Epicor Software has won a motion to name four employees of Alternative Technology Solutions as defendants in a suit over copyright and intellectual property infringement. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved adding were Vivian Keena, CEO and Co-owner, and Donna Barnett, CTO and Co-owner, and employees, Ned Cleary and Mark Stuvetraa, as individual defendants. Epicor is seeking actual and punitive damages from Alternative. Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., ATS is a consulting firm that specializes in serving Epicor customers and most of its management worked at Epicor.
Intacct has created a new level for its reseller program to reward the top players in its channel. The initial members of the program are AcctTwo, Armanino, Brittenford Systems, BTerrell Group, CliftonLarsonAllen, JMT Consulting, LBMC Technologies and Massey Consulting. Those chosen are reviewed annually to make sure they maintain the program’s standards. Benefits include a dedicated Intacct executive sponsor, collaborative sessions with Intacct’s product management team and additional engagements with the Intacct professional services team.
Taxware, which markets sales and value-added tax products, has acquired Convey Compliance Systems, a third-party filer of 1099s. Both were portfolio companies of Vista Equity Partners. The official description from the press release issued by Burlington, Mass.-based Taxware quotes Taxware CEO Andy Hovancik as follows: “Our company is now capable of expertly monitoring extensive and complex regulatory environments, developing and dynamically updating tax content, integrating with disparate enterprise applications, efficiently translating and storing data in a single relevant repository for reporting and reconciliation, and streamlining all facets of compliance reporting.”
Time to catch up with Kaseya, which makes IT management software. Last month, the company hired Maribeth Bearfield as EVP of human resources and Michael Pellini as general council. Pellini’s background is particularly interesting as he was deputy general council for six years at Unica Corp., He helped take that company public before it was then purchased by IBM and he remained there another three years. When I see companies building exec teams and adding someone with experience in the IPO process, it catches my attention.