MELBOURNE, Fla. NEW YORK July 20, 2011
- Harris signs agreement with Microsoft to develop advanced agency platform
- Microsoft Dynamics AX, a comprehensive ERP solution, simplifies the financial management needs of large marketing organizations
- New Harris agency platform will streamline business management for customers on a global level
Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, and Microsoft have signed an agreement that enables Harris to develop an advanced advertising agency platform that meets the accounting needs of global marketing organizations.
The Harris agency platform, based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, will address the financial management requirements of large agencies and holding companies. Beta testing is scheduled throughout the first half of 2012, with general availability expected in the third quarter of 2012.
Building on Harris’ extensive advertising supply chain expertise, the Harris agency platform will offer localized financial compliance to agencies and holding companies with multinational offices, easing global deployment and facilitating business management across multiple geographies.
Those migrating to the new Harris advertising software platform will also find tight interoperability with familiar Microsoft technologies. This includes Microsoft Office applications (Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint), plus Microsoft Project and Microsoft SharePoint for enhanced collaboration with colleagues, clients and suppliers.
The Harris agency management solution will offer full finance functionality (accounting, time and employee expense management) and provide functions rarely found in competing platforms, including human resource and fixed asset management with integrated reporting.
To further reduce operating costs and enhance efficiencies for its agency partners, Harris also plans to offer back-office management services, such as vendor invoice processing and client billing, and assist agencies that transition to the Harris platform from other advertising software solutions. Harris offers an innovative service delivery model that bundles BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) services with a platform layer, simplifying integration and customization, maintenance and hosting.
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