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KRAFTCPAS INVESTS IN AXIS Kraft CPAs has agreed to purchase an interest in Axis Accounting, a software reseller based in Nashville, which was named U.S. Partner of the Year for Epicor's Enterprise financial software line.

Axis, founded 10 years ago by Dallas Wilt, had $1.83 million in revenue for the year ended Dec. 31, 2004. The company also sells Microsoft's Dynamics GP and PFW by Sage, as well as the Abra and Dynamics GP HR lines. Wilt remains chairperson of the company.


Partner Insights

Navint Consulting has made the latest in a series of acquisitions this year with the purchase of the Solomon customer base from Advanced Data Systems.

The asset purchase by Andover, Mass.-based Navint includes 71 Solomon contracts from Bangor, Maine-based ADS. In April, Navint acquired Surrey Consulting, an Oracle Certified Partner, while in March it acquired Computerized Financial Systems, a New Hampshire-based MBS reseller.


BKD has elected Timothy T. Beranek of its St. Louis office as a partner. Beranek is part of the firm's BKD Technologies IT arm.

Beranek is certified in Sage Software's MAS 500, which the firm uses in addressing the manufacturing market. BKD Technologies also handles the MAS 90/200 and Abra lines from Sage, as well as Microsoft's Dynamics AX and Dynamics GP.


Business Technology Solutions has acquired GCM Technologies, the technology arm of accounting firm Gilliam Coble and Moser of Burlington, N.C.

Both technology groups sell Sage products. GCM had about 50 active MAS 90/200 clients and 200 BusinessWorks clients. BTS CEO Lissa Johnsen says that the GCM reselling staff was originally trained by her firm.


MYOB has named Terri Zeh Jacobson, owner of Resources for Small Business, as its MYOB Partner of the Year, for the second straight year.

Zeh Jacobson, a three-time winner, is based in Long Lake, Minn. MYOB, based in Rockaway, N.J., also named Peggi Sturm of Los Angeles-based Peggi Sturm & Associates as Sales Partner of the Year for the second time. Marilee Arnsen of Adeo Consulting Group, who moved to Chandler, Ariz., from Canada, was selected as Rookie of the Year.


Passport Software, whose accounting line is based on the RealWorld Classic Code, has acquired Superior Business Solutions, the developer of SBS 2000, a manufacturing software line.

Passport, based in Glenwood, Ill., said that the addition of the SBS line gives it a full suite of ERP applications for small and midsized businesses. Passport markets the PBS Financial, Distribution, and Manufacturing series.


Blackbaud Software has named Microsoft executive Marc Chardon as successor to CEO Robert Sywolski, who was scheduled to retire in March.

Chardon previously served as CFO of Microsoft's $11 billion Information Worker business. He took over as CEO and president of the Charleston, S.C.-based manufacturer of nonprofit accounting and fundraising software in November.


Columbus IT Partner, a Microsoft reseller based in Copenhagen, has acquired 2Increase, a Dutch software development company that was formed earlier this year by the former president of reseller Watermark.

Columbus IT will form a new ISV division, based on 2Increase, to develop vertical and horizontal applications for Dynamics AX. Columbus IT is responsible for developing a global retail trade application for Dynamics AX.

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