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MICROSOFT MOVES STOCKSTAD, MCCOLLUM Long-time manager Lynne Stockstad and sales executive Craig McCollum have been given new jobs and responsibilities outside of the Microsoft Business Solutions group.

Stockstad, previously VP of strategic marketing, is now in charge of worldwide marketing for the enterprise customer segment. Jon Pratt, general manager for Dynamics GP, moved into her job. Meanwhile, McCollum, who had led worldwide sales strategy and field engagements, has become VP of US Dynamics as part of the SMS&P group. He replaces Jeff Young, who will leave the company.

SAGE PICKS MYSQL

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Sage Software has reached an agreement to provide MySQL as a database option for its Peachtree line, as the company follows up last year's declaration that the company would be database agnostic.

MySQL is an open-source SQL engine. Jim Foster, Sage's chief technology officer, said although Sage has agreed to use MySQL, which is marketed by a company headquartered in the United States and Sweden, he did not know when it will reach the market.

MICROSOFT EXPANDS IN FARGO

Microsoft plans to expand its facilities in Fargo, N.D., by 50 percent to accommodate up to 575 more employees, a roughly 43 percent increase to the current staff of employees, vendors and contingent staff in the area.

The company plans to add a third 120,000-square-foot building. Fargo was originally the home of Great Plains Software, acquired by Microsoft in 2001. The first phase includes a 65,000-square-foot Horizon Building and connections between all buildings. Microsoft projects the Fargo facilities will house up to 3,800 people.

CDC LICENSES UP

CDC Corp., which is based in Atlanta and Beijing, said license revenue of $14.2 million for the first quarter ended March 31 were up 61 percent from $8.8 million in last year's corresponding period.

The company, which owns the Ross ERP and Pivotal CRM applications, said the results were preliminary.

SAGE LAYERS ISVS

Sage Software will be conferring favored status on some third-party software vendors under a new program that places them in one of three categories.

Vendors who market the top level, Sage Endorsed products, get early access to information about Sage product plans and to application programming interfaces. Himanshu Palsule, senior VP and general manager of accounting solutions, said these products will be on the Sage price list. Sage Certified products are certified as working with Sage applications, but are not endorsed. Those products that pass certification and integration rules can be classified as Sage Compliant.

GOLDSTEIN LEAVES RADIANT

Jeff Goldstein, former owner of Synchronics, has left Radiant Systems, which acquired his POS company in the first quarter of 2006 for $27.5 million.

Radiant Systems said in an SEC filing that the decision to terminate his employment was mutual. Goldstein continues to own the building in Memphis, Tenn., that was Synchronics' headquarters.

BURGUM GETS FAREWELL

Doug Burgum, who leads Great Plains and then Microsoft Business Solutions for 23 years, has retired from the company.

Burgum announced his plan to leave more than a year ago and was supposed to be replaced by Satya Nadella, who was moved to the search engine group in March. Corporate VP Tami Reller is widely believed to be the leading candidate for his replacement. Burgum hosted a "Great Plains Reunion" held in Fargo, N.D., on June 15 and was not scheduled to appear officially at the Worldwide Partners Conference this month.

INTACCT OFFERS SERVICE PROGRAM

Online application vendor Intacct has started "Buy with Confidence," a program that offers customers service-level commitments about system availability, product and professional services quality, customer support response time, communication of future plans and billing accuracy.

Intacct would provide customers credits if it misses commitments. The company also said its employees would have a portion of their pay dependent on meeting customer satisfaction goals.

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