7
Aug

D365UG / AXUG Summit 2017

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Join Merit Solutions at D365UG / AXUG Summit 2017 in Booth #410.

October 10th – 13th
Nashville, TN

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What is AXUG Summit?

D365UG / AXUG Summit is focused specifically on education for end users of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Dynamics AX. Summit 2017 will include 200 user-led, role-based educational sessions covering current and past versions of Dynamics 365 / AX. With thousands of Dynamics users and partners expected to attend, Summit also provides a unique opportunity to make resourceful connections with Dynamics peers in the same role, industry and geography. Summit is dedicated to helping companies using Dynamics be more successful.

Watch this video or keep browsing below to learn more about D365UG / AXUG Summit 2017.


Merit Solutions is supporting the following AXUG Summit sessions:

Top 10 Tips for Manufacturers Going Live on AX/365
Wednesday, October 11
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Room: Tennessee Ballroom B

Mobility: Solutions for Digital Innovation
Wednesday, October 11
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Life Sciences: Validating the Cloud: A Look at Microsoft Dynamics 365
Wednesday, October 11
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Room: Governor’s Chamber A

What’s All the Buzz? Introduction to IoT, Machine Learning and Data Intelligence
Wednesday, October 11
Time: 2:45-3:45pm


Life Sciences Roundtable
Thursday, October 12
Time: 8:00 – 9:00am
Room: Jackson A

Mobility and IoT: Data-Driven Solutions for Digital Innovation
Thursday, October 12
Time: 9:15 – 10:15am

Your Project is at Risk! Now What?
Thursday, October 12
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Room: Presidential Chamber A

Life Sciences: Lessons Learned from Implementing Dynamics 365 in Life Sciences
Thursday, October 12
Time: 3:45-4:45pm
Room: Governor’s Chamber B


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18
Jul

V&V Supremo Foods Implements Microsoft Dynamics 365 to Support Steady Growth

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Expected to Reduce Costs and Enable Profitable Growth for Decades at V&V Supremo

V&V Supremo Foods, Inc. (V&V Supremo) is a Chicago based food company. Their story may well qualify as a textbook example of the American Dream come true. Start up capital to do something on their own consisted of $500 that founders had saved from various work. Half a century later, their logo would attain icon status in the Midwest and all around United States.

Disparate Systems Could No Longer Support Growth

Fast Facts

Industry:
Food and Beverage

Location:
Chicago, IL

Existing Systems:
Multiple, Including
Dynamics GP

Evaluated Systems:
Microsoft Dynamics 365,
SAP, Infor

System Selected:
Microsoft Dynamics 365

THE SITUATION

When you are an award winning industry leader in the fastest growing food category in both the retail and food service categories – growth is expected. For Chicago-based V&V Supremo Foods – a 50-year old producer of premium, all natural, authentic Mexican style food products – growth was also stressful.

Since being founded in 1964 by two Mexican (Michoacán) natives, V&V Supremo’s visionary fervor has allowed the company to progress significantly over the years by continually providing new products, improved service, and meticulous quality control. This progress has also introduced a number of business systems into the organization, leading to high IT costs, infrastructure complexity, and diminished trust in data consistency and reliability.

“V&V Supremo has experienced steady growth over the past five years and we have planned an aggressive and exciting expansion strategy for the future,” comments Dan Caithamer, CFO of V&V Supremo. “While we remain committed to our values of quality, consistency, and tradition through state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and progressive business practices, it became evident that we needed to invest into new digital technologies.”


Microsoft Dynamics 365

MERIT’S SOLUTION

After a rigorous evaluation process that included reviews of SAP and Infor – V&V Supremo ultimately chose to implement the industry leading Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform with Merit Solutions.

Executives preferred Microsoft Dynamics 365 over SAP / Infor because the platform provided:

  • the best 5-year total cost of ownership.

  • a streamlined, easier implementation model.

  • greater flexibility to support the company’s specific business operations.

  • a more modern technology stack that integrated the worlds of ERP, CRM, BI, IoT, and mobile.

  • a strong product roadmap.

V&V Supremo also had extremely high confidence in Merit Solutions and trusted our methodology and ability to deliver an end-to-end solution that provided the greatest value and competitive advantage.

When asked about selecting Merit Solutions for their Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation, Caithamer comments: “Merit Solutions has demonstrated a strong commitment to our success dating back to our initial discussion with their team. We believe they provide our organization with value we couldn’t match elsewhere: a strong implementation process, expertise in dealing with FDA government regulations, and the ability to serve as our sole partner for our end-to-end digital technology needs.”


Benefits:

During their implementation, V&V Supremo will benefit from using Rapid365 as the foundation for their platform. Rapid365 is a pre-configured, best practices and rapid deployment offering for Microsoft Dynamics 365 that was developed by Merit Solutions based on almost 20 years of experience implementing ERP solutions. Rapid365 will enable V&V Supremo to get up and running with less time, risk, and spend than using a blank-slate ERP implementation model.

Following implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform, V&V Supremo expects to:

  • Support growth initiatives without dramatic personnel changes.

  • Improve decisions and increase speed with one source of data.

  • Improve operating intelligence using the BI, IoT, Machine Learning, and mobile capabilities.

  • Reduce IT costs and complexity by narrowing to a single system / vendor.

  • Grow well beyond current sales, using the system for the next 20 years.

  • Continuously identify areas to increase value, quality, and safety for customers.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of the rapidly growing V&V Supremo family – the oldest Hispanic family-run cheese manufacturer in the US,” concludes Caithamer. “Every day, I am honored to work with such a highly talented team that is motivated and committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations and needs. By implementing the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform, we hope to provide these team members with the tools and data they need to drive our growth and success for decades to come.”

VV Supremo Chooses Microsoft Dynamics 365


Trust Merit Solutions with your Digital Transformation.

  Manufacturing Experience

We have been implementing, integrating, and customizing ERP and mobile applications for manufacturing organizations for more than 18 years.

  We Know FDA Requirements

We have deep experience implementing in FDA regulated industries, including Food and Beverage and Life Sciences.

  We Know Support

Our MeritCare team has been providing clients with issue resolution, ongoing support, cloud managed services and systems optimization for years.

  Proven Implementation Methodology

We have a proven implementation methodology – both for enterprise transformations and rapid, pre-configured, and best practices deployments.


Contact Us Today

If you're interested in learning more about Microsoft Dynamics 365, Rapid365, MAXLife, or mobile applications for the Life Sciences Industry - please contact us now!

10
Jul

Technology and Services Provider Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

Technology and Services Provider Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

This confidential organization is the industry-leading global innovator of software and technology solutions for producers, suppliers, contractors and haulers of ready-mixed concrete, concrete products, aggregate, asphalt, and cement. The company has approximately twenty distinct product lines, subsets of which are available in worldwide markets via thirteen global offices and counting over 600 employees.



Fast Facts

Industry:
Software

Location:
Alabama

Existing Systems:
NetSuite, AX, GP

Evaluated Systems:
Microsoft Dynamics 365, NetSuite

System Selected:
Microsoft Dynamics 365

THE SITUATION

Due to the various businesses that this organization had acquired or built over the last 15 years, employees and executives were struggling navigating among three different ERP environments. Customer-facing systems were fragmented, slow, and contained poorly structured data. Employees faced time-consuming manual processes in order to effectively access customer data, service customers, and provide solutions. The company was growing and so were operating costs. The disparate business systems put additional strain on the organization’s ability to drive profitable growth. Executives ultimately made the decision to implement a new, unified, and modern ERP system with the hopes of replacing most of their overlapping and/or disconnected systems with one common toolset that will allow all employees globally to have access to all relevant data and better service their customers.


Disparate Systems Could No Longer Support Growth

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Pharmaceuticals

MERIT’S SOLUTION

The company narrowed its vendor search to two platforms – NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Microsoft Dynamics 365 was chosen because it “checked off” more crucial system requirements out-of-the-box than NetSuite – including a 360 degree view of the customer, contact / case management, financial management, licensing, invoicing, opportunity management, catalog management, order fulfillment, and more. Executives also had concerns about the NetSuite roadmap with the recent acquisition by Oracle- while they had high confidence in Merit Solutions’ ability to implement, train, and support Dynamics 365 internationally. The client also put trust in our responsiveness, strong implementation background, quality of the proposed project team, and corporate transparency.


Expected Benefits:

  Implement a single source of data across global operations.

  Get a single, 360 degree view of critical customer data.

  Streamline and automate manual and inefficient processes.

  Improve the customer experience and increase value.

  Streamline software license management and improve invoice accuracy.

  Improve decisions with real-time, actionable data intelligence.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 - Improve Decision Making


Trust Merit Solutions with your Digital Transformation.

  Proven Experience

We have been successfully implementing, integrating, and customizing ERP and mobile applications for more than 18 years.

  Global Resources

We have resources located across the globe that collaborate and consistently deliver global implementations with high satisfaction rates.

  We Know Support

Our MeritCare team has been providing clients with issue resolution, ongoing support, managed and systems optimization services for years.

  Proven Implementation Methodology

We have a proven implementation methodology – both for enterprise transformations and rapid, pre-configured, and best practices deployments.


Contact Us Today

If you're interested in learning more about Microsoft Dynamics 365, Rapid365, MAXLife, or mobile applications for the Life Sciences Industry - please contact us now!

10
Jul

Biopharmaceutical Company Rapidly Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

Biopharmaceutical Company Rapidly Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

This confidential organization is a clinical stage publicy traded biopharmaceutical company pioneering immunotherapies for life threatening and debilitating diseases that have been underserved by scientific innovation. The company’s mission is to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options to combat cancer and other serious illnesses.



Fast Facts

Industry:
Biopharma

Location:
California

Existing Systems:
NetSuite

Evaluated Systems:
Microsoft Dynamics 365, Oracle

System Selected:
Microsoft Dynamics 365

THE SITUATION

As a five year old clinical stage biopharma company, this client had been running their business on the NetSuite ERP platform. However, with their lead program entering phase three for two indications and receiving orphan and breakthrough designation from the FDA, the company began to outgrow the NetSuite ERP platform as it no longer provided the scalability and visibility needed for long-term growth. With plans to grow from 70 to 200 people and to bring move 95% of manufacturing internally – the company wanted unified cloud based platform that integrated all areas of the business – with a heavy focus on manufacturing and supply chain – and could be implemented in phases with a rapid go live.

Disparate Systems Could No Longer Support Growth

MERIT’S SOLUTION

Executives at the company evaluated two potential NetSuite replacements – and ultimately chose the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform over Oracle. The unified platform from Microsoft, which brings together capabilities for ERP, CRM, BI, IoT, Quality, and more, was a major differentiator for the company. The MAXLife365 and Rapid365 offerings from Merit Solutions were also clear advantages. Prior to evaluating Rapid365, the company was not aware that Microsoft Dynamics 365 could be deployed in a pre-configured / best practices / rapid implementation model. Considering that they were moving from a similar model with NetSuite and had a tight timeline to go live with financials, this was a determining factor that led them to choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Rapid365 over Oracle.


Expected Benefits:

  Implement modern technology that can deliver relevant and actionable business intelligence across the company.

  Increase ability to support aggressive growth and expansion goals.

  Streamline and automate manual and inefficient processes.

  Increase product quality and reduce the cost of maintaining compliance.

  Extend visibility and access into financial and supply chain data – reducing costs and increasing shareholder value.

  Increase ability to forecast, plan, and make informed decisions.

  Bring manufacturing in-house and drive effective supply chain processes.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 - Improve Decision Making


Trust Merit Solutions with your Life Sciences Industry Projects.

  Life Sciences Experience

We have been implementing, integrating, and customizing Life Sciences ERP and mobile applications for more than 10 years.

  We Know Validation

We understand the rigors of designing and deploying validation-ready systems.

  We Know Support

Our MeritCare team has been providing clients with issue resolution, ongoing support, managed and systems optimization services for years.

  Proven Implementation Methodology

We have a proven implementation methodology – both for enterprise transformations and rapid, pre-configured, and best practices deployments.


Contact Us Today

If you're interested in learning more about Microsoft Dynamics 365, Rapid365, MAXLife, or mobile applications for the Life Sciences Industry - please contact us now!

10
Jul

Dental Products Company Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

Dental Company Implements Dynamics 365 To Drive Growth

This confidential organization is a worldwide developer and distributor of high-tech dental and orthodontic materials, devices, and instruments. With a mission to improve the level of dental healthcare and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle-free, this company employs roughly 1,600 employees worldwide and is FDA compliant, ISO certified, PCI compliant, and follow GMP. They have experienced non-stop growth for over 30 years!



Fast Facts

Industry:
Medical device

Location:
Utah

Existing Systems:
Oracle

Evaluated Systems:
Microsoft Dynamics 365, Infor

System Selected:
Microsoft Dynamics 365

THE SITUATION

This dental products company had been using a number of systems across the company to operate – including different systems for ERP, CRM, PLM, HRMS, LIMS, MRP, WMS, label printing, credit card processes, sales tax and more. As the company planned for increased growth and expansion, executives determined that the company needed a more modern and unified business platform that was more affordable, scalable, and flexible – with a path to a GMP-compliant cloud architecture.

Disparate Systems Could No Longer Support Growth

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Pharmaceuticals

MERIT’S SOLUTION

After evaluating the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Oracle business platforms, executives ultimately chose to implement the Microsoft platform with Merit Solutions. Executives chose Microsoft Dynamics 365 because it better addressed their critical project requirements, including: support for discrete, process, and lean manufacturing; it could be rolled out in phases across the globe; it is cost-effective and can be scaled and used for the next 15+ years; it is compliant with FDA, ISO, PCI, and GMP guidelines. The company also wanted to work with a partner with deep Life Sciences industry expertise and with global delivery capabilities. Merit Solutions’ unique IP, MAXLife365 and Rapid365, were recognized as a key value and ROI drivers for the company.


Expected Benefits:

  Unite and serve all sales and operations employees across the globe.

  Reduce the cost of meeting FDA, ISO, or GMP requirements.

  Increased agility to address changing markets, user or regulatory requirements.

  Improve performance through data intelligence – utilizing mobile and IoT friendly systems.

  Provide employees with easier, yet secure, access to the data they need to perform with higher quality.

  Increase ability to scale and grow unencumbered by business systems.

  Continuously drive platform ROI as the system grows within the business.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 - Improve Decision Making


Trust Merit Solutions with your Life Sciences Industry Projects.

  Life Sciences Experience

We have been implementing, integrating, and customizing Life Sciences ERP and mobile applications for more than 10 years.

  We Know Validation

We understand the rigors of designing and deploying validation-ready systems.

  We Know Support

Our MeritCare team has been providing clients with issue resolution, ongoing support, managed and systems optimization services for years.

  Proven Implementation Methodology

We have a proven implementation methodology – both for enterprise transformations and rapid, pre-configured, and best practices deployments.


Contact Us Today

If you're interested in learning more about Microsoft Dynamics 365, Rapid365, MAXLife, or mobile applications for the Life Sciences Industry - please contact us now!

18
May

Detroit Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadshow June 16, 2017

The “Accelerating Digital Transformation” roadshow will be coming to Detroit on June 16, at Microsoft Technology Center in Southfield, MI. This free event will include breakfast and lunch and is a must-attend for organizations that want to accelerate processes, improve decisions, speed innovation and streamline operating models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.

Register now for the Accelerating Digital Transformation roadshow event in Detroit on June 16.

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18
May

Seattle Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadshow June 14, 2017

The “Accelerating Digital Transformation” roadshow will be coming to Seattle on June 14, at Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. This free event will include breakfast and lunch and is a must-attend for organizations that want to accelerate processes, improve decisions, speed innovation and streamline operating models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.

Register now for the Accelerating Digital Transformation roadshow event in Seattle on June 14.

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18
May

Silicon Valley Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadshow June 13, 2017

The “Accelerating Digital Transformation” roadshow will be coming to Silicon Valley on June 13, at Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, CA. This free event will include breakfast and lunch and is a must-attend for organizations that want to accelerate processes, improve decisions, speed innovation and streamline operating models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.

Register now for the Accelerating Digital Transformation roadshow event in Silicon Valley on June 13.

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18
May

Los Angeles Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadshow June 12, 2017

The “Accelerating Digital Transformation” roadshow will be coming to Los Angeles on June 12, at Microsoft Technology Center in Playa Vista, CA. This free event will include breakfast and lunch and is a must-attend for organizations that want to accelerate processes, improve decisions, speed innovation and streamline operating models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.

Register now for the Accelerating Digital Transformation roadshow event in Los Angeles on June 12.

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18
May

Chicago Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadshow June 9, 2017

The “Accelerating Digital Transformation” roadshow will be coming to Chicago on June 9, at Microsoft Corporate Office in Downers Grove, IL. This free event will include breakfast and lunch and is a must-attend for organizations that want to accelerate processes, improve decisions, speed innovation and streamline operating models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.

Register now for the Accelerating Digital Transformation roadshow event in Chicago on June 9.

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