Brendan Flattery, who left the Sage Group last month after 13 years with the British Company, has taken the position of CEO with Utilitywise. Flattery started with Sage as managing director of the Accountants Division in October 2003. He was the CEO of Sage U.K. and Ireland, obviously a pretty significant geography for the company, from January 2011 from February 2015.
CPA firm Sikich is continuing its expansion by the purchase of midmarket resellers. The company is following up its acquisition of Boston, Mass.-based Altico Advisors in August 2015 and BCG & Co., Akron, Ohio, in April, with its plan to acquire Glendale, Calif.-based SCS, Dynamics NAV reseller.
Sage has launched Sage Live Not-for-Profit. Built on the Salesforce App Cloud, NFP is the first industry-specific package for Live. The new version of Live offers financial reporting and fund management. Sage said that a large portion of the nonprofit organizations who are members of the Sage Foundation will be eligible for discounted licenses.
Sales tax vendor Avalara has significantly expanded operations in Brazil in a series of acquisitions. A spokesperson says recent moves grew the business from a handful of consultants and a NetSuite connector to 12 products, four services, and approximately 100 employees. The move follows this month's announcement Avalara had raised $50 million in capital for fueling growth, including M&A.