Microsoft Business Solutions Recognizes Outstanding Customer Achievements

FARGO, N.D., April 1, 2003 — Microsoft Business Solutions recently announced the winners of its seventh annual customer achievement awards. The Pinnacle Awards honor Microsoft® Business Solutions customers that achieve outstanding success with their Microsoft Business Solutions applications. Pinnacle Awards were presented in the categories of Education, Excellence in Teamwork — Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains®
, Excellence in Teamwork — Microsoft Business Solutions–Solomon, Evangelism, Excellence in Customer Service, Innovation — Great Plains, Innovation — Solomon, Excellence in Business Analytics, Fast Track and Overall Excellence. The awards were presented during Convergence 2003, Microsoft Business Solutions’ annual customer conference held in Orlando, Fla.

Customers received the 2003 Microsoft Business Solutions Pinnacle Awards for outstanding success with their solutions in the following categories:

  • Education: University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.

  • Teamwork — Great Plains: The Bell Group, Albuquerque, N.M.; The Scooter Store Inc., New Braunfels, Texas

  • Teamwork — Solomon: Royal LePage Canada, Toronto

  • Evangelism: AmeriKing Inc., Westchester, Ill.

  • Customer Service: Service Thread Manufacturing Co., Charlotte, N.C.

  • Innovation — Great Plains: Maximum Impact, Duluth, Ga.

  • Innovation — Solomon: APCO Worldwide, Washington, D.C.

  • Business Analytics: PEAK6 Investments LP, Chicago

  • Fast Track: Fingerhut, Minnetonka, Minn.; Giant Bicycle Inc., Newbury Park, Calif.

  • Overall Excellence: The Salvation Army USA Western Territory, Long Beach, Calif.

Microsoft Business Solutions customers, partners and team members contributed Pinnacle Award nominations.

Microsoft Business Solutions Annual Pinnacle Awards

The Education Award recognizes a special group of customers who, through their role in higher education, have greatly enhanced their students’ learning experience by integrating Microsoft Business Solutions products into their curriculum.

The Excellence in Teamwork Awards recognize customers whose collaborative efforts in their organization, with Microsoft Business Solutions or their partners, have produced a result that would not have been achieved without the collaboration.

The Evangelism Award is presented to customers that have demonstrated a strong commitment to their Microsoft Business Solutions technology and services. These customers not only evangelize Microsoft Business Solutions business management solutions, but also are a source of continuous feedback on Microsoft Business Solutions technology and services.

The Excellence in Customer Service Award honors customers whose business management system helps them measurably improve the value and level of services delivered to their internal and/or external customers.

The Innovation Awards recognize customers whose innovative use of technology in their business management system delivers measurable benefits to their organization. Candidates for this award are judged on creativity, vision, and the overall results and benefits of their implementation.

The Excellence in Business Analytics Award recognizes customers that utilize analytical applications to discover insights into the financial performance of their organization, leading to enhanced profitability, operation and management. Candidates for this award are evaluated on profitability improvement, operational performance gains and management effectiveness.

The Fast Track Awards recognize customers that have achieved significant results from their Microsoft Business Solutions implementation in their first year as a customer.

The Overall Excellence Award recognizes a customer that demonstrates extraordinary efforts in multiple Pinnacle Award categories.

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions’ applications optimize strategic business processes across financial management, analytics, human resources management, project management, customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success. More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at

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