SMART BUSINESS EXPANDS TAX TEAM
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Smart Business Advisory and Consulting has named Debbie Hedrick Di Meo as Midwest practice leader, tax technology.
In that position, she will lead the firm's efforts in integrating transactional tax software systems such as ADP Taxware, BillSoft, Sabrix and Vertex with most ERP systems. Previously, Di Meo was tax integration practice leader at MarketSphere Consulting and earlier was firm director at Deloitte Tax Management Advisory Services.
INTUIT PAYS QBES FEES
Intuit is providing assistance to firms that sell its QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions application by paying them for the first day's services at new installations.
Many end-users who consider purchasing QBES are not accustomed to paying for the kinds of services offered by traditional mid-market VARs, which is a source of much of reselling profits. Intuit's channel leader BJ Schaknowski said Intuit will pay each VAR $800 for typical first-day services such as basic configuration, training and custom work and setup for a new client.
TEMPLETON HIRES VP
Templeton & Co., a CPA and technology consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has hired Edna Torres as vice president of process and technology solutions.
Torres will be involved in serving clients in areas such as business process enhancement, cash flow optimization, business intelligence and business strategy. Previously, she was vice president of finance at Office Depot and AutoNation.
PORTE BROWN HIGHLIGHTS TECH
Porte Brown Technology Solutions, a Chicago-area subsidiary of accounting firm Porte Brown, has established a new Web site to highlight its IT consulting, network support services and accounting software.
A reseller of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions and Sage's MAS 90 and 200 financial applications, Porte Brown said it launched the new site to demonstrate its knowledge of the convergence between accounting and technology. Dave Bandel is the partner in charge of Porte Brown Technology Solutions.
BTS BUYS IT GROUP
Business Technology Systems, an Appleton, Wis.-based accounting software reseller, has acquired the Information Technology Services division of Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Company, a LaCrosse, Wis.-based CPA firm.
The accounting firm said BTS could provide better service to its former MAS 90/200 and BusinessWorks clients. It will continue to offer Peachtree and QuickBooks support and training.
BTS, which has six employees, assumed the Hawkins, Ash client base but did not hire any of its employees, according to BTS president Steve Krueger.
ACCUFUND NAMES AWARD WINNERS
Mountaineer Computer Systems of Lewisburg, West Va., was given the Partner Leadership award for government sales and overall volume leadership by AccuFund at its annual partner meeting in March.
The nonprofit software vendor also gave Partner Leadership awards to New England Systems and Solutions of Rockland, Mass., as volume leader in nonprofit sales and ComputerWorks NFP Solutions of San Dimas, Calif., as volume leader for AccuFund Online.
Both Waypoints of Melbourne, Fla., and Gaynier Consulting of Jackson, Mich., received awards for sales achievement.
COLUMBUS IT U.S. EBITA DROPS
The falling U.S. dollar cut into results for the American subsidiary of Columbus IT Partner as EBITA fell to about $10.2 million for the year ended Dec. 31, off 18.3 percent from 2007.
The U.S. operations of the Copenhagen-based Microsoft Dynamics reseller reported revenue of about $22.4 million, representing an increase of 3 percent from a year earlier. Worldwide revenue was roughly $160.8 million, an increase of 11 percent when calculated in Danish Kroner.
Earnings from continued operations was about $4.2 million, which constitutes a 12.4 percent increase from the prior year.
LBMC STARTS SECURITY PRACTICE
The LBMC companies has formed a new organization, LBMC Managed Security Services, which will work with clients to provide intrusion protection and detection services.
The affiliate of accounting firm Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain is based in Brentwood, Tenn., and is headed by partners Thomas Lewis and Frank Knobbe, a Qualified Security Assessor who has more than 17 years in the information security business.
Lewis, who has a master's degree in accounting, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
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