One of the first independent software vendors to earn CfMD AX, GP & NAV

Bainbridge Island, WA — March 15, 2012 — Avalara, the market leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes, announced today it has added certifications for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) AX and NAV to its AvaTax web-based sales tax solution, making it among the first independent software vendors to be Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP and NAV.

“Today’s retail customers are empowered with unprecedented choice in how and where they shop.  In this highly competitive environment retailers need solutions to help improve employee productivity, drive operational efficiency and enhance customer service to drive their success,” said Michael Griffiths, director, Microsoft Dynamics Retail and Distribution. “Avalara offers a comprehensive solution in the critical area of tax calculation that provides retailers with both strong functionality and the ease of use necessary to succeed.  Their innovation is a great complement to the Microsoft Dynamics Retail platform.”

Avalara earned certified status for Microsoft Dynamics GP in 2010 and has since worked to bring the same level of confidence and assurance of quality to its Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV customers. This certification signifies that AvaTax has met Microsoft Corp.’s highest standard for partner-developed software and can now carry the distinct “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics” logo for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP and NAV.

“Our promise to provide a fast, accurate and affordable way to simplify the complexity associated with sales tax extends across all ERP solutions we support,” said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO of Avalara. “Achieving the CfMD designation three times over further illustrates our commitment to software excellence.”

Solutions that are CfMD have demonstrated development quality and compatibility with the Microsoft Dynamics product on which they run by passing rigorous software testing for Microsoft Dynamics performed by VeriTest (a service of Lionbridge). In addition, the Microsoft Dynamics partner must be either a Silver or Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program and must have customers who are successfully using the certified solution and are willing to recommend it.

“This milestone demonstrates Avalara’s commitment to delivering leading solutions and expertise for our customers,” said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. “We congratulate Avalara for meeting Microsoft’s highest standards of software quality and earning the Certified for Microsoft Dynamics distinction.”

For customers, CfMD helps identify Microsoft Dynamics solutions that have been tested for compatibility, meet high quality standards, and are successfully used by existing customers. This certification represents a significant step in elevating the standard for partner-developed software solutions for industry-specific business applications. By highlighting these solutions, Microsoft also creates new opportunities for partners to expand their reseller channel and to better promote their packaged Microsoft Dynamics solution for customers.

Avalara provides implementation, training and consultation in the United States and Canada for small, midmarket and corporate businesses using business applications. Avalara specializes in seven Microsoft Dynamics products: AX, AX for Retail, CRM, GP, NAV, RMS, and SL. AvaTax for Microsoft Dynamics AX, AvaTax for Microsoft Dynamics GP, and AvaTax for Microsoft Dynamics NAV help leading global companies across finance, manufacturing and retail achieve success.

About Avalara

Avalara is the leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes. It simplifies the complexity associated with sales and use tax and – in the process – makes compliance achievable by all.

Avalara partners with nearly 170 of the world’s leading accounting and commercial software publishers to accomplish this. Its web-based offering provides the most complete set of transactional tax compliance services available, including tax calculation, exemption certificate management and returns processing. It also offers 1099 filing and reporting.

Established in 2004, Avalara is a founding member and Certified Service Provider of the Streamlined Sales Tax initiative and one of the fastest-growing companies in America. It employs more than 275 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA and Pune, India.

You can read more about AvaTax in the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace      

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