Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: E-procurement and expense management; Tax integration; CRM 2016 add-on compatibility; AX 2012 training win

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by Linda Rosencrance


eRequester Punchout Integrates with Amazon Business

eRequester, an e-procurement and expense management system, has announced that eRequester Punchout customers now have access to Amazon Business.

Currently, eRequester can integrate with: Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics AX, eRequester Punchout provides online business-to-business purchasing so they can operate more efficiently and save money, company officials said.

eRequester Punchout’s integration with Amazon Business lets organizations purchase directly with the familiar shopping experience of Amazon. They can access a wide selection of products, multi-seller marketplace, helpful customer reviews, and fast and affordable shipping-all with Amazon Business, according to officials.

“We immediately saw the value we could extend to our customers by pairing eRequester’s top-rated e-procurement system with the wide selection of items available on Amazon Business,” said Randy Pape, eRequester Founder and CEO, in a statement. “We also built in the ability for an organization to create a curated catalog for punchout to Amazon Business so businesses can control which items their staff can purchase.”

Thomson Reuters Rolls Out ONESOURCE Indirect Tax Integration for Dynamics AX

Thomson Reuters has released ONESOURCE Indirect Tax Integration for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The integration connects the ONESOURCE Indirect Tax platform, used to determine U.S. and Canadian sales tax estimates, with Dynamics AX to help companies eliminate the complexities of tax compliance.

The cloud-based software manages every step of the indirect tax process, including rate calculation, research, reporting and returns, company officials said. It also tightly integrates with existing sales processes for a complete view of sales tax liability from a unified platform.

“With over 1,700 VAT changes and 5,000 sales and use tax changes in the US last year alone, configuring rates and rules in Microsoft Dynamics AX can be highly labor-intensive and costly for businesses,” said Chris Carlstead, managing director, Indirect and Property Tax, for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, in a statement.

Carlstead added that ONESOURCE can help businesses “easily achieve streamlined and automated sales tax compliance, as well as agility, as they grow globally.”

PowerObjects’ PowerPack Add-ons Compatible with Dynamics CRM 2016

PowerObjects has updated its 28 PowerPack add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to be compatible with the newest release of the product, Dynamics CRM 2016.

The PowerPack add-ons are built by PowerObjects’ research and development team in response to common requests from customers for additional features, company officials said. They add functionality for sales and marketing automation, as well as general productivity.

“As more and more of our customers move to the cloud, it’s critically important for us to keep our add-ons up to date with each new release,” said Dean Jones, senior vice president at PowerObjects, in a statement. “We took the time to make sure 28 of our supported add-ons are compatible with CRM 2016 so that people have no interruption in their use of the PowerPacks.”

Recently acquired by HCL Technologies, PowerObjects is currently in the final development stages for two additional marketing add-ons, with anticipated release in the first quarter of this year, officials said.

Kodak Alaris Taps Optimum for ERP Training Program

Kodak Alaris has selected Optimum for its Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 end-user training program to support its global deployment of Dynamics AX.

The new ERP system is being rolled out in staggered releases across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Optimum will create a “training template” that will include a suite of training materials based on the first release in the US and Canada, according to company officials.

After attending trainer readiness program, delivered by Optimum. Kodak Alaris worksteam leaders will then present the classroom courses to the employees. This ensures that they can train and support the system within their respective regions, officials said. In preparation for the regional releases the suite of materials is being localized and translated.

About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in Massachusetts. She has written about information technology for 10 years. She has been a journalist since the late 1980s. She wrote for numerous community newspapers in the Boston area, where she covered politics and was a high-profile investigative reporter. She has freelanced for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She is the published author of four true crime books “Murder at Morses Pond,” “An Act of Murder,” “Ripper”, and “Bone Crusher” for Kensington Publishing Corp. (Pinnacle imprint). She has just started her fifth true crime book for Kensington.