Sage is putting its faith its global products: Sage One, Life and X3. You may remember a few years ago, the anointed products were SageCRM, Sage 300 and X3. The success of the new troika in attracting new customers was named as one of the company's KPIs at the recent Capital Markets Day. At the event, CEO Steve Kelly said the company "lives and dies" with small and medium businesses. He also promised Sage will not force migration, although is working to trim it s portfolio.
Ian Vacin, a key member of the team on this continent, has left Xero for a start up called Balanced Labs, which has offices in San Francisco, Calif.. and Sydney, Australia. Vacin was VP of marketing and product from April 2012 until his recent departure. Rod Drury, CEO of New Zealand-based Xero, said, "Ian's working for a Xero add-on start up so still in the ecosystem. He made a fantastic contribution and we wish him well." Balanced Lab founders, CEO Stuart McLeod, and CTO John Freeman, founded PayCycle Australia, purchased by Xero in 2011.
Long active with accountants in its home country of the Netherlands, Exact is building applications for firms in the United States. First out this summer is Exact Online Accountant, whose relationship to Exact Online is similar to the way QuickBooks lets accountants see into their clients' files and collaborate with them. Accountants will also be able to earn certification in Exact Online, says David Lechleitner, a product marketing principal for the software company.
UXC Eclipse is having great success in its global retail push, the company said this month. Cris Nicolli, managing director of the parent UXC Ltd., said the company had received more than $20 million Australian (about $15.5 million U.S.) in the retail market in North America and Australia. The exec said the effort began 24 months ago with support from Microsoft. UXC Eclipse ranked No. 5 on the Bob Scott's Insights Top 100 VARs for 2015 with $125 million in revenue.