Winnipeg, Manitoba – July 19, 2021. Today, Encore Business Solutions, a top Microsoft Gold Partner in Canada and the Pacific Northwest United States, announced the sale of its long-standing line of Microsoft Dynamics GP add-on products to Blue Moon Industries of Providence, Rhode Island. These products include some of the most innovative Dynamics GP enhancement solutions on the market, such as Subscription Billing, Project Tracking, Advanced SmartList, and Bank Rec tools.
Encore was initially one of the first 100 Microsoft partners, and they became an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in 1994, devoted to the functionality enhancement and extension of Great Plains accounting software, now known as Microsoft Dynamics GP. Over the years, Encore’s growth supporting Dynamics GP both as an ISV and Value Added Reseller (VAR) led to expanding their VAR practice to include additional Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. Now as one of the most successful North American Microsoft Dynamics partners, Encore chooses to focus on the complexities and scope of Microsoft’s core Dynamics 365 ERP, CRM and Power Platform solutions.
“Blue Moon has been a part of this community for as long as we have, and most of our partners already know of their reputation in the channel as a committed Dynamics GP ISV,” said Ken Chartrand, CEO of Encore Business Solutions. “We have no doubt that this will be an easy and beneficial transition for all of our partners and GP product add-on clients, many of whom will continue to work with us as their Dynamics GP system partner.”
“Encore has been one of the most respected ISVs in the Dynamics GP channel since the very beginning,” said Gary Palardy, Blue Moon’s President and Director, Product Development. “The quality of their products, combined with the synergy of Blue Moon’s and Encore’s commitment to serving Microsoft partners and customers, make this a great fit for the Dynamics GP community.”
Encore remains fully committed to the Microsoft Dynamics suite and its associated technologies as the essential business solutions for finance, operations, sales, marketing, and customer service departments. These include but are not limited to all of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platforms and their foundational and enhancing solutions, such as Microsoft 365, Power Platform, Power BI, and more. Continuing to produce applications and solutions on the Microsoft technology stack, the company sees a bright future for any organization that leverages any of the Microsoft Dynamics platforms and their supporting systems.
“Transitioning away from the Dynamics GP add-on software products that we imagined, created, and evolved over the decades is a bittersweet experience, but we are confident that it will better allow us to lead both our Dynamics clients and our company onward to more growth and success,” states Ken Chartrand. “Everyone at Encore is grateful to the partners and clients who contributed to our success over the years and we’re looking forward to strengthening the bonds we built, albeit in a different capacity for some.”
The Microsoft Dynamics community is also in full support of this decision, agreeing that the hand off is a natural one based on both companies’ strategic focuses, skills, and cooperation.
Kim Peterson, a long-standing fixture in both the Dynamics GP partner and user community, has this to say. “Winners all around in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community. Blue Moon is well positioned to continue to improve Encore’s solutions, particularly since they care just as much about Dynamics GP and what it does for companies around the globe. Partners will carry on without missing a step as most have worked alongside both Encore Business Solutions and Blue Moon for years. The trust that has been built will remain during this transition. This is a true winning example of what can be done by dedicated professionals!”
Both companies worked tirelessly to ensure that users of what were previously Encore products do not experience any interruption in performance or support. Partners are also continuously supported and informed as the transition loop closes, ensuring that every organization touched by this decision is set up for success.