Sonoma Partners Becomes First to Develop Windows 8 App for the Enterprise

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New Belgium Brewery’s “Ultimate Beer Ranger” app, developed by Sonoma Partners, will be a keynote feature at Microsoft’s Convergence 2012.

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The no-compromise approach in Windows 8 provides tremendous opportunity for the enterprise, allowing employees to seamlessly connect between a tablet out in the field and their PC back at the office.

Sonoma Partners, a leading Microsoft Dynamics CRM consultancy with expertise in enterprise mobility, announced today the development of the first-ever Windows 8 tablet app for the enterprise.

Developed exclusively for New Belgium Brewing, the app, called “Ultimate Beer Ranger,” is a mobile utility for the company’s sales teams. The Ultimate Beer Ranger app synchronizes with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, allowing New Belgium representatives to access up-to-date data on retail partners and establishments that sell New Belgium beer in real time. Among the app’s features:

  •     Built-in search to rapidly scan accounts within the system
  •     Weekly calendar complete with appointment scheduling
  •     Instant access to volume and sales figures and other key metrics
  •     Geolocation capabilities that show accounts within a predetermined radius
  •     Customer profiles with the option to import photos straight from the tablet

Company representatives can also record notes, dates and other information following a client visit, and the information is immediately stored in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

“New Belgium Brewing chose Sonoma Partners to provide a more customized look and feel for a mobile application than currently exists in the marketplace,” said Phil Benstein, project manager at New Belgium. “Sonoma’s deep knowledge of CRM and New Belgium business practices allowed us to produce an application that aligns with our brand and its core values. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies provided by Windows 8 and next-generation tablets, our sales team now can share and use information in ways that tangibly increase our effectiveness in the field.”

Sonoma Partners builds and customizes enterprise apps for specific use cases. For New Belgium Brewing, that means equipping its field service teams with the right information in the right format in the context that they need it.

“Mobile technology is uniquely positioned to handle many of the challenges businesses face, particularly for field service and field sales teams,” said Jim Steger, principal of Sonoma Partners. “At Sonoma Partners, we work with organizations to develop and customize mobile solutions that benefit their bottom line, whether that means the need for better visibility into the pipeline or easier access to customer accounts.”

“The no-compromise approach in Windows 8 provides tremendous opportunity for the enterprise, allowing employees to seamlessly connect between a tablet out in the field and their PC back at the office,” said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marking and Ecosystem at Microsoft. “Companies are looking to deliver on Windows 8 capabilities to invigorate their mobile workforces.”

New Belgium Brewing will present the Ultimate Beer Ranger app at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2012, which takes place March 18 through 21 in Houston, Texas.

About Sonoma Partners
Chicago-based Sonoma Partners provides technology and business process consulting services to enterprise and mid-sized companies, with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and enterprise mobility solutions. Founded in 2001, the company has worked exclusively with Microsoft Dynamics CRM since the Beta release of version 1.0. Microsoft twice awarded Sonoma Partners as the Global Microsoft CRM Partner of the Year. The company’s unmatched expertise in Microsoft Dynamics CRM offers a rapid path to value and return on investment. Sonoma Partners has extensive experience in several vertical industries, with a particular focus on professional services. To learn more, visit http://www.SonomaPartners.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit http://www.newbelgium.com.

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