SOURCE: PrecisionPoint Software

PrecisionPoint Software

April 07, 2010 12:05 ET

PrecisionPoint Software Earns Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX™ Accreditation

Business Warehouse for Dynamics AX Becomes First Business Intelligence Solution for Dynamics AX to Meet Microsoft's Highest Standard for Partner-Developed Software

SAN MATEO, CA and LONDON--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) -  PrecisionPoint Software announced today that its Business Warehouse for Dynamics AX (BW4AX), an off-the-shelf data warehouse for self-service analysis and management reporting, is now Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX, in addition to Dynamics NAV, signifying that the solution has met Microsoft Corp.'s highest standards for partner-developed software. By successfully meeting all certification requirements, Business Warehouse for Dynamics AX now carries the distinct 'Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX' logo.

Solutions that are 'Certified for Microsoft Dynamics' have demonstrated development quality and compatibility with the Microsoft Dynamics product on which it runs by passing rigorous VeriTest software solution testing for Microsoft Dynamics and are profiled in the Microsoft Partner Solution Profiler tool. In addition, the Microsoft Dynamics partner must have customers who are successfully using the certified solution and are willing to recommend it, be enrolled in a Partner Service Plan with Microsoft, and be a Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program.

For customers, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics helps identify Microsoft Dynamics solutions that have been tested for compatibility, meet high quality standards, and are successfully used by existing customers. This certification represents a significant step in elevating the standard for partner-developed software solutions. By highlighting these solutions, Microsoft also creates new opportunities for partners to expand their reseller channel and to better promote their packaged Microsoft Dynamics solution for customers.

"By requiring both the software solution and the partner to meet our highest standards, Microsoft is assuring customers that these certified solutions work with their investments in Microsoft Dynamics," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. "Microsoft congratulates PrecisionPoint Software on achieving the 'Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX' status for Business Warehouse for Dynamics AX by demonstrating its success and commitment in delivering a leading Microsoft Dynamics solution."

PrecisionPoint Business Warehouse for Dynamics AX is an advanced, patent-pending, data warehouse automation solution based on the full Microsoft Business Intelligence "stack" -- Microsoft Office and Microsoft SQL Server, which also readily integrates with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS), Dynamics Client for Office (DCO) and Dynamics AX Role Centers.

PrecisionPoint Software founder and president, Dr Nigel Geary, comments, "We are delighted to be the first Business Intelligence partner and product to be Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX. PrecisionPoint Software has spent over 7 years working on solving the last major barrier to mass adoption of Business Intelligence by mid-market ERP customers -- the need to create a trusted analytic database, or data warehouse, without specialist BI staff or consultants. Dynamics customers and partners are not data warehouse or BI specialists and so first time BI projects invariably falter at the data warehouse design/build stage. PrecisionPoint ensures the success of a BI project by delivering a trusted, functioning data warehouse platform within a couple of days."

Stan Wyngowski, Director of Finance at Lantmannen Unibake USA in Lisle, IL, said, "PrecisionPoint works out of the box and has saved us 9 to 18 months of development time. We tried the traditional approach using the Atlas add-in for Excel, but we upgraded to PrecisionPoint BW for Dynamics AX once we saw how much faster and more powerful a full Microsoft BI solution could be. PrecisionPoint was able to show us a working demonstration applying our own Dynamics AX production environment database which convinced us beyond all doubt that it would work for us."

PrecisionPoint Business Warehouse reduces data warehouse installation to hours by automating the creation and management of a TRUSTED data warehouse platform based on Microsoft SQL Server and is typically operational within a week, including initial user training. PrecisionPoint's unique self-reconciling data model enforces superior data integrity and delivers powerful audit capabilities over the source Dynamics AX transaction database. Business users save days of manual reconciliation effort each month and can also quickly identify any AX data issues caused by system or operator errors. The PrecisionPoint data model also integrates Finance, Sales and Operations data at the lowest possible level to ensure that cross-functional business performance reports and metrics, like margin and profitability, are based on one version of the truth and have a common source of proof across the enterprise.

Catherine Dean, CFO of West Central, Inc. in Willmar, MN, a PrecisionPoint customer on Dynamics AX 2009, summarized their decision to implement PrecisionPoint by saying, "The native reconciliation of the sub-ledgers with the general ledger to ensure that the numbers match, the drill down capability to view supporting transactions plus the familiar Excel user interface made PrecisionPoint an easy decision. We also like the use of standard Microsoft Tools for BI deployment to a wider community on our SharePoint website rather than the proprietary BI tools that other products have developed. The knowledge and commitment of the PrecisionPoint staff along with a working demonstration using our own Dynamics AX data gave us a high level of confidence that they would make sure we had a successful implementation."

PrecisionPoint Software was formed in 2002 to focus exclusively on Business Intelligence solutions for Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners. Based on the full Microsoft BI platform PrecisionPoint Business Warehouse for Dynamics sets the gold standard for this segment. Nigel Geary concludes, "Competitors aspiring to enter the Dynamics BI market are limited to simple 'cube builders,' often with proprietary BI front-ends, requiring significant training and development for the customer or partner. However these vendors cannot provide the 'balanced-to-the-penny' data integrity, audit, reconciliation and monitoring engineered into PrecisionPoint's off-the-shelf products."

About Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer-relationship and supply-chain management solutions that helps businesses work more effectively. Delivered through a network of channel partners providing specialized services, these integrated, adaptable business management solutions work like and with familiar Microsoft software to streamline processes across an entire business.

About PrecisionPoint Software
PrecisionPoint Software develops, markets and supports the world's most advanced BI solution for the ERP mid-market called PrecisionPoint Business Warehouse. Its products help Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV (formerly Axapta and Navision) customers and partners deliver self-service analysis and management reporting to business users across the enterprise to improve the speed and quality of decision making. PrecisionPoint Business Warehouse is a Software + Service solution running on the Microsoft BI Platform and standard server hardware. Customer server installations are supported over the Internet by a secure Microsoft tested Web-Services monitoring system called PrecisionPoint Guardian which ensures continuous system and data integrity. The products are offered on either purchase or term license subscription models.

PrecisionPoint customers in North America and Europe include AB Vista, Americana International, Basic Chemical Solutions, Boehringer-Ingelheim, BroadSoft, Chiltern Railways, Calor Gas, Costa Coffee, DC Thomson, Fitflop/Brand Slam, The Flakk Group, ICM, Inc., IHS, John West Foods, Koppers Europe, Lantmannen Unibake USA, Nille AS, Rotary Watches, State Garden, Inc., West Central, Inc. and Xaar plc.

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    Nigel Geary, +1(650)350-4168, Email Contact