performance of your distribution system. Enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 give you more control of your purchasing and ordering processes, increasing employee and customer satisfaction. Business Portal 3.0 in Microsoft Dynamics SL Empower your employees with access to relevant data built for their specific roles within the company, and extend important information to customers and vendors through Microsoft Internet Explorer to improve satisfaction with your company. New Requisitions Module With the new Requisitions module, you can automate the procurement process by creating a flexible request, bidding, and approval system. You never need to worry again about losing paper requests. The module: Gives users the ability to submit purchase requests online and track all requests approved or rejected within the system. Makes it easy for managers to administer procurement expenses efficiently. They can also reduce costs by price-shopping approved requests before submitting a requisition. Offers several possible approval paths for a requisition, including by project ID (requires the Project Controller module), by department or cost center (defined manually or by subaccount segment), or as determined by a userdefined corporate policy. New Role-Based Home Page It s easy to control the information that Business Portal users can view by defining access to internal or external home pages by role. New Extranet Access Without a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Employees, vendors, and customers can access company information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New Item Request Entry Application Employees can enter requests for supplies, furniture, goods, and services electronically and submit them for approval. To save time, they can also use all or part of previous requests as templates for creating new ones, New Multicompany-Enabled Queries Employees can increase the accuracy of queries in a multicompany environment by viewing data for all companies or just one to easily analyze business information. New Mass Import of Users Feature Administrators save time with the simplified set up. They can easily configure settings for multiple users of Microsoft Dynamics SL who have similar rights in just one session. New Ability to Copy a Business Portal Role Administrators can copy an existing role as the basis for defining a new role another time-saving feature. Provides features that help with encumbrance and budget validation, so you can track costs from the submission of the requisition. Once approved, the cost remains committed until the item is received, vouchered, and posted to the general ledger. New Item Request Approval Application Managers can respond quickly to approve or deny item requests. They can also evaluate the best prices on purchases proactively, saving time and costs when securing bids. Shows funds encumbered against a project as a committed cost until the requisition becomes a purchase order. The status/budget update process relieves the commitment, changing the status of the funds to uncommitted. Improve your purchasing power. Automate your procurement process with a flexible request, bidding, and approval system. New Inventory Item Lookup Application Users can quickly check the availability of quotes and evaluate stock levels by searching and viewing inventory items from within the Business Portal to improve service and customer satisfaction. Increase your productivity with new features in Business Portal 3.0 that give extranet users easy and secure access to corporate information without requiring a VPN. 10 MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS 11
8 Analytics and Reporting Quickly transform data into meaningful information with new capabilities for business intelligence and analytics. You can easily tailor reporting for individual users and export data into a pivot table for the automatic creation of graphs in Microsoft Office Excel. You can publish reports as Microsoft Office Word or Excel documents and more. First-Rate Technical Support and Services Microsoft Dynamics SL is supported by one of the most responsive and innovative service teams in the industry. Your investment is also extended by your local reselling partner, which offers training and support to meet your specific needs. New Microsoft FRx 6.7 Service Pack With this new service pack, your reporting functionality benefits from security enhancements that make Microsoft FRx 6.7 compatible with password changes made in Microsoft Dynamics SL. Utilize Business Portal Queries for Quick Access to Relevant Information Give managers and frontline employees access to important information using the power of Business Portal 3.0 in Microsoft Dynamics SL. View customer orders from a single division, or view sales data rolled up across multiple reporting units, to easily analyze business information. Analyze sales performance and improve management insight with a Webbased view of sales activity. Our service plans are much more than software maintenance programs. They are a key element to your success and expertise with a business solution. Microsoft Dynamics solutions deliver industry-leading services, helping you to ensure greater overall success with your investment. Our current service plans include: Enhancement Program With the Enhancement Program, you will always have the latest major version releases, minor enhancements, service packs, and tax updates for the product that you have licensed. Standard A Plan This plan provides a foundation level of services, including the Enhancement Program, which complements the support and training supplied by your local channel partner. (The Standard A Plan is required for the first year for new customers who acquire Microsoft Dynamics SL.) Standard B Plan This service plan includes all the benefits of the Standard A plan, plus the assurance of the availability of support and high responsiveness. Deluxe Support Services Together with services from your channel partner, this plan provides personalized service focused on your business applications. Most importantly, you gain a trusted advisor from Microsoft an account manager who can focus on your needs and maximize your investment in Microsoft Dynamics SL. Choose from two types of plans Deluxe Support Services Plus and Deluxe Support Services Standard. Deluxe Support Services Plus Designed for customers with a complex infrastructure or those with a high-risk or mission-critical implementation, this service plan fits the needs of organizations seeking a more personal relationship with Microsoft. Deluxe Support Services Standard This service plan fulfills the needs of customers that wish to receive the majority of their support from their channel partner but also want proactive support and involvement from Microsoft. This offering is well suited to highly customized implementations that require targeted, strategic assistance from Microsoft. Flex Support Flex 5-Pack Support and Flex Per-Incident Support provide affordable support from Microsoft for those who prefer to pay-asthey-go. No matter which service plan you choose, excluding Flex Support, you will receive software updates. You will also get access to CustomerSource, a productivity-enhancing Web site, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With Standard A, Standard B, or Deluxe Support Services, you receive technical support to keep your business running smoothly. You also gain access to online training, so your employees get quickly up to speed to maximize your investment in Microsoft Dynamics SL. Programs are subject to change at any time, so please contact your Microsoft Business Partner for current offerings or see the Microsoft Dynamics SL Services Support Web site for more details: support/serviceplan.mspx 12 MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS 13
9 Haven t Upgraded in a While? Microsoft Business Solutions Solomon 5.0 and Microsoft Solomon 5.5 offered: Microsoft Solomon 6.0 offered: Foundation Office XP Smart Tag Manager Company name displayed in Title Bar Online user manuals Financial Enhanced time-entry screens Ability to print multiple checks per employee per pay period or per payroll run Advanced Distribution Inventory replenishment Order to purchase Landed cost Work order Payroll Capabilities for Construction and Other Project-Related Businesses Union reciprocity and portability Service dispatch integration to Advanced Payroll Time and expense integration to Advanced Payroll Web-based Advanced Payroll time entry Project Management and Accounting Multicurrency invoicing Utilization-expense cost-tracking Redesigned Web time and expense entry screens Integration with Microsoft Project Server 2002 U.S. government contractor enhancements for Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliance Indirect rate calculation Time and expense audit-trail capability Revenue allocation rules based on a maximum Microsoft Solomon Desktop Web-based time-entry modifications Ease-of-use enhancements for data entry Service Week-at-a-glance graphical dispatch board Microsoft MapPoint integration Microsoft Solomon Desktop Multicompany Microsoft Solomon Desktop Foundation Enhanced user interface and user experience Group customizations Enhanced tools for Sarbanes- Oxley compliance Customer feedback tool in Help Support for Watson error-logging Financial Advanced timecard entry for Microsoft Business Portal Advanced Distribution Ability to consolidate multiple shippers on a single invoice Improvements in efficiency and performance Enhanced Reporting and Budgeting Crystal Reports 10 Microsoft FRx 6.7 Microsoft FRx Forecaster 6.7 Microsoft FRx Report Manager 6.7 Project Management and Accounting Resource assignment Invoice format 1034 Historical budgets by period, budget labels, AIA improvements Cash Manager integration to Project Management and Accounting Project Enabler renamed Project Connector Microsoft Business Portal enhancements: Timecard approval Expense-report entry Expense-report approval Project Analyst Invoice approval Task inquiry Microsoft Solomon Communicator Field Service Service contract change history and audit trail Flat-Rate Pricing module available on Microsoft Solomon Standard edition Enhanced Reporting and Budgeting Microsoft FRx Report Writer 6.5 Integration with Microsoft Retail Management System Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics FRx Forecaster 6.5 MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS 15
10 Total Solution Financing Total Solution Financing from Microsoft Financing can ease the economic burden associated with acquiring and implementing software and hardware, as well as related consulting services. This program makes it easy to extend business management system costs over time, so you can manage your business finances more effectively today, while saving your cash for other opportunities or for emergencies. Total Solution Financing covers the cost of your entire business management system, including: All Microsoft Dynamics software and services. Hardware (servers, network devices, and PCs) required to get the solution up and running. Third-party software from authorized ISV partners as part of the total solution. Reselling partner s implementation and consulting services. Any software from Microsoft used as part of the solution for example, Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft BizTalk Server. Total Solution Financing is available only through a Microsoft Certified Business Solutions Partner. To find a partner near you, in the United States, call (888) and choose Option 1. If you are located outside the United States, call (1) MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SL 6.5 ENHANCEMENTS
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