12/09/2009"Computer Associates Accepted Into Microsoft’s New Distribution Partner Advisory Group (PAG) "
December 9, 2009 — Computer Associates, Inc. (CAI) announced today that it has been invited to join Microsoft's Distribution Partner Advisory Group ("DPAG"). The DPAG is a group of eleven, invitation-only Microsoft Gold Certified partners that work together to provide and share business expertise, intelligence and best practices within the distribution industry in order to offer customers the best experience when choosing business solutions and services.

“CAI’s participation in Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Group greatly enhances our ability to deliver forward-thinking distribution software solutions to our clients throughout New England and the entire northeast region, ultimately enabling them to be more successful in their businesses,” said Pat Gannon, vice president for CAI. “We have a unique opportunity to help influence and shape Microsoft's approach to delivering highly differentiated business solutions, while at the same time tuning product and channel strategies to the needs of our customers.”

CAI’s Microsoft Dynamics for Distributors software, based on Microsoft's Dynamics™ NAV Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, provides businesses with a suite of convenient and integrated financial, manufacturing, supply chain management, sales and marketing and services management software tools offer a user experience tailored to peoples’ roles within each distribution organization—helping them work productively, make confident decisions and respond quickly to new marketplace opportunities.

Michael Shoemaker, Executive Vice President for Microsoft, said, “CAI is one of the most experienced thought leaders in the wholesale consumer packaged goods distribution channel. They have a great deal of expertise in installing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics solutions in small to mid-size customer environments and, as a conduit for critical client and partner-centric input, will be instrumental in Microsoft’s efforts to connect current market issues and opportunities with product development.”

"As a select member of the Distribution Partner Advisory Group, we not only gain early insight into product and product roadmaps directly from Microsoft, but we’re also able to take the business requirements from our clients and address them directly with Microsoft, resulting in a superior customer experience. We look forward to working closely with Microsoft to continue to offer affordable and cost-effective software solutions for our distribution clients,” Gannon added.

For more information about CAI and its Microsoft Dynamics for Distributors Software, visit www.caisoft.com/ideas or call 800.422.4782.

About Computer Associates

Headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Computer Associates (CAI) is a business consulting and software development company with over 30 years of experience in providing professional services and products across a broad spectrum of commercial and industrial environments. CAI has worked closely with many leading companies to apply advanced, industry-specific software concepts and technology innovations that enhance our client’s business performance and profitability. With over fifty hardware and software certified professionals on staff, Computer Associates maintains a broad library of Windows 2008-based software in support of its vertical business segments.