Microsoft is going on an eight-city tour between January 29 and March 3 on what it terms the Now & Next Tour. The jaunt is designed to show the 60 new features in the combined Service Pack 1 and 2 releases of Dynamics GP, along with the new Business Analyzer App. That's the Now part. The Next segment involves discussion of "the current and future direction of Microsoft Dynamics GP." (Is Microsoft suggesting there might be a change?).
Chris Brunelli has been named VP of sales for RedTail Solutions, a position that has not been filled for several years. Brunelli, director of sales and business development from August 2007 until his promotion, said there had not been enough sales reps to justify the position. However, growth at the Westborough, Mass.-based third-party software company made the position viable. The company markets RedTail EDI integrates with many of the major mid-market accounting products.
The Sage Group, parent of Sage North America, says that its business in the Western Hemisphere, continued in the first quarter ended December 31. "The Americas maintained the strong performance reported in 2013," the company stated in a trading update. Trading updates generally do not provide figures of earnings and revenue and this one didn't. Sage also cited the migration of customers to premium support as a factor in the good business in North America, along with "the traction achieved by Sage ERP X3."
CRM vendor Swiftpage has named April Mirabella as SVP of sales for Act North America. Based in Denver Colo. Swiftpage is the company that acquired Act and Saleslogix from Sage North America last year. Mirabella's duties include focusing "heavily on growing the existing Act! customer base as well as introducing and gaining traction with future Act! SaaS offerings." I would assume that since Act was a product on its way out at Sage that growing the customer base aggressively was not one of the priorities.