Microsoft and mcaConnect Form Joint Program Offering AX4Lean
Integrated solution addresses lean manufacturing challenges
Denver, Colorado, United States — September 23, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and mcaConnect, LLC today announced a technology partnership to offer AX4Lean. This joint program is designed to help large manufacturing companies address complex lean manufacturing challenges, lower total cost of ownership, improve operations and optimize lean manufacturing processes across the enterprise. By formally creating this joint program, manufacturing companies on a lean journey can leverage Microsoft’s vast technology resources, software solutions and services team coupled with mcaConnect’s industry consulting expertise and intellectual property for a low risk, high reward industry solution.
“Manufacturing companies that build complex products in a high mix, low volume environment need lean manufacturing concepts to be woven within the fabric of their operations. Historically, technology has not been aligned with lean deployments. Microsoft and our team of professionals have changed that paradigm. Our combined offerings allow our clients to accelerate and stabilize their lean journey with leading technology from Microsoft and mcaConnect within their environments,” said David Huether, vice president of sales with mcaConnect. “By partnering with Microsoft in a combined delivery model, companies can turn to us to integrate lean design and planning, value stream mapping, and manufacturing execution into their business system implementation.”
“Microsoft is a global leader in developing manufacturing-centric solutions and in providing expert project management and change management services for deployment. By aligning the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform with mcaConnect’s industry expertise, lean solutions and client services, we have a very compelling value proposition for complex manufacturing enterprises,” said Terry Birdsell, Director of US Services Business Development and Partnerships, Microsoft Corp. “Effective deployment of lean concepts and technology tools requires a partnership with a company that is capable of addressing the complexity lean manufacturing operations entail. Together, Microsoft and mcaConnect are committing to a path of bringing new ideas, best practices and proven solutions designed to help organizations take a low risk, high reward approach to apply business-aligned consulting and technology in the enterprise.”
Through mcaConnect’s participation in the Microsoft Industry Partner Program, the companies plan to deepen the integration between the mcaConnect solution and deployment services and the Microsoft Consulting Services implementation delivery program as a way to lower implementation risk for large manufacturing companies. Microsoft will manage the SureStep Implementation methodology and Lifecycle Services. mcaConnect will provide their solution Areteium on Azure to assist in the lean planning process, and leverage their seamless integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX – working hand-in-hand with Microsoft Consulting Services to ensure successful deployment and adoption of the technology is achieved.
mcaConnect and Microsoft are currently releasing to market the following initiatives:
Deliver industry standards and best practices for lean manufacturers. The companies have created an integrated delivery model. The effort is designed to leverage mcaConnect’s Areteium solution, domain expertise and industry assets and have Microsoft oversee the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Industry Messaging between Microsoft and mcaConnect will allow potential clients to clearly understand that through this joint partnership, Microsoft and mcaConnect will be able to assist them with value stream mapping, incorporating forecasted demand in the value stream, creating valuable what-if scenarios for supermarkets and reorder points, creating time-phased sales forecasts, running profit analyses by value stream and analyzing change in demand patterns.
mcaConnect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Partner (AX & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve competitive advantage. By combining product and industry expertise with proven strategic alignment methods, mcaConnect is able to consistently deliver innovative solutions that help clients realize their vision, as evidenced by our repeated recognition from Microsoft and the millions of dollars we’ve helped customers add to their bottom line. In 2015, mcaConnect was named Microsoft Dynamics U.S. Manufacturing Partner of the Year, Microsoft Enterprise Resource Partner of the Year and was a finalist for the Microsoft Customer Relationship Management Partner of the Year.
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