Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: Nordic expansion; New CSP ally; CRM training; UK NFP Cloud CRM; Doc management update

Sonata Software forms partnership with IZARA to further its Nordic ambitions

Sonata Software, a global IT solutions firm, has formed a partnership with Danish ERP house, IZARA, to further develop its presence in the Nordic region.

To strengthen its footprint across Northern Europe, Sonata Software has taken a 15% stake in IZARA.  The deal will enable Sonata Software to maximize its current customer relationships and develop new partnerships with its digital transformation offering – platformation – a concept that allows businesses to move toward platform-based business models backed by technology, according to officials of the two companies.

IZARA will be backed by a Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team of over 700 in Bangalore, India. IZARA was formed by the merger of IZARA and Axspecialists. IZARA has traditionally been an advisory company aiding customers with transitions within the ERP market, while AXspecialists was a IT boutique that helped customers that were having problems with their ERP projects, officials stated.

DCAA Solutions, Inc. joins SCA as the latest Dynamics 365 Marketplace partner

DCAA Solutions, a software provider of financial compliance solutions, has joined Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA), an Indirect Microsoft Cloud Service Provider specializing in Microsoft Dynamics 365, to better deliver a suite of cloud-based Microsoft products.

SCA lets Microsoft services and solutions providers start offering Dynamics 365, Office 365 and other cloud solutions in 30 days or less. As an SCA Partner, DCAA Solutions now offers a Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace supported by SCA to help Microsoft customers procure and implement cloud solutions, according to officials.

“Microsoft customers rely on partners like DCAA Solutions to ensure they gain the most value and return on investment from their Microsoft cloud solutions,” said Scott May, SCA’s director of channel development. “We are excited to provide the technology and services to help DCAA Solutions deliver cloud to their customers while sticking to what they do best, providing added value to Microsoft customers with stringent compliance requirements.”

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On-demand Microsoft CRM training now offered in Evolve 365

Planet Technologies, a provider of Microsoft cloud, security, and collaboration solutions for government, has released Microsoft Dynamics CRM training videos on its Evolve 365 Learning Platform.

With CRM for Evolve 365, end-users will learn to navigate standard features and functionality of Dynamics CRM as well as their organizations’ business specific custom applications and processes in real-time, according to the company.

Users can learn at their own pace with on-demand training videos and playlists, with immediate support as they need it, allowing them to be more productive by ensuring that they have the latest and most relevant content when they need it, officials stated.

Christian Aid selects m-hance to implement cloud-based not-for-profit CRM solution NfP 365

UK-based m-hance, a supplier of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for the not-for-profit sector, is working with development charity Christian Aid on a CRM project to provide an integrated system that supports the organization’s supporter-facing activities.

Christian Aid will roll out m-hance’s NfP 365 solution, a CRM system based on Dynamics 365 platform, pre-configured specifically for charities and not-for-profit organizations, according to officials of the two companies.

The solution will give Christian Aid a real-time, 360-degree view of all its supporters and donors and allow the charity to improve the way it engages with all stakeholders.

The solution also takes into consideration factors such as the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation and the Fundraising Preference Service, and also provides the foundations to help charities ensure their data is secure and complies with UK and European data regulations.

The project will go live within early this year, officials stated.

PandaDoc celebrates the new year with key product updates

PandaDoc has announced updates to its document management platform, including pricing table features that let customers lock content and provide optional items. PandaDoc’s document automation, quoting, and e-signature solution integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Customers can also attach additional files to their quotes, proposals, and contracts without adding them inside the body of their PandaDoc documents automatically, according company officials. Additionally, customers can now use PandaDoc’s mobile app with their iPad and Android tablets.

The PandaDoc app offers features such as e-signatures and data merge, as well as data-driven feedback so users can build, edit, execute, and track documents, says the company.

“We have significantly ramped up our development schedule for 2019, and we are planning a steady flow of product updates throughout the year,” said PandaDoc CEO Mikita Mikado in a statement. “As our customer’s needs grow, our product will continue to evolve to meet those needs. Our customers are our number one priority.”