Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: PSA on AppSource; Quote-to-cash funding round; Energy consultancy goes cloud; Automotive solutions CEO

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By:  Linda Rosencrance

Progressus Software Latest Release Published on the Microsoft AppSource Marketplace

Progressus Software has received Microsoft approval for its second Progressus submission to AppSource. Progressus Software is available on Dynamics 365 for professional services firms that need a comprehensive, cloud-based professional services automation solution.

In August, Progressus Software announced the release of its app for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business Edition Application, published on Microsoft AppSource.

Progressus is a professional services automation and ERP software, mobile-enabled and architected for the Microsoft cloud, according to company officials. The solution adds advanced project accounting and project management to the financial management functionality of Dynamics 365.

“It’s all part of the ‘agile’ development methodology that we use,” said John Weyer, director of development at Plumbline Consulting, publishers of Progressus Software, in a statement. “With agile, we can keep up with the added functionality requests for the App from our customers and partners, rather than wait weeks or even months to release a new version.”

Apttus announces $55 M funding round, in prep for IPO

Quote-to-cash vendor Apttus has announced a $55 million round of funding, as reported by TechCrunch, which speculates that this is likely Apttus’ final investment before an initial public offering (IPO).

The $55 million round is led by Wipro’s private equity arm, Premji. Other investors include K1 and Iconiq – and Salesforce, on which platform Apttus engineered its solution. Apttus was in effect a “Salesforce shop” until April 2016, when it announced that its Apttus Intelligent Cloud – previously available only as a native Salesforce application – would be available to Microsoft customers running Azure. At the time, we reported that Apttus had renewed its OEM agreement with Salesforce through 2023; but as the company sought IPO, it naturally must extend to other platforms. That became especially clear in late 2015, when Salesforce acquired SteelBrick, another quote-to-cash vendor, for $360 million.

Inenco Chooses SnapLogic to Help Deliver Exceptional Customer Experience

SnapLogic, a provider of self-service application and data integration tools, has announced that energy consultancy Inenco has gone live on the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud to help deliver exceptional customer experience worldwide.

SnapLogic’s Enterprise Integration Cloud was selected because its modern architecture let the IT team easily map out customer data between on-premises and cloud systems and feed relevant data into the client portal, helping to optimize the company’s client portal experience, according to company officials.

With SnapLogic, Inenco significantly reduced the time and effort spent on integration projects, officials stated. Snaps allowed them to automate data integrations between data management systems and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

In addition, business users now have complete visibility of their customers in Dynamics CRM, which enables them to develop ad-hoc sales and marketing reports with real-time customer data, officials stated.


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Incadea Appoints New CEO

incadea, a Cox Automotive brand and a provider of automotive retail solutions, has appointed Allan Stejskal as chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Incadea’s dealer management, business intelligence, and customer and vehicle relationship management solutions are based on the latest Microsoft Dynamics technology.

Stejskal has a long track record of innovation and extensive executive leadership background across leading automotive organizations in the US, according to company officials. With 20 years of automotive retail knowledge, Stejskal has experience in strategic planning, growth and transformation, merger and acquisition integration and process improvement and operational efficiency.

Before joining incadea, Stejskal served as senior vice president and CIO of AutoNation, the largest US new car retailer with over 350 new-vehicle franchises and over 26,000 employees.

“Allan is an accomplished leader, with a proven track record of working with high-growth automotive companies, said John Bailey, president of Cox Automotive International, in a statement. “Together with Allan, we are aiming to reshape incadea’s business strategy and take the company to the next level with profitable growth.”

About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.