Armanino Customer Ikanos Communications Named a Finalist in Microsoft Dynamics Industry Excellence Awards

Armanino Customer Ikanos Communications Named a Finalist in Microsoft Dynamics
Industry Excellence Awards

ERP and CRM Platform Transition by Fabless Semiconductor Company Earns
Recognition for Successful Accelerated Implementation

FREMONT, Calif., March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Armanino^LLP
(, the 8^th largest Microsoft Dynamics
Partner in the US and a provider of integrated audit, tax, consulting services
and technology solutions, proudly announces that its client, Ikanos
Communications, is a finalist in the manufacturing category of Microsoft
Dynamics' Customer Excellence Awards program for 2013.

Ikanos, a developer of high-performance semiconductor and software products,
received this honor for the exceptional success it enjoyed in rapidly
replacing its legacy ERP and CRM applications with a complete Microsoft
Dynamics solution. Partnering with Armanino, Ikanos achieved a rapid
deployment of a world class, integrated front and back office solution
composed of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 powered by Axonom and Microsoft
Dynamics AX 2012 for High Tech Industries™, in approximately 4.5 months. In
doing so, it solved a number of complex problems. Specifically, Ikanos:

  *Reduced costs and increased flexibility over previous ERP solution
  *Infused greater order into complex supply chain management and production
  *Created more internal visibility and rigor in the sales process
  *Solved service challenges around warranty management
  *Introduced a uniform process with accountability that drives sales
  *Created more efficient internal communications

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for High Tech Industries™ is a Certified for
Microsoft Dynamics AX (CfMD) ISV solution designed by Armanino to accelerate
implementations through comprehensive, industry specific ERP functionality for
high tech manufacturers. Dynamics CRM powered by Axonom extends the already
robust Microsoft CRM platform to help high tech manufacturers and distributors
streamline their sales processes including Design Win, Forecasting and Channel

The 2013 Customer Excellence Awards, which are presented in 16 categories,
recognize and celebrate Microsoft Dynamics customers that have achieved
notable accomplishments using Microsoft Dynamics solutions. To be considered
as a finalist for this prestigious award, Ikanos demonstrated how it used
Microsoft products to solve a series of challenging business and service

Ikanos was able to achieve an immediate, measurable savings after Microsoft
Dynamics AX and CRM were deployed. This quick tactical win for the
semiconductor manufacturer was followed by full integration of Dynamics AX,
which resulted in even more significant benefits including improved process
automation and reporting capability around "chipset" metrics which are among
Ikanos' core key performance indicators.

"We are growing very fast and we needed business process solutions that would
enable us to continue that growth and increase our competitiveness," says Ed
Abate, Sales Operations Senior Director at Ikanos. "Microsoft Dynamics AX and
CRM solved many of our biggest challenges and with the advice and support of
Armanino, we were able to deploy and realize significant productivity gains
very quickly."

Established in 1997, the Customer Excellence Awards are awarded each year at
the Microsoft Convergence User Conference in the United States. Microsoft
Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and supply chain
management solutions that help businesses work more effectively.

About Armanino Consulting

Armanino is one of the largest Microsoft Dynamics partners in the nation as a
value-added reseller (VAR) and implementation partner for Microsoft Dynamics
AX, Dynamics CRM, and Dynamics GP. Additionally, the firm offers the Microsoft
Dynamics AX for High Tech Industries™ Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD)
solution. This product helps software and internet, semiconductor, medical
device, and electronics manufacturers to empower their sales forces, cut costs
and time-to-market, improve forecast accuracy, and manage distributor
relationships and supply chains. As a Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle member,
Armanino is among the top 1% of partners in the globe.

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About Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced broadband
semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's
broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access
infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading
network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers.

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