Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: Food Distribution Solution Announced...New AX and CRM Wins…New Member Joins Advisory Council

JustFoodERP Launches ERP Package for Food Distributors

JustFoodERP has rolled out a new ERP package aimed at food distributors looking to modernize their systems.

Based on the Microsoft Dynamics platform, JustFoodERP's new package offers food distributors an integrated solution for sales, purchasing, planning, inventory management, food safety, warehouse management, shipping and logistics management, according to the company.

"Legacy technology solutions are simply not able to support the information requirements now required by the growing food distributor," said Marc DiGiorgio, Vice President of JustFoodERP, in a statement. "The demand for accurate real-time inventory and costing information is increasing in its importance to food distributors, especially as profit margins get squeezed. JustFoodERP and Microsoft recognize that it is doubly difficult to consider a capital expense like a new ERP investment during times like this, and for this reason, have created a new pricing model that reduces this investment by a sizeable amount." 

Borroughs Corporation, LLC Goes Live on Microsoft Dynamics AX with First Tech Direct

First Tech Direct LLC, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, announced a new implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 at Borroughs Corp., a manufacturer of industrial storage equipment, office storage equipment, library shelving, and high-density mobile systems.

Borroughs implemented nearly all of the Dynamics AX modules including finance, production, projects, warehouse management, CRM, shop floor control and business intelligence. Borroughs was also the first Microsoft Dynamics AX customer to go live on Microsoft's Management Reporter for financial statements, according to the company.

"The Microsoft Dynamics AX solution provides us with improved visibility of our projects, manufacturing processes and supply chain management so that we can increase profitability and customer satisfaction," said Gregory Worsnop, Vice President of Finance and Administration, at Borroughs, in a statement.

Borroughs says it selected First Tech Direct because of its experience in the project-based, engineer-to-order, and configure-to-order manufacturing industry.

Alexian Brothers Selects Sonoma Partners to Meet Growing Sales and Business Development Demands

Alexian Brothers, an Illinois-based Catholic healthcare system, has selected Sonoma Partners LLC to implement its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM system. 

As Alexian Brothers sales and business development staff has grown, it needed to better manage its relationships.

The new system will consolidate and streamline Alexian Brother's sales and business development operations. Physician information, specializations, and availability will reside within one comprehensive contact database, so the organizations' sales representatives can share activities and opportunities across the organization, according to the company.

"Collaborating with Sonoma Partners to implement the Microsoft Dynamics CRM will provide a valuable tool for our entire sales force by integrating communication with external contacts and maximizing interaction among our staff."

Wintrust Financial Chooses EnAct from Fiserv for Enterprise Sales and Relationship Management

Wintrust Financial Corp., a Chicago-based financial holding company is implementing EnAct, a relationship sales management solution for financial institutions from Fiserv Inc..

Using EnAct, the bankers at Wintrust Financial will have an enterprise-wide view of client relationships with access to sales productivity tools to execute local outreach programs, track relationship management and prospecting activities and monitor opportunity pipelines, according to company officials.

EnAct leverages Microsoft Dynamics CRM and serves the needs of the banks' retail, commercial and wealth lines of business. The solution will enable Wintrust Financial to deploy a single CRM solution enterprise-wide so it can better support collaboration across its organization, enable referrals between divisions and facilitate team-based management of high-value relationships that across a number of business lines, the company said.

"As part of our expansion program, we identified the need for an enterprise customer relationship management solution and we chose EnAct because it provides us with specialized banking functionality on a versatile technology platform," said Tom Ormseth, senior vice president, Wintrust Financial, in a statement.

Wintrust Financial began its initial rollout of EnAct to a group of more than 200 commercial bankers in December 2010 and it's continuing implementation to a total of 1,400 users across 15 community banks as well as its various wealth management and specialized financial services divisions, officials said.

enVista Named to Microsoft Dynamics Partner Advisory Council

enVista Corp., an ERP and SCM consulting services firm and Microsoft Dynamics partner, has been invited to join the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Advisory Council (PAC).

enVista's Enterprise Solutions Group will help provide strategic direction and expertise to help Microsoft continue to deliver greater supply chain value through its ERP technology solutions.

"The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Advisory Council (PAC) was formed to promote a collaborative effort between Microsoft and its leading Microsoft Dynamics partners," said Mandy Ledford, Director, U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Emerging Partner Team, in the statement. "As a relative newcomer to the Microsoft family, enVista already plays a key role in that effort. enVista is a proven partner that is positively affecting their channel and fostering client relationships in the marketplace."

Through collaborative efforts and meetings, PAC members and the Microsoft Dynamics leadership team work together to provide Microsoft Dynamics partners the tools and technologies they need to be successful, according to Microsoft.

About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in Massachusetts. She has written about information technology for 10 years. She has been a journalist since the late 1980s. She wrote for numerous community newspapers in the Boston area, where she covered politics and was a high-profile investigative reporter. She has freelanced for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She is the published author of four true crime books "Murder at Morses Pond," "An Act of Murder," "Ripper", and "Bone Crusher" for Kensington Publishing Corp. (Pinnacle imprint). She has just started her fifth true crime book for Kensington.

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