EC Solutions was chosen Top Reseller Partner for Epicor in the Americas. The Laval, Quebec-based organization was founded in 2004 and is a fairly typical VAR in that its web page says nothing about the people who run it. But a couple of Google searches show that André Paquet, VP of sales and marketing, is one of the co-owners. (Violating one of Taylor Macdonald's prime directives which is that VARs are selling themselves, not the product. But they seem to be doing well).
ERP Guru, NetSuite's top reseller in 2012, has hired Geri-Lynn Kushneryk. A Chartered Accountant, Kushneryk has experience in venture capital, turnaround and restructuring of technology firms, as well as in operations and project financing. She replaces Gareth Sargeant. In a prepared statement, she said she is looking for to "helping the company maximize its numerous growth opportunities." And her LinkedIn page reflects a career that features experience in a wide range of investment and growth strategies.
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.