WARD TO LEAVE INTUIT

Mountain View, Calif. -- One of Intuit's main ambassadors to the accounting profession, Jill Ward, announced that she will be leaving the accounting and business software company this month. Ward has been with Intuit for 12 years, most recently as chief of its Accountant & Advisor Group, helping build and maintain the company's relationships with ProAdvisors and the profession as a whole.

Jim McGinnis, who joined Intuit in 2010 as vice president of marketing for the Accounting Professionals Division, will succeed Ward. Prior to joining Intuit, McGinnis held a series of marketing positions at a number of companies, including Procter & Gamble and Pepsi.

 

OPEN SYSTEMS BUYS ANOTHER ONE OF ITS PARTNERS

Minneapolis -- Open Systems Inc. has acquired the Greenville, S.C., channel partner Application Computer Systems, marking the third such move over the past two years. The company bought Beaverton, Ore.-based Open Systems partner MicroAccounting Systems in August 2013, as well as InterMicro in February 2012, which has offices in South Carolina and Oklahoma. Open Systems vice president of sales Paul Lundquist claims the company still has nearly 1,000 partners in North America, but more business has been coming from direct sales in recent years. He noted that approximately 30 percent of its business currently comes from partners, versus 100 percent 10 years ago.

ACS has developed the Master product, an ERP system designed to serve clients in the apparatus service repair industry. In addition, ACS will also be integrating their Master Software product with Open Systems' Traverse business and accounting software.

 

BAASS OPENS NEW YORK OFFICE

New YorK -- Sage and NetSuite partner BAASS Business Solutions has expanded to New York by adding in Dan Sulman, former partner and co-founder of Sage 300 ERP and CRM consultant Pyramid Consulting Inc. BAASS now has U.S. offices in Woodmere, N.Y. -- where Sulman is based -- as well as Chicago and Miami, which were obtained last April in the purchase of Sage and NetSuite partner Axis Global Partners.

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