Sage is trumpeting double-digit growth in many product lines in a mailing for Sage Summit. This comes as reports of conference attendance vary from 4,500 currently to an expected crowd of 5,000. Presumably product numbers are for the United States, especially the 34-percent growth year-over-year for X3 and X3 upgrade license growth of 58 percent. In its official statistics for the first half ended March 31, Sage reported 7 percent growth in that product worldwide, with the product up 22 percent outside of France.
Exact has launched four mobile applications for users of its Synergy CRM application. The products are available now for free on iTunes for the iPad are expected to be available during the summer for Android users. They work with product update 252. The new apps include the CRM App, which provides customer data to field sales employees. Users can decide which information is standard on their personal dashboards and they can lick directly from the calendar to customer information.
There's a lot of speculation about Microsoft's recent agreement to connect Salesforce.com's CRM application to Microsoft Office and Windows. The result is to be Salesforce for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 with a preview planned for the fall and general availability next year. The other offspring of this deal is to be Salesforce for Office 365. There are also plans for a new Salesforce App for Outlook. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described the deal as helping "customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world."
Infor has hired Matt Breslin to lead sales of Infor's Platform Technologies and Lisa Pope to lead sales of the company's CloudSuite. Both were hired as SVPs reporting to president Stephen Scholl. Previously VP of platform and analytics for SAP, Breslin is responsible for sales of the technology stack, including Infor's ION middleware, Ming.le social collaboration platform and Analytics. Pope was previously SVP at QAD and besides leading efforts in cloud and SaaS products she is also responsible for the Upgrade X program.