Epicor Software has named Lisa Pope as EVP of sales in the Americas. The company says Pope's hiring is related to its move to the cloud. She will be based in the company's relatively new headquarters in Austin, Texas, which houses CEO Joe Cowan and CFO Kathy Crusco.
Stan Kania has exited the ERP software business, Software Link, which he founded in January 1996. Starting this month, he is concentrating his efforts on Summit Hosting, also headquartered in the Atlanta, Ga., area.
We finally figured out what President Trump's problem was with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump, who said Merkel had ruined Germany, thought the Merkel was the currency in use in her country. That came to light when he asked an advisor "How many Merkels to the dollar?" ... Republican Senators John McCain and Rand Paul have been feuding.
The call for entries for Bob Scott's Top 100 VARs is open for the 2017 selection. This year has a much different feel from prior years. One reseller described market conditions as reflecting "channel turmoil". That includes Microsoft's heavy cloud push with Dynamics 365, Oracle's purchase of NetSuite and Sage's continuing efforts to remake itself while its cast of characters changes rapidly.
Xero is testing the use of machine learning in its cloud-based financial software. The New Zealand-based company says the capability with be generally available this year. Machine learning looks like a major buzz word for the year. H&R Block made it prominent with its advertising about the use of IBM's Watson computer in the preparation of tax returns.