When discussing results for the year ended September 30, Stephen Kelly, CEO of the Sage Group, said almost 40 percent of the company's top 100 employees had been replaced. That shuffling continues as Sage's focus on operating as a global company—not country-by-country—is being shown by the continued appointment of staffers to global positions. Among those elevated in December was Sally Swoboda, who had been senior business analyst for X3, and who became global distribution product manager for the manufacturing package.
SAP Canada has hired John Graham as managing director. Graham replaces Bob Elliott, who became SVP of global sales for HootSuite in November. Elliott started at SAP in October 2007 and held the Canadian position from May 2013 until his departure. Graham has spent 14 years at SAP and was most recently head of the Global Partner Organization for SAP North America with, responsibility for managing strategic alliance partners, channel resellers, third-party partners, OEM partners, distribution, inside sales and managed cloud as a service. Graham also served as COO of SAP North America.
AlfaPeople, a Dynamics AX reseller, has sold its IT Service Management division to Gatineau, Quebec-based Provance. The deal transfers AlfaPeople's ITSM software, licensees and supporting personnel and other assets to Provance in exchange for equity. Provance will focus on software including IT Asset Management, on Microsoft platforms. The AlpaPeople and Provance products will be sold individually and packaged collections and be developed, supported and sold by the new merged entity under the Provance name.
Open Systems has acquired SouthWare Innovations, a financial software provider based in Auburn, Ala. No terms were disclosed as both companies are privately held. SouthWare was been around for a while—it was formed in 1984 by Jim Clemens, who has been its CEO since then. Open Systems, based in the Minneapolis, Minn., area, says SouthWare will continue to enhance its software and also market its software products.
Abila has named Bethany Little to the position of VP of client services. Little joins the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit software vendor after serving as VP of customer success for HotSchedules from May 2014 through this month. She takes over a position previously held by Cooper Caywood, who had joined the nonprofit software company in March 2014.