Three Interesting Dynamics GP Takeaways from the 2019 User Group Summit

Three Interesting Dynamics GP Takeaways from the 2019 User Group Summit

By WatServ
October 30, 2019

Recap of the 2019 User Group Summit in Kissimmee, FL

The WatServ Team returned from the 2019 User Group Summit a little over a week ago, yet we’re still buzzing with energy from the conversations we had, and from what we heard and saw in the ever-evolving world of Microsoft Dynamics.

If you stopped by our booth, thank you! We were delighted to welcome so many faces, both familiar and new, as we launched our all-new Dynamics GP as a Service.

Another thank you goes out to our very own VP of Sales, Tyler Doerner, for his engaging talk on “How to take GP to the cloud without your users noticing”. We received so much positive feedback after his talk that we’ve decided to share his insights in a forthcoming e-book – stay tuned!

Having had a little over a week now to reflect on the conference, we’ve compiled our top three takeaways from 2019 User Group Summit that relate to Dynamics GP.

Three Interesting Dynamics GP Takeaways from the 2019 User Group Summit

 

 

1. Dynamics GP customers aren’t rushing to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Although Microsoft offers Dynamics 365 Business Central as a cloud ERP offering for SMBs, we saw that most Dynamics GP customers aren’t rushing to migrate to it. They reported that this is due to the fact that there’s no direct upgrade path from GP to D365 and that they love their GP! They’re hesitant to re-invent their ISV solution (since the ISV community isn’t the same in D365) and they’re not keen on replacing their structured general ledger with a new dimensional ledger.

The outcome? This trend means that Dynamics GP customers are continuing to invest and maintain the ERP solution they know and love.

 

 

2. Dynamics GP customers are slowly willing to host their GP in the cloud instead of on premise.

That being said, Dynamics GP customers are showing an increased interest in hosting their GP applications in the cloud. They recognize the benefits of moving away from on-premise hosting to gain advantages of the cloud such as auto-scaling, recovery and back-up, advanced security, spend optimization and better access to analytics, cloud-native tools, logging processes, software freedom and much more.

Although SMBs face unique challenges that make migration to the cloud seem difficult, more and more companies are realizing that the benefits outweigh the effort needed to make the switch, and that – with the support of the right partner – moving to the cloud isn’t as hard as they thought it would be.

 

 

3. Dynamics GP Partners are faced with the challenge of building a hosting practice or finding a partner who knows both the application and infrastructure.

As more GP customers want to migrate to the cloud, Dynamics GP Partners are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to offer managed hosting, in addition to their core services. Often times, the decision boils down to whether a company has internal resources and capacity to build a full-fledged hosting practice or whether they want to outsource the responsibilities so they can focus on their core service offerings.

At the conference, we were interested to learn that many Dynamics GP Partners are going the route of partnering with other providers who specialize in managed hosting – much like we do at WatServ. In fact, we had dozens of conversations with GP Partners on this topic and we were proud to showcase our experience as the largest global provider of hosting and advanced managed services for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

What is your take on these issues? And what changes do you foresee coming in 2020 as these trends either intensify or diminish?

To continue the conversation, or learn more about our Dynamics GP as a Service, get in touch today.

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

Visit WatServ at the 2019 User Group Summit

Visit WatServ at the 2019 User Group Summit

By WatServ
September 25, 2019
WatServ is pleased to be attending the 2019 User Group Summit on October 15-18, 2019 in Kissimmee, Florida. The User Group Summit is an annual conference for users of the Microsoft Business Applications platform, including Dynamics 365, AX, CRM, GP, BC/NAV, Power BI and more. Will you be there? If so, we’d love to meet you. Here’s where you can find us:
  • On the showroom floor at Booth #835 – Drop by to meet our team, schedule a consultation to learn how you can upgrade your GP to Azure and enter to win an exciting giveaway.
  • On the stage on Oct. 17 at 1:30pm – Our very own Tyler Doerner, VP of Sales, will be speaking about “How to take GP to the cloud without your users noticing” on Thursday, October 17 from 1:30-2:30 pm as part of the Dynamics GP track. Learn more.
  • On social media – Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn as we live post about the event.
At the event, we will also be officially launching our Dynamics GP as a Service (GPaaS) offering. Dynamics GPaaS uniquely combines Dynamics GP with hosting on Azure and application support services to enable you to grow your business faster, scale more effectively and provide the best end-user experience. Learn more about Dynamics GPaaS. Want to meet our team? The following members will be at the conference:
  • Tyler Doerner, VP of Sales
  • Peggie Benn, Director of Client Success
  • Jeffrey Ng, Director of Partnerships
  • Lauren Kerhoulas, Director of Marketing
We can’t wait to see you at the User Group Summit.

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ Sponsors Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017

WatServ Sponsors Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017

By WatServ
July 7, 2017

August 8-10 Dynamics GP Tech Conference, Fargo, ND

WatServ is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017, the premier conference for Microsoft Dynamics GP Partners. Attend the Dynamics GP Tech Conference, the only conference dedicated to technical learning and educational opportunities for Microsoft Dynamics GP Partners. Discover what’s new from Microsoft, and engage with your peers during dedicated networking opportunities only available to partners. This August, enjoy what has become an annual excursion to Fargo – the origin of the Dynamics GP product – for many GP Partners, who find value in career development, staying abreast of the Dynamics GP Roadmap, and connecting with peers at the Dynamics GP Tech Conference. Among the many other great presentations, VP Sales WatServ, Tyler Doerner and Cloud Services Manager, JB Overstreet, will be presenting in the Exibit Hall as part of the expert panel for: Make Dynamics GP on Azure Faster, Easier, More Profitable. Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 11:00 – 11:30am Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 4:30 – 5:00pm  Are you frustrated with previous experiences with other hosting companies who over promise and under deliver? Do you want to get into the Azure business, but don’t know how? Join WatServ and learn how to build your own Azure based hosting business while increasing revenue, and minimize risk. We’ll cover effective marketing strategies to encourage your customers and prospects to utilize the Azure cloud, best practices to shorten implementation times, and how you can reduce hardware costs for your customers while increasing your monthly recurring revenue. Transform your business by moving to the Microsoft Azure cloud today! Click here to learn more about Rapid Azure Deployments for Dynamics GP The team at WatServ look forward to seeing you in Fargo!

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ Unveils New Azure Hosting Portal for Microsoft Dynamics

WatServ Unveils New Azure Hosting Portal for Microsoft Dynamics

By WatServ
May 7, 2017

Toronto, ON, May 7, 2017 — WatServ announces the launch of a new hosting portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV, named Rapid Azure Deployments.

WatServ, a leading Microsoft Dynamics hosting expert, has been working in partnership with Microsoft to address the complexities that Microsoft Partners face when deploying and managing Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV on Azure cloud.

The full press release can be found here.

“Our entire team is both excited and proud to be able to offer the Rapid Azure Deployments portal to our partners. The enhanced features make launching Dynamics GP and NAV on Azure fast, simple and effortless for Partners,” says VP of Sales, Tyler Doerner.

 

The Rapid Azure Deployments portal is a fully automated solution that enables Partners to easily manage multiple clients’ solutions in one place. Whether they specialize in one or more vertical markets, the portal gives them the power to deploy their solutions with speed and confidence. Utilizing Azure API and PowerShell scripts, the portal coordinates and provisions customized hosting environments.

Microsoft Partners looking to expand their services and move their client’s on-premise solutions to the Azure cloud will save on resources and shorten their implementation time from days to hours. In addition to many advanced features such as monitoring, reporting, change management, and invoicing, the portal offers the ability to create customized hosting plans based on individual client needs.

“Partners leveraging the portal will see a dramatic increase in profits from cloud revenue,” says JB Overstreet, Cloud Services Manager, WatServ. “The portal makes deploying on Azure extremely simple and the user-friendly interface decreases implementation efforts and time to ‘go-live.’”

This is the initial step in WatServ’s roadmap for the Rapid Azure Deployments portal which will grow with Azure’s capabilities and the needs of Partners and their clients.

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ One of the 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers of 2016

WatServ One of the 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers of 2016

By WatServ
October 26, 2016
Freemont, California, October 26, 2016 — WatServ announced today that it has earned a place in the list of CIOReview’s 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers 2016. “The companies selected for our 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers 2016 list are an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are changing their respective industries,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “We are proud to feature WatServ in this edition for its range of revolutionary solutions that is setting a new benchmark in the Microsoft arena.” WatServ is one of the leading providers of hosted ERP cloud solutions globally. It has industry leading uptime guarantees for infrastructure and applications. As a registered Microsoft hosting partner, WatServ specializes in providing complete management of Microsoft Dynamics, AX, NAV, GP, and the related components such as CRM, SharePoint, Exchange and other 3rd party ISV Solutions.

“We are proud to feature WatServ in this edition for its range of revolutionary solutions that is setting a new benchmark in the Microsoft arena.”

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ to Sponsor Summit 2016

WatServ to Sponsor Summit 2016

By WatServ
October 4, 2016

WatServ to Sponsor AXUG/NAVUG/GPUG Summit 2016

WatServ is excited to participate at Summit 2016 as a Platinum sponsor for AXUG, as-well-as NAVUG and GPUG this October 11-14 in Tampa, FL. AXUG Summit delivers the can’t-miss annual conference for users of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Summit is the leading live conference featuring high-level insider knowledge from Microsoft and user-produced education on how to maximize the performance of Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, and GP. Expertise is shared openly and honestly in an authentic community-driven environment that allows attendees to hone in on their product version, industry, and role—providing the ultimate customized experience that offers a tremendous return on investment year-round. Knowledge gained at Summit has real-life application and the potential for remarkable results.

Visit www.AXUGSummit.com to register today.

See the Full Conference Schedule

WatServ will be presenting the following topics:

The New AX: Know Before You Go!

Thursday, October 13, 9:30 – 10:30 AM in the Grand Ballroom Salon E

Presented by: Tyler Doerner, Vice President, WatServ Sales

The new Dynamics is here! How is it connected to Dynamics 365? What kinds of SLAs are there? How much support is available and at what cost? There is plenty of excitement and just as many questions about the new AX, and WatServ has your answers. Spend an hour with the global leaders in hosted Dynamics AX to fully understand what you’ve been told… and what you haven’t. Come see us at booth 724!

Which NAV Cloud is Right For You?

Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 – 10:00 AM in Meeting Room 12

Presented by Tyler Doerner, Vice President, WatServ Sales

Spend and hour with the world’s largest Dynamics Hosting company to learn about the different clouds – public, hybrid, and private. What do these mean for you as a customer? What SLAs and guarantees do you have? What kind of support? How is your environment set up? We’ll use our experience to help you align your company strategy and goals with a move to the cloud. Come see us at booth 724!

We look forward to seeing you in Tampa. Come talk to us at booth 724!

Registration for AXUG Summit 16

Registration for NAVUG Summit 16

Registration for GPUG Summit 16

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ Launches Rapid Azure Portal

WatServ Launches Rapid Azure Portal

By WatServ
May 23, 2016
“Our entire team is both excited and proud to be able to offer the Rapid Azure Portal. It’s going to make deployments on Azure fast and easy for Partners,” says Meagan Doerner, Vice President of Marketing, WatServ. WatServ understands that self-deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP and NAV on Azure can be a challenge. The Rapid Azure Portal was created to answer this challenge. This automated tool used by Microsoft Dynamics Partners is built to make deploying on Azure both simple and effortless. The Rapid Azure Portal offers our partners great features and functionality including:
  • The easy-deploy wizard
  • All-inclusive per-user monthly pricing
  • Advanced customization
The Rapid Azure Portal also provides increased stability and reliability:
  • Automated daily backups
  • Microsoft’s infrastructure up-time guarantee
  • WatServ’s world-class technical support

“The portal is fast and flexible, and any time I had questions or special requests, the team at WatServ was extremely responsive and knowledgeable. We’re looking forward to growing as partners for many years to come,” says Bert Robertson, KCP Dynamics

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology and customer commitment.​

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.

WatServ and EchoVera Inc. Partner to Launch PaletteOnline P2P

WatServ and EchoVera Inc. Partner to Launch PaletteOnline P2P

By WatServ
August 7, 2013
Toronto-based EchoVera Inc. has launched its new hosted “Purchase to Pay” service in partnership with Waterloo-based WatServ ERP Cloud Computing. “This new partnership will allow us to offer our customers a secure and cost effective way to migrate and automate their AP invoice and account handling process through an integrated, flexible and proven P2P platform”, says Ralf Leitner, President of EchoVera Inc.   “Our customers and their suppliers simply access their accounts via a secure web browser. From there they can securely share documents and process invoice payment much more quickly.  And by offering this hosted solution we will help our customers and their suppliers save not only on their AP processing costs but also on their IT infrastructure and maintenance costs. It’s a “double win” for all parties”, says Leitner. With data centers in the United States and Canada, Waterloo-based WatServ is one of the largest, most experienced providers of Cloud Computing solutions for the expert operational management of hosted Microsoft Dynamics AX, hosted Dynamics NAV, hosted Dynamics GP, hosted Dynamics CRM and the interoperability of these systems with Active Directory, SharePoint, Exchange, Blackberry and most third-party products.  “We are pleased to partner with EchoVera to offer a new cloud-based solution that helps companies be more productive”, says Tom Doerner, President of WatServ.   “In the short while that the partnership has been in place EchoVera has already onboard new customers.   This is due in part to how easy we made if for EchoVera to add customers to their “Purchase to Pay” service.”  WatServ was selected to be EchoVera’s hosting partner based on a solid track record of delivering worry-free cloud solutions to the Microsoft Dynamics community. About EchoVera Inc. With offices in Calgary and Toronto, EchoVera’s mandate is to assist their clients to increase productivity and decrease costs by helping them streamline the way they manage their business-critical paper-intensive documents and information. EchoVera’s solutions include AP Automation, document delivery for ERP systems, document management and workflow and now application service hosting.

WatServ demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

About

WatServ is an IT solutions provider that helps clients digitally transform their business through cloud technologies and  services. Founded in 2006, WatServ specializes in providing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions and hosting complex, high-availability environments for enterprise-level applications. WatServ’s unique approach to planning, migrating and managing multi-cloud environments, plus premium 24x7x365 support, enables its global customers to focus on their core business. Relying on Microsoft and Google’s public clouds, in addition to its own private cloud, the company offers an ideal managed cloud environment engineered for security, reliability and performance. With offices in Canada and the United States, and with more than 10,000 users connecting from 30+ countries, WatServ is always on. For more information, please visit www.watserv.com.

WatServ is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU), a public company with majority ownership by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about BBU is available at www.brookfield.com.