Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Jack Boyer, President, Boyer & Associates
Besides always knowing the answers right away to my CRM questions? As a Minneapolis-based ERP consulting firm focused on Microsoft products, Boyer & Associates has worked with JoAnn Buckholz, Doug Greiner, Jack Howell, Jim Collins, Steve Thompson, Merry Brodzinski, Bob Blaisdell, Susan Fuhr and Jim Sheehan. Our team has collaborated with Alex Fagundes on very large projects. We have worked closely with PowerObjects for a few years since Rita Strauss from Microsoft introduced us years ago.
This firm selects quality people and dismisses people that don’t buy into their core values of Think Team, Always Add Value, Love What you Do, Live the Technology, and Do the Right Thing. I’ve seen it. They live it.
Below are some of the things I love about being a PowerObjects and CRM client:
- Having the ability to take Dynamics CRM users and easily provide them with key views of Dynamics SL data and vice versa. For example it is nice to have the ability to provide CRM users the ability to view project budgets and project actual costs. Most users, including me, prefer the CRM User Interface because we already have Outlook open. PowerObjects is willing to do the work for us if we are busy or tell our very technical team exactly what they need to do.
- The option to run on premise here at Boyer & Associates, run CRM from the cloud on a Microsoft server, or to run CRM from a PowerObjects server and gain many of their free add-ins such as PowerSurvey, PowerMailChimp, PowerFind and PowerPhoto.
- It’s nice partnering with a firm that only does one thing. It’s almost redundant to say they do it well when they have 65 people and all they do is focus on one product-Dynamics CRM. Of course they are good at it.
We enjoy working with PowerObjects as well because we have successfully partnered on large Dynamics ERP implementations where they were handling the Dynamics CRM side. They were easy to work with and knew their integration tools well. Nothing succeeds like success and the success of the projects we’ve done, both Dynamics SL and Dynamics GP, together gives us more confidence that they can support our larger clients. We are only 3.5 million in sales. Most CRM partners could support us without too many challenges. But being successful with a Lifeworks is a different story. They are complex and they had sophisticated systems they wanted updated and improved. This meant converting data, creating custom objects, complex integrations, process consulting and project management. PowerObjects did their end very well. Please see our Lifeworks Case Study.
So if the depth, and know-how on the PowerObjects blog hasn’t impressed you, and you have not met enough of the people there, take it from someone that probably has more experience with them than you do-they are first class with Microsoft CRM.