In 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.
The 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).
Sage 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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?