If you want a good subject for controversy, ask a bunch of accounting software consultants and resellers where Intuit is going with its rash of purchases of higher-end software companies, a target group that includes both companies that sell direct and those that use a channel to reach end users.

Intuit is on a buying binge. In the last six months, the vendor has acquired the following companies: Management Reports ($92 Million); Eclipse, ($85 Million), CBS Payroll ($78 Million); OmWare, ($46.1 Million), and American Fundware ($26 million. A number of my acquaintances are ready to write off Intuit as a company that is snapping up old code and which is unlikely to support channel sales.

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