Avalara has introduced functionality into its AvaTax engine that can provide taxability data at the SKU or item level. The capability for the cloud-based system is based on pre-mapped Universal Product Codes, utilizing the sales tax database acquired with the company's purchase last year of UPC MatrixMaster. The new function was initially launched for Dynamics AX and NAV users this month. "Additional connectors will likely be added on an as-needed basis," says Mark Wilhelm, Avalara's director of program management for connectors.
Australian company UXC did not reveal the price paid for Tectura North America last year. However, during the six months ended December 31, it paid about $45.6 million for three acquisitions, including Tectura, including cash, deferred and contingent payments. At another point, UXC said it expects Tectura, now part of UXC Eclipse, to add about $43.3 million annually to North American operations. Overall, it was a "satisfactory" half with profits dropping 32 percent from a year earlier to roughly $7.4 million.
The launch of Sage 100 ERP 2014 reminds us that there are many ways to the cloud. Sage uses the phrase cloud-connected with the latest launch and given the number of companies who seem to want about everything but their accounting in the cloud, it's a reasonable approach. So the product integrates with Sage Inventory Advisor, Billing and Payment, Mobile Sales, Mobile Service and CRM. This is also a bit of a "Would you like fries with that?" approach.
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.