BEST Software – it’s out for blood

This past Tuesday I attended Best Software’s first annual media/analyst event in Boston. It was a very good event giving us an encapsulated overview of how BEST plans to thrive in the SMB finance and business management market. Through various acquisitions Best Software has amased an impressive array of software and users for its software. I’ll have much more detailed about BEST and others later, but for now here’s there latest press releases. – Ramon Ray, Editor,
Best Software Begins Aggressive Push In Vertical Markets With Introduction of Peachtree Manufacturing and Distribution Applications
BOSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Best Software today announced the introduction of Peachtree for Manufacturing and Peachtree for Distribution, the first step in an aggressive campaign to increase the company’s well-established presence in key vertical markets. Scheduled for release in 2003, the new entry-level products will complement the powerful manufacturing automation and distribution capabilities found in the company’s MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500 solutions, and create a logical upgrade for customers using Peachtree Complete Accounting. (full story)
Best Software Launches New Accountants Division
BOSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Best Software today launched a new Accountants Division — including the new Best Software Accountants Network — to address the specific needs of the accounting community. The announcement, which builds upon its recent acquisition of CPASoftware, enables Best Software to offer comprehensive business management resources and accounting practice solutions to its growing network of more than 40,000 accountants and bookkeeping firms whom already use and recommend its solutions to their own clients. (full story)
Best Software Creates Industry’s First Migration Center; Offers Migration Path for Small and Midsized Businesses
BOSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Best Software today announced the formation of the industry’s first, fully-dedicated customer migration center. Reinforcing its “customer for life” commitment, Best Software’s new migration center is designed to support customers as they consider new or different platforms for their businesses, and help them through the decision-making process and conversion decisions that face them. In the first half of fiscal year 2002 alone, approximately 31 percent of Best Software’s new MAS 90 customers migrated from Peachtree, up from 8 percent three years ago. (full story)
Best Software Announces Partner Advantage Program
BOSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Best Software today announced the formation of the Best Software Partner Advantage program. The program will provide an array of benefits to Best’s reselling business partners, including training, financing, guaranteed lead-generation and alliances with resellers carrying other Best Software products. Best Software has the largest and most successful reseller channel in the industry, with 6,600 partners selling market-leading products, including MAS 90, Abra, FAS, SalesLogix, MAS 500 and MIP. (full story)