PRESS RELEASE

Summit Design and Engineering Services Chooses the Microsoft cloud and aec360 to Fuel Business Growth

Rapidly growing design, engineering, and construction management firm selects Dynamics 365 and aec360 as the firm’s next generation cloud business application platform

Atlanta, GA – September 15, 2022: HSO, author of the aec360 business management suite, today announced that award-winning multi-disciplinary engineering firm, Summit Design and Engineering Services, has selected Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 as the firm’s new cloud-based business management platform.  The organizations have begun the process of replacing the firm’s legacy on-premise ERP software with an integrated marketing, project management, accounting, and business intelligence system based on the Microsoft cloud and aec360.        

Founded in 1997 in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Summit provides a variety of design, engineering, and construction management services to several different markets. The firm prides itself on technical expertise and versatility, and strives to be a trusted partner to their clients in helping them shape their communities.  

“Summit has experienced significant growth in recent years, and we intend to continue growing and expanding our business into the future,” explained Doug Edmunds, Chief Information Officer for Summit. “With our legacy software platform nearing its end of life, we viewed this as an opportunity to find a new cloud platform that will help us transform how we work and position the firm for efficient growth moving forward.  After an in-depth evaluation of industry alternatives, Microsoft and aec360 clearly stood out as the most capable and scalable platform to support our growth initiatives.”  

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 Summit gain a 360-degree view of their finances, projects, clients, and people within a single cloud platform.  

“The team at Summit clearly views this initiative as a rare business transformation opportunity,” explained Andy Yeomans, Executive Vice President of HSO’s professional services industry group.  “As they searched for a platform to help them drive growth, they needed a platform that was flexible enough to grow and adapt with them well into the future.  Their selection of Microsoft Dynamics 365, the Power Platform, and aec360 further reinforces why firms who value Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud technology are gravitating to the Microsoft cloud and aec360.  We look forward to helping Summit drive this transformation and set the firm up for continued growth and success.” 

About aec360

Microsoft’s leading Dynamics™ 365 based solution for the AEC industry, HSO’s aec360 is a cloud-based business platform designed to meet the unique needs of architecture, engineering, and construction firms.  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 HSO

HSO is a Business Transformation Partner with deep industry expertise and global reach that leverages the full power of Microsoft technology to transform the way people work and how organizations operate, driving improvements in their business performance.    

Founded in 1987, HSO has more than 1,400 professionals throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. It is one of the world’s top business solution and implementation partners and a member of Microsoft’s elite Inner Circle representing the top 1 percent of partners worldwide. To learn more about the company, visit www.hso.com.

About Summit Design and Engineering Services

Summit Design and Engineering Services is a design, engineering and construction management firm headquartered in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with 14 offices across six states. Since 1997, Summit’s success, tradition of service, and expansion into new fields of practice has been based on their commitment to help clients successfully complete projects of all types. For more information, please visit www.summitde.com

Michael D’Alesio is VP, Customer Care at HSO ProServ | Michael has served in many roles during his tenure in the Microsoft Partner Channel for the past 25-years.  Michael currently is responsible for supporting, enabling and strategically leading the HSO ProServ Team responsible for HSO ProServ D365 installed based customers to accept, adopt the Microsoft platforms to ensure they attain business value and user adoption.

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.