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.
The MYOB Group said this week it has reached 170,000 online users for 2015, an increase of 46 percent from 2014. The Australia-based company announced the number at its annual MYOB Incite road show. That compares to 250,000 online subscribers that Xero has in Australia and another 150,000 in its home country of New Zealand. However, MYOB has thousands of on-premise users in its home country while Xero is cloud-only.
Online accounting software package FreshBooks has been redesigned. In what he called an open letter, CEO and company co-founder Mike McDerment said the revamp is needed to enable the company to meet its goal of serving self-employed professionals and their teams. McDerment, who said the re-write is still under way, said the result would be "A product that's easier to use, evolves faster and makes working with clients and teams easier."