Microsoft Great Plains Names Compass Technologies Global Developer of the Year

FARGO, N.D., Nov. 6, 2001 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions recently named Compass Technologies of Cadillac, Mich., as its 2001 Global Developer of the Year. Compass Technologies received this honor at Stampede 2001, Microsoft Great Plains’ 16th annual conference for its global value-added resellers, consultants, system integrators and solution developers. The Global Developer of the Year award recognizes a solution developer that demonstrates exceptional commitment to developing applications which incorporate new technologies and enhance the value of Microsoft® Great Plains®
business management solutions.

Compass Technologies was chosen for the award because of its high-quality solutions and dedication to Microsoft Great Plains partners and customers.

“Compass Technologies earned this award because of its strong commitment to our channel and because of its strong vertical solution offering,” said Darren Laybourn, executive vice president of products at Microsoft Great Plains. “Compass’ team members regularly demonstrate high levels of integrity and quality, and they continually strive to deliver excellent solutions to our shared customers.”

“We are deeply honored to receive this recognition,” said Doug Horning, president of Compass Technologies. “The award recognizes not only the depth and breadth of our comprehensive retail point-of-sale solution, but also the quality of our services provided by the entire Compass team. We have long recognized the strategic advantage of collaborating with Microsoft Great Plains, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to deliver the best retail solutions for our mutual customers worldwide.”

Compass Technologies has been a member of the prestigious Microsoft Great Plains President’s Club for four years.

About Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and midmarket companies become more agile in today’s interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at or at .

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