Dominion Dealer Solutions and Microsoft Establish Strategic Relationship for Next-Generation Dealer Management System

  Dominion Dealer Solutions and Microsoft Establish Strategic Relationship for
  Next-Generation Dealer Management System

 New DMS based on Microsoft Dynamics AX to drive enhanced customer experience
     and operational efficiency for automotive dealers and manufacturers

Business Wire

NORFOLK, Va. -- December 02, 2012

Dominion Dealer Solutions and Microsoft have established a strategic
relationship to collaborate and create a next-generation Dealer Management
System (DMS) based on Microsoft Dynamics AX. The two companies are combining
the powerful foundation of Microsoft Dynamics AX with Dominion Dealer
Solutions’ extensive automotive retail expertise and assets into an industry
leading solution that will enable automotive dealers and manufacturers to
enhance customer experience, increase revenue and profit and drive operational
efficiencies. The solution will utilize Microsoft Dynamics AX, along with
Microsoft server solutions and tools and the Windows Azure platform to take
advantage of the efficiencies and flexibility offered by Microsoft’s public
cloud offerings.

“Our strategy with Microsoft Dynamics AX is to provide a robust platform for
game-changing solutions like the new Dealer Management System from Dominion,”
said Christian Pedersen, General Manager of Microsoft Dynamics AX. “The power
and flexibility of Microsoft Dynamics AX enables partners like Dominion to
rapidly and cost-effectively develop line-of-business solutions that drive
accelerated business value for their customers.”

“Combining Dominion's experience crafted through relationships with over
11,000 rooftops and Microsoft's technology will result in a tremendous,
forward-looking Dealer Management System,” said Robert Berndt, President of
Dominion Dealer Solutions. “The automotive DMS market has been dominated by
large, legacy systems that severely limit the ability of dealers and
manufacturers to meet customers' expectations and differentiate themselves
from their competition. Our relationship with Microsoft gives us the
capability to meet the needs of the market, and more, on day one. Dealers who
use our DMS will experience flexibility they never dreamed possible, and they
will be positioned for the future of automotive retailing.”

The relationship between Microsoft and Dominion is part of Microsoft Business
Solutions’ strategic Global Independent Solutions Vendor (ISV) program,
resulting in collaboration in R&D, marketing and sales. Dominion selected
Microsoft Dynamics AX as the platform for the DMS, which offers the
combination of industry leading ERP capabilities required for a DMS, along
with rich integration and custom development capabilities that are ideal for a
meeting the dynamic needs of a rapidly evolving retail market.

“We are excited to welcome Dominion as a member of the Global ISV program,”
stated Doug Kennedy, Vice President of Partners for Microsoft Dynamics. “Their
long history of delivering value for their customers aligns directly with our
goals for the initiative.”

The new dealer management system will be initially rolled out to new vehicle
dealerships in the United States, starting in Q1 2013.

About Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics solutions empower your people to be more productive and
your systems to last longer and scale as your organization grows, while
enabling you to derive the insights necessary to respond quickly in an
ever-changing world.

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.

About Dominion Dealer Solutions

Dominion Dealer Solutions helps car dealers attract, retain, and service
customers for life. Dominion Dealer Solutions' marketing performance system
includes: lead generation, mobile apps, reputation management solutions,
web-based customer relationship and lead management tools; custom digital
marketing tools including websites, SEO, SEM, digital advertising, specialized
data aggregation; and inventory management analytics including market reports.
Every OEM and more than 60 percent of auto dealers nationwide utilize the
Dominion Dealer Solutions' technologies to solve their marketing challenges.
For more information, visit our website, like us on Facebook, Pinterest or
YouTube, or follow us on Twitter.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company
serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate,
apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s
businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing
solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer
relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management
services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more
than 17 million unique visitors monthly. Millions of For Rent®, Employment
Guide® and® publications are distributed across the U.S. each
year. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the company has 3,300 employees in
more than 145 offices in the United States, Canada, England and Italy. For
more information, visit


Dominion Dealer Solutions
Peyton Hoffman
Media & Industry Relations
757-351-7271 (office)
757-748-4533 (cell)
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