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    Microsoft, Outer Edge Technology Donations Ratchet Up Duquesne Business Program

    Business students at Duquesne University will kick their data managing practices up a notch, thanks to a new partnership with Microsoft and Outer Edge Technology.

    Students in the information systems field will have  access to the latest-and one of the fastest growing-Enterprise Resource Planning technologies through Microsoft Dynamics, which interweaves an organization's finance, accounting, manufacturing, sales, service and other internal and external management information. Microsoft Dynamics AX has been donated by Microsoft through its Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program.

    Through Duquesne's Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance membership, professors will also have access to all products in the Microsoft Dynamics line, as well as a community of over 1,100 other educational institutions worldwide, all working for the same goal: to provide their students with relevant experience to help increase their chances of getting hired. Additionally, Duquesne will have the opportunity to connect with various local Microsoft partners and take part in various events.

    Outer Edge Technology (OET), which offers custom, private cloud solutions, has agreed to host the system for free for one year. OET will provide the computing infrastructure, operational support and datacenter services in support of this new and exciting business program.

    "OET understands the importance of real world training in preparing America's college students to compete on a global stage and is committed to supporting outstanding programs like Duquesne's master's degree program for information systems management," said Richard Emlet, founder and CEO of Outer Edge Technology based in Wayne, Pa.

    These donations will clearly enhance the students' working knowledge of this integrated technology-and their employability.

    "We're grateful to Microsoft and to Outer Edge for contributing technology that will provide our students with cutting-edge workforce skills and knowledge," said Dean Alan Miciak of the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business. "The master's degree in information systems management provides real-world, hands-on experience with leading edge technology and makes our students more marketable."

    "This will even further enhance the value of a Duquesne degree because companies are hunting for people with Microsoft Dynamics experience," said Dr. William Spangler, associate dean for academic affairs in the business school. "Huge numbers of unfilled positions are available in this field."

    Medium- and large-manufacturing and other businesses are trending toward use of the Microsoft Dynamics AX system because of its ability to allow greater control of the total operations and budgets, and its delivery in Microsoft's next-generation, integrated ERP and business productivity solutions.

    "It manages an entire set of operations for business: buying and selling, to marketing, accounting, manufacturing, planning and logistics, virtually every business function," Spangler said.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.