Microsoft Dynamics SL for Enterprises

Sunsetting Microsoft Dynamics SL – The End of an Era

For more than 25 years, Microsoft Dynamics® SL has powered a wide variety of enterprises all around the world by delivering the functionality, performance, and ease of use that these organizations require. Microsoft Dynamics SL helps you operate your company more efficiently by bringing your people and your systems together to manage everything from the company’s finances and distribution to its service and projects. 

Are you ready for a change?

On July 11, 2023, Microsoft will stop providing mainstream support for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018, which was released in 2018. There has been no communication regarding the release of any new music. Microsoft Dynamics SL has been a dependable option for managing your company all along; nevertheless, like with all good things, it will ultimately be phased out. If you are still using Microsoft Dynamics SL 2015 or even SL 2011, mainstream support for those versions has already been discontinued. You should be aware of this if you are still using any of those versions. This indicates that you need to formulate a strategy for your company.

What is mainstream support?

Running your company is a difficult task in and of itself, and attempting to do it with software that is not supported introduces additional complications and hazards. Because Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 is the program’s final major update, we want to make sure you are aware of the dangers that this situation poses to your company as Microsoft gradually withdraws support for the software.

Microsoft is scheduled to stop providing mainstream support for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 on July 11, 2023. (product lifecycle). After the end of mainstream support, Microsoft will no longer provide any more releases, updates, service packs, builds, fixes, or patches to address problems with functionality. You will need to invest in a support and maintenance package for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 in order to get your hands on these upgrades.

Extended support for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 will be available until 7/11/2028 at the earliest. The manufacturer reserves the right to decide whether or not extended support will incorporate any security flaws. Customers who are currently enrolled in a support or maintenance plan are the only ones who will have access to these updates.

In addition, starting of the 11th of July in 2028, customers will no longer be able to purchase support or maintenance agreements from Microsoft. This indicates that after July 11, 2028, Microsoft will no longer offer any possibility to acquire solutions or resolve security concerns for installations of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018.

Countdown to the End of Life for Microsoft Dynamics SL

The bottom line is that although Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 is essential to the management of your company, your company will incur more expenses even if you decide to keep using the software. In addition, as of the 11th July 2028, Microsoft will no longer give any updates to fix any functional difficulties that may arise if your software fails, nor will it address any security vulnerabilities that may place your company’s data in jeopardy. 

Do you know what to expect when it comes to the end of mainstream support for Microsoft Dynamics SL?

Managing your company without the assistance of a business management system comes with a significant amount of danger; yet, despite the clock ticking, you still have the opportunity to come to an intelligent strategic decision on how to advance your company.

What options are available to you?

Keep on using Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018:

Microsoft has announced that it would continue to offer support for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2018 through July 11, 2028. However, in order to guarantee the safety of your system and the continuation of your business, you will need to pay for an extended support plan out of your own pocket. In addition to this, taking this route will need you to shell out cash in order to postpone what was always going to happen, rather than investing this money in your future. This does not even take into consideration the opportunities and efficiency that your company cannot take advantage of since it is employing outdated software. 

Investigate and implement a new ERP system

Because the decision you make about a new ERP system will have an effect on your company for the next ten years, you should not rush through the process. At the same time, the period of time required to get from ERP selection to ERP implementation is generally 18 months. Where do you even begin when there are so many different ERP alternatives to pick from and so much money and time that are depending on this decision? 

It is essential that you come up with a strategy before beginning your search for an ERP system.

When it comes to changing your ERP, we recognize that there are a lot of things to think about, but the Strategic Systems Group team is here to assist you. If you contact us right away, a member of our staff can assist you in better understanding the timescales for Microsoft Dynamics SL as well as your alternatives for migrating to a new enterprise resource planning system.

To learn more, please call (310) 539-4645 or click here to schedule a time to speak with one of our experienced consultants.

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