Microsoft Business Solutions partner, Watermark UK, has won a contract to supply Microsoft Business Solutions - Axapta to Altair Filter Technology. Formed in 1966, Altair is regarded as one of the worlds leading authorities in the design and manufacture of advanced air intake filtration and silencing systems for gas turbines to the Oil and Gas, Marine, and Power Generation markets. The project commenced in March, 2004 and the first phase including trade, projects, purchasing, production, inventory control and finance is expected to be live by July 2004. Also part of the initial delivery is Watermarks acclaimed management reporting solution, Watermark Reporting.

Peter Elsdon, Commercial Director of Altair explains the rationale behind the companys choice of solution and partner. Watermark was selected because of its project approach. It had a proven ability to deliver complex projects on time, and has expertise in project based manufacturing, particularly within the hi-tech air movement industry. Microsoft Axapta was selected for its suitability to our complex manufacturing requirements, and its tight integration with the Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows environment. The ease of use and the ability for the software to grow with the company were also compelling reasons to buy the Microsoft Axapta solution.

Sam Dharmasiri, Managing Director of Watermark comments: Watermark is naturally very excited at being selected from a high pedigree of companies to work on this project. Altair is a dynamic and forward-looking company and we are confident that with our experience and the inherent strengths of the Microsoft Axapta product, Altair will liberate significant business benefits from this solution.

Clyde Bennett, Manufacturing Specialist at Microsoft Business Solutions, says: Watermark are an excellent partner who use proven methodologies for implementation, which will drive great benefits because the benefits are brought by the customer and partner collaboration on the foundation of Microsoft Axaptas power. Altair will benefit from the experience of Watermark in project manufacturing, which rides on the integration between the production and information worker ends of the organisation. That link will be refined by Altair needs and Watermark insight.

Anticipated benefits include a speedier and more efficient month end process, a simplification in support and administration of in-house systems, and improved visibility of costs. Altair expects a Return on Investment (ROI) in 9 months.

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