Sonera, Microsoft and Mepco offer business solutions for hire

Sonera, Microsoft and Mepco have combined their expertise and solutions to form a new service model that supports the business of companies of all sizes. Solutions for CRM, ERP, payroll and human resource management that have previously been reserved for large corporations are now made available to companies of all sizes.

Businesses are offered leading solutions for customer relationship management, resource planning and payroll and human resource management at a fixed monthly rent. The cost-effective and risk-free solution model brings world-class software within the reach of all Finnish companies, regardless of size.

The business solutions are based on Microsoft’s latest technologies and enterprise systems. The customer relationship management software is Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the number one product in the market. The core of resource planning is Microsoft Dynamics AX. The payroll and HR management systems are based on Mepco's new-generation HRM solution.

The connections and server solutions are provided by Sonera. The company recently acquired Crescom – a company providing managed services related to servers and applications – and Datainfo, which provides information, communications and office technology services. With the acquisitions and the cooperation now launched, Sonera reinforces its position as a service provider of business solutions.

Companies of all sizes can now implement the systems easily, safely and quickly, using them as a service over the network. Mepco handles introduction and integration of the systems as well as associated training. Apart from the fixed monthly rent, no other costs incur to the customer.

"For businesses, the limited resources of today hampered the implemention of solutions that could improve the competitive edge tomorrow. Our cost-effective solution model, scaleable according to the size of the company, makes it possible for businesses to forget about costly investments in software, equipment and lengthy projects, enabling them to immediately improve their profitability,” said President Juho Lipsanen, Integrated Enterprise Services, TeliaSonera.

“Due to resource requirements, small and medium-sized enterprises have found it difficult to implement these types of solutions in the past. Defective and disjointed systems have made it more difficult for companies to grow and develop. And growth-oriented companies are the backbone of our economy, for it’s in these kinds of companies where most new jobs are generated. Technology plays an important role in this growth. With the new service model, solutions that support the business’s efficiency and growth are now brought within the reach of Finnish enterprises of all sizes,” said Ari Rahkonen, Managing Director of Microsoft.

“We provide our customers with up-to-date business solutions, a modern technology platform and reliable connections as an integrated entity. The service we have produced together provides a quick and effortless way of developing business and improving competitiveness,” said Markku Pekkola, Managing Director of Mepco.
Further information
TeliaSonera:
Jorma Maaninka, Vice President Integrated Enterprise Services, etunimi.sukunimi@teliasonera.com, tel. +358 40 3022429
Microsoft: Ari Rahkonen, Managing Director, etunimi.sukunimi@microsoft.com, tel. +358 9 525 501
Mepco: Markku Pekkola, Managing Director, etunimi.sukunimi@mepco.fi, tel. +358 400 233 150

Microsoft is the leading provider of software products, solutions and services in the world, assisting companies and people to utilize the opportunities provided by information technology in new, innovative ways. In Finland, Microsoft has 250 employees, and their vision is to help customers – together with the company’s over 3,000 partners – to succeed with Microsoft’s solutions. Worldwide, Microsoft has about 75,000 employees in 102 countries. In 2007, Microsoft’s net sales amounted to USD 51.12 billion. Read more at www.microsoft.fi

Mepco Oy develops and supplies comprehensive software solutions for customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and payroll and human resource management. Mepco combines Microsoft\s leading enterprise software products and technologies to Mepco’s solid expertise, long experience and local customer-driven support. The company is Microsoft’s Gold Certified Partner. Mepco was selected as a Microsoft Dynamics Solution Partner for 2007 in Finland. In addition, Mepco was the only supplier in Finland named to the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle for 2007. The company's offices are located in Tampere, Helsinki and Turku. Read more at www.mepco.fi