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SmithGroup Selects Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 by HSO as their New Cloud-based Business Management Platform 

Award-winning design firm surveyed the market and identified Dynamics 365 with aec360 as the best-in-class solution built specifically for the AEC industry. 

Atlanta, GA – April 25, 2022 

HSO, author of the aec360 business management suite, today announced that SmithGroup, one of the nation’s largest integrated design firms, has selected Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 as the firm’s new cloud-based business management platform.  The organizations will begin working together immediately to deploy an integrated marketing, business development, project management, accounting, and business intelligence platform based on the Microsoft cloud and aec360.        

Founded in 1853, and with over 1,200 employees working out of 15 office locations, SmithGroup’s integrated practice offers depth in all disciplines serving the built and natural environment, including architecture, engineering, planning, landscape architecture and urban design.  The firm’s experts develop solutions for healthcare providers, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.   

“SmithGroup has a long track record of delivering innovative solutions that help our clients solve their most complex challenges,” explained Derek White, Chief Information Officer for SmithGroup. “With our legacy software platform nearing its end of life, we surveyed the market for new business platforms that would help us continue to innovate and serve our clients for the next 10 to 15 years and beyond.  Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 stood out from the crowd, offering not only a best-in-class cloud technology platform, but a business solution that was purpose built for our industry.”  

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s next-generation business application suite, built to leverage the power of the Microsoft cloud, Office 365 (now Microsoft 365), the Power Platform, and Microsoft’s advanced intelligence tools.  aec360 is an industry-specific solution that pre-configures and extends Dynamics 365 to meet the unique needs of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, helping firms like SmithGroup gain a 360-degree view of their finances, projects, clients, and people within a single cloud platform.  

“SmithGroup has long been recognized as an industry leader,” explained Andy Yeomans, Executive Vice President of HSO’s professional service industry practice. “Their selection of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 reinforces the unique value that our solution provides AEC firms and speaks to the continued migration of AEC firms to the Microsoft cloud.  Through the implementation of Dynamics 365 and aec360, we look forward to helping SmithGroup drive better integration, collaboration, and insights across their business, while enabling a platform that will help them grow their business well into the future.”

About aec360

Built on Microsoft Dynamics™ 365 and used by preeminent AEC firms around the world, aec360 is a cloud-based platform designed to meet the unique needs of the architecture, engineering and construction 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 drive productivity, collaboration, and insights across their organization. For more information, please visit our website at www.aec360.com.

About SmithGroup

Information about the company For more infoSmithGroup is one of the world’s preeminent integrated design firms. Working across a network of 15 offices in the U.S. and China, our team of 1,200 experts is committed to excellence in strategy, design and delivery. The scale of the firm’s thinking and organization produces partnerships with forward-looking clients that maximize opportunities, minimize risk and solve their most complex problems. SmithGroup creates exceptional design solutions for healthcare, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.  For more information, please visit www.smithgroup.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paramesh Rajan is VP, Technology 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.

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.

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.

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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.

Amy Spencer leads the team that is responsible for go-to-market strategies, messaging, and demand generation in the US.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The College of New Jersey and has 25+ years of experience in marketing management for technology and professional services companies.

As Vice President of Human Resources for HSO, Kristen Ramerini is responsible for initiatives including recruitment, onboarding, professional development/career progression, performance management, culture, and employee retention. Prior to her position with HSO, she worked in human resources and recruiting for Seviroli Foods on Long Island and CCN, Inc. in New York City. She holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University and is PHR certified.

Darren Gooding is VP of Delivery for HSO | ProServ, leading the company’s CRM delivery across the legal, AEC, consulting, and accounting markets. Darren applies his 25 years of experience and HSO’s industry focused intellectual property to successfully deliver large-scale, global engagements that ensure customer success.