Delaware, USA – April 2022. We’re excited to announce a new Microsoft CRM Cloud Upgrade site launched by our team to support the migration and upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365. https://www.endeavour365.ca
Clients using older on-premise legacy applications (Dynamics CRM) should upgrade to the latest in cloud-based Microsoft business applications for a variety of reasons including advanced security, stronger Office 365 integration, and access to advanced AI features to help improve user productivity.
The CRM Cloud Upgrade team at Endeavour has developed specialized processes to migrate from on-premise CRM to the cloud, as well as migrate from Salesforce.com to Dynamics 365 for access to the Microsoft ecosystem of applications including out of the box integration with Microsoft 365 applications including Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, Outlook 365, SharePoint Online / OneDrive and additional apps and automation tools within the Microsoft Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agent and Power BI).
With the power of the Cloud, remote desktop access, and increasingly refined processes we’ve found that more and more of our client work for Microsoft Dynamics GP (ERP) and Microsoft Dynamics 356 (CRM online) implementations, upgrades and integrating 3rd party products, has been completed remotely via secure connections from our offices rather than traveling onsite to our client’s location (in Atlantic Canada, Central Canada or USA).
So what’s changed? We did a quick poll among our Endeavour Solutions’ Canadian consultants in Toronto, Halifax, London and Montreal, the results were much along the lines of what you might expect, but do indicate a clear trend none the less.
1) Change in customer mindset
2) Improvement in technology and remote connections
3) A refinement of processes and the more predicable nature of consulting engagements
Now, most of the consultants interviewed, still stressed the need to meet with clients as part of their relationship building process, but some did concede that they’ve been able to build and maintain a number of strong long-term relationships via phone, email and webcam.
Change in customer mindset. The general consensus was that more and more clients, new and existing, were willing to have their Endeavour consultants work remotely. This was both due to their comfort and trust in working with Endeavour Solutions, as well as a general shift from what used to be a lot of collaboration and joint discovery of the issues and potential solutions, to more of a reliance on Endeavour as a trusted adviser and a more simplistic, get-it-done attitude. To sum it up, more and more clients are buying ‘results’ and are less concerned with paying for ‘bums in seats’. For example, on an eight-week project, one of our consultants traveled to the client’s office (Dynamics GP Michigan client) only once for an initial kick-off, and the rest of their Dynamics GP upgrade was performed remotely, including the implementation of a new manufacturing module along with the associated testing and training.
Technology Improvements. This is thanks to both better network stability and bandwidth that is seen across Canada and the majority of the United States. It’s also because of the greater prevalence and use of proven network security, firewalls and systems being extended to external stakeholders. Our technical consultants also stressed that the newer versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM were designed for browser use (web client) incorporating a modern Service Based Architecture which provides a streamlined means of supporting mobile, cloud and secure remote connectivity. This is further echoed in Microsoft’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” mantra in support of its efforts to help Dynamics Users “Re-invent [their] productivity and business processes” with mobile, cloud and applications such as Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.
Refined Processes: Endeavour is now in its 27th year in business as a Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP (Great Plains), Microsoft Dynamics 365 for CRM and Microsoft Office 365, Azure & cloud consulting firm. With over 400 active clients coast to coast in Canada and internationally including the United States and South America, we have refined, updated and optimized a number of internal processes to help improve efficiency and predictability of customer engagements. These methodologies, used by our consultants in Toronto, Halifax, London and Montreal, with additional remote support for Edmonton Alberta and Ottawa Ontario, have also created an increased level of predictability and confidence in delivering projects on-time, on-budget and now remotely.
To learn more, contact Steve Ewing, Director Business Development @ Endeavour Solutions Inc.
Want to meet some of Endeavour’s top industry consultants. Come visit us at our Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM roadshow in Halifax Nova Scotia on November 17, 2015 at the Delta Halifax. This will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded peers in Business, Finance and IT from across Atlantic Canada. Visit our registration page for start time, agenda, location, parking and key topics. Learn about Microsoft ModernBiz for mid-sized business combining Microsoft Dynamics GP with Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Office, PowerBI and the Microsoft Cloud.