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Merit Solutions Featured in Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Spotlight

Merit Solutions was featured yesterday in a spotlight by the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), who noted "this week's Spotlight shines on four great companies & individuals who are revolutionizing industries and changing people's lives by using tech and putting Chicago on the national tech map!"

You can see the full spotlight on the ITA website (ITA Spotlight: Merit Solutions), or you can keep reading below.

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McGladrey LLP Announced as MAXLife Reseller

Merit Solutions, Inc., announced today that they have signed a reseller agreement for MAXLife ERP software with McGladrey LLP, the largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. The signing of this agreement will enable McGladrey LLP to provide clients in the BioTech, BioMed, Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical industries with the leading Life Sciences ERP software solution built on Microsoft Dynamics AX.

“McGladrey is committed to providing clients with the most comprehensive life sciences quality and compliance management capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics AX,” said Bob Bell, director of Microsoft Dynamics AX practice with McGladrey LLP. "The industry-specific improvements offered by MAXLife is going to transform the way our clients maintain product quality and regulatory compliance. Our customers are going to be able to overcome stringent industry challenges, such as, 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance, CAPA, Electronic Batch Records, System Validation, and more, to sustain profitability and growth. This announcement strengthens the value we can provide to the life sciences industry and will further enable McGladrey clients to maximize the ROI from their technology investments.”

MAXLife ERP is based on Microsoft’s most advanced and feature-rich ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and extends the solution to help life sciences companies improve product quality and safety, reduce organizational risk, and maintain FDA compliance. By using MAXLife ERP, life sciences companies can automate, grow, and transform their business with innovative, high quality business process and IT consulting services designed specifically for FDA Regulated companies.

MAXLife ERP extends Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft SharePoint for use by life sciences companies in the following areas:

  • Electronic Batch Records
  • Quality Document Management
  • Enhanced Audit Trails and Electronic Signatures for 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
  • Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Incident Management
  • Material Control and Recall Management (Lot Traceability)
  • Training and Certification Management (Learning Management)
  • System Validation
  • Enhanced Approval Controls and Quality Orders
  • and more!

"McGladrey is an exciting partnership opportunity for MAXLife, and a welcome addition to our global network of top performing, vertically focused Microsoft Dynamics AX resellers," said Bill Burke, CEO of Merit Solutions. "The McGladrey team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our partnership network and we believe their clients will benefit tremendously from our life sciences ERP Software technology. This alliance strengthens our global reach and further exhibits MAXLife’s momentum as the industry-leading Life Sciences ERP solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Merit Solutions looks forward to further supporting high quality partners such as McGladrey as we continue to grow and expand."

About McGladrey Technology Consulting
McGladrey understands how people, processes and technology interact to ensure organizational effectiveness. By combining technical expertise and business savvy with a full scope of IT services, McGladrey can assess complex situations, and devise and implement effective solutions quickly and cost effectively. For more information, visit www.mcgladrey.com/technology, join the McGladrey Technology Consulting Facebook fan page, follow us on Twitter @McGladreyTech, @McGladreyERP, @McGladreyCRM, and/or connect with us on YouTube.

About McGladrey
McGladrey LLP is the leading U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with more than 6,500 people in 75 offices nationwide. McGladrey is a licensed CPA firm and serves clients around the world through RSM International, a global network of independent assurance, tax and consulting firms. McGladrey uses its deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of clients to help them succeed. For more information like us on Facebook at McGladrey News, follow us on Twitter @McGladrey and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.

About MAXLife ERP
MAXLife ERP addresses the industry-specific needs of Life Sciences companies that produce FDA regulated products. Unlike other ERP systems, MAXLife is an end-to-end solution that addresses a Life Sciences company’s biggest challenge: quality management. MAXLife ERP extends Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft SharePoint enables quality control and quality assurance processes to work together as part of the business system, and to be transparently available for reviewing and reporting. With MAXLife ERP, Life Sciences companies can track product quality, proactively see and respond to manufacturing variability, meet GMPs, Sarbanes Oxley, and 21 CFR Part 11 and Part 820 requirements, and simplify computer systems validation.

MAXLife ERP has passed the Software Solution Test for Microsoft Dynamics AX, which is a major requirement for Certified for Microsoft Dynamics® (CfMD) status.

AKA Enterprise Solutions Announced as MAXLife Reseller

AKA Enterprise Solutions, a leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partner dedicated to the implementation, training and support of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Life Sciences companies, announced today that they have signed a Reseller Agreement with Merit Solutions, Inc. to resell their MAXLife ERP software. The signing of the Reseller Agreement will enable AKA Enterprise Solutions to provide clients in the BioTech, BioMed, Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical industries with the leading Life Sciences ERP software solution built on Microsoft Dynamics AX.

“For more than two decades, AKA Enterprise Solutions has been committed to providing clients with the precise technology and consulting solutions to meet their unique business needs,” said Ronald Haantjes, Vice President of Client Relations, AKA Enterprise Solutions. "The industry-specific improvements offered by MAXLife is going to transform the way our clients maintain product quality and regulatory compliance. Customers will be able to overcome stringent industry challenges - like 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance, CAPA, Electronic Batch Records, System Validation, and more - in order to sustain profitability and growth. This announcement strengthens the value we can provide to the Life Sciences industry and will further enable AKA Enterprise Solutions clients to maximize the ROI from their technology investments.”

MAXLife ERP is based on Microsoft’s most advanced and feature-rich ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and extends the solution to help Life Sciences companies improve product quality and safety, reduce organizational risk, and maintain FDA compliance. By utilizing MAXLife ERP, Life Sciences companies can automate, grow, and transform their business with innovative, high quality business process and IT consulting services designed specifically for FDA Regulated companies.

MAXLife ERP extends Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft SharePoint for use by Life Sciences companies in the following areas:

  • Electronic Batch Records
  • Quality Document Management
  • Enhanced Audit Trails and Electronic Signatures for 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
  • Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Incident Management
  • Material Control and Recall Management (Lot Traceability)
  • Training and Certification Management
  • System Validation
  • Enhanced Approval Controls and Quality Orders
  • and more!

"AKA Enterprise Solutions has long been recognized as one of the leading Microsoft Dynamics AX partners worldwide. They are a very exciting partnership opportunity for MAXLife and a welcome addition to our global network of top performing, vertically focused Microsoft Dynamics AX resellers," said Bill Burke, CEO of Merit Solutions. "The AKA team brings years of experience working with Microsoft Dynamics AX in a Life Sciences / FDA regulated environment, and we believe their clients will benefit tremendously from our Life Sciences ERP Software technology. This alliance strengthens our global reach and further exhibits MAXLife’s momentum as the industry-leading Life Sciences ERP solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Merit Solutions looks forward to further supporting high quality partners such as AKA Enterprise Solutions as we continue to grow and expand."

About AKA Enterprise Solutions

For more than two decades, AKA has been one of the country’s leading Microsoft Gold Certified partners providing clients with superior delivery, implementation, service and support of Microsoft Dynamics offerings such as Dynamics AX, GP and CRM and Business Intelligence (BI). AKA understands, develops and, most importantly, integrates leading solutions for life sciences clients. AKA has been awarded six out of the past ten years as one of the top three Microsoft ERP partners worldwide. More information about AKA Enterprise Solutions can be found at http://www.akaes.com.

About MAXLife ERP

MAXLife ERP addresses the industry-specific needs of Life Sciences companies that produce FDA regulated products. Unlike other ERP systems, MAXLife is an end-to-end solution that addresses a Life Sciences company’s biggest challenge: quality management. MAXLife ERP extends Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft SharePoint enables quality control and quality assurance processes to work together as part of the business system, and to be transparently available for reviewing and reporting. With MAXLife ERP, Life Sciences companies can track product quality, proactively see and respond to manufacturing variability, meet GMPs, Sarbanes Oxley, and 21 CFR Part 11 and Part 820 requirements, and simplify computer systems validation.

MAXLife ERP has passed the Software Solution Test for Microsoft Dynamics AX, which is a major requirement for Certified for Microsoft Dynamics® (CfMD) status.

Top 5 Business Reasons to Go to Convergence 2013: Bond with Your Customers

I had the pleasure of being a guest writer with the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog for an article on Microsoft Convergence 2013 in New Orleans. The article is being featured as a part of their series, Top 5 Business Reasons to Go to Microsoft Convergence 2013. In my article, I had the opportunity to talk about the reason why Merit Solutions attends Convergence every year, and why we're especially proud to once again be a Bronze Sponsor in 2013: to bond with our customers.

You can read the article below, or on the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog.

Today’s partner channel is drastically different than what it was 10 years ago: working remote, video conferencing, virtual machines, and other web collaboration tools have allowed for long distances between partners and their customers.

However, when it comes to building a strong, lasting relationship with your customers, there’s really no better substitute than connecting live and in person. And what better place to connect than at Microsoft Convergence 2013 in New Orleans? As the premier event for the worldwide Microsoft Dynamics community, Convergence offers ample opportunities for partners to strengthen their relationships with customers and drive a high ROI for the event.

Here are the top five ways you can bond with your customers at Microsoft Convergence 2013 in New Orleans:

  1. Make Personal Connections. Microsoft Convergence gives you an opportunity to connect with your customers in a more personal way, outside of the traditional business environment. It also helps customers put a face to a name, creating a deeper connection between customers and the vendors that they use. Remember: People build relationships with people, not companies. 
  2. Increase the Value of Their Investments. Microsoft Convergence is a great way for partners to help customers get more value out of their existing Microsoft Dynamics programs and investments. Whether it’s walking through the showroom floor learning about potential add-on solutions or sitting in on an educational session, partners have the opportunity to help customers drive added value for their organization.
  3. Facilitate Networking. As the trusted advisor to your customers, you know a lot about their business challenges and successes. This puts you in a great position to facilitate networking at the unique environment that Microsoft Convergence provides. By introducing customers to other Microsoft Dynamics customers, you can help them learn what works and allow them to share their experiences with peers.
  4. Thank Your Customers. What better way to show your appreciation for your customers’ partnership and trust than taking them out for a night of fine dining, networking, and thanks! Remember, your customers are allowing you to be a part of their success; you can never say “thank you” too much. Plus, if your customers believe that you truly value the opportunity to help them drive success (and not just your success), they will trust you more when you offer additional products or services.
  5. Take Advantage of a Customer Testimonial Opportunity. After spending three days ensuring that your customers receive real business value from attending Microsoft Convergence, ask them to spend some time talking about how much they value your relationship. By asking for a customer testimonial, case study, or video reference for you to use post-Convergence, you can create more value for your clients (free publicity) while gaining reference materials to use in the future!

Imagine the difference between a customer that has mixed feelings about their partner, and a customer who wouldn’t dream of buying from anyone else. The partners who drive the most success from Microsoft Convergence look at the event as an investment instead of an expense. They are investing in their brand, their network, and most importantly, their customer relationships.