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LPA selects aec360 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to drive their business transformation initiative.

Highly respected integrated design firm to leverage next-generation Microsoft cloud technologies as a core platform for enabling innovative Informed Design approach.

Atlanta, GA – August 14, 2020: HSO ProServ today announced its new partnership with LPA, centered around helping LPA transform key technology systems and business operations with next-generation Microsoft cloud technologies. As part of this strategy, LPA will implement Microsoft Dynamics 365, aec360, and the Microsoft Power Platform to better integrate their business development and marketing activities, project delivery processes, financial management practices, and talent management strategies to drive efficiencies, productivity, and real-time insights across their business.

Founded in 1965, and with offices throughout California and Texas, LPA is a fully integrated design firm of architects, engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects, all working together to deliver timeless, sustainable designs that enrich the human experience and ensure a better future. The firm provides a broad set of design services across multiple disciplines, focusing in market sectors that include education, civic, healthcare, sports, mixed-use, and office projects, among others.

“At LPA, we have built a strong reputation for designing innovative environments that work better, do more with less, and improve people’s lives,” explained Charlie Williams, Project Delivery Director at LPA. “A key element of our strategy is Informed Design, which is a data-driven, evidence-based, and collaborative design approach. As an integrated firm, successfully executing this type of design strategy requires a strong platform that can help us break down barriers to collaboration and put data where we need it most – in the hands of our designers.”

“With our current ERP software phasing out, we have a unique opportunity at LPA to transform our business processes and technology to help ensure our sustained, long-term success,” continued Charles Pruitt, CFO for LPA. “We set out to find a nextgeneration cloud platform that could help us better connect all areas of our firm. Of the alternatives that we evaluated, it was clear that Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 were uniquely positioned to help us achieve this integration and accelerate the flow of information across our firm. We are making a long-term bet for the next 10 to 15 years and beyond and are excited for the opportunities the Microsoft cloud holds to help us continue to innovate and drive our business forward.”

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s next-generation business application suite, built to leverage the power of the Microsoft Azure cloud, Office 365 suite, and Microsoft advanced intelligence tools. HSO ProServ’s aec360 industry solution pre-configures and extends Microsoft Dynamics 365 to meet the unique needs of the AEC industry, and will allow LPA to efficiently manage their finances, projects, clients, and employees within a single platform.

“LPA is highly regarded as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking design firms in the country,” explained Andy Yeomans, Executive Vice President at HSO ProServ. “They quickly recognized that the combination of Microsoft Dynamics 365, aec360, and the Microsoft cloud provided a differentiated opportunity to help them enable this transformation and further distinguish themselves from their peers. We couldn’t be more excited to help LPA complete this important initiative and position their firm for the future.”

About aec360

A key offering from HSO ProServ, Microsoft’s leading provider of Microsoft’s Dynamics™ 365 solutions and services to AEC firms, aec360 is a next-generation cloud-based business platform designed to meet the unique needs of the AEC industry. aec360 provides an integrated industry solution for marketing and business development, project management, accounting, and human resource management, and was built to leverage the best of the Microsoft cloud, helping AEC firms to drive productivity, collaboration, and insights across their organization. For more information, please visit: www.hsoproserv.com.

About HSO ProServ

With over 30 years of experience in ERP, CRM, HCM, and business intelligence solutions, HSO ProServ is a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner offering industry-specific solutions to firms in key vertical markets like AEC, legal, accounting, consulting, and advertising & marketing. The company is an 11-time winner of the coveted ‘Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year’ Award and is also a member of Microsoft’s elite Inner Circle. The global organization has a team of about 800 members across 27 offices in 21 countries. For more information, please visit: www.hsoproserv.com.

About LPA

Founded in 1965, LPA specializes in creating innovative environments that work better, do more with less, and improve people’s lives. An integrated design firm with six studios in California and Texas, LPA’s team includes more than 400 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, and research analysts, working across a wide array of sectors. For more information, please visit: https://www.lpadesignstudios.com.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Sean Skiver brings nearly 25 years of broad Microsoft Dynamics experience to provide strategic leadership around product development and client delivery services across the organization’s solutions and industry segments.

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John Aschenbrener is Director of Delivery Services for HSO | ProServ. John brings over 20 years of Microsoft Dynamics project and program management, consulting, and architect experience to his current role where he is responsible for driving PMO standards, methodology, and overall project delivery.

Gary Mills serves as Senior Vice President of Finance, Planning & Analysis for HSO | ProServ. Gary’s diverse industry background brings a unique perspective to the company, with more than 30 years in corporate finance, banking and commercial real estate.

A highly respected Microsoft Dynamics veteran, Jen Wisemore serves as CAO for HSO | ProServ. Jen was instrumental in the launch of sa.global’s US subsidiary in 2007 and has served in a wide variety of roles within Microsoft Dynamics consultancies across sales, pre-sales, program management, and leadership capacities.

Paramesh Rajan is Director of ERP and HR Products at HSO | ProServ. Paramesh has served in many Microsoft Dynamics project and program management roles over the past 20 years, and currently drives the development of the organization’s vertical ERP and HR solutions and outsourced development services.

Joe Stuckey is EVP and Director of CRM Product Development for HSO | ProServ, leading the company’s CRM product development efforts across the legal, AEC, consulting, and accounting markets. Joe leverages the power of Microsoft Dynamics and Power Platform technologies to design and develop purpose-built industry solutions.

Jan Dahl Sorensen’s deep experience with Microsoft Dynamics gives him a unique foundation to guide the HSO | ProServ client success team. As part of the original development team under Damgaard Data, Jan has been working with the Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions since 1995.

Andy Yeomans brings nearly 20 years of Microsoft Dynamics sales and marketing experience to lead the HSO | ProServ sales organization. Under Andy’s leadership, the organization has shown strong growth and has consistently been recognized by Microsoft as a top performing partner, winning multiple Microsoft Inner Circle and Partner of the Year awards.

Whit McIsaac is CEO of HSO | ProServ and brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem to drive the group’s overall business strategy. Whit was Co-founder and CEO of aec360 and legal360 prior to merging these practices into sa.global, where he served as CEO of the Americas prior to launching HSO | ProServ.

In his role as CFO of HSO | ProServ, Brian Lounds leverages deep experience implementing Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to drive excellence into the organization’s financial and practice management practices. Having worked with Dynamics solutions since 1998, he has a strong understanding of technology solutions and their application
to business initiatives.