Crowe Horwath Joins ZAP Industry Vertical Analytics (IVA) to Provide Powerful Visibility for the Crowe Metals Accelerator® on Microsoft Dynamics AX

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Adding ZAP’s advanced analytical capabilities to our Crowe Metals Accelerator for Dynamics AX will allow Crowe, ZAP and Microsoft to continue to deliver world-class solutions to the metals industry.

Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., today announced that it would be working with ZAP in the Industry Vertical Analytics (IVA) program for industry-focused business analytics for the Crowe Metals Accelerator. This solution, designed for metals producers, processors, fabricators and service centers, runs on the Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform.

Crowe, a strategic implementer of technology solutions, has been helping its clients achieve results for more than 30 years, providing enterprise system implementation, training and consulting for medium-to large-size businesses. Crowe helps businesses improve organizational performance by leveraging the capabilities of best-in-class Microsoft Dynamics® solutions.

ZAP provides a unique, out-of-the-box business intelligence solution using its deep industry expertise and data analysis skills to create solutions for Microsoft Dynamics with industry focuses. ZAP deployments are rapid, deliver immediate outcomes, are tailored for each user in an enterprise and provide organizations with BI self-sufficiency.

The enhanced working relationship between the two organizations will allow Crowe to add the benefit of metals analytics to the already rich industry functionality provided by the Crowe Metals Accelerator solution combined with the incredible flexibility and adaptability of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. Crowe intends to move onto other industry solutions with an AX / ZAP solution.

“Our team is focused every day on adding value to Crowe’s manufacturing industry solutions and our work with ZAP is a key component to this strategy,” said Simon Riley, a principal in the Crowe Horwath Manufacturing & Distribution group. “Adding ZAP’s advanced analytical capabilities to our Crowe Metals Accelerator for Dynamics AX will allow Crowe, ZAP and Microsoft to continue to deliver world-class solutions to the metals industry.”

Gilbert Garcia, Microsoft Director of US Dynamics for Manufacturing said of the affiliation, ‘I cannot think of a better way to provide the industry and vertical expertise our customers need when it comes to business analytics. Crowe is a long-time affiliate in our manufacturing industry, and has led the way with its focus in the primary metals and automotive sectors. ZAP takes its world class analytics and converts Big Data into information at a vertical level. That’s exactly what we need in the manufacturing sectors we support!”

Garth D. Laird, ZAP’s Chief Operations Officer added “The opportunity to work with the team at Crowe Horwarth and its metals solution with Dynamics AX is exciting for a number of reasons. Having just returned from the 2015 Microsoft Industry Conference, it continues to be clear that industry differentiation is the way forward for Dynamics AX as a product, for the Microsoft partners selling it and customers buying it.” Laird continued on to say, “After three years of incredible investment and focus, ZAP is releasing ZAP BI7 at Microsoft Convergence, a solution that builds massively on the success that ZAP already has in market around Dynamics and adds a secure and repeatable industry solution template builder for fast and profitable industry BI solutions to augment the investment into industry by the Microsoft Eco-System.”

About Crowe Horwath
Crowe Horwath LLP (http://www.crowehorwath.com) is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of "Building Value with Values®," Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. Crowe and its subsidiaries have offices coast to coast with more than 3,000 personnel. The firm is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Horwath International, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world, consisting of more than 150 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 100 countries around the world.

About ZAP
With customers in more than 50 countries spanning from mid-market local businesses to those supporting Fortune 500 credentials, ZAP focuses on providing real business outcomes through the integration of its’ best in class business intelligence solutions to those ERP and CRM solutions delivered by Microsoft Dynamics. For more information visit: http://www.zapbi.com.

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