Rich Karlgaard writes about Microsoft’s entry into small and midsize business accounting software with its acquisitions of Great Plains and Navision.
With his long locks, Burgum resembles an aging surfer more than he does a businessman. Nevertheless he knows, as well as anyone at Microsoft, how to sell B2B software and keep customers happy. In this forum Burgum is teaching and Microsoft is listening. This relationship should put a long-term scare into Oracle, PeopleSoft and SAP.