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 EVP Gabrielle Boko To Speak At Domopalooza

domo_sage Gabrielle Boko, executive vice president of marketing for Sage North America, a leading provider of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses, will join the Domopalooza  mainstage. During this session Boko will share her expert insights on how to efficiently and effectively create a metrics-driven culture.
Boko will talk about Sage’s global transformation to a metrics-driven culture presumably through the use of Domo’s solutions.

Sage Summit 2015 Will Be “Global”

Inspire Tour Cancellation

Yesterday’s notification from Sage that certain of their remaining Inspire Tour meetings had been cancelled also disclosed  new information about their upcoming Sage Summit 2015.

From the email sent to select participants:

…this year it’s going to be Sage’s biggest event ever! We’re going Global and it’s going to be amazing! With Sage Summit 2015, you will have a fantastic opportunity to connect in person with amazing entrepreneurs who power the economy, create jobs and help countries prosper. Imagine our customers, prospects, partners, and the entire Sage ecosystem from around the world — all together at one single, dynamic event, which will be bigger, better and more inspiring than ever before..

Based on this description we expect to see more products and offerings from around the world spotlighted at Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans on July 27-30, 2015.

FilmTrack Partners With Intacct On Integrated Contract and Rights Management Platform

Filmtrack_IntacctNews today that cloud ERP provider Intacct and media contract and rights management provider FilmTrack have put each of their systems together to create an integrated contract and rRights management platform.

FilmTrack’s contract and rights management platform is already used by more than 200 companies globally.
Intacct provides cloud-based financial management and accounting software.

MarVista Entertainment was one of the first to adopt the system, the two companies reported.

In a statement, MarVista Entertainment VP of strategy and business development Tony Vassiliadis, noted that after two years of rapid growth, where they doubled in size, “we needed a scalable system, adapted to the nuances of the entertainment industry, to manage our sales and automate the flow of information between departments. The integrated FilmTrack/Intacct solution enables us to seamlessly track our titles from start to finish–or from development and production, sales and distribution to financial reporting and accounting.”


Did The Sage Inspire Tour Run Out Of Gas? UPDATE: Yes.

Sage Inspire 2015

Sage once again set out on an ambitious 14 city tour to meet with customers across the country which began in November 2014 and was slated to end in May 2015 with a total of 14 stops. The Sage Inspire Tour 2015 agenda included product roadmap sessions for Sage 100 ERP, 300 ERP and 500 ERP as well as numerous sessions on integrated solutions.

Sage Summit was just the beginning! This time, the Sage team is coming to you. You’re the rockstar and we can’t wait to meet you, so we’re hitting the road to bring you inspiration year-round. So get your team out of the office, get inspired, and let’s blow the doors off your expectations.

We’re not here to talk business fantasy. You have real-world business challenges, and our experts are ready to dive in and share ideas about workable solutions.


Presently the Sage Inspire website is displaying only 10 days of the tour (14 were originally scheduled and had been displayed as late as the  March 2015 channel newsletter to partners). Two sources tell me the remaining 4 have been cancelled. A partner scheduled to attend one of the reportedly cancelled events  (with customers) says they have not been notified of any cancellation as of yet.
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Microsoft ERP Customer Counts – 2015

microsoft_ERP_CRMUpdated customer numbers via Jim Desler, Director, Corporate Communications at Microsoft. These were reportedly shared at Microsoft Convergence 2015.

According to the customer count shared by Microsoft the company’s fastest grower is Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) with 7.8% and the slowest grower is Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon).

Actual numbers for 2015 Microsoft Dynamics CRM were not provided other than the 2015 customer count was over 40,000.

Microsoft’s top growers were AX (fka Axapta) and NAV (fka Navision) , both global products. The North American centric products – GP (fka Great Plains) and SL (fka Solomon)  – appear stagnant.

There’s no information provided about whether  company counts are for active maintenance paying licenses or some other metric used by Microsoft.




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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Sage CEO Stephen Kelly Posts First Blog

Sage’s new CEO Stephen Kelly has posted his first blog article titled “Is your mobile friend or foe”.

Nothing groundbreaking except it’s the first time we’ve seen a Sage CEO blog.

Stephen’s Blog

Let Me Know A Time We Can Talk In The Next Few Days

Where do they teach these dumb sales tactics?

Has anyone ever responded to an email spam request and immediately contacted the sender to announce a good time to talk in the next few days?