Infor has named Jeffrey Laborde as CFO, the company said this week. He replaces Nicole Anasenes, who held the position from November 2013 through her last day on the job with this week's earnings conference call. The change was announced during the company's call reporting results for the 11-month-year ended April. CEO Charles Phillips said she would be moving into the world of entrepreneurial start ups. Laborde comes to the software giant from SumTotal Systems where he served as CFO starting in July 2012.
Infor has rolled out a micro-vertical program for its resellers that it had tested in the market. The company is signing up members of its network who wish to specialize. "We are looking at 20 to 24 verticals," says Michael Carrillo, the channel’s enablement director. Carrillo says so far, none of its VARs have applied to participate in the program in the same market. Infor is recognizing approved participants as microvertical specialized and they receive logos that can be utilized in marketing.
Sage is putting its faith its global products: Sage One, Life and X3. You may remember a few years ago, the anointed products were SageCRM, Sage 300 and X3. The success of the new troika in attracting new customers was named as one of the company's KPIs at the recent Capital Markets Day. At the event, CEO Steve Kelly said the company "lives and dies" with small and medium businesses. He also promised Sage will not force migration, although is working to trim it s portfolio.
Ian Vacin, a key member of the team on this continent, has left Xero for a start up called Balanced Labs, which has offices in San Francisco, Calif.. and Sydney, Australia. Vacin was VP of marketing and product from April 2012 until his recent departure. Rod Drury, CEO of New Zealand-based Xero, said, "Ian's working for a Xero add-on start up so still in the ecosystem. He made a fantastic contribution and we wish him well." Balanced Lab founders, CEO Stuart McLeod, and CTO John Freeman, founded PayCycle Australia, purchased by Xero in 2011.
Long active with accountants in its home country of the Netherlands, Exact is building applications for firms in the United States. First out this summer is Exact Online Accountant, whose relationship to Exact Online is similar to the way QuickBooks lets accountants see into their clients' files and collaborate with them. Accountants will also be able to earn certification in Exact Online, says David Lechleitner, a product marketing principal for the software company.