Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: Acquisitions in India, North America, AX Media Win; OData Adapter

In this week's Microsoft Dynamics partner news roundup:

  • MazikGlobal Technologies Acquires Atharvan Business Consulting to Expand Microsoft Dynamics Practice Globally
  • InterDyn AKA Acquires Business & Decision's Microsoft Dynamics AX Practice
  • RBA Acquires Microsoft Dynamics CRM Business
  • Alma Manu Taps MWM to Implement Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • United Planet Unveils New Adapter for Intrexx Enterprise Portal

MazikGlobal Technologies Acquires Atharvan Business Consulting to Expand Microsoft Dynamics Practice Globally

Microsoft partner MazikGlobal Technologies has acquired Atharvan Business Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and 2011 Microsoft Promising Partner of The Year.

Based in Bangalore, Atharvan provides implementation services for Microsoft Dynamics solutions that improve the flow of information within businesses, particularly manufacturing, retail and supply chain organizations. The acquisition of Atharvan further expands MazikGlobal Technologies' reach and expertise in Microsoft Dynamics solutions globally.

InterDyn AKA Acquires Business & Decision's Microsoft Dynamics AX Practice

Microsoft Dynamics InterDyn AKA has acquired Business & Decision's North American Dynamics AX practice.

Business & Decision (B&D) is a European-based consulting and systems integration company with a North American operation comprised of ERP, CRM, BI, Managed Services and eBusiness practices. InterDyn AKA acquired the Microsoft Dynamics AX practice from B&D as an asset purchase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kahn said the acquisition of the Business & Decision's AX practice, will better enable InterDyn to compete in the manufacturing and distribution industries - but not at the expense of its Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM practices.

RBA Acquires Microsoft Dynamics CRM Business

RBA has acquired the Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 division of Meritide Inc., which includes a team of full-time employees and over 145 customers. Meritide will continue providing their other lines of business.

As a result of this acquisition, RBA will add Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions to its suite of services, including custom application development, portals and collaboration, cloud computing, data management, business intelligence solutions and web, social and mobile applications.

"Over the last two years we have had customers ask for our help with their Microsoft CRM implementations due to their past experience of working with us and our track record of delivery," stated Mike Reinhart, RBA President and COO, in a statement. "Meritide's CRM team brings to RBA the Microsoft CRM Gold Competency status and has achieved a Microsoft Dynamics President's Club membership which is a validation of their great customer references and deep CRM expertise."

RBA will establish a national CRM practice and offer business and technical capabilities in all three of its markets, according to company officials. The addition of CRM capabilities leverages RBA's existing expertise with Microsoft's platform including Windows Server, SQL, SharePoint and .NET, according to company officials.

Alma Manu Taps MWM to Implement Microsoft Dynamics AX

Finnish media group Alma Media's printing and distribution company, Alma Manu, has selected MWM to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX. MWM will also implement MWM Calculation, MWM Production Planning, MWM Copy Track and MWM Inventory Management system modules.

"We have observed that system support for planning and monitoring have become increasingly important as stiffer competition and tighter margins have become part of the everyday environment," said Helvi Liukkaala, MD of Alma Manu, in a statement. "We see it as very positive that the modules are tailored to the needs of the newspaper printing and graphics industries." 

By implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX, Alma Manu is getting a user-friendly, easy-to-manage and well-integrated business support system that will help the company save money throughout the entire production process, officials said. System benefits include advanced costing and net value calculations, reduced paper loss, less administration and improved machine utilization with a better flow in distribution.

United Planet Unveils New Adapter for Intrexx Enterprise Portal

United Planet has announced its new Intrexx Business Adapter for OData (the Open Data Protocol format), which will be released later this summer. The adapter increase the speed at which data from Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics ERP and CRM, IBM WebSphere and other systems can be made available on any smartphone or other mobile device.

The smart interface for OData data sources will enable data from all software systems and Internet services that use OData as their foundation to be incorporated into Web applications and enterprise portal processes, quickly and without any additional programming, according to company officials.

"Providers of software solutions and Internet services are increasingly making their data available in the Open Data Protocol format because it simplifies the integration and editing of data via the Web," said Axel Wessendorf, managing director of United Planet, in a statement. "It is much more convenient to use than traditional Web services."

OData is based on open Web standards like HTTP, Atom and JSON, and transfers data using the REST architectural style (Representational State Transfer). OData is particularly well suited to heterogeneous IT environments. It can even be used via the URL to carry out complex database queries.

Wessendorf said that means that data from Facebook or eBay can be integrated with the adapter just as easily as data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM, AX and NAV, IBM WebSphere, Windows Azure or SQL Server.

"Using the adapter, organizations will also be able to link Microsoft SharePoint to an Intrexx enterprise portal, enabling users to benefit from both solutions - the comprehensive DMS functions of SharePoint and the ability of Intrexx to quickly and easily create Web applications or to make data available for use on any mobile device - at the same time," Wessendorf said.

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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