Results for the Prodware Group, a Microsoft and Sage reseller based in Paris, France, show net income rose for the year ended December 31 while revenue increase by 23 percent over 2012. Net income was roughly $10.6 million while revenue hit $243.6 million. This analysis is a little sketchy as the company's full results have been posted in French at www.prodware.fr. But the March 20 press release describing them is not yet available in English on the Prodware U.K. page, or by the English version of the company's main web site.
Microsoft has not used this phrase. But a number of the features coming with this year’s release of Dynamics AX running on the Azure platform (Dynamics AX 2012 R3) have the look of offerings from a Managed Service Provider. Microsoft is offering disaster recovery and automatic updates. The updates, according to Pepijn Richter, director of ERP product marketing, resemble the automatic updates from Office installations [Note: HP tech support told me to disable auto Windows updates because they screw up computers. They certainly did with mine].
PlanteMoran has agreed to provide implementation and consulting services for Epicor. The Southfield, Mich.-based accounting firm, which will not resell the software, has set up a team of ERP systems advisors and implementation specialists and will extend service to Epicor customers. It has hired John Lumpkin to lead the practice. Lumpkin was previously a senior management consultant at the Pragmatek Consulting Group from February 2011 until moving to the CPA firm. His LinkedIn page says he led a “complex $2.2 million, 1.5-year multi-site Epicor 9 implementation project”.
Columbus story of 2013 was its continued efforts to decrease its reliance on Microsoft products. And the Copenhagen, Denmark-based company noted this week its success in transforming itself into a consulting business that relies on sales of its own products, not of third-party products. Revenue for 2013 was flat as the sale of what it calls external software dropped by 32 percent over 2013 levels. As executives went though results of regions in an earnings webcast this week, the repeated theme was the drop in third-party revenue because of Microsoft's changes to its partner program.