SBA TO GO BY 'OFFICE ACCOUNTING' IN 2007: Microsoft announced the release of a public beta for Microsoft Office Accounting 2007, formerly called Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting. According to the company, the latest version adds online marketplace integration and invoicing to help small companies conduct business online.Among the new features are integration with eBay and online payment via Paypal. Specifically for accountants, where SBA failed to generate the massive response it had initially hoped for, a new "Accountant Navigator" has been designed to help accountants manage multiple clients, and a dashboard-driven payroll center should allow payment processing to be run for multiple clients from a single place. Among other features are an Accountant Transfer Wizard, which allows a business to share and update files directly to an accountant; and a Journal Entry worksheet designed to let accountants quickly enter multiple transactions and closing entries.

The public beta version of the software is available at http://connect.microsoft.com/officeaccountingbeta.

EISI ACQUIRES FINANCIAL PROFILES: Emerging Information Systems Inc., the developer of NaviPlan financial planning software, announced that it would acquire rival financial planning software developer Financial Profiles Inc.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Financial Profiles had been owned by Worcester, Mass.-based holding company Hanover Insurance Group Inc.

Financial Profiles products include the Profiles+ line, the Matrix integration/consolidation framework and the Wealth Insight platform. EISI has said that it will continue to develop and fully support both the NaviPlan and Profiles+ products, maintaining its Canadian operations in Winnipeg, as well as Financial Profiles' employee center in Carlsbad, Calif.

SAGE OFFERS YEAR-END PRINTING: Sage Software announced that year-end print services for the 2006 tax year will be available through Sage Compliance Services.

The services are designed to support the year-end W-2, W-2c and 1099 processing needs of small and midsized businesses, while the Sage Compliance Utility - for use with Sage Timberline Office - allows companies to directly outsource their payroll tax compliance process to Sage Compliance Services. Companies can register for the print services and upload data to a Web site beginning in January 2007. Customers can choose whether to have their forms delivered back to a corporate location or directly to employees, and will have immediate access to their W-2 information when bulk printing is complete.

Other employer options include having Sage Compliance e-file information directly to relevant state tax authorities and the Social Security Administration; having printed copies of the forms delivered back to the employer; or receiving copies on CD. More options are available for assistance with federal forms, and additional compliance utilities are available for other Sage product lines. For more information, call (800) 239-8895 or visit www.sagecomplianceservices.com.

CARTESIS APPOINTS SANCHEZ AS COO: Financial and performance management software provider Cartesis has tapped former MicroStrategy executive Eduardo Sergio Sanchez as chief operating officer of the Norwalk, Conn.-based concern. In his new role, Sanchez will be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as the management, development and coordination of worldwide sales, partners, consulting, education and customer-support solutions. Prior to joining Cartesis, Sanchez served as corporate vice president of worldwide sales and services at MicroStrategy Inc.

RED MOON BECOMES SAP ISV PARTNER: Florida-based Red Moon Solutions has become an ISV partner of SAP America, offering Fixed Assets Manager along with SAP Business One in the U.S. Over the next few months, Red Moon will work with SAP to achieve certification of the integration with SAP Business One.

PROPHIX LAUNCHES ENTERPRISE VERSION 6.1: Data analysis software provider Prophix Software Inc. has released its Prophix Enterprise Version 6.1, which includes modules for management-style boardroom reports, automated report distribution and business processes scheduling. For more information, visit www.prophix.com.

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