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By Jasmine McNellis

April 20, 2014Gorilla Expense is pleased to announce two major updates – the latest update to the mobile app allows users to submit complete expense reports from mobile devices (iOS & Android). The updated integration to Dynamics GP Project Accounting will allow AP/Finance to send T&E expense data to Project Expense within GP with the click of a button, so that there is no more manual keying of data into GP! Gorilla Expense was also honored to be selected from several companies by Microsoft at the prestigious DEMO conference for demonstrating product innovation. Learn more –

April 16, 2014:  Halo Business Intelligence (Halo BI), a global provider of business intelligence software and solutions, announced the availability of Halo Source 7.5, an update to its powerful data extraction, aggregation and analysis engine that serves as the core of the Halo Business Intelligence Platform. Built on top of industry standard Microsoft SQL Server technologies, Halo Source provides small and medium-sized businesses with enterprise level data mashup, data quality, data warehousing and data analysis capabilities. Combined with Halo Prism, its front-end data visualization tool, Halo BI provides a holistic business intelligence platform that empowers better decision-making across the entire enterprise. For more information, visit

Dreamers, Dealers, and Doers

By Bonnie Robertson

by Bonnie Robertson

By cashing out of corporate-type careers or cashing in with savings we managed to tuck away, we are well on our way to one of the largest entrepreneurial booms in decades.  Whether the motives are frustration with managers that “just don’t get us” or ideas “that just won’t go away”, the drive for new start-ups or the remake of existing business is happening with renaissance-like enthusiasm. As usual, we celebrate the courage and creative innovation of entrepreneurs, although we rarely understand them.

In spite of the enthusiasm, the odds are not good.

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Partner News

By Jasmine McNellis

March 20, 2014Stoneridge Software is excited and honored to announce the company has been named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2014! For the third year in a row Minnesota Business magazine has organized the “Best Companies to Work For” award. Companies nominated for the award are evaluated and selected by an independent research firm using a variety of procedures to determine which companies in Minnesota “excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits and overall employee happiness.” Research techniques included an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees at each company. Learn more about Stoneridge Software at  For questions regarding this release please contact Leah Baker at 218-422-7858.

March 14, 2014Data Masons Software, a leading provider of Integrated EDI and XML solutions for Microsoft Dynamics customers, announced that the Dynamic NAV User Group (NAVUG) has selected Jon Rivers, Partner Channel Manager at Data Masons, to serve on its Board of Advisors. The company was also represented on the NAV Directions 2013 Board and increased its level of sponsorship of the Directions 2013 partner event.

March 14, 2014Data Masons Software, a leading provider of Integrated EDI and XML solutions for Microsoft Dynamics customers, announced in March its induction into the Microsoft Dynamics AX R&D Council. Data Masons‘ proven commitment to advancing industry-specific EDI technology adoption and business application in the supply chain earned the invitation, which follows Data Masons’ recognition as a AX 2012 TAP participant, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX solution provider and Microsoft Partner with Silver Application Development competency.

March 11, 2014:  ZSL, Inc, a global systems integrator and Value Added Reseller with more than 16 years of product and industry experience, launched their award winning Oil & Gas Vertical Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX at Microsoft Convergence 2014. The Oil & Gas Vertical Solution offers powerful and sophisticated features which seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Microsoft offers business-management solutions that make it easier for oil and gas companies to deal with inadequate processes. By providing oil and gas specific features built on standard accounting functionality, Microsoft and ZSL help to enable end-to-end billing and cost-control processes within one system. To learn more about ZSL and its solution offerings, please visit For more information or questions regarding this release check out or contact

March 11, 2014GenieDB, a leading innovator of distributed relational database technology, announced the immediate availability of the GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service, its scalable, highly available database-as-a-service (DBaaS), on AWS Marketplace of Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), and that it has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN). With GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service on AWS Marketplace, it’s now even easier for companies of any size to take advantage of GenieDB’s automated platform to build web-scale applications that gain the benefits of geographical database distribution (geo-distribution), continuous availability during regional outages, and better application response time for globally distributed users. GenieDB is available on AWS Marketplace, HP Cloud and Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace and is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. Follow us on Twitter @GenieDB or visit us online at:

March 10, 2014:  Continuing its strategy of delivering thought leadership and exemplary customer service to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and CRM customers, Encore Business Solutions (Encore) has acquired Canadian BC based Microsoft Dynamics and SYSPRO partner Candlewest Systems (Candlewest). Encore, an established and reputable Microsoft Dynamics Gold partner and Inner Circle member, remains focused on serving the current and emerging requirements of customers by delivering technology and business strategy guidance. The Candlewest acquisition follows Encore’s very successful acquisition in 2013 of the RSC Group, a former Vancouver based Dynamics Gold partner. The new combined entity represents nearly 100 employees based out of 4 office locations in Western Canada as well as some strategically located across Canada and 600 ERP and CRM customers located throughout Canada.

March 5, 2014Stoneridge Software is pleased to announce the creation of a Microsoft Dynamics® NAV division. Originally focused on the implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Stoneridge Software is excited to offer customers another option in the Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite of business solutions. The addition of the Dynamics NAV division includes the hiring of Principal Consultant Sean Solberg, Principal Consultant Scott Frappier, Senior Consultant Bob Andrews, Senior Consultant Marek Tylko, Senior Consultant Matt Batalden and Senior Developer Laura Lake. For more information or questions regarding this release check out or contact Leah Baker at 218-422-7858.

March 5, 2014nChannel, creator of the cloud-based Multi-Channel Operations Management platform, announced the release of its Sage Connector to help retailers, manufacturers and distributors more easily manage their data between Sage 100 and eCommerce, online marketplaces, point-of-sale, and other business systems. As commerce continues to shift to the web, the Sage connector will enable companies to manage and streamline data processing, improve productivity, and reduce the cost of operating multiple sales channels while still providing a consistent customer shopping experience. nChannel’s Sage connector provides the Sage 100 ecosystem (formerly known as MAS90/200) with a conduit to the nChannel Any Channel Operations Management (nCOM) platform, where users can merchandise items, process orders, manage inventory, collect customer data, execute accounting and purchasing activity, and analyze real-time sales data all from a single point of access.

February 28, 2014Socius is one of three U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Master VARs and recently announced Micro Force, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in New York and Long Island, has been accepted into their national Sales Affiliate network. The Microsoft Dynamics Master VAR program began in 2011, and in that time Socius has accepted 20 Affiliate organizations into the program. As a Socius Affiliate, Micro Force will continue to provide Microsoft products and service to their customers, while gaining extended support from Socius in areas such as business development, marketing and Microsoft certifications (

February 24, 2014:  Amy Hannesson has joined DFC Consultants as an Accountant/Consultant. Her responsibilities include inside accounting and assisting customers with their accounting needs. Amy graduated from NDSU and was formerly a Partner Account Manager at APAC, a Microsoft vendor, for five years. DFC Consultants is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics GP, CRM, DFC Property Management and WennSoft. Along with software sales and support, DFC Consultants offers custom programming, website development and accounting services.

February 17, 2014:  nChannel, a Columbus, Ohio-based cloud-based retail management platform provider for multi-channel sales retailers, has been named one of five startups to watch in 2014 by the regional economic development group Columbus 2020. According to Victor Thorne, managing director, strategic development for Columbus 2020, nChannel is poised for exponential growth over the next three to five years.

February 13, 2014:  Jeff Wedul, Programmer for DFC Consultants, has achieved the status of a Microsoft Dynamics Certified Technology Specialist. In order to achieve this status, Wedul had to complete in-depth testing on Microsoft Dynamics products.

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