SAP said its sales machine worked across the world as revenue in all regions was up by double digits. That analysis came during this week's earnings webcast as the German software giant released its earnings for the first quarter ended March 31. Total revenue was $3.86 billion, a rise of 30 percent from $2.98 billion in last year's corresponding period. While cloud bookings were up 120 percent, good old-fashioned maintenance revenue had 17-percent growth, coming in at $2.45 billion for the most recently ended quarterly, up from the prior year's $2.1 billion.
Results for NetSuite's first quarter ended March 31 apparently put CEO Zach Nelson in a good mood. It was so good, he barely trashed the competition. He passed on SAP's announcement of its first-quarter results this week and was very kind in mentioning a win at a major H-P division a company that uses SAP. Whatever the reason, revenue rose to $164.8 million for the most recently ended period, an increase of 34 percent from slightly less than $123 million a year earlier. The loss of $22.7 million was only $480,000 higher than in last year's corresponding quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company lost 14 cents for every dollar of revenue, down from 18 cents. Non-GAAP net income was $9 million, more than double $4.4 million a year earlier.
The January acquisition of Interdyn BMI lifted results for Danish reseller Columbus for the first half ended March 31. The purchase of the Minneapolis, Minn.-based Dynamics VAR boosted Columbus' consulting business worldwide and had a significant impact on its operations in the United States. Worldwide, revenue rose 16 percent to about $35 million. EBIDTA for the most recently ended year was about $2 million, an increase of 9 percent over the year earlier half. Two months of BMI results were included, but by itself that boosted U.S. revenue by 88 percent over the prior year.