For this year's VAR Stars, the issue of keeping up with vertical demand while grappling with how quickly to move into the cloud - or how much demand there is for vertical and cloud products now that they have taken on these products - are replacing the recession's worry of where business might come from.
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The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog was once constant source of news. Started four years ago under Kevin Machayya, who kept at until he left the company three months ago, it was very active. The job was taken over by Peter Jensen, director of Dynamics U.S. partner programs, who started out promisingly enough. But since then, things have slowed down. The last post was a month ago about the Enterprise Sales & Marketing Excellence Workshop for AX VARs.
SWK Technologies has begun selling its EDI application, Mapadoc, outside of the United States. The fact was brought out this month by Mark Meller, CEO of SWK's parent, SilverSun Technologies at his presentation at the online RetailInvestorConferences.com. "Mapadoc, for the first time, is being sold internationally," he said. Meller did not provide the name of countries involved or other details about the initiative. However, this week the company said the application is being sold in Australia.
Avalara is readying a sales tax certification program for accountants. The Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based sales-and-use tax vendor likens the developing plan to the ProAdvisor program from Intuit. Ray Bigley, the company's VP of business and corporate development, notes "There will be a different levels of certification for sales tax by Avalara." The levels would start by providing talking points to accountants interested in learning about sales tax.