Never shy about labeling its competitors as stone age or pre-Internet, NetSuite has taken the battle to its advertising. The San Mateo, Calif.-based cloud software vendor is trashing SAP, one of its favorite targets, in an ad in the Wall Street Journal. The full-page promotion features a faux text conversation about an SAP implementation on the screen of a mobile device. Here’s the conversation: “Why is it taking so long to get our ERP up and running?” “It’s SAP. What can I do?” “You’re tired.”
In a broad presentation of new products and discussion of strategy, Intuit executives this week outlined plans to dominate their markets; that’s even more than they now do in consumer and professional tax software and low-cost accounting. CEO Brad Smith pledged “to allow no U.S. beachhead” in accounting software in remarks made during this week’s Investor’s day. Smith made that comment – obviously aimed at Xero – after noting the introduction of wholesale QuickBooks pricing for Pro Advisor.
SAP has named a new general manager for its much-maligned Business ByDesign. And the company says cloud product sales will rely more on channel distribution than previously. This is the most information we have heard about the latest reincarnation of ByD in several months. New GM and SVP Michael Schmitt said in a video he will bring together all teams that are relevant to ByD. Schmitt also posted comments in an SAP blog.
The LinkedIn page description by Rob Kirkey, who had run operations of Pronto Software in North America tells the story: “Senior Sales & Marketing Executive Looking For A New Opportunity.” The details are that Pronto VP Kirkey, who took over the position in January 2013, left in August this year. Well, we hadn’t heard much about Irving, Texas-based Pronto Software, which was created in 2012 to run things on this continent.