Finding your way with Microsoft's ERP offering

Tim Ryley
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When it comes to what's on offer from Microsoft in terms of ERP solutions, it can be confusing. But it doesn't need to be.

Microsoft recently announced it had recorded $US 38 billion in revenue for its commercial cloud business, putting it well ahead of competitors Google, and even Amazon Web Services. One element of this success has been its cloud ERP offerings under the Dynamics 365 banner.

For New Zealand companies looking for ERP, Microsoft is a valid option, but it working out what of their many solutions is the best fit can be a challenge. The Dynamics ERP portfolio includes a seemingly endless variety of products (AX, SL, F&O, 365 Business Central and so on), customisations, deployment models, and pricing schemas. Each one appears to offer some degree of end-to-end functionality. Purchasing an ERP is difficult enough on its own, given the complexity of the software.

As a result, most business owners considering investing in an ERP, or upgrading an existing Microsoft solution, have many questions. Is it still a Microsoft product? Will Microsoft support it in the future? Is it still the right solution for my business, and if not, what is?

One of the positives about Microsoft ERPs is that they've built a lot of continuity into them. So although there's confusion about what's on offer, what's supported and what's best for a business, you can be sure they'll all feature:

  • Multiple deployment options, such as a private cloud server, Azure or on-premise.
  • Custom pricing that's based on features, users, deployment and support.
  • Compatibility with Office 365, meaning a business can seamlessly manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and instant messaging.
  • Implementation by an approved partner. You can't just buy an ERP off the shelf and install it; the implementation is carried out by experienced consultants. That's where we come in.

Endeavour has evolved with the Microsoft ERP offering, building strong technical capability and, more importantly, an understanding of what’s suitable for New Zealand businesses. We are an award-winning Microsoft Partner, and because our aim is to enable you to make better decisions that drive growth in your business, we can provide focussed and effective advice.

In New Zealand, Endeavour is unique in this aspect.  Our Dynamics team has expertise in Dynamics 365 Business Central and Finance & Operations, as well as their previous solutions. We can help you decide which option is best for your business, then partner with you in the project to implement and deploy your choice.

More important than our technical expertise is our personal commitment to your success, built on a strong understanding of your business and honest communication.

Our new eBook, Navigating the future of Microsoft ERPs, is a great place to start. It'll give you a basic understanding of what's on offer and help you determine if what you're using now is still effective, as well as guidance around the solution that would be best for your business. Once you've read it, get in touch and we'll begin a discussion around the next steps.


We know it can be confusing – even scary. Download the eBook so you can navigate the future of ERP solutions.

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