BIRMINGHAM, England, September 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ardent Solutions, a CRM and ERP consultancy, has been selected by Microsoft as the Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year for Europe, Middle East and Africa - EMEA. Originally singled out for recognition at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008 in Houston, the European Microsoft Dynamics team has now presented Ardent Solutions with its accolade at its prestigious head office in Fort Dunlop, Birmingham.

Andrew Watkinson, Managing Director of Ardent Solutions comments, "The Ardent team has worked extraordinarily hard this year to put us in this position. As a CRM and ERP consultancy, our team has an excellent understanding of the issues facing our customers. Their knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics AX software allows them to solve real world business issues for our customers. The recognition that this award brings to Ardent justifies our considerable investment in time and energy in completing Microsoft's rigorous training and certification programme. It cements the relationship between the two businesses. I could not be more proud of our team and what they have achieved!"

Ardent Solutions was selected for the EMEA region together with six other partners from other world regions, including Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America and the United States. The award winners were selected from a group of finalists based on their dedication to deliver solutions that meet diverse customer needs. Several key criteria were considered in selecting Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partners for this special recognition, including outstanding sales performance, deep technological expertise on products and services, and feedback from Microsoft team members.

"Ardent Solutions has achieved success in its region by delivering exceptional value to its customers and demonstrating leadership within the Microsoft Dynamics partner community by adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the partner community," said Doug Kennedy, Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. "We congratulate the company on being named one of our top go-to partners in EMEA."

Ardent Solutions works closely with the teams at Microsoft to maintain a comprehensive understanding of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. This knowledge, combined with a deep understanding of customers' business needs, enables the CRM and ERP consultancy to help customers leverage the full value of their Microsoft investments and achieve the enhanced customer service, productivity and operational efficiency that promote growth and competitive advantage.

Ardent Solutions provides implementation, training and consultation nationwide for small, midmarket and corporate businesses using business applications. The consultancy is dedicated to selling Microsoft Dynamics AX, which helps leading global companies across industries including manufacturing, IEM, distribution and services achieve success.

About Ardent Solutions Limited

Ardent Solutions is a privately owned business software specialist that provides ERP and CRM consultancy, implementation and integration services to companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, service, FMCG and IEM (Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. Ardent Solutions was awarded the Microsoft Dynamics EMEA Partner of the Year in July 2008 and is the No 1 partner in the UK for Microsoft Dynamics AX 'New Named Sites' and works with third party resellers in order to deliver a 'whole solution'.

A Microsoft Gold Partner, the company is one of the largest-based resellers of Microsoft Dynamics AX software in the UK with full Microsoft certification and accreditation for all its consultants. Ardent Solutions also has strategic partnerships with third party products and organisations including IBM, Business Objects Cognos, Oracle, Informix, SuSE Novell and Linux enabling it to deliver its customers a 'total business solution'.

For further information, please contact: Katie Jones Ardent Solutions Limited +44(0)844-880-6140 Sarah Musselbrook/Kate Baker The itpr Group +44(0)1932 578800

For further information, please contact: Katie Jones, Ardent Solutions Limited, +44(0)844-880-6140,; Sarah Musselbrook/Kate Baker, The itpr Group, +44(0)1932-578800,