Microsoft’s latest version of Dynamics SL is 2018. This version has mainstream support through January 2024, and extended support through December 2028.
During Mainstream Support, Microsoft provides new releases, updates, service packs, builds, fixes, and patches to enhance a product’s security and reliability, close vulnerabilities, and fix problems. During Extended Support, Microsoft continues to provide security and reliability updates, and bug fixes, but non-security updates are not provided without a paid support agreement.
Dynamics SL2015 ended mainstream support 01/2020 and extended support will be available until 01/2025.
All prior versions of SL are not supported by Microsoft. Microsoft has not made an official announcement, but circumstances indicate that 2018 is the last version.
Accounting software does a good job but can be limited. Businesses have a decision to either stay with a basic system or upgrade to a robust, cloud-based ERP solution. If you have many disconnected systems and have a need to integrate or have better functionality, the cloud is now more affordable to small and mid-sized companies.
Yes, you are allowed per the license to have a test system, which in most cases is a copy of your production system. We recommend all customers have a test system and update it on a regular basis if you are testing new features or new processes.
This depends upon if your companies will share customers, chart of accounts, vendors, customizations, and/or other key elements of setup. Many of our clients have all their companies in one database, while others choose to have separate databases because of the major differences in set up and needed functionality. Regardless, consolidated financials can be created even if companies are in separate databases.
Usually all reports and customizations will also be upgraded. During the discovery or questionnaire process, we may determine that some of these reports or customizations are no longer needed because processes have changed, or new functionality has been added to improve in the new version.