Press release

MECOMS™ 2012, Energy and Utilities solution receives "Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012" Accreditation

Ferranti Computer Systems has announced today that its MECOMS™ 2012 Solution, offering Customer Information System and Meter Data Management process support for the energy and utilities market, has been awarded the "Certified for Microsoft Dynamics" accreditation. . It is the second major version of MECOMS™ that has successfully completed the "Certified for Microsoft Dynamics" program.

MECOMS™ 2012 is a business support system based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, which is used by utility companies around the world. It extends the standard ERP-functionalities of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with specific utility functionality and best practices for electrictity, gas, water, district cooling and thermal energy companies. MECOMS™ brings unprecedented flexibility, efficiency and business insight to empower utilities in lowering their cost to serve.

Certified for Microsoft Dynamics is Microsoft Corp.‘s highest standard for partner-developed software. This certification represents a significant step in elevating the standard for partner-developed software solutions for industry-specific business applications. Solutions with a successful software test have demonstrated development quality and compatibility with the Microsoft Dynamics product. VeriTest, a service of Lionbridge, performed independent and rigorous testing on the solution‘s integration with Microsoft Dynamics, proving the highest quality in programming and documentation. As part of the program at least 10 customers must confirm their reference ability, so (new) customers will have certainty on what they are buying.

"This milestone demonstrates Ferranti‘s commitment to delivering leading solutions and expertise for our customers," said Doug Kennedy, Vice President, Dynamics Partners & Support Service Programs, Microsoft Corporation. "We congratulate Ferranti for meeting Microsoft‘s highest standards of software quality."

"This certification is the result of our continued focus towards the energy and utilities sector, combined with the efforts of all our customers, partners and employees." said Dirk Michiels, CEO of Ferranti. "Ferranti has always been committed towards software excellence, and this certification is yet another reflection of our continuous commitment. MECOMS™ 2012 gives smart energy and utility companies the tools to implement smarter processes that go beyond the Smart-Energy Market-Hype."

During the past years, Microsoft and Ferranti already worked together to align product development and certification. Due to the growing international success of MECOMS™ and Microsoft‘s determination to grow Dynamics AX in the enterprise market, last year both parties agreed to enter in a multi-year Global ISV Agreement. Ferranti is now officially Microsoft‘s priority global alliance "GO-TO" partner in the utilities space.

About Microsoft Dynamics

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

About Ferranti Computer Systems and MECOMS™

Ferranti, a member of the Nijkerk Group, was founded in 1976 in Antwerp, Belgium, focusing on the energy & utilities industry.

MECOMS™ is developed by Ferranti Computer Systems, and is the result of more than 30 years of experience in the utilities industry. Development started in 1994, and in 2005 the first version based on Microsoft Dynamics AX was introduced. Since then, MECOMS™ has been implemented at more than 50 utilities around the world in different geographies like Europe, India, APAC, Middle-East

MECOMS™ is a business support system for energy and utility companies that combines flexibility, efficiency and smart insights to drastically cut cost-to-serve. It easily and quickly adapts to the changing business needs of any type of utility, both in regulated and deregulated markets. MECOMS™ enables utilities of any size to streamline business processes and combine high efficiency with first-class customer service. MECOMS™ also offers utilities the insight to detect operational inefficiencies and discover new business opportunities.