Sage is buying Mount Laurel, N.J.-based Paychoice in what will turn into a multi-pronged return to the payroll business. Paychoice’s payroll products will be integrated with the major financial software lines. And Sage will also utilize Paychoice’s licensee program to encourage accountants to deliver payroll services via the platform, says Connie Certusi, EVP of Sage’s Small Business Division. Sage is paying $157 million in cash to buy Paychoice, which also has human resource applications. It marks a return to payroll for Sage, which sold its prior business in this arena to a company then known as CompuPay several years ago.
Intuit has improved reporting for QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions with its Advanced Reporting Tool. The new capabilities are part of QBES 15, already available to ProAdvisors, and which will be in the hands of small businesses next week. QuickBooks had more than 100 default reports. “But they are kind of painful for Enterprise customers,” says senior product manager Catherine Fisse. Advanced Reporting is available for free for users with active service plans for Release 6 or later.
NetSuite has added three resellers to its channel, the company said this week. The most interesting of the three is Alternative Technology Solutions, which has been sued by Epicor. ATS, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., has offices in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Mexico. It serves manufacturers and distributors. The others are Elegant Cloud Solutions and Maximum Computer Systems.
York, Pa.-based Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions has acquired Acuity Business Solutions of Reston, Va. Acuity will become a division of SNBS. Both firms are Deltek resellers. Acuity founder June Jewell will remain as a strategic advisor. The combined firm has staff in nine states and assumes Acuity’s position as a Deltek Premier Partner. When it was selected as a VAR Star for 2013, Acuity reported $4.1 million in annual revenue and a staff of 12. It had 13 as a part of the purchase and the combined operation with Acuity as a division employs 24.