Washington’s Port of Longview Implements New Financial and Project Accounting Software as a New Client of Synergy Business Solutions

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Synergy Replaces the Port’s Outdated System with Microsoft Dynamics SL; Improvements Include Drill-down Capabilities, System Automation, and Web-based Data Access

Synergy was named a Finalist for the Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year Award in 2010 and 2009.

Synergy is definitely at the top of their game when it comes to Dynamics SL. Their consultants are extremely knowledgeable, a great resource, and delightful to work with. I look forward to having a long relationship with Synergy.

Synergy Business Solutions announced a new project-accounting software client today, the Port of Longview, Washington, the first full-service operating port on the Columbia River and the recipient of the 2009 Port of the Year Award by the Washington Public Ports Association.

Struggling with an outdated financial system, the Port of Longview’s accounting staff had limited access to financial data and had to rely heavily on their IT department simply to retrieve information. They chose Microsoft Dynamics SL to replace their system because of its robust integration with other Microsoft software, ease of access to data, and strong project-accounting capabilities.

Now, end users find it easy to trace transactions and follow an audit trail of project data. Without assistance from the IT department, accounting staff can close the month in a more timely manner while executives, project managers, and team members have anytime-anywhere access to vessel activity and project labor, expenses, revenue, and quickly-generated reports.

“Synergy is definitely at the top of their game when it comes to Dynamics SL,” said Kathy Oberg, Director of Finance at the Port of Longview. “Their consultants are extremely knowledgeable, a great resource, and delightful to work with. I look forward to having a long relationship with Synergy.”

“The new functionality, especially from the project-accounting and Business Portal modules, is transforming the Port,” said Donna Hurst, Client Services Manager of Synergy Business Solutions. “Beyond the easier tracking of labor and projects, and web-based access to data, the new system empowers the Port to increase productivity, serve customers more efficiently, and analyze financial performance in real time.”

Synergy implemented the new system based on Synergy’s needs analysis and proof-of-concept methodology, and will provide specialized training and ongoing technical support to The Port.

About Synergy Business Solutions
A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with operations on the U.S. West Coast, Synergy Business Solutions provides comprehensive software solutions to companies primarily doing project-based work. Through implementing Microsoft Dynamics SL, Synergy helps organizations that have outgrown their systems and procedures or identified cumbersome processes, to operate more efficiently while effectively managing projects, resources, time, financials, and growth. Through flexible, integrated, and Web-accessible solutions, Synergy delivers insight, visibility, and control to an organization’s managers. Synergy’s method of prototyping systems with real company data allows organizations to see how Dynamics SL can meet their business needs before they purchase. For more information, visit http://www.synergybusiness.com or call 800-481-8590.

About The Port of Longview
The Port of Longview has been operating since 1921 and today has eight marine terminals and waterfront industrial property located on the deep-draft Columbia River, 66 miles from the Pacific Ocean in southwest Washington State. The Port plays an important role in economic development by creating jobs in manufacturing and international trade. It develops infrastructure to support these jobs at its marine terminals and industrial property, creating a positive economic ripple that strengthens the local community. For more information, visit http://www.portoflongview.com.


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