Operations of new subsidiaries in Spain, England and the Netherlands pushed sales of Paris, France-based Prodware Group higher last year. The Dynamics reseller, which is getting exposure in this country, showed revenue for 2013 was about $244.8 million, an increase of 23.1 percent over 2012. The company will issue full 2013 results on March 20. Operations in the new countries reflect Prodware's acquisition of subsidiaries of the former Qurius, which left the market in financial distress. The result was that 48.5 percent of 2013 revenue came from outside France, compared to 29 percent in 2012.
A reseller at Microsoft Convergence this week exited the exhibit hall to discover three escalators heading down when he needed to go up. "How do I go up?" he asked a security person. "I don't know," was the reply. Perhaps there is a lesson there. Some very complicated things worked well at the eighteenth annual Convergence (buses, meals, onsite and remote registration). However, success came at the expense of small things, evidence of a show on the edge of being unmanageable.
Exact has introduced a new Premium Support program for Macola users. The introduction comes at a time when Exact is working to turn around the weak operations for its three American manufacturing packages. Premium Support comes in Silver and Gold levels which Exact says are differentiated by frequency of formal assessments, after-hours support availability and timeliness of problem resolution.
It only took only day this week for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to confirm what the technology press was saying – that former Skype CEO Tony Bates and former Great Plains executive Tami Reller, are leaving the company. People asked me this week why Reller is leaving and unless one of the parties decides to spell it out, we may never know. Bates' departure seems obvious. Reuters coverage said he was passed over for the CEO job. In a letter to Microsoft employees on March 1, Nadella wrote, "Tony Bates has decided this is the right time for him to look for his next opportunity."