NICMAR Receives a Software Grant From Aurigo Software And Microsoft For Setting Up India’s First Construction ERP Lab

August 7, 2008

Pune, Maharashtra India- August 07, 2008 – Aurigo Software Technologies, today announced that it is providing software support to NICMAR in collaboration with Microsoft. Aurigo is a leading software product company that provides solutions to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) verticals. Aurigo and Microsoft will provide NICMAR with free licenses of BRIX 2009, Aurigo’s revolutionary web-based construction management and inspection software, and free licenses of Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software under their respective academic alliance programs. As part of this endeavor, Aurigo and Microsoft will assist NICMAR in setting up India’s first ever Construction ERP Lab across their centers in Pune, Hyderabad and Goa.

The objective of Aurigo’s and Microsoft’s generous software grant is to provide construction management students of NICMAR access to the same best- in-class, powerful construction ready ERP solution that is deployed in many real-world global projects. This will bolster the Institute’s curriculum offering and support the new Construction ERP Lab that is being set up at NICMAR’s Pune campus and subsequently at the Hyderabad and Goa campuses.

Speaking on the academic alliance with Aurigo and Microsoft, Dr Mangesh G Korgaonker, Director General at NICMAR said, “We are excited to set up the Construction ERP lab with the support of Aurigo and Microsoft. Aurigo’s products are very relevant to our industry and we are well aware of Microsoft’s growing dominance in the ERP market place. This initiative will help us deliver industry-ready professionals into the market. We are committed to enhancing the quality of the education experience for construction management students and gear them with practical knowledge, competencies, skills and training to serve and function in the Infrastructure and Real Estate Verticals. Through this alliance we will bridge the gap between industry requirement and academia.”

Balaji Sreenivasan, founder and CEO of Aurigo Software Technologies Inc said, “We are extremely happy to partner with NICMAR and Microsoft in setting up India’s first Construction ERP Lab. We want to equip bright civil engineers and construction management professionals studying at NICMAR with hands-on experience on this powerful industry ready solution to give them a competitive edge and redefine how they would help build Indian Infrastructure spend in India is a clear focus and as projects grow in size and complexity, it has become imperative for companies to have complete visibility into their business and projects. Only with visibility can they streamline their processes and manage cost and time to bring in efficiency. Construction houses in India have to keep up with their western counterparts and have begun investing heavily in industry ready ERP systems such as BRIX 2009 and Microsoft Dynamics AX. These customers are faced with a demand for construction management professionals with knowledge in BRIX 2009 and Microsoft Dynamics AX, and this is a big step in fulfilling that need.”

Sushant Dwivedy, Director Microsoft Business Solutions, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. commenting on the development stated, “An optimal use of IT is the corner stone of increasing the productivity levels of the construction industry in India. Microsoft is delighted to partner with Aurigo to facilitate the setting up of the ERP Lab at NICMAR which will in turn generate a set of ERP ready professionals which the construction industry is seeking.” Mr. Dwivedy added, “These professionals, trained on BRIX and Microsoft Dynamics AX, will help address the unique business requirements of the industry.”

The Microsoft-Aurigo ERP for construction offering is a unique 360 degree solution combining Aurigo BRIX 2009 (web based construction estimation, tender management, contract management and field inspection software) integrated with Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft’s powerful ERP suite that automates the critical areas of Finance, HRMS, CRM, Inventory and Material Management. The award winning solution seamlessly automates traditional processes of land management, cost estimation, rate analysis, contract change orders, running bill generation and digital field inspections for construction houses worldwide and is now making a serious mark in India.

About Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and supply chain management ERP solutions that help businesses work more effectively. Delivered through a network of channel partners providing specialized services, these integrated, adaptable business management solutions work like and with familiar Microsoft software to streamline processes across an entire business. http://www.microsoft.com/india/dynamics.

 

About NICMAR

National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) is a leading educational Institute established by the Indian construction industry. It is recognized by Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization – SIRO. Major academic programs of the Institute were started with technical assistance from UNDP and academic inputs from the faculty of Loughbourgh and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

About Aurigo Software Technologies

Aurigo Software Technologies Inc. delivers software products and solutions for automating critical processes in the infrastructure management lifecycle including estimating, managing and inspecting large construction projects including highways, ports, bridges and SEZs (Special Economic Zones). Aurigo’s Products and solutions include its flagship suite Aurigo Brix™ 5.0, connectors to Microsoft Dynamics™ AX and customization services around these products and platforms. Aurigo’s product Brix 5.0 automates the critical processes of project cost estimation, contract management and field inspection using web 2.0 technologies and has integration connectors with Microsoft Project and Microsoft Dynamics™ AX. The combined solution of Aurigo Brix™ 5.0 and Microsoft Dynamics™ AX makes for a very powerful ERP solution for the construction Industry.

Aurigo’s customers include state and local government agencies, leading construction management firms, general contractors and transit authorities worldwide. Aurigo is a privately held company with offices in New York and Bangalore. Aurigo’s solutions are available both directly and through a select partner channel network. For more information on Aurigo, please visit http://oldsite.aurigo.net

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