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MICROSOFT TO PRICE HOSTED CRM Microsoft is introducing subscription pricing with next year's launch of Microsoft CRM 3.0 for those who use the application in hosted form.

We have always supported hosting, says Brad Wilson, the product's general manager. But we didn't really have a monthly payment model for the licensing. Pricing has not been set. Microsoft CRM is priced at $849 per user, including two years; maintenance and support.

SAGE EXTENDS SSAN

Partner Insights

Sage Software has extended the Sage Software Accountants Network (formerly the Best Software Accountants Network) to provide the Accpac and Timberline software libraries to members.

Sage also said that First Research and iLumen have joined the program as Value Partners. First Research can provide a variety of research services to participants. Accountant members will be able to access financial monitoring and benchmarking services through iLumen.

EXACT TO IMPORT GLOBE

Exact Software plans a fall American roll out for its Globe enterprise resource management system, a product that is currently available in the rest of the world.

Exact began showing the software in the last month. It includes multi-currency capability and a project manager, and integrates with the company's e-Synergy CRM system.

SYSPRO EMBEDS CRYSTAL

Syspro has agreed with Business Objects to embed Crystal Reports XI into Syspro's financial and manufacturing software.

Syspro, whose U.S. operations are based in Costa Mesa, Calif., has previously been able to utilize Crystal Reports with its packages, but the report writer was accessed through Microsoft SQL or ODBC. Customers, who now get out-of-the-box access, can customize any Syspro standard report.

EXACT PICKS CFO

Exact Holding, whose subsidiary Exact Software markets the Macola line, has named Ed Kraaijenzank as CFO, replacing a prior candidate who decided he did not want the job.

Kraaijenzank was expected to take over the top financial spot of the company, based in Delft, the Netherlands, after a shareholder meeting that was scheduled to be held last month. The nomination was made by Rajesh Patel, who just took over as CEO.

EPICOR PUSHES POS

Epicor Software, based in Irvine, Calif., has launched Epicor for Retail, a retail sale system for mid-market companies that includes the Epicor Enterprise POS module.

The point-of-sale system can serve multi-site, high-transaction businesses, as well as smaller companies. POS connects directly with the Epicor Enterprise so that transactions are transferred directly into the financial and supply chain applications.

SAGE BUYS SPANISH COMPANY

Sage Group, the British parent of Sage Software, has acquired Logic Control, a Spanish software maker, for about $96.5 million.

The deal represents Sage's third acquisition in Europe this year. It entered the Spanish market with the purchase of Grupo SP in 2003.

SERENIC SALES SOAR

Losses for Serenic, which makes nonprofit software for the Navision market, dropped by 40 percent for the year ended Feb. 28 as revenue increased more than two-and-a-half times.

The Edmonton, Alberta-based company saw its loss drop to $285,000 from $471,000 a year earlier. Revenue for fiscal 2005 was $3.4 million, up from $1.3 million a year earlier.

TECTURA'S BIG BUYS

Company Annual Revenue Market

Aston Business Solutions $64 million Europe/United States

Cosmo Consult $26 million Germany

Enterprise Solutions Group $16 million Far East

Tectura's purchase of Enterprise Solutions Group, which operates in the Far East, was one of three purchases that significantly expanded its international operations.

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