To-Increase Shares Survey Results Citing Enterprise Resource Planning as Top Trend

Blog post highlights survey results from Microsoft and Gatepoint Research, and helps manufacturing companies make the case for a greater technology investment.

Norwell, MA, August 31, 2011 --( To-Increase, a provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers (IEM), releases survey results from Microsoft and Gatepoint Research that cite Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as a top trend in business systems optimization. Results of this survey, along with proof points designed to help manufacturing companies make the case for a greater technology investment, are available by visiting the To-Increase blog.

A recent post to the To-Increase blog shares results from a survey conducted by Microsoft and Gatepoint Research, indicating that:
- 61% of respondents cited technology as very significant
- 51% of respondents cited Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems as among the most critical

Correspondingly, more than:

- 27% of respondents cited increased profitability as most characteristic of their organization’s strategy over the next 18 months
- 25% cited poorly integrated systems as a major hurdle towards achieving objectives

"Despite the definitive correlation between technology and business objectives, it can be hard to create a definitive connection," writes blog post author Luciano Cunha, Global Industry Director, To-Increase. "And by definitive connection, I am talking about the proof points you need to allocate budgetary resources to technology upgrades and integration."

Within his post, Cunha provides answers to the critical questions asked when it comes time to make a budgetary decision on technology resources, including:

- How will ERP technology, particularly ERP integration, help my manufacturing company achieve profitability goals?
- How will implementing ERP into new platforms, particularly the cloud, help my manufacturing company boost ROI?

"Just as recent respondents kept the bottom-line in mind when completing the recent survey from Gatepoint Research and Microsoft, I encourage you to always keep profit and ROI front and center," concludes Cunha. "This holds especially true when you are reading content from, or interacting with, a potential vendor."

To see answers to the questions that will help you make the case for a greater technology investment, or to download results from the recent Business Systems Optimization survey from Gatepoint Research and Microsoft, visit the To-Increase blog at

About To-Increase
As a global ISV and Microsoft Gold Certified partner, To-Increase develops solutions for industry verticals, including highly specific Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, retail, wholesale, construction, distribution, and professional services segments. We offer end-to-end solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, along with a wide range of business integration and add-on software for Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions. We also develop e-Con, the leading sales and product configurator for Microsoft Dynamics. To-Increase has been recognized as the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding ISV of the year for both 2009 and 2010, and has been a member of the Microsoft President’s Club and Inner Circle for three consecutive years. Our solutions are delivered worldwide through a network of highly trained partners.

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