The question with sales and use tax vendor goes public has always seemed a matter of when, not if. And the suggestion the Seattle, Wash.-based Avalara is moving into serious planning came in a recent report from Reuters which said Avalara has been interviewing banks for the possible offering. The company, of course, declines comment.
British reseller K3 is continuing on its significant restocking of executive ranks. In the last two months, the VAR, which carries Dynamics, Sage and Syspro software, has named a new CEO, CFO and managing director for K3 Syspro. In October, Adalsteinn Valdimarsson was hired as CEO while his predecessor, David Bolton, became executive chairman.
Zap Business Intelligence, based in Tampa, Fla., wants to hire a senior channel manager. The person hired will acquire and develop Business Partners and ISVs in the United States and Canada, according to a recent LinkedIn posting. Targets include large Strategic Partners.
Microsoft has renamed the Worldwide Partner Conference. The event to be held from July 9 through 13 in Washington D.C. will be called Microsoft Inspire while the ill-fated Envision, the replacement for convergence, will become part of Microsoft Ignite from September 25 to 29. The change was recently announced on a blog by Chris Capossela, the company's chief marketing officer.
The accusations that the Russians used hacking to influence the U.S. presidential election got a boost when someone found pictures given to fans signed "Donny and Vlady BFFs". ... The highly successful Disney "Cars" movies is being followed by a sequel "Used Cars".