Kati Unplugged: How Merit Solutions Implemented its Cloud-Based Vertical Solution to Help Position a Client for Growth

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A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Kati Hvidtfeldt, US Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Lead.

Kati color 2004In our last blog Dan Youngers explained why “going vertical” puts partners at an advantage—especially in competing against other providers in the cloud. In this week’s blog, Josh Richards at Merit Solutions explains how the company was able to help a leading life sciences industry player implement a Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 cloud solution that fits their needs and budget like a glove.

In addition to its consulting services, Merit Solutions is an engineering and software application development firm. Because the company understands infrastructure and how to build IP, they were able to create a vertical cloud ERP solution and implementation methodology, putting them a step ahead of the competition.


At Merit Solutions, we are extremely fortunate to work with companies around the world who create products and offer services that improve the lives of millions. Our driving principle is to help them increase their business success—whether that’s through growth and expansion, business process automation or creating jobs and healthy communities.

Like most companies in the software solutions industry, we enjoy working with clients who are forward thinking and understand how their technology decisions can better position them for competitive advantage. Innovare Health Advocates, a medical services industry leader, is a perfect example. Innovare came to us understanding the impact technology has on its ability to serve its customers and recognized the need to move away from fragmented, inefficient processes. The company needed a new ERP system that would improve visibility, streamline processes and support exponential growth—but they couldn’t support a large up-front investment.

Merit Solutions helped Innovare understand the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with our MAXLife Cloud ERP software for life sciences. We determined that a private cloud delivery model would better position them for success and enable them to achieve their business goals. Innovare also recognizes tremendous value in the Merit Solutions Rapid On Implementation Methodology, which will enable them to get up and running quickly while minimizing their ERP deployment risk.

The benefits of a cloud-based solution helped tip the scales on Innovare’s decision, and they are already beginning to reap the benefits:

  • The solution will allow them to get up and running within 5 weeks without the large upfront investment that comes with traditional on-premises solutions.
  • The private cloud model gives them the flexibility to add and remove users and functionality as the company grows.
  • They are able to maximize their IT investment by reducing the costs associated with managing infrastructure, hardware and software.
  • The open data model of MAXLife Cloud for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides the flexibility and security to integrate highly regulated industry systems.
  • With the high level of security and reliability in our data centers, Innovare does not need to worry about data security or data integrity.

Through their use of an integrated Cloud ERP system with MAXLife Cloud and Rapid On deployment, Innovare is now able to improve efficiency, easily support its projected growth and realize a more rapid time to value.

A Microsoft Gold Certified partner since 2003, Merit Solutions is an award-winning mid-sized IT services company with offices in North America and Europe. Merit Solutions was recognized as one of the top Microsoft Dynamics ERP resellers of 2011.

To learn more about how to incorporate cloud-based solutions into your business plans visit the Microsoft Dynamics Countdown to the Cloud page on PartnerSource. Go to www.microsoft.com/dynamics/growyourbusiness for resources that demonstrate to customers how Microsoft Dynamics ERP cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions can benefit their businesses.

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