SAP has started the SMB Solutions Group, a division focused on businesses with up to 500 employees. Headed by Dean Mansfield, the group is charged with driving SAP applications based on the company's Hana in-memory database technology into the SMB market. Mansfield also has responsibility for SAP Business One with that line remaining in the Global Partner Operations organization. He plans to accelerate the adoption of a B1 version of Hana and the cloud version of B1.
The award for Dynamics Reseller of the Year for the United States this year went to mcaConnect of Greenwood Village, Colo. The award was announced as Microsoft handed out honors to country winners at the Worldwide Partner Conference that was held this week. Headed by Claude Watson, mcaConnect also won the Dynamics Industry Award, publicized earlier this year. The vendor also unveiled the selection of its Inner Circle for 2014. Accounting firms did well this year with Armanino, BDO Canada, McGladrey and Sikich making the cut.
Dynamics Master VAR Socius has launched the Socius Partner Services ISV Program for its Sales Affiliates. The program enables affiliates to offer ISV products to their customers as well as being able to access to additional sales and technical resources. The program also offers what Socius termed "streamlined ISV-related administrative functions in the areas of quoting, ordering, and renewal services streamlined ISV-related administrative functions in the areas of quoting, ordering, and renewal services."
Plex, which makes on-line manufacturing applications, has named Tina Holm as vice president of partners and alliances. Holm is responsible for building and managing the Plex Partner Network. That network includes consulting firms that are involved in implementation and which Plex termed “customer-success-oriented.” This is a new position for the Troy, Mich.-based cloud company. Plex comes from Oracle where she had positions dealing with the channel and alliances starting in February 2003.