A number of trends suggest major problems for the future of Microsoft's long-running Convergence user conference. The fact 4,200 users attendance this week's Summit for Dynamics user groups in Reno, Nev., suggests users are voting with their feet after years of complaining about the decline in the value of Convergence sessions. That is up from 3,500 last year. Another is the potential ISV exhibitor revolt after last year Microsoft did a banner job in recruiting vendors for the show.
Craig Kampel has left his position as VP of sales and service of Sage MidMarket Solutions. Kampel took the job only a few months ago. Chief revenue officer Richard Spring said the company is looking for a replacement and thanked Kampel for his service. In the position, Kampel was responsible for managing Sage's MidMarket sales, training and professional services group for the United States.
Peter Wolf, owner of the Azamba Consulting Group has formed QuantaCRM to sell Dynamics CRM. Wolf says Azamba, based in Chicago has been the largest reseller of SageCRM for the last two years. Wolf says he has 17 people with resources being shared by the companies. "I love the strong Microsoft CRM message and I believe Dynamics CRM is positioned well for the SMB space," Wolf says.
Joe Bergera, who held key positions with Sage's CRM operations for almost seven years, has taken the job of CEO of Iteris. Iteris, based in Santa Ana, Calif., markets what it describes as "information solutions for the transportation and agriculture markets." After leaving Sage North America in March 2011, Bergera had an eight month stint with CCH before moving on to Roper Industries.
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