If the bottom line is the chief measurement. Ron Verni has had a successful tenure as CEO of Best Software, the arm of the Sage Group in the United States. The unit has been making money and growing at a faster rate than its parent company or rivals. In the last two years, the company has purchased MIP, the not-for-profit accounting software vendor, and CPASoftware. It is now working on weaving these diverse operations together. In April, Verni announced a major reorganization in which operations were placed in two major divisions.

The Small Business Division is headed by Doug Meyer, executive vice president, and former president of Peachtree Software. Meyer has responsibility for retail products such as Peachtree, Act, DacEasy, and OneWrite Plus. The Mid-Market Division includes products sold largely to accountants or through resellers, including the MAS accounting software line, BusinessWorks, Abra, FAS, SalesLogix, and MIP not-for-profit accounting software. In a recent interview, Verni outlined the reasons for the move and his views on the state of the market. The head of the division will report to him. In the other major move, Dave Butler, who had presided over the MAS and BusinessWorks line for years, becomes executive vice president in charge of “customer-facing” operations, such as sales of installed base products. Accounting Technology editor Bob Scott recently spent some time with Verni talking about these issues. Here are Verni's thoughts on some of these changes.

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