Major Byproducts Recycler Picks Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Optimize Business Processes and Enhance Customer Service

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today
announced that Sanimax, a leading North American bioreturn company, has
selected Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to harmonize its business processes and
give it a customer-focused platform for continued growth.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is a versatile, cost-effective enterprise
resource planning (ERP) solution that helps businesses streamline their
operations, minimize operational costs, drive informed decision-making and
fuel employee productivity.

Montreal-based Sanimax reclaims more than one million tons of animal
byproducts and used cooking oils a year. The company converts the materials
into tallow, glycerin, proteins, leather, biofuels and other high-demand
products that it ships to leading pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics,
leather, energy, animal feed and pet food manufacturers globally.

Sanimax chose Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 over competing products from two
rival vendors following an exhaustive vetting process. Sanimax executives
liked the ability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to deliver a seamless,
consistent user experience, complementing its installed base of Microsoft
solutions, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Live, and meet the company’s current and projected future needs. They were
also impressed by the solution’s price tag, which compared favorably with the
rival offerings and made it the most cost-effective of those they evaluated.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will give Sanimax a single business-management
platform across its 35 sites in the United States and Canada, replacing three
legacy ERP systems that have been expensive to maintain. The homegrown,
mutually incompatible systems were impeding Sanimax’s ability to coordinate
decision-making on a companywide basis.

Sanimax selected Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Fullscope Inc. to
perform the implementation and provide ongoing maintenance and support because
of its track record of successfully managing business transformation projects,
process industry expertise and inside-out knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics AX
2009. Fullscope was the Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year in 2007 and
2008.

“Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 gives us the vehicle we need to drive best
practice across the company, streamline our processes and better serve our
customers,” said Simon Chapleau, vice president of information services at
Sanimax. “We’re looking forward to harmonizing our business processes on one
common information platform, thereby facilitating more efficient and strategic
decision-making toward driving our business to the next level.”

Sanimax will implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 with HighJump Software
Inc.’s Software Route Sales and Direct Store Delivery modules to extend the
platform to its fleet of trucks via Windows Mobile-based handheld devices that
will enable drivers to record shipments and print invoices.

The company anticipates multiple business benefits from deploying
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, including the following:

    *    Simplified and streamlined business processes. With Microsoft
         Dynamics AX 2009, Sanimax will be able to rationalize its business
         processes by enabling employees to work within a single system to
         accomplish their tasks rather than having to navigate multiple
         systems. This will allow Sanimax employees to focus on the task at
         hand and on maximizing customer service rather than being
         preoccupied with process steps.
    *    Promoting best practices companywide. With Microsoft Dynamics AX
         2009, Sanimax will be able to disseminate best practices and make
         them standard operating procedure across its ranks by enforcing
         standardized business processes.
    *    Enhanced employee productivity. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will
         allow Sanimax to furnish individual employees with innovative Role
         Center functionality corresponding to their particular job
         functions, giving them the specific tools and applications they need
         to accomplish their tasks and maximize their effectiveness.
    *    Improved transparency and ability to meet compliance requirements.
         Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will enable Sanimax to track materials
         across its production process from point of origin to end product in
         order to guarantee quality and give customers essential peace of
         mind, and enhance the company's ability to comply with regulations
         governing safety.
    *    Integrated information systems. Because Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
         features a common interface with the other Microsoft applications
         that Sanimax already uses,  the solution will form part of a
         consistent experience for users, minimizing their learning curve and
         the disruption of migrating to a new system. The company also is
         hoping to drive synergies between Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and the
         other Microsoft solutions it uses to help protect and extend the
         value of its existing IT investments.
    *    Enhanced business reporting. The ability, through Microsoft Dynamics
         AX 2009, to generate sophisticated reports in near real time will
         enable Sanimax to get a tighter fix on its business than its current
         systems allow and be even more responsive to customers.
    *    More robust planning capabilities. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will
         enable Sanimax to make richer forecasts extrapolating from the very
         latest data, enhancing its ability to plan for the future and target
         business opportunities.
    *    Cost savings. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will allow Sanimax to
         consolidate on a single business management platform that addresses
         all of its needs at a fraction of the cost of maintaining three
         separate and distinct ERP systems.
    *    Improved data integrity. The ability, with Microsoft Dynamics AX
         2009, to gain ready access to the very latest customer data will
         enable the company to better service its customer base and be more
         proactive in the services it offers them than its present systems
         permit.

“Sanimax’s endorsement demonstrates how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
delivers as a springboard for growth while allowing companies to keep a lid on
costs and run their operations as efficiently as possible,” said Michael Park,
corporate vice president for the U.S. Dynamics Business at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 gives firms defense and offense capabilities,
enabling them to run a tight, streamlined, economical operation while seizing
opportunities to grow their business.”

About Sanimax

Sanimax is a values driven organization that creates environmentally
responsible solutions for the food, agribusiness and renewable energy
industries. Every year the company collects more than a million tons of animal
and food by-products across North America. It renews the collected materials
to produce high-demand goods such as tallow, glycerin, proteins, leathers and
biofuels destined for industries around the world. For more information, visit
Sanimax.com.

About Fullscope

The 2007 and 2008 Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year, Fullscope,
Inc. is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that offers deep domain expertise
for companies with process, discrete and hybrid manufacturing operations. The
company develops and supports Process Industries for Microsoft Dynamics AX;
offers a Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX solution for high tech; and is
one of the largest Microsoft Dynamics AX resellers in the United States and
Canada. For more information, go to http://www.fullscope.com.

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 Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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