There's nothing new about the thought that Apple has done well with mobile devices. But sometimes seeing it displayed in day-to-day life is still jarring. For example, during one keynote presentation at Sage Summit there was one MacBook and at least one iPad used during stage demonstrations. Five years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that the day would come with Apple products would make it into that arena.
Sage 100 had 13-percent year-over-year growth for the last year. The number was provided by Joe Langner, EVP of mid-market solutions. Langner gave those numbers, not reported in the Sage financial statements, and others during a briefing at the Sage Summit conference in Washington D.C. The number matches the 13-percent Dynamics growth that Microsoft reported for the year ended June 30. Neither company releases actual revenue for the product sales.
The minds that brought you the Acumatica Twins have now added a couple of Misses. Those are Miss Cloud ERP and Miss ERP Freedom who showed up at the sports bar at The Gaylord National during the first night of the Sage Summit conference. And so Acumatica continues its guerrilla marketing at competitors' events and whatever the other vendors think at least it's nice to have someone making the accounting software world more interesting.
Avalara has begun a program to enlist payroll providers to sell its sales-and-use-tax software. This is in addition to programs to sign middle-market accounting software VARs and programs operated through vendors such as Sage North American. The payroll companies view sales tax issues as "an extension of compliance," says Pat Falle, SVP of sales for the Bainbridge Island, Wash.-vendor.