UXC bottles up wine industry ERP expertise

Published on the 19/10/2015 | Written by Newsdesk

UXC Eclipse acquires selected assets of WineDirect, expanding industry expertise with plans to offer viticulture ERP solution globally…

The North American arm of UXC Eclipse is to acquire selected assets of WineDirect in the USA, namely its ERP business. UXC Eclipse is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UXC Limited.

WineDirect provides a broad range of technology and logistics solutions that provide access to new markets and consumers. The company’s ERP practice is an industry leader in North America for Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the wine industry.

WineDirect president Andrew Kamphuis described the deal as a real win for customers and employees. “UXC Eclipse has a laser focus on ERP software – they know what they’re doing with Dynamics NAV and with industry IP. Their investment will bring our wine industry solution to the next level – taking our customers and our people on that journey with them.”

UXC Eclipse has enjoyed substantial exposure to the Asia Pacific wine industry ERP market for many years with its VinPoint solution built on Dynamics NAV. This acquisition expands its wine industry base and demonstrates its commitment to driving innovation in Microsoft Dynamics.

This is the third strategic acquisition for UXC Eclipse in North America in 18 months, following the acquisitions of Cole Systems and selected assets and staff of Tectura. Just three weeks ago, UXC Eclipse acquired selected assets of the Koorb Consulting business, to become the largest Microsoft Dynamics AX partner in New Zealand.

UXC Eclipse CEO Bradley Stroop said both UXC Eclipse and WineDirect are known for wine industry ERP leadership. “This acquisition will see UXC Eclipse become the global leader in Dynamics NAV for the wine industry with a strong presence in North America and APAC. It gives customers direct access to a larger Dynamics team with a depth of industry knowledge and a broad skillset.”

The combined solution from UXC Eclipse and WineDirect will retain the VinPoint branding globally and will deliver an expanded Dynamics NAV offering, with specific functionality around regulative requirements. This is complemented by modules for vineyard management, winemaking, warehouse management, and manufacturing. By managing the solution centrally, UXC Eclipse will renew the focus on product innovation and develop a cohesive wine industry roadmap.

The UXC Eclipse VinPoint solution is available on premise and in the cloud. The combined team’s knowledge and skills around SaaS deployment will ensure solid delivery options for the company’s wine industry customers.

UXC Eclipse will integrate the WineDirect ERP team into its existing professional services infrastructure.

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