The numbers are less interesting the counterprogramming. This week, Xero said during its Xerocon conference in Denver it has reached 500,000 subscribers. But the next day, Intuit released its announcement that it had 1 million subscribers for QuickBooks Online. There was no surprise in that—I pointed out in an article based on the 965,000 for April 30, the end of the last quarter, that it was highly unlikely QBO would not cross the threshold.
Xero will build tax rates integration to work with Avalara's AvaTax system, the companies said at this week's Xerocon conference. That will enable Xero users to have access to regular updates of changes in tax rates and tax boundaries and let them calculate sales tax rates in invoices. Avalara also plans to integrate its TrustFile tax return software with Xero.
SugarCRM has created SugarExchange, an online store for applications and integration software products developed by the company's partners. GitHub is also hosting SugarCE-AddOns, a repository where users of Sugar Community Edition software can find add-ons and extensions. Clint Oram, co-founder and chief technology officer of SugarCRM, noted that with Sugar 7 the company began separating its Commercial and Community editions.
Unit4 has named Erik Tiden as chief technology officer. Tiden was previously GM for the global Microsoft Dynamics' cloud and on-premise business for small and medium-sized businesses from September 2012 through May 2015. Before that, he was VP of engineering, business solutions at Hewlett Packard from July 2011 through August 2012. He held several executive positions earlier at SAP where he worked for slightly more than 10 years. His last position there was as SVP and global head of custom development.