IQ had reached the limits of its current system, which no longer met its evolving needs. For one, the application was now outdated, and it also lacked future support. IQ had a choice: migrate its current application to a more recent version or implement a new solution that would bring added value to its users.
In its preliminary analysis, IQ had considered nearly 20 different solutions before narrowing it down to five: Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Infor by Sun Systems and JD Edwards by Oracle. Ultimately, IQ selected a Microsoft product, because the solution offers affordable licensing fees and allowed it to optimize its current technological infrastructure. It is also a smart choice for any organization that wants to capitalize on the easy integration of Microsoft Dynamics GP with other Microsoft products, such as SharePoint.
The project began as an IT initiative to consolidate different applications and ease maintenance, but it quickly transformed into an opportunity to deliver more added value services to end users, thanks in particular to their substantial involvement in the project. This, indeed, is another reason behind the project’s great success. From a technological standpoint, the switch to Microsoft Dynamics GP helped IQ consolidate its systems onto one single platform, reducing costs and simplifying maintenance. Optimizing the infrastructure and grouping specific applications also translated into time savings, and afforded users easier access to information.