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MBS SITE RENAMED The name of the Web site for Microsoft Business Solutions has been changed to reflect the name of the company's Dynamics product line.

No official announcement was made, according to a Microsoft spokesperson. However, the page, www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions, is now labeled the Microsoft Dynamics page. This follows on the fall's renaming of Microsoft's financial software line under the Dynamics brand. The company said that it typically doesn't brand its divisions and that MBS had been an exception, until now.

The site can be reached at www.microsoft.com/dynamics.

Partner Insights

SAGE HIRES GRASS

Sage Software has hired Karl Grass, a former Intuit vice president, as vice president and general manager for its Abra and Sage Payroll Services.

Grass will report to Ray Jimison, senior vice president and general manager of Specialized Business Solutions. Grass was previously vice president and general manager of Intuit Professional Tax Group in Dallas.

ACCOUNTMATE PROMOTES DEROSAAccountMate Software, a Novato, Calif.-based accounting software company, has promoted Donna DeRosa to the position of vice president of corporate communications.

DeRosa was previously director of product marketing, and continues to be responsible for managing marketing activities, product management, and press relations.

EVEREST CREATES CTO JOB

Everest Software, a Dulles, Va.-based accounting software vendor formerly known as Icode, has named Ali Jani as its chief technology officer.

Jani takes over the job after serving as senior vice president of product development. He was a cofounder of Everest Software in 1994, and of Accel before that.

OPEN SYSTEM PLANS CONFAB

Open Systems has scheduled the accounting software company's first-ever user conference.

The conference will be held on September 21 and 22 at the Marriott City Center, Minneapolis. The company's reseller conference is scheduled to be held at the same location from June 13 to 19.

SAGE ADDS IRISH CRM SITE

The Sage Group has opened an application hosting center in Dublin, Ireland, as part of its development of a global strategy for customer relationship management software.

The new facility was partially funded by the Irish government's Industrial Development Agency, and will provide hosted CRM services to small and midsized businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

COUGAR OFFERS LEASING

Cougar Mountain Software, an accounting software vendor based in Boise, Idaho, has started a leasing program, offered through the Lease Corporation of America.

The company is offering a 12-month lease for Cougar applications, which lets users own the package for a dollar at the end of the term. The standard lease program includes three purchase options: fair market value, one-dollar buyout, and 10 percent buyout. There are also specialized leasing programs.

MICROSOFT INTROS DYNAMICS SNAPS

Microsoft has introduced Dynamics Snaps, a series of products that enable users of Microsoft Office applications to manipulate data from Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM 3.0 without exiting Office.

The first versions are the Timesheet, Vacation Management, and Business Data Look-up Snap-ins. The Snap-ins are available for free at GotNet.com.

EXACT NAMES PRODUCT TEAM

Exact Software North America has named two directors to its product management team, in what was described as a move to align the organization to strengthen market position.

Steve Massey, who was manager of the JobBoss operations, was named as director of product line management, and will continue with his JobBoss responsibilities. Chris Lenzo, previously director of the Macola division, was named director of product strategy.

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