SOURCE: Avanade

September 24, 2009 09:30 ET

Avanade Partners With InFocus to Increase Business Efficiency and Agility

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - Avanade, a business technology services provider, announced today the deployment of a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for InFocus, a pioneer and a global leader in the digital projection industry.

As InFocus worked to transform its entire business in order to increase its competitiveness, the company was seeking a technology solution that could be deployed rapidly and give managers better insight into the business. Building on the success of InFocus's recent CRM implementation, Avanade implemented an end-to-end solution built on the Microsoft platform that utilizes Dynamics AX and BizTalk Server to greatly simplify the IT Infrastructure and serve as a platform for continued growth and change.

The new system acts as a focal point for the company to enable business transformation. It takes advantage of company-wide, global business processes to fundamentally simplify operations. The system utilizes standard ERP reporting, with only minor customizations, which enables consistent and flexible reporting. The implementation leverages the services and flexibility of infrastructure and application management outsourcing while greatly reducing IT costs.

"Consolidating and simplifying our operational footprint makes us much more competitive. Working with Avanade, we dramatically improved our business processes and the integration of systems across the supply chain, sales, finance and service departments to greatly increase our agility," said Nina Palludan, CIO and vice president at InFocus. "Now, we have a strong system in place that supports our business demands for increasing efficiencies and integration."

InFocus had been using a highly customized system that was more expensive and less flexible in meeting the company's current operating objectives. The Microsoft Dynamics suite of products was a great fit InFocus' business strategy and objectives. In partnership with Avanade, the company's technology infrastructure and core business processes were both transformed in less than nine months.

"Avanade worked with InFocus to simplify its business processes using Dynamics AX," said Steven Anderson, VP, Market Development at Avanade. "This solution enables greater business-critical efficiencies, and greater flexibility moving forward into the future."

About InFocus

InFocus is the industry pioneer and a global leader in the digital projection market. The company's digital projectors make bright ideas brilliant everywhere people gather to communicate and be entertained -- in meetings, presentations, classrooms and living rooms around the world. Backed by more than 20 years of experience and innovation in digital projection, and over 245 patents, InFocus is dedicated to setting the industry standard for large format visual display. The company is based in Wilsonville, Oregon with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit the company's website at

About Avanade

Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade's services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. The company applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and nearshore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft Corporation and serves customers in more than 20 countries worldwide with more than 8,600 professionals. Additional information can be found at

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