Microsoft Dynamics AX provides a Healthcare nonprofit more value while streamlining IT operations

In 2013, University of Colorado Medicine first engaged Tridea Partners to complete a rapid deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX and simplify the delivery of financial reports, at the same time improving service levels for thousands of subscribers by providing more timely reporting with the details and in the formats they require. Today, Tridea continues to support the company’s ERP environment. “We can truly count on Tridea as our partner. They resolve issues promptly, respond quickly to everything we ask for, and are enjoyable to work with. Because they empower us to use our own skills more effectively, we accomplish better outcomes with less effort.”Rick Schwartz, PMP, Senior Project Manager, University of Colorado Medicine.

The story at a glance

Client: University of Colorado Medicine

Industry: Nonprofit – Healthcare business services

Solutions and services:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Tridea Partners implementation services and ongoing consulting

Business outcomes:

  • Improve service levels for healthcare professionals and clients with timely, efficient delivery of standardized and specialized reports
  • Enable improved financial control with greater visibility and current information
  • Reduce IT administrative workload, expenses, and the complexity of the technical environment
  • Provide planning and operational framework for realizing optimal value from technology

Download the full case study on University of Colorado Medicine here.

Columbus acquires the IT services company Tridea Partners

Norwell, MA – January 9, 2017 – Columbus (OMX: COLUM) announces today that it has acquired Tridea Partners, LLC, (Tridea) a prominent California-based ERP and CRM services provider in the food and beverage and life sciences industry.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Tridea. Tridea’s deep industry expertise, paired with Columbus’ history of providing leading services and solutions to this market, will strengthen our mutual ability to transform our clients’ businesses and build lasting relationships,” says Keld Olsen, Business Unit Leader, Columbus US.

Since its founding in 2004, Tridea has built substantial market share and today services more than 200 customers in the western United States.

“We are confident that through the acquisition, Tridea has enhanced our ability to provide exceptional services to our clients through the combination of coast-to-coast reach, global presence and the extensive resources of Columbus,” says Andy Collins and  Andy Collins and Matthew Boese, Partner, Tridea Partners

Tridea has 29 employees and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. Tridea will operate under the name Tridea – a Columbus company.

Today, Columbus has coast-to-coast representation in the United States with 27 offices and more than 300 employees.


About Columbus

Columbus is an international consultancy serving clients worldwide. We are experts in developing and providing business applications to the food, manufacturing and distribution industries. We’ve proved this through more than 25 years of experience and over 6,000 successful implementations. Columbus has offices and partners around the world. 

About Tridea Partners, LLC

Tridea Partners is a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics 365, with a focus on the Food/Beverage and Life Science industries. Tridea implements ERP applications, CRM solutions, accounting software and business applications through a proven and experienced methodology.  This methodology focuses on understanding the core business processes of an organization, then configuring and implementing these systems unique to an organization’s end-to-end business processes and key requirements.

Internet of Things

The Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as “the infrastructure of the information society.”

The IoT is a giant network of connected things (ecosystem).


The vision for IoT is that millions (and potentially billions) of devices will be connected to each other and the Internet allowing people to communicate with machines, and machines to communicate with other machines.

“Things,” in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of IP-enabled devices and various devices such as cellphones, heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders, automobiles with built-in sensors, home monitoring devices, coffee machines, lamps, Amazon Eco, etc.

Analysts estimate that 20+ Billion devices will get connected to the Internet by 2020

IoT creates a large digital presence connecting organizations, cities and countries. Security decision makers must embrace fundamental principles of risk and resilience to drive change. With billions of devices connecting together in today’s digital environment, what can people and organizations do to make sure that their information’s stays secure. Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby gain access to your entire network. The first step is to educate ourselves about what the IoT is and the impact on how we work and live with these devices. Second step include changing the default password on such devices if possible. Third, apply security and firmware updates.


The October 21, 2016 attack on online infrastructure provider Dyn was launched at least in part by Mirai, an open-source malware strain that scans the Internet for routers, cameras, digital video recorders and other Internet of Things “IoT” devices protected only by the factory-default passwords. Once infected with Mirai, the IoT systems can be used to flood a target with so much junk Web traffic that the target site can no longer accommodate legitimate users or visitors traffic, which resulted in a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The Mirai botnet attack took down parts of Twitter’s network, as well as hundreds of other sites—including GitHub, Box, The Verge, PlayStation Network, and personal webpage provider Wix. Level 3 Threat Research Labs has been continuously tracking these botnets as they wreak havoc on victims across the internet.


This article was written by Osei Owusu, Technical Consultant for  Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider.


Introduction to log4net

I noticed that logging is an usual requirement in our applications. And there are several ways of logging:

  1. Logging to a local file by hard coding, like using StreamWriter
  2. Logging to Windows event logs by using native classes in .NET libraries, like System.Diagnostics.EventLog
  3. Logging using third part library, like log4net


Each way is used according to different situations, but I’d like to briefly introduce how to use log4net to log to a file since it is easy to configure and implement:

First is to install the log4net NuGet Package:



The second is to add a configSection in your App.config or Web.config file. This configuration section specifies the name, type and other properties of your logger.

The sample code is shown below:



Third thing is to add a reference to log4net assembly. Simply add a using statement on top of your assembly.

The sample code is shown below:



The fourth thing is to instantiate a logger interface in your classes. You have to instantiate a logger in every class in which you want to log activities.

The sample code is shown below:



The fifth step is to initialize your log4net configuration.

The sample code is shown below:





The last thing is to use your logger to log whatever you want.

The sample code is shown below:



For more information, please refer to

This article was written by Joe Qian, Dynamics Technical Consultant for Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider.

Tridea Lunch & Learn with TitaniumGP

A Clever Dynamics GP Copy/Paste

Join Tridea at our Solana Beach office or call-in for our Lunch and Learn with TitaniumGP.

So how does it work? TitaniumGP uses eConnect*, this provides several benefits, first, it is approved by Microsoft to insert records into the database because this will maintain database integrity, second, when a piece of information contains an error, eConnect will report back a very familiar error message.

Other features:

TGP Validate – Build Business Rules to automatically check for predetermined conditions such as credit lines and quantities available. Avoid duplicate UPC’s or invalid countries in address cards.

Verify Address Records – Validate and amend customer and vendor addresses inside of Dynamics GP using up to date postal data from reliable resources.

Elastic Windows– Allow to Add Fields to Dynamics GP Windows – Increase the functionality of GP by easily adding new fields of any SQL type to your GP windows.

Search – inside Dynamics GP – Find exactly what you’re looking for in no time with TitaniumGP’s web-like search functionality.

Presenter: Miguel Lozano, TitaniumGP

Event Details: January 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST

Lunch provided by TitaniumGP

Tridea Partners Office
420 Stevens Avenue, Suite 350
Solana Beach, CA 92075

register here