BlumShapiro Sells off Sage 100 Customers in Connecticut

blumConsultingIn an announcement circulating today Connecticut based CPA firm BlumShapiro announced that they’ve sold their Sage 100 customer base to another consulting firm.

BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England with offices in West Hartford CT, Shelton CT, Boston MA, Quincy MA, Newton MA, and Providence RI.

The industry has changed, and the demands of the market are pushing all sectors to specialization. “We felt that this is the right time and the right partner to which to transition our client base”, according to Jim Clarkson, Consulting Partner for BlumShapiro Consulting, LLC.

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Enterprise Software Podcast #25: Microsoft Never Sells Off A Product, Possible Salesforce Deal More Scary Than Dynamics Reorganization

Enterprise Software Podcast LogoAnother edition of the Enterprise Software Podcast has been posted. For this episode hosts Bob McAdam, Todd McDaniel and Darcy Boerio chat with Dynamics GP consultant Mark Polino  and Hal Howard about  recent changes at Microsoft – and more specifically the impact on the Microsoft Dynamics and CRM product lines.

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Sage Capital Markets Day – 6/24/15 – Replay Now Available

Sage_Capital_Markets_Day_ReplayThe entire 3.5 hour recording of yesterday’s Sage Capital Markets meeting is now available online. This event was aimed at UK analysts though a significant update was provided on Sage’s global product strategy as well as some KPI metrics for sales of Sage One, Sage Life and Sage X3 (Sage’s announced three go-forward global products).

You can view our analysis and summary of Sage Capital Markets Day 2015 or visit and watch the recording.

Five Weeks Until Sage Summit: $99 Registration Discount, 7,500 people plus Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra

With 5 weeks until Sage Summit 2015 there are some updated attendance numbers from Sage. According to a channel mailing expect 7,500 people in addition to 150 exhibitors at Sage’s conference.

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Pay For Award? 90 Minds Consulting Group shortlisted for 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers 2015

Too bad the non-profit 90 Minds is not a Microsoft Solution Provider. I am curious how this non-profit trade association was “shortlisted”. I guess for $3,000 we could find out.

Here’s the complete email sent announcing the group having been “shortlisted based on merit”.


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Sage Announces Salesforce Deal

towel_throwSage this morning announcing an agreement with Salesforce (a) whereby colleagues across Sage will use Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform and (b) Sage will undertake development work on the Salesforce1 platform to extend its capability in delivering cloud solutions to the small and medium-sized companies market.

This is all well and good though the unanswered question is what happens, if anything, with the company’s own Sage CRM product which had been anointed a global CRM solution amongst all the Sage products.

Seems as if reselling Sage CRM might be a tougher proposition seeing as Sage has issued a press release touting  adoption of a competing CRM.

So far as I’m aware this wasn’t fully discussed in Dublin at the Sage CRM Bootcamp which just wrapped early last week.

Developing. I’m sure more to come.

The Transformation Of Microsoft Convergence: 2015+ Event To Target BDM

Word from the Enterprise Software Podcast that Microsoft Convergence 2015 will target BDM (aka Business Decision Makers). As explained on a recent group call to exhibitors Microsoft will be pulling in “the stack” of products (think Azure, Office, Office 365) and targeting the decision making end users.

This will apparently be the last Convergence with “deep technical content”. Future Convergence events will become “Microsoft Business Events”.  One of the keynotes this year is Seth Godin.



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QuickBooks App For Mac – Eventual Heir To QuickBooks For Mac?


Intuit pushed out a press release today announcing “availability of the new QuickBooks app for Mac, a brand new app designed for the Mac OS that brings the power and benefits of the QuickBooks Online ecosystem to Mac users“.

Is this an early indicator that QuickBooks for Mac is slated for retirement? Nothing in the press release indicates that this is so – except that the product landing page for QuickBooks App for Mac suggests that it’s an upgrade from QuickBooks 2014 for Mac.

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SilverSun Technologies Aims For $50 Million Within 18 Months

Watch for continued merger and acquisition activity from SilverSun Technologies – a company whose primary asset is Sage partner SWK Technologies.

In a letter to shareholders released today , Chairman, President and CEO Mark Meller summarizes the past year’s financial results as well as outlines plans for the company to grow from $18 million in size to “more than $50 million in the next 18 months”.

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CIOReview: Automated Email Marketing Gone Wrong



I’m somehow stuck in autoresponder land receiving emails from someone claiming to be Steve Miller from CIO Review. Oddly enough he has identified our non-profit 90 Minds Group as a potential candidate for the Microsoft Solution Providers 100.

Too bad 90 Minds is made up almost exclusively of Sage partners. A perfect example of scraping the web for email addresses – gone bad. Did I mention that a nominal sponsorship fee of $3,000 is also being requested?

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