EXPORT, Pa. — Dec. 5, 2006 — In a global economy, management increasingly relies on technology to provide real-time visibility of key performance indicators across a number of business segments to make informed decisions. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced that AMI DODUCO Inc., a subsidiary of Technitrol Inc.(NYSE: TNL), has selected Microsoft Dynamics™ AX to serve as the central financial and supply-chain management technology supporting an effort to implement lean manufacturing principles within AMI DODUCO’s North American operations. A selection committee, composed of executives from Technitrol and AMI DODUCO, conducted an extensive evaluation process to determine costs associated with upgrading the legacy SAP R/3 ERP system as compared with moving to a new Microsoft Dynamics AX system.
“AMI DODUCO has a responsibility to Technitrol and its customers to deliver product in the most reliable, timely and cost-efficient manner possible,” said Bill Foughty, vice president of the North America Business Unit for AMI DODUCO. “We believe that technology can play a big role in reaching these goals. We sought a solution that could provide our organization and our parent company with visibility into our operations for a lower total cost of ownership than our existing SAP UNIX/Oracle system.”
AMI DODUCO manufactures electrical contacts for use in circuit breakers, staked and welded assemblies, and mechanical rivets for electric motor and equipment manufacturers around the globe. The company uses precious metals in the manufacture of its products, and tracking the acquisition costs and market value of these materials is a significant component of its financial health and profitability. The solution, which will be implemented by Microsoft partner mcaConnect LLC, will streamline the manufacturer’s financial and operational data onto a single IT platform, providing management with the data required to achieve a lean manufacturing environment.
“Our lean manufacturing initiative is already reducing waste in a number of ways, but the savings we will realize from reduced maintenance and administrative costs made Microsoft Dynamics AX a very attractive solution,” Foughty said.
Total cost of ownership (TCO) — sometimes referred to as total cost of operation — is a financial estimate designed to help businesses assess direct and indirect costs related to the purchase of any capital investment, such as ERP software. TCO assessments reflect not only the costs of acquisition but of all aspects in the further use and maintenance of the system, such as those associated with employee training, outside consulting, system failure, security breaches, disaster recovery, and development.
Based on the familiar People-Ready 2007 Microsoft Office system interface, Microsoft Dynamics products are easy to configure and maintain, further adding to overall return on investment.
About Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and supply chain management solutions that helps businesses work more effectively. Delivered through a network of channel partners providing specialized services, these integrated, adaptable business management solutions work like and with familiar Microsoft® software to streamline processes across an entire business.
About AMI DODUCO
AMI DODUCO is a global leader in electrical contact technology and fabrication. The company supplies contacts and assemblies, contact materials, electroplating and surface treatment services, and precious metal refining and recycling to more than 3,000 customers. AMI DODUCO operates from locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The company’s website is www.amidoduco.com.
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