As bodies continue to fly at Sage, one thing caught my eye on LinkedIn. The title for long-time executive Connie Certusi has changed from VP, general manager to VP, managing director on her page. "We're moving to standard titles across the globe and the new precise title is 'Managing Director.' The overall role is basically the same though," she wrote in a response to an email question. Well, MD is often the person running a geography.
One of my friends gave his opinion about cats recently. "Why should I feed and take care of something that has nothing but disdain for me? I have my relatives for that." ... A recent conference promoted that there would be a Navy Seal appearing. Well, the little hat was cute, but I thought balancing the ball on his nose was kind of passé ... Something I ate last week at the Acumatica conference disagreed with me. It won.
Microsoft's decision to end Convergence and replace it with a conference called Envision has set a lot of parts in motion. Overall, Envision, aimed at business leaders, is a bit of a Dynamics AX show with those catering to three other ERP packages not pleased. The AX crew seems happy, although one report that the number of user attendees is down sharply, won't please anybody if true. Josh Richards, marketing director for Merit Solutions, notes, "We do believe we will have more access to, and higher quality conversations with, organization's C, VP, and director levels," he says. He also reminds people Envision is not a Dynamics-centric conference.
Prices have been published for three editions of Sage Live, the new online accounting and business application from Sage. Personally, I like to call it the Emperor's New Software. The product is described as being suited for small business users who need mobile access to accounting data. Sage Live Essentials starts at $30 per month per user billed annually for full users, who can use Live from office and mobile devices. Business users, who can utilize it only via mobile devices, pay $10 per month per user.
Acumatica has acquired technology from Englewood, Colo.-based M5 that will enable it to launch the Acumatica Field Service Edition later this year. Acumatica had a lot of announcements at this week's Partner Summit. But CEO Jon Roskill summed up why I think this is among the most important. "It's the first foray of Acumatica into a vertical market," Roskill told attendees.