Microsoft has reached an agreement to buy FieldOne Systems, which markets field service management applications. Based in Mahwah, N.J., FieldOne had joined Microsoft's Strategic Global ISV Partner Program in March. The benefits are the same—FieldOne is built on Dynamics CRM and Microsoft was going to sell the acquired application anyway.
Industry veteran David Van Toor has joined Avalara as GM of EMEA Operations. Van Toor had been a consultant with the sales-and-use tax application provider from November 2013 through May. He was VP and managing director of Australasian operations with Epicor Software from 1992 through 2001. Van Toor then moved to Sage where he remained from 2001 through April 2009.
InterDyn BMI, itself acquired by Columbus this year, has seen its parent purchase Sherwood Systems. The recent deal moves Minneapolis, Minn.-based BMI into the Southwestern United States. Founded in 1990, Phoenix, Ariz.-based Sherwood carries Dynamics GP and CRM. It is also one of 40 Source Code authorized Great Plains Solution Developers. Its head, Lee Sherwood, retired following the deal.
Microsoft has named the Dynamics Inner Circle members for 2015 at its Worldwide Partner Conference. However, the company apparently has not posted a list of those or members of the President's Club, as it usually does. So names are emerging as individual companies issue press releases. U.S. winners that have tooted their horns include Blue Horsehoe, mcaConnect, Rand Group, Socius and Western Computer. First impressions: it's a heavily AX club.
Arlen Shenkman has been named as CFO of SAP North America. He was previously global head of SAP corporate development from January 2012 until accepting the new assignment. Before stepping up to the SVP role in corporate development, he was VP in the same area from May 2004 through January 201. Shenkman fills the spot left vacant by Rouven Bergmann, who joined Medidata as CFO in April.