Comparing the features of today’s ERP software can be overwhelming: Similarities exist, for sure, but more importantly, determining just how effective the bells-and-whistles will be in automating business processes is the key.
Both platforms provide streamlined solutions for project accounting, including nonprofit accounting, as well as budgeting. But for the SMB with field operations, such as in the construction sector, Microsoft Dynamics can offer a fixed asset accounting module. SAPB1 users may opt to devise a work-around using Excel spreadsheets to track and monitor fixed assets.
The fact that Microsoft Dynamics provides cloud access to other Microsoft business tools, such as office 365 and SharePoint, further enhances its productivity capabilities. Back in 2009, SAP was just beginning to work with Microsoft to “build their (SAP B1) integration to Office.”
It’s no surprise that Microsoft leverages its role as a “leader in Operating Systems, Office Products, and also having such platforms as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server – can now capitalize on ERP technology infrastructure, which includes ERP integration: SQL heterogeneous queries, Sharepoint workflows, web portals.”
Microsoft Dynamics incorporates a software developer kit (SDK) known as eConnect that ensures practical import of information, which proves instrumental if you want to import huge files from time to time.
On the other hand, it is not as easy to import details with SAP B1 since the process can take a long time before you finally realize results. In fact, anyone with a plan to invest in it needs to ask about the time this will take. Although both software platforms rely on the Microsoft SQL database, SAP B1 uses many proprietary features that make this software less agile to bringing in third-party applications.
Even though SAP B1 can tap into Microsoft Office, its native design still needs “tighter cooperation with Microsoft Office products) to stay current with the ERP market.”
Those who invest in SAP B1 and have the intention to have add-ons in there is in for some big trouble. The reason is that this software tends to crash. The number of add-ons you have determines whether the system will crash or not since it is not add-on friendly. Microsoft Dynamics supports add-ons to help you meet your needs.
Contact us to learn more about the low cost of owning Dynamics software and how its implementation can improve overall return on investment (ROI) with out-of-the-box analytics to help identify more opportunities for growth.