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ALTARA ACQUIRED Altara, one the largest Microsoft Dynamics resellers in this country, has been acquired by New York-based Computer Generated Solutions, which has a diverse line of technology products and services.

Altara had $16 million in revenue for 2005. Privately owned CGS has annual revenue in the "$200 million range" and 2,600 employees, says Valerie Brodie, vice president of marketing. Altara CEO Helene Cole said she would remain with the company. Customer support call centers and help-desk outsourcing are major lines of business for CGS.


Partner Insights

Charles Hoffman, often called the father of XBRL, has received the 2006 Special Recognition Award from the American Institute of CPAs.

In 1998, Hoffman originated the idea of using Extended Mark-up Language to structure financial statements. The XML suggestion developed into eXtensible Business Reporting Language, which was developed by the AICPA. Hoffman is currently director of innovative solutions for UBmatrix, which sells software that enables users to build reports in XBRL.


Columbus IT Partner US, a Microsoft reseller whose parent company is based in Denmark, has named Michael Faulks as vice president of sales and marketing.

Faulks is charged with leading the company's initiatives to achieve significant revenue and earnings growth. The company does not break out results, but said that revenue for the nine months ended Sept. 30 was hurt when a former client, which had accounted for 30 percent of sales in the United States, switched to another platform.


Finley & Cook, an accounting firm with a strong nonprofit accounting software business, has acquired Dudley Consulting of Anchorage, Alaska.

The two organizations have worked together for several years and Dudley also offers a broad nonprofit software line, including Serenic Navigator, MIP, and AccuFund. Finley & Cook is headquartered in Shawnee, Okla., while Dudley also has offices in Honolulu. Dudley also carries Kintera FundWare, which Finley & Cook recently dropped after many years as a reseller.


Gregory Price, director of consulting solutions for Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, has been named chairman of the PKF North American Network's Consulting Services Committee for 2007.

The 10-member committee represents PKF firms in nine states. Price also authors a blog, "From Greg's Head," that discusses issues of concern to middle-market executives.


David Micoff, a CPA who founded Digital Guidance of Plymouth, Mich., was named the 2006 MYOB Partner of the Year, by MYOB US.

Micoff's two-person firm had $330,000 in annual revenue and handles both MYOB and Dynamics GP for the Mac and PC markets. MYOB also named Nanette Burdick of Keeping in Balance, as the 2006 Rookie of the Year, and gave Dick Hope of Dick Hope and Associates the Lifetime Achievement Award. Not owned by MYOB Ltd., MYOB US, based in Rockaway, N.J., calls itself a republisher of the MYOB line.


Nazif Sharique, a CPA and CISA, has joined the UHY Advisor's Houston office as an information technology principal in the firm's audit and assurance practice.

In his new role, Sharique will direct the IT audit practice in supporting external audit clients, and will also be an IT advisory practice to serve non-audit clients. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCooper.


The MIS Group, a Dallas-based Timberline reseller that moved into Sage's MAS market last year via acquisition, has grown again with the purchase of two Southwestern Timberline dealers, CreativeWare and Texas State Construction Systems.

Robert Muir, the CEO of MIS, says there will be no more Timberline acquisitions. However, the company remains on the lookout for MAS 90/200/500 VARs to buy, such as Enterprise Resource Group, purchased last year.

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