NetSuite has not announced it. But according to his LinkedIn page, Doug Kennedy, who was a key player in the Dynamics channel, has become VP of global systems integrators for the company. The page shows Kennedy joined in May and a search of the NetSuite press site reveals what my memory tells me—there's been no official announcement. This is quite a catch after Fred Studer, general manager for Microsoft Dynamics, joined NetSuite a few months ago as its chief marketing officer.
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting has acquired SureTax, a specialist in taxation in the telecommunications and utility markets. This is just the latest M&A action in what has been a very active market with players in indirect taxation, including Avalara and Sovos Compliance, picking up specialized products. "The primary focus to be able to serve our telecom clients and the telecom industry in a stronger and better way," says Karen Abramson, CEO of the Wolters Kluwer division.
A recent PR pitch sounded more promising that it is apparently is in talking about SAP's Business ByDesign. The approach starts out talking about the woe-beset package being put in the midmarket "where it is bound to thrive." It also talks about driving partner sales and its end-to-end enablement program that will provide a more "personalized approach to answering partner queries." This, it turns out, is a new portal that will provide a place for channel members to reach SAP experts and get questions answered.
Intuit says it has laid off 399 people. That compares to about 8,000 full-time employees it reported when its fiscal 2014 ended on July 31. The company said this week cuts were made across several business and functions. Affected employees will be given the opportunity to apply for jobs elsewhere in the company. A spokesperson said the company had made "organizational changes that drive greater alignment with the company's priorities".