Open source vendor SugarCRM has acquired what it described as "the intellectual property rights and other assets of Stitch, leading developer of personal assistant technologies that enhance productivity for mobile users." That means it bought Stitch, a San Francisco, Calif.-based company running on venture capital funding. Stitch pitches its products as making personalized recommendations to users based on integrated analysis of data in email, calendar and CRM systems.
Jeff Lynn, who was chief people officer at Tribridge, has become president of the reseller's Microsoft Business this month. Lynn had held his previous title of chief people officer with the Tampa, Fla.-based Dynamics VAR since January 2014. As the first person to be a CPO at the VAR, his areas of responsibility included recruiting, human resources, the Tribridge Academy, and managing the company's senior regional directors.
Most resellers have spent recent years getting into Sage's X3 offering. France-based ProdWare has decided to get out of it. The company this week announced the sale, citing what it termed the software's "restrained platform development at the international level limited its deployment." The X3 practice had 28 employees and annual revenue of about $4.6 million. ProdWare continues to offer Sage 100 and 100, the products in the French market, along with payroll and HR packages.
There must be something in the nonprofit air. Last month, nonprofit software vendor, Abila, opened its online partner market place. This month, Blackbaud, the big boy on the NFP block, opened the Blackbaud Partner Marketplace, which it described as "the world's first online marketplace dedicated to the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, featuring products that extend and enhance Blackbaud solutions." I suppose that's a first because Blackbaud covers segments of the NFP market that Abila doesn't?