Sage Debuts Sage 300 Online

Las Vegas -- Sage North America announced the general availability of Sage 300 Online, a full business management solution designed to help give small and midsized businesses a more complete picture of their operations while increasing collaboration.

Sage 300 Online addresses the difficulties that companies report with both sharing data outside their organization and basing decisions on inaccurate or incomplete data. The cloud-based system is also intended to increase profitability. The collaborative component of Sage 300 Online is similarly designed to grow revenue while offering small and midsized business customers greater control over their systems.


FreshBooks Raises $30m

Toronto -- FreshBooks, the accounting solution provider for small service-based business owners, announced that it raised $30 million in its first institutional investment round. The round, led by Oak Investment Partners with participation from Atlas Venture and Georgian Partners, will help fuel the growth that propelled FreshBooks to more than double its user base in the last two years, to more than 10 million. The company plans to increase its staff from 150 to more than 400 employees by 2016, and is currently hiring developers, product managers and marketing experts.


LivePlan Releases Update

Eugene, Ore. -- LivePlan, the cloud-based business planning and small business management tool created by Palo Alto Software, launched an update in early August that includes a design facelift and new key performance indicator tracking features.

The product's scoreboard feature, a dashboard that visualizes a business' finances at any given moment, has been redesigned with new colors, fonts and charts to modernize the look and make key numbers easier to find.

Integrated with QuickBooks (desktop and online) and Xero, the update is now available to all LivePlan users, who can now use the scoreboard to track 18 key numbers critical to understanding their business' health. The scoreboard, which crunches accounting data and tracks metrics like revenue, expenses, net profit and cash on hand, now also breaks down KPIs on a more granular level.

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