Partner Case Story, 2011

Situation

Medius is a rapidly growing IT product and services company, successfully enabling organizations to dramatically reduce accounts payable (AP) processing time through an automated process workflow and integration with ERP and financial systems. The company develops and provides MediusFlowTM, a leading purchase-to-pay and invoice automation solution that enables companies to quickly optimize their accounts payable processes and reduce costs.

Recently, the company faced an urgent need to upgrade its customer existing Dynamics AX solution to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. The upgrade project needed to be accomplished within two months as it was the only open window for the customer to complete the upgrade. Due to the vacation season and a short customer notice about the project, Medius faced in-house development capacity challenges that encouraged the company to turn to the 1ClickFacory Upgrade Service Center for assistance.

Solution

"1ClickFactory demonstrates a focused expertise in Dynamics upgrades that gave us the confidence to outsource our upgrade project to this company, "states Anders Larsson, Key account manager at Medius.

1ClickFactory was chosen to perform the solution upgrade from Axapta version 4.0 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and tasked with fully converting Medius' current object customizations. The company was also asked to prepare upgrade implementation guidelines and data transformation scripts to enable trouble-free upgrade and data transformation for partner specialists.

Before starting the project, 1ClickFactory ran its Upgrade Project Assessment to provide the customer with a scope of the project and to help determine which upgrade methodology would be the most effective in this case. The Solution Modification Assessment identified that changes in the application were rather systematic and stand-alone and there was only one fundamental modification - integration with MediusFlow System. Using the upgrade assessment findings, 1ClickFactory recommended proceeding with a standard upgrade to fully convert the current object customizations with solution integration with the MediusFlowTM application.

In order to assure an easy upgrade implementation and data transformation process, 1ClickFactory performed test data migration and supplied the partner with tools to perform real data migration (data transformation scripts), upgraded test data base and upgrade implementation and live data migration guidelines.

Benefits

According to Mr. Larsson, 1ClickFactory successfully managed to deliver a high-quality project that was within the budget and completed even before the agreed-upon delivery date. In addition, by outsourcing the AX upgrade projects to 1ClickFactory, the company was able quickly scale its in-house capacity without making any investments to headcount.

"By teaming up with 1ClickFactory, we were able to fulfill our customer's need for an upgrade with short notice, "says Mr. Larsson. "1ClickFactory solved the timing challenge and delivered the project not only at a fixed and competitive price but also at a high quality and most surprisingly before the agreed-upon delivery date."

As Mr. Larsson emphasizes, 1ClickFactory specialists were very responsive in terms of providing the detailed plan of the steps that each part needed to take in order to complete the upgrade on time.

"By outsourcing to a company like 1ClickFactory we have moved to a more agile and scalable business. Now we can augment in-house capabilities and meet urgent customers' needs without making any long term commitments or large investments", summarizes Medius' Mr. Larsson.

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