Tulip Field April Image by Filio from Pixabay Good things come in threes, and IFS made its third major announcement of 2021 this week. After rebranding, launching IFS Cloud, it has now revealed a focus on sustainability for itself and its customers. Meanwhile, SAP turned in impressive cloud growth in its Q1 figures. Reputation added Messaging to its platform. Customer stories this week include Cattle Dog implementing FinancialForce and Atena selecting Infor WMS.

Pick of the week

Two separate Employee Sentiment reports by ELMO looked at workers attitudes in Australia and New Zealand. They make stark reading. In Australia:

  • 34% of workers reported feeling burnt out
  • 22% feel overwhelmed by the workload
  • 24% of Australians arrived at work feeling unwell – pointing to increased presenteeism.
  • 51% may look for new roles if the economy improves

ELMO Software CEO Danny Lessem commented: “The COVID-19 induced economic slowdown influenced more than half of Australians in their decision to search for a new job. 

“Job seeking can rise steeply when economic growth returns. It’s important that employers look after their people during the good times and the bad times to encourage them to stay with the company. It doesn’t take long for an employee to go from feeling burnt out to feeling like they need a new job.”

There is a stark difference In New Zealand with:

  • 58% feel their job is secure
  • 17% feel they are not working enough hours
  • 28% of New Zealanders arrived at work feeling unwell in the last three months

ELMO Software CEO Danny Lessem commented: “As the economy incrementally returns to normal it’s encouraging to see almost three-fifths of New Zealanders feel secure in their job. Job security is an important factor for how people perform in the workplace and how they act as consumers – which can have a flow on effect for the economic recovery and business performance.”

The studies findings indicate that Australian business owners may need to do more to retain staff. In both countries, the issue of presenteeism is an issue that is surprising considering the pandemic.

Acquisitions and Funding

The Access Group has announced its acquisition of CPL Learning, the UK’s leading learning and development partner for the hospitality and retail sectors. Neither party disclosed terms.

ActiveCampaign has raised $240 million in a Series C round led by Tiger Global, supported by Dragoneer with existing investors Susquehanna Growth Equity and Silversmith Capital Partners also participating.


Barbara Whye has joined its BlackLine board of directors effective April 15, 2021.

BRYTER has appointed Eugene Shim as its new Vice President of Sales. Shim most recently oversaw US sales for SIEMENS Mendix.

Ceridian has appointed Rocky Subramanian as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Subramanian previously worked in the leadership team of SAP in North America.

Corcentric announced three senior appointments: Ed Benack joins as Chief Customer Officer, Manish Jaiswal as Chief Product Officer, and Brent Kinman as Senior Vice President of North American Sales.

Sara Martinex Tucker is to join the Cornerstone Board of Directors. She will be voted in on June 8th.

N-able (formerly SolarWinds) has appointed Mike Adler as Chief Technology and Product Officer. Adler has previously worked at RSA, Constant Contact, and Symantec.

Planful has appointed Allison Searle as Senior Vice President of International Sales. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, EMEA, at OmniSci, an accelerated analytics platform.

Procore appointed Bill Crawford as Senior Vice President of US Sales. It also welcomed HubSpot CFO Kate Bueker to its Board of Directors.


Blue Prism has launched a flexible, consumption-based ‘burst’ pricing model for its Blue Prism Cloud-managed SaaS RPA platform.

Boomi announced that it now has 15,000 customers across 75 countries. This milestone was reached with the addition of customers worldwide as they adopt the AtomSphere integration platform to solve transformation and integration challenges.

Demandbase has launched a new online academy for Demandbase one. The content includes demonstrations, self-paced online learning, and completion certificates.

N-able is collaborating with DNSFilter to integrate its cloud-based security solution with N-able N-central and RMM, providing MSPs with threat protection and content filtering.

Oracle Food and Beverage has doubled its MICROS Simphony Point-of-Sale (POS) integrations in the past year alone. Integrations include Adyen Global Payments Platform, Appsuite CRM, Beverage Ordering Service System (BOSS), Bluedot Geofencing Platform, Deliverect, EngagePHD, Olo, SevenRooms, TableSafe EMV, and Yellow Dog Inventory.

Prophix is now recognized as Ellucian Ethos Connected. As an Ellucian partner, this will enable it to sell its own financial planning solutions into the education market.

Qualtrics issued its Q1 results. Total revenue was up 26% year over year to $238,6 million. Subscription revenue climbed 46% year over year to $186.9 million.

Ramco Global Payroll is now available on the Oracle marketplace. It will integrate with Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), thereby enabling HR & payroll transformation for large enterprises.

SAP.io launched three new accelerator programs. In San Francisco, the startups are focused on professional services and include AnthillFortressIQGappifyProFinda, and Twenty5. In New York, the focus is on HR and the future of work. That cohort includes EmplayGapsquareHumanlyImmerseMentor Spaces, and The Mom Project. In conjunction with Publicis Sapient, SAP.io launched a consumer engagement–focused startup accelerator program in Tel Aviv. The cohort includes Algopix, eStoreMedia, Explorium, Jebbit, Mention Me, SundaySky and Vue Storefront.

Sidetrade issued its full-year 2020 results. Revenue increased by 14% and operating profit by 55%, and net profit by 55%. It recently acquired Amalto and is aiming to reach $100 million in revenue by 2025.

TechnologyOne has signed up to a four-year, £100,000 patronage of The Prince’s Trust charity as part of wider company efforts to help turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Tigergraph Cloud is now available on Google Cloud, and the company has also expanded its global Developer Community.


Cheese Merchants of America, a leading manufacturer, and supplier of premium Italian-style and other hard cheese products, has selected and will implement Aptean Food & Beverage ERP.

Arkema, a global leader in Specialty Materials, has chosen to strengthen the service provided to its users by deploying Corcentric Premium Support.

Deltek revealed that NLR – Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre has selected Deltek as its ERP partner to power its business.

Australian hotel chain View Hotels has deployed Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) and Interfaces across its three Australian Hotels to better leverage the cloud for data insights, marketing and remote working.

Metova moved to Mavenlink PSA from Google sheets and increased its billable utilisation by 10%.

Telford Homes Limited, a Trammell Crow Company and one of London’s largest residential developers, has selected Procore as its construction management platform for all new construction projects.

Qlik revealed how retail customers such as Dorel Industries, Burger King and Kendra Scott are leveraging Qlik data and Analytics platform.

Rootstock has highlighted its success in the Cannabusiness industry, citing the 33% revenue growth of Aphria and NuLeaf Naturals as examples of how it is helping to deliver success quickly growing organisations.

Whole Family Health Center migrated from Sage 50 to Sage Intacct in March 2020. Sage Intacct has published a case study detailing how it has eliminated nearly 50 hours of manual accounting work each month and reduced its monthly close time by 73%.

EasyPol, an Italy-based online payments app, has selected Salt Edge to upgrade its offering with PSD2-powered services and create a full-scale personal and business financial management platform for their Italian users.

ABeam Consulting Ltd, a provider of business transformation services, has implemented the SAP Fieldglass Vendor Management System for its Japanese operations, the last phase of a global rollout.

Metricus increased operational efficiency by 25 Percent and improved customer experience by leveraging Sigma technology.


Bill.com now integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365, including Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Breathe launched Breathe Learn, an online learning system for small business. Customers can access four courses free of charge, and a further 16 are available once signed up.

Centage has introduced new intelligent dashboard capabilities within its flagship financial planning product, Planning Maestro.

Domo launched the Domo COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker to make domestic and international vaccination data easily accessible, understandable and actionable for all.

Experian is now offering its cloud-based analytics platform Ascend in the DACH region.

Katana has trialled a new Zapier workflow integration between Katana and Shift4Shop/3dcart.

Pipedrive has launched two new sales documentation features: Smart Docs Basics and Smart Docs Pro. Smart Docs consolidates the entire sales documentation process remotely and securely in one place, ultimately allowing teams to close deals faster.

SAP reviewed the recent updates to SAP SuccessFactors. These include a free health and vaccination monitoring portlet, enhanced analytics and updates to  SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll.

Snaplogic now supports  Amazon Redshift console partner integration. With native support for streaming, including ETL and ELT, SnapLogic provides the broadest flexibility to ingest and transform data for use in Redshift.

TOPdesk has integrated its solution with Sign by CM.com to offer esignature services.

TriNet has launched TriNet DEI Series, a highly informative and content-rich web series to help educate and drive engagement on diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics.


A new Access Legal report entitled: “Legal Unlimited: The Low Down On Learning For Law Firms – 2021 Research Report” has revealed that 48% struggled to complete essential training and 26% set no time aside during the working week to do so. It also looked at the rise of eLearning for the legal profession.

MHR unveiled research that found 91% of companies paid staff incorrectly during furlough. 94% of payroll managers admitted issues with processing payroll over the last year. The culprit is due to frequent government changes. A parallel piece of research found that:

  • 65% of workers affected said they had to borrow money from friends or family or take out loans
  • 71% said that they were incorrectly paid up to three times in the last 12 months.

A study by SAP revealed that climate change, materials use, air pollution, solid waste and resource availability were the top sustainability issues business executives identified for investment. The report, entitled: “Improving the Environment at Planetary Scale: A Survey of Business Drivers and Actions”, explores steps businesses are taking to improve the environment. Key findings include the reason why companies are investing.

  • 29% said industry regulations were an underlying reason for investing in environmental issues.
  • 27% cited strengthening society’s approval of their organization as a strong underlying reason.
  • 26% cited risks to company reputation.

Based on a survey of 7,400 business executives from 19 countries, it has some useful insights.

Xero has published the Xero Boss Insights 2021 report, which provides a detailed analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data from 2020 to 2021. It reveals that 47,000 new small businesses and 55,000 small businesses were created in the year to June 2020. It found that the jobs leading the economic revival post-pandemic were mainly in sectors such as Logistics, technology, agriculture and Health and Medical.


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