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SilverSun Technologies Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire ESC Software

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SilverSun Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: SSNT) (OTCQB: SSNT) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, SWK Technologies, Inc., a national provider of transformational business technology solutions and services, has signed a letter of intent to acquire ESC Software, a leading Arizona-based reseller of Sage Software and Acumatica applications. Founded in 2000, ESC has implemented technology solutions at prominent companies throughout the Southwest.

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Sage North America Revamps, Adds Fourth Knowledgebase

Sage today announces the addition of  their fourth and final mid-market support knowledgebase. Acknowledging that  prior online support databases had fallen short of their potential Sage officials noted that the new knowledgebase would be mobile, easy to use and feature a user interface familiar to most of their channel partners. [Read more...]

Sage Estimates 5,000 Will Attend Summit 2014

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Sage North America have begun mailing some prior conference sponsors with information about exhibiting at their upcoming Sage Summit 2014 event to be held July 28-31, 2014 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2014 prospectus reveals several things.  [Read more...]

Sage EVP Marketing Gabie Boko Talks Branding

 

Sage North America EVP Marketing Gabie Boko talks about some of the steps Sage is taking to expand upon their branding to a new era of customer.

Power BI – Another Step Toward Microsoft As Mostly An Enterprise Company

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According to an article in The New York Times Microsoft has set a goal to bring Business Intelligence to one billion users. Presumably this is going to occur with their Power BI tool which begins rolling out today according to the same article.  The new Power BI is clearly aimed at the enterprise market (as evidenced by the confusing list of pricing and prerequisites shown above).  Supposedly this is Satya Nadella’s last big project before assuming the CEO role at Microsoft.

Power BI offers ways to move all kinds of data into and out of Excel’s rows and columns, both from corporate databases and from other data sources that Microsoft has gathered by crawling the web, and ways to clean it up so the numbers can work reliably. Public data is stored in Azure, which also serves as a link to proprietary data that corporate customers can look up from the field.

Microsoft is known for software whose primary purpose is to “sell the stack”.  In other words to use one additional new piece of Microsoft software there are one ore more prior pieces of Microsoft software or technology which must be used. This works great in the enterprise where most companies are already paying the heavy annual Microsoft tax for maintenance and support plans.  I’m not sure it plays so well in consumer land — or that Microsoft will ever be able to keep up with competitors in consumer.

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HP Introduces Hardware As A Service – Subscribers For Life

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Have you been enjoying an era where maintenance  on hardware were optional extras? If HP has their way that era will soon come crashing down. A new blog post oddly-titled “Customers for life” explains that enterprise owners of HP ProLiant servers must now pony up for maintenance once their warranty expires if they need future firmware updates.  Perhaps some companies will take their chances and skip the warranty but I bet more will pay out of fear that major hardware firmware issues could cause security issue.

Or maybe a better idea is just to skip the HP line and buy from hardware companies who don’t require that you pay to receive patches for problems discovered in the hardware they sold you?

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Sage Launches Revamped North American Website

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Sage North America on Thursday revealed a surprising website re-design. This comes on the heels of a fairly recent  re-design that occurred in late 2012 as part of the  North America product re-branding.  [Read more...]

Certified Implementation Partner Program

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I must admit to scratching my head just a little bit over what the differences were between the Independent Sage Certified Consultant Program and the newly announced Certified Implementation Partner Program (aka CIP).  I think there are two reasons for CIP. Both would be brilliant moves by Sage. [Read more...]

Here’s What We Know So Far About Sage Summit 2014 – Vegas Edition

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Quite a few people have been asking about Sage Summit 2014. The Sage Summit 2014 $99 early registration for customers ended January 15, 2014 and since then Sage have been silent about when registration would open for VARS and even exhibitors. Here’s what we have learned.  [Read more...]