The day-early newsletter shipment was prompted by the upcoming July 4 weekend. Hoping you all enjoy a good loud nation's Independence Day. Bob Scott's Insights newsletter is published 48 times a year and July 10 will not be one of them. I will be in Berlin until July 12 with my wife who is on a seven-week gig with Bayer. Are the Germans noted for their accounting prowess? Oh yeah, there is this big software company over there I've heard of. News will continue to be posted on the website as circumstances dictate and hopefully they will not dictate much. We might stay up to watch the World Cup final--apparently 2 a.m. Berlin time.
Bill.com has hired David Appel as head of direct sales for the online invoicing software company. Appel left NetSuite in May after slightly more than seven years with the cloud accounting software publisher. From January 2011 until his departure from NetSuite, he was director of new market sales. His LinkedIn page gives a detailed description of a significant job with these words:
NetSuite has not announced it. But according to his LinkedIn page, Doug Kennedy, who was a key player in the Dynamics channel, has become VP of global systems integrators for the company. The page shows Kennedy joined in May and a search of the NetSuite press site reveals what my memory tells me—there's been no official announcement. This is quite a catch after Fred Studer, general manager for Microsoft Dynamics, joined NetSuite a few months ago as its chief marketing officer.
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting has acquired SureTax, a specialist in taxation in the telecommunications and utility markets. This is just the latest M&A action in what has been a very active market with players in indirect taxation, including Avalara and Sovos Compliance, picking up specialized products. "The primary focus to be able to serve our telecom clients and the telecom industry in a stronger and better way," says Karen Abramson, CEO of the Wolters Kluwer division.