MCA Connect Wins 2017 Microsoft Dynamics Services Partner of the Year for US

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Microsoft recognizes MCA Connect for outstanding performance

July 25, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) –MCA Connect, a global systems integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold ERP, CRM and Cloud Partner, proudly announces it has won the 2017 Microsoft Dynamics Services Partner of the Year Award for the United States. MCA Connect won this award by demonstrating exceptional business success using Microsoft Dynamics to deliver innovative solutions that exceed client expectations and surpass business goals.

The award was presented at the Microsoft Inspire (formerly Microsoft WPC) conference on July 9-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C., where MCA Connect was also recognized as a Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle member for the ninth year.

“We are honored to win Microsoft Dynamics Services Partner of the Year again in 2017, making this the fourth time we’ve been recognized with this award,” says Claude Watson, Chief Executive Officer of MCA Connect. “This award cements MCA Connect as a top contender among US Microsoft Partners for demonstrating excellence, outstanding innovation and deep expertise.”

The award winners from each region were selected for their dedication to delivering solutions that meet diverse customer needs. Several key criteria were considered in selecting Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partners for the special recognition, including outstanding sales performance, thorough technological expertise on Microsoft Dynamics products and services, and feedback from Microsoft team members.

“Each year we recognize Microsoft Dynamics partners from around the world for delivering innovation and driving unsurpassed customer success,” said Ron Huddleston, CVP, One Commercial Partner. “Our award winners are chosen based on their capabilities as an organization, whether that’s creating IP, developing solutions, or having an industry leading focus on digital transformation. Microsoft is honored to recognize MCA Connect for their achievements this past year, dedication to clients, and innovation with Microsoft technologies.”

MCA Connect is dedicated to delivering valuable solutions that help clients achieve a competitive advantage. By collaborating with Microsoft, MCA Connect provides effective solutions and services that meet client needs and increase business value.

Previous MCA Connect honors include Worldwide Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year, Worldwide Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year, Worldwide Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year and Dynamics Inner Circle.

About MCA Connect
MCA Connect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner (ERP & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a competitive advantage. By combining product and industry expertise with proven strategic alignment methods, MCA Connect is able to consistently deliver innovative solutions that help clients realize their vision. Founded in 2002, MCA Connect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Learn more at mcaconnect.com.

Contact:
Kelsey Tranchina, Marketing Manager, (281) 638-1025

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Finalist – 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning Award

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Microsoft today announced that MCA Connect has been named a finalist in the 2017 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Award. Finalists were selected over almost 2,800 Microsoft partners in 115 countries worldwide. MCA Connect was awarded among top Microsoft Partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are honored to be awarded a Finalist for ERP Partner of the Year again in 2017, after also being awarded as a Finalist in 2016 and Winner of the award in 2015”, says Claude Watson, Chief Executive Officer of MCA Connect. “Our history of being recognized by Microsoft as a top ERP Partner shows our proven track record for providing outstanding solutions and services to our customers.”

The Enterprise Resource Planning Partner of the Year Award recognizes a Microsoft partner that excels at providing innovative and unique sales, services, solutions and support based on Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Those selected for this award have demonstrated exceptional business leadership and success, with strong growth in new customer additions and revenue while maintaining and growing their existing customer base. Finally, the award recognizes a Partner that has made significant progress in shifting their business to the Microsoft Cloud.

“The outstanding innovation and expertise the Microsoft partner community continues to provide is demonstrated by this year’s award winners,” said Ron Huddleston corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “We applaud MCA Connect on achieving Finalist of the 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning award.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

About MCA Connect
MCA Connect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner (ERP & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a competitive advantage. By combining product and industry expertise with proven strategic alignment methods, MCA Connect is able to consistently deliver innovative solutions that help clients realize their vision. Founded in 2002, MCA Connect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Contact:
Kelsey Tranchina kelsey.tranchina@mcaconnect.com (281) 638-1025

5 Ways Your Automotive ERP System Is Keeping You From Increasing Revenue

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Automotive suppliers who manufacture and sell their products to large automobile manufacturers can sometimes feel squeezed. Automobile manufacturers can be demanding clients – they can request lots of changes, which can cut into your profitability.

There are 5 areas where most ERP systems fall short in helping you increase revenue.

1. Your system doesn’t manage the sales process.

The easiest way to increase revenue is to increase sales. How can you sell more to your existing customers? How can you get into another division or introduce a new product line? A CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution manages the sales, marketing and customer service processes. These vital functions can help you uncover and track new opportunities. With a solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365, the sales system and manufacturing system work together to give you a complete end-to-end picture from bid to production.

2. You’re missing opportunities because you spend so much time on each RFQ bid response.

Most automotive suppliers spend a lot of time responding to RFQs. Each bid response requires collaborative input from multiple contributors and then must be approved by various departments before the bid response is released. Your business solution should be able to automatically route the bid response to all the right people, tracking each person’s input. Being more efficient with your RFQ bid responses frees up more time to create and pursue new opportunities.

3. You’re losing money on engineering changes.

You know that the original product you spec out in the RFQ bid response often looks completely different than the product that rolls off the assembly line months later. Many automotive suppliers lack systems to manage and control the engineering changes. There’s a gap between the ERP system and the PLM system. Closing that gap so that you can capture fluctuating raw materials costs, design change costs, and be confident that you’re always working with the most current information can help you save money and increase revenue.

4. You are working around your systems.

How many spreadsheets do you use on a daily basis? How many systems do you need to login to? Inefficiency costs you time, which costs you revenue.

5. Your systems don’t easily provide the insight you need.

Good decisions are driven by good information. When information is scattered across multiple databases, applications, spreadsheets and emails, it’s difficult to see trends ‘in real time’ – while you can take corrective action. Solutions like PowerBI enable you to feed information from multiple sources into one central dashboard to provide you with the insight you need to increase revenue.

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Written By: Doug Bulla, Vice President of ERP Business Development

Enterprise Data Warehousing Solution Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations

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March 14, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced the release of dataConnect, a data warehousing solution that comes with pre-built data models and data extraction technology to create a single source of validated company data you can trust.

dataConnect extracts data from Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX entity, data store and databases as well as from your other business systems and spreadsheets to combine them into one single consolidated data model. It is the only data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 that enables both drilled down capabilities and enterprise insight.

“During a typical upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365, customers lose their historical data, which means they don’t have a good idea of the performance indicators from previous years,” said Howard Hohnadel, Managing Director of mcaConnect’s Business Transformation team. “dataConnect enables these customers with access to that historical data, while keeping the new Dynamics 365 system clean.”

“Unlike other solutions, dataConnect allows the customer the ability to drill down into the detail, plus it’s much faster than cubes and you can put your favorite business intelligence tool on top of it”, explains Mark Hatting, Managing Director for mcaConnect’s Business Analytics team. “By implementing dataConnect, companies are able to cut the cost of building data models and reduce the risk of using incomplete information to drive decisions while gaining instant insight and predictive power.”

mcaConnect industry experts leverage dataConnect to help companies fuel their organization with fast, accurate information, giving them the power to predict, adapt and shape operations with record speed and precision. Enabling almost real-time analytics, dataConnect quickly pulls your validated data into forecasting models to easily begin and more accurately assist in operational planning.

About mcaConnect
mcaConnect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner (ERP & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a 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. Founded in 2002, mcaConnect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Contact:
Kelsey Tranchina
kelsey.tranchina@mcaconnect.com
(281) 638-1025

Verifying Your Inventory Count

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How to verify you inventory count in Microsoft Dynamics 365 We’ve written a couple of articles recently about inventory counting best practices using Dynamics 365. For quick reference you can find them here:

Is your inventory count accurate? As you reach the stage in your physical inventory process where the counts are being turned in, there are 4 questions you need to ask and answer – and you need to do it in this order. Each question should have policies attached to them so your inventory count processes stay consistent over time.

  1. Did everything get counted?
  2. What should we recount?
  3. How can we compare the actual count to what our system has recorded in it?

Let’s examine each of these questions in more detail.

Question 1: Did everything get counted? Each method of inventory counting has its own method of inventory count verification. Directed Count – Use visual aids. Using the cycle count journals within Dynamics 365, you would give each user a list defined by area, zone or location. Only print the items that are shown to be in those areas. The best way to verify that all items have been counted is to use a visual aid such as a “sticky dot.”  You would verify accurate counting by walking through that zone and visually verifying that every item is marked with the sticky dot.

TIP: Make sure you have a policy for handling “found” items that are not listed. 

Blind Count – Use tags. If you are performing a blind count using tags, we recommend you use tags where a perforated piece is left with the item counted and the piece returned is numbered so that you know what numbers were handed out to each counter.  By doing this, you can utilize the tag counting functionality found within Dynamics 365 and mark tags as being returned, missing or damaged. Obsolete / Slow Moving Inventory – Decide on write off. How many times does a business have to count the same thing, yearly, before it is determined that these items are (1) taking up needed space and (2) costing the business money to keep them on hand and maintain them on the financial books? Evaluate whether you want to write this inventory off.

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Question 2: What should we recount? Before your initial physical count begins, determine appropriate tolerances to determine when something requires a recount?  You can set either a dollar tolerance or a quantity tolerance.  Either way, recounts will occur when this tolerance level is reached. If you have chosen to utilize tag counting or cycle counting journals, once lines are in the cycle count journal, recounts can occur both prior to posting and / or by posting the original sheet and generating a new sheet for the same item(s) / location(s).  This should be an established procedure you have previously tested and determined.

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Question 3: How can we compare what we counted to what our system shows? To verify your wall-to-wall inventory count to the inventory numbers in Dynamics 365, you would want to run a report showing the net change caused by counting journals (counting or tag counting). When using Tag Counting journals, you can run the posting process in “Simulation” to get the net change in count, however, this does not give you the net change in inventory value.

For the Counting journals, prior to posting you can run Print> Journal to get the On-Hand vs. Counted quantities.  This report does list the Cost price. In addition, one could export the results to Excel of the counts being compared to the original on hands and run formulas from there.

Returning to regular use of Dynamics 365 Your final question might be, “When will we return to regular use of our system?”. Once you have run your physical inventory count, verified its accuracy and made any needed adjustments in the system, only then should you re-open your system to allow for normal transactions to occur. If you need any help with this process, please reach out to the MCA Connect Dynamics 365 Managed Services team.

Author: Genie Engels

mcaConnect’s EnergyCONNECT Enterprise Solution is Now Available to be Hosted in Microsoft Azure

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mcaConnect’s EnergyCONNECT Enterprise Solution is Now Available to be Hosted in Microsoft Azure

Built on Microsoft Dynamics 365, EnergyCONNECT is an oil and gas-focused, cloud-based platform

January 25, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced the release of EnergyCONNECT, a cloud-based oil and gas ERP solution hosted in Microsoft Azure to help exploration and production companies and midstream oil and gas companies increase productivity by providing proven processes, familiar tools and intelligent guidance.

EnergyCONNECT oil and gas solutions are built on Microsoft Dynamics 365, which provides accounting, resource planning, operations and system integration with global financial management requirements in mind. EnergyCONNECT encompasses numerous capabilities to deliver results such as Joint Venture Accounting including powerful Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) capabilities. This solution gives the oil and gas industry familiar, easy-to-use tools that enable them to work quickly and make smart, proactive decisions.

“By implementing EnergyCONNECT, exploration and production companies and midstream oil and gas companies are able to streamline their business processes to save valuable time and money,” said David Huether, Vice President, Alliance Sales and Relationships for mcaConnect. “The solution combines powerful Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP capabilities with deep industry customization to allow for continued performance improvement and competitive differentiation leveraging the Microsoft cloud.”

mcaConnect industry experts help exploration and production companies and midstream oil and gas companies better manage their business by leveraging EnergyCONNECT. David goes on to say, “mcaConnect has built its reputation helping oil and gas industry leaders create competitive differentiators leveraging the Microsoft Technologies. Our extensive knowledge of the Exploration and Production, Midstream and Oilfield Services sectors, in conjunction with the best-in-class Dynamics 365 solution, enables mcaConnect to deliver a new system that will be transformational for business.”

About mcaConnect
mcaConnect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner (ERP & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a 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. Founded in 2002, mcaConnect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Contact:
Kelsey Tranchina
kelsey.tranchina@mcaconnect.com
(281) 638-1025

Rubicon Oilfield Selects MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT Solution

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rubicon Oilfield International Selects MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT for Enterprise Resource Planning Solution

Built on Microsoft Dynamics, EnergyCONNECT is an oil and gas-focused, cloud-based platform

July 28, 2016 (Denver, Colo.) – MCA Connect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced a new agreement with Rubicon Oilfield International to deploy cloud-based Microsoft enterprise solutions, specifically EnergyCONNECT. As Rubicon continues to increase its market share and acquire oil and gas companies, the executive team decided they needed proven technology and industry-leading consulting to streamline processes, improve their core manufacturing business and deliver greater customer value.

EnergyCONNECT oil and gas solutions are built on Microsoft Dynamics™ ERP, which provides accounting, resource planning, operations and system integration with global financial management requirements in mind.

“By using Microsoft Dynamics, many of our business processes will be streamlined, saving us valuable time and money,” said Richard Rodriguez, Chief Production Officer for Rubicon Oilfield International. “We are thrilled to have powerful ERP capabilities along with industry experts to help pave a smooth path for rapid growth.”

“Rubicon’s commitment to building a best-in-class global enterprise in the oilfield products and equipment sector necessitates a need for an enterprise-wide solution,” said David Huether, Vice President of Alliance Sales and Relationships at MCA Connect. “Our knowledge of the Oilfield Services sector, in conjunction with Microsoft’s best-in-class technology, will set up Rubicon’s team for success as they continue to scale.”

“ERP solutions are the key to success for companies like Rubicon that are poised for global expansion,” said Jamie Tozzi, General Manager of Microsoft Dynamics North America. “MCA Connect was able to successfully match up our offerings with Rubicon’s needs so they can graduate from spreadsheets and disjointed applications to a structured, manufacturing-focused platform.”

About MCA Connect

MCA Connect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner for both Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a competitive advantage. By combining product and industry expertise with proven strategic alignment methods, MCA Connect is able to consistently deliver innovative solutions that help clients realize their vision. Founded in 2002, MCA Connect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Learn more at http://mcaconnect.com

About Rubicon Oilfield International

Rubicon Oilfield International is an oilfield products and services company with operational headquarters in Houston, Texas. Rubicon is led by a seasoned team of oilfield service and equipment industry executives in partnership with Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm with a 25-year track record of building businesses and creating value in the energy sector. Supported with up to $300 million of capital from Warburg Pincus, Rubicon is committed to building a best-in-class global enterprise in the oilfield products and equipment sector.

For more information, please visit www.rubicon-oilfield.com.

Contact:

Kelsey O’Dell
kelsey.odell@mcaconnect.com
(281) 638-1025

Jayco, Inc. Selects mcaConnect and Microsoft AX

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Jayco, Inc. Selects mcaConnect and Microsoft AX
for Enterprise Resource Planning Needs

 World’s Largest Privately-Held Recreation Vehicle Manufacturer Upgrades
Technology to Better Meet Customer and Dealer Needs

 July 21, 2016 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced an agreement with Jayco, Inc. to roll out Microsoft Dynamics™ AX ERP as the new enterprise business system for the breadth of the Jayco enterprise. Jayco, a leading RV manufacturer, was seeking a new solution to support operations across 17 facilities, increase efficiency, and grow business more profitably.

Jayco turned to mcaConnect, which has a specialty in manufacturing, to explore how Microsoft’s ERP can help with operational improvements and growth.

“We were seeking a modern, agile, centralized ERP solution and Microsoft  Dynamics AX was the clear winner for its business intelligence and ease of use,” said John Wolf, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Jayco. “We knew that we needed improved access to meaningful information; this will allow us to better support customers and improve business performance.”

“Jayco is a leader in their marketspace by providing the highest quality products and services. Their legacy systems were preventing them from delivering at the level their dealers and eventual end customers have come to expect over the years,” said Douglas Hatfield, Vice President of Solution Development at mcaConnect. “The Microsoft Dynamics AX platform, combined with mcaConnect’s business transformational approach to implementation, is exactly what Jayco needs to continue leading the recreational vehicle industry.  We are excited to work with them on this initiative.”

“Companies like Jayco that have multiple operations and a desire to use analytics for business development are perfect candidates for Microsoft Dynamics AX,” said Jamie Tozzi, General Manager of Microsoft Dynamics North America at Microsoft. “Our solutions architects, in tandem with our partners at mcaConnect, will deliver a new system that will be transformational for the business.”

About mcaConnect
mcaConnect is a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner (AX & CRM) that delivers and supports operational transformation to help customers achieve a 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. Founded in 2002, mcaConnect has grown into one of the largest US-based Microsoft partners with offices throughout the United States.

Learn more at http://mcaconnect.com

Contact:
Gem Swartz
gem@catalystmarketing.io
(925) 588-8515

Microsoft and mcaConnect Form Joint Program Offering AX4Lean

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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 oAX4Leanptimize 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.

About mcaConnect

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.

For additional information:

Shawnee Parris
mcaConnect, LLC
866-622-0669
media@mcaconnect.com
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