The Eighteenth Microsoft Convergence features a phenomenon not seen in several years—the four major sales tax vendors had exhibits. Avalara and CCH have not missed a show with their booths, although the size and location of the CCH presence has fluctuated widely. This year, Vertex and Taxware were on the Convergence floor for the first time in a long time. CCH also had a bit of a change with its new booth which emphasizes the company as a unit of Wolters Kluwer.
A very active discussion has been under way about Sage's pricing for this year's Summit, its combo channel and reseller program. Fees for attendees have been sliced while exhibitors face a roughly 15 percent increase in the cost of being on the show floor. As discussed on the Sage Partners, Employees & Alumni Networking Group on LInkedIn, the question revolves around the quality of last year's show and the Sage's ability to attract more people.
Aktion Associates, a reselling and consulting firm based in Maumee, Ohio, has acquired Softcare Computer Consulting Co. Aktion says the deal makes it one of the largest Infor Wholesale Distribution Business Partners in the United States. All field sales and service personnel of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based SCCC have joined Aktion as of the end of February and both the Maumee and Pittsburgh offices will be maintained.
Operations of new subsidiaries in Spain, England and the Netherlands pushed sales of Paris, France-based Prodware Group higher last year. The Dynamics reseller, which is getting exposure in this country, showed revenue for 2013 was about $244.8 million, an increase of 23.1 percent over 2012. The company will issue full 2013 results on March 20. Operations in the new countries reflect Prodware's acquisition of subsidiaries of the former Qurius, which left the market in financial distress. The result was that 48.5 percent of 2013 revenue came from outside France, compared to 29 percent in 2012.