Bill Kizer, who had served several Sage resellers as a sales manager, died this week after an 18-month battle of liver cancer. Kizer was probably better known as the founder of the LinkedIn group Sage Partners, Employees & Alumni Networking Group, which he started in May 2008 and which grew to more 8,500 members currently. Born in 1951, his active role in social media showed when his profile reached the 1 percent most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012.
Sage reseller C3 Technology has picked up Acumatica's cloud-based line. Based in Tulsa, Okla., CS is following the prevailing trend among Sage VARs, which is to pick up other product lines. Shawn Slavin, VP of implementation services, said in a prepared statement. The company's search begin a year ago when "We were looking for software that could replace our current offering of a legacy Windows-based ERP product."
A year ago, I posted a story that Sage would have more frequent updates of Sage 50, the old Peachtree—actually that was in April 2013. The past practice had been to have one major introduction of Peachtree in the spring, numbered for the upcoming year. So in spring 2013, the 2014 edition was released with three different press releases published about different Sage 50 versions, including manufacturing, construction and distribution. Well, there have been no official announcements of the more frequent updates that I can find and nothing in the press section about Sage 50 2015.
Xero has issued a press release that it has topped $100 million Australian in annualized revenue. That's based on the monthly subscription rate for May and shows Xero trending up around 42 percent from the actual revenue reported for the year ended March 31. Other than demonstrating the importance we attach to the base 10 numbering system (100 is ten 10s, right?), it triggered a thought that has been rolling about for some time. (It's about $93 million U.S.) In earnings webcast, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson points out how few financial midmarket cloud companies exist.