Sage Summit 2013: That Was Then, This Is Now

August 8th, 2013

I’m a bit behind in getting my wrap up and thoughts on Sage Summit–Sage’s annual event for business partners and customers–together. But better late than never! As you can see in the related links at the end of this post, … Continue reading

Sage Streamlining Takes a Major Turn With the Sale of ACT! and SalesLogix

February 19th, 2013

Last week, The Sage Group announced that it is selling its Sage Act! contact manager and SalesLogix CRM to Swiftpage. Swiftpage is a U.S. based digital marketing software vendor and has been a Sage partner supplying Sage E-Marketing as a … Continue reading

Sage Summit 2011: Tackling the Sage NA Branding Challenge

July 26th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Sage Summit 2011, Sage’s first combination partner and customer event. I’ve been attending Sage partner, customer and analyst events for several years, observing and commenting on its ongoing attempts to unify it’s corporate … Continue reading

What Are Integrated Payment Solutions and Why Should You Care?

February 8th, 2011

(Originally published January 30, 2011 in Small Business Computing) What are Integrated Payments Solutions? Integrated payment solutions are tools that your business can use to integrate accounting, customer relationship management (CRM) and other business applications with payments processing. By integrating … Continue reading

What is Mobile Commerce, and Why Should You Care?

September 20th, 2010

(Originally published September 13, 2010 in Small Business Computing) What is Mobile Commerce? Mobile commerce (also known as mobile ecommerce, m-commerce and other variations) consists of two primary components. The first is the ability to use a wireless phone or … Continue reading

Will the Appliance Approach Gain Traction in the Wake of Recent Cloud Outages?

June 17th, 2010

This week’s service outage at Intuit is fueling a new round of speculation about the dark side of cloud computing–and whether businesses can depend on cloud-based services to run their businesses. Intuit’s problems come on the heels of other service … Continue reading

What is Hybrid Computing, and Why Should You Care?

June 10th, 2010

(Originally published on June 9, 2010, in Small Business Computing) What is Hybrid Computing? A hybrid computing platform lets customers connect the packaged small business software applications that they run on their own internal desktops or servers to applications that … Continue reading

Acumatica’s Best of Both Worlds ERP Story

April 24th, 2010

Just want to let you know that we are publishing highlights from recent vendor briefings on the SMB Group web site. As time permits, we discuss our takeaways from the more interesting briefings. I’ll try to remember to post them … Continue reading

NetSuite’s SP 100 Program: An Offer VARs Can’t Refuse?

March 2nd, 2010

In a bold move to get traditional value-added resellers(VARs) off the SaaS fence, NetSuite announced its new Solution Provider (SP) 100 Program, which gives business application VARs 100% margin on the first year of license subscriptions they sell. The program … Continue reading

What’s a Business App Appliance, and Why Should You Care?

August 6th, 2009

(Originally published June 18, 2009 in Small Business Computing) Technology insiders tend to throw around technical terms and business jargon, assuming people outside the industry understand what it all means. By its nature, technology vocabulary is often confusing and complicated, and … Continue reading