The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Josh Ritter's The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, with the killer song "Empty Hearts:"
LogiXML, a vendor of, Web-based Business Intelligence products, has acquired Los Angeles-based OnDemandIQ, a vendor of on-demand sales analytics products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
As a result of the acquisition, the entire OnDemandIQ team will be integrated into LogiXML. Steve Schneider, OnDemandIQ's co-founder, will assume the new role of chief technology officer for LogiOnDemand, where he will "continue to develop BI products based on the SaaS model," LogiXML officials say.
The move lets LogiXML "expand its suite of Software-as-a-Service BI products with the addition of a sales analytics platform that will serve as the core of LogiOnDemand," company officials say. LogiXML's SaaS division uses the company's BI software to provide hosted products for business users.
Arman Eshraghi, CEO and founder of LogiXML, said OnDemandIQ's technology "was built upon the LogiXML platform from the beginning, so it's a natural evolution that we come together."
OnDemandIQ gives users data aggregation from multiple sources such as CRM and accounting software, marketing, finance, HR and operations. It also supports data integration from spreadsheets and new data sets to provide performance data in a Web-based interface available from any PC or mobile device.
Schneider said the new venture "will use the complementary technologies of both companies."
With OnDemandIQ, sales teams can access sales and operations data and "actually gain actionable information from the data," rather than being bogged down with spreadsheets and complicated formulas. Reps can access individual and team metrics, as well as their own sales commission data, and managers can create report cards for team members, compare sales activity against goals and among team members, and even correlate sales performance with training data to spot weaknesses and opportunities for continuing education.
FrontRange Solutions has announced the availability of FrontRange IT Service Management Version 6.1, described by company officials as "a next-generation software application" for mid-sized and enterprise IT and customer service organizations, providing business process support and self-service for IT operations.
"These products, including ITSM, enable our customers to realize the benefits of IT best practices and ITIL along with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0," said Kevin J. Smith, vice president of products for FrontRange Solutions.
Company officials say product enhancements include an improved self-service portal user experience, including expanded business process support and VoIP communications capabilities such as click-to-call and broadcast.
There's also updated service request management with new tools in configuration management for change management control.
The new version also offers visualization of the Configuration Management Database, including impact analysis, drill-down controls and a dynamic, graphical service map. It has support for the latest Microsoft business automation and presentation technologies, including Microsoft Office 2007, Outlook 2007, .NET 3.0 and Windows Presentation Foundation.
Tribridge, a Microsoft consulting, has acquired Virtual Enterprise Electronic Law Office, a vendor of billing and accounting products for law firms.
Founded in 2001, Veelo provides software, training, backup, upgrades and maintenance products for customers. Under the terms of the acquisition, Veelo has been renamed Tribridge Legal. "Company founders and team members will fill a variety of leadership and sales positions at Tribridge," according to Tribridge officials.
"The business of practicing law often depends on the revenue generated from billable hours. Effectively managing this process can be a time-consuming and overwhelming task for both lawyers and the accounting personnel who support them," said Tony DiBenedetto, Tribridge CEO.
Joe Simmons, Veelo's president and founding partner, said by joining forces with Tribridge, "we have strengthened our ability to meet the unique and specific needs of customers in the legal space."
The Tribridge Legal software product will be complemented by Tribridge's expertise in Microsoft ERP, CRM, SharePoint and core infrastructure, Simmons said.
Hayes Technology Group, which sells the Gold Client refresh and replication data management software for SAP product-based environments, has announced that Publishers Circulation Fulfillment has chosen Gold Client to create user-defined subsets of SAP data for testing and training data for its implementation of SAP Product Sales and Distribution for Media products.
PCF is an independent distributor of home and office-delivered newspapers across the United States, distributing over 11 million copies a week for over 60 clients, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Financial Times of London.
Gold Client "eliminates the need to copy the entire production database to non-productive environments," company officials say, "by allowing users of SAP products to export user-defined subsets of SAP data from any source within the environment." Gold Client users can then import the data subsets back to the development, testing and training environments.
Mark Gromer, Director of Networks and Infrastructure at PCF, noted that SAP Product Sales and Distribution for Media "is one of the most critical components of our SAP applications, and Hayes Technology Group delivered the product with Gold Client."
Gold Client is billed as reducing not only the amount of time and effort required to replicate data throughout the environment, but enterprise storage requirements as well. It's available for use with the SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) and human resources (SAP HR) applications.
CDC Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China's CDC Corporation, has added two new partners from Chile and Brazil to its Franchise Partner Program, bringing the grand total so far to... seven companies.
The program funds CDC Software's investments, through majority control or minority stakes, in partners located in what CDC considers "high growth geographies" including Latin America, India, China, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
CDC Software's investment in these companies "helps facilitate the expansion of its global distribution footprint, and helps franchise partners grow their businesses," CDC officials explain.
The two new franchise partners are Ross Enterprise SA in Chile and CDC Software de Brazil. CDC Software's other franchise partners have operations in China, India, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Europe and Australia.
In recent months CDC Software has announced another new franchise partner in China, Integrated Solutions Limited, a developer of enterprise products for discrete manufacturers in China. CDC Software's Franchise Partners also have closed on new sales for Ross Enterprise and Pivotal CRM in the second quarter of 2008.