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Here's This Week's News
Quick Headlines of Note
- ASUG Best Practices: SAP for Midmarket - October 4-6, 2022 Louisville KY reportedly cancelled
- Long time Avalara marketing wiz Christi Whipple moves to Bill.com
- IRS might move toward offering free e-filing
acuCONNECT 2022 - September 14-15, 2022
Get ready for two days of virtual Acumatica technical sessions September 14-15, 2022 at acuCONNECT 2022. Registration is free and includes two virtual happy hours (with prizes) at the end of each day. Details here. For the third year in a row the Acumatica CEO keynotes the event.
Sage Issues Update on OAuth for Sage 100 and 300 Email Services
From Sage 9/9/2022:
From Microsoft regarding OAuth for Sage 100 and 300 email services As of Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, Sage received updated guidance from Microsoft specific to our use of SMTP Auth for email integration between Sage 100 and 300 and Exchange Online. While Microsoft will block basic authentication for many online services, active accounts using SMTP Auth will not be impacted by their actions as originally announced to begin October 1, 2022.
This means that Sage 100 and 300 customers utilizing in-product email services to send quotes, invoices, etc. do not face a shutdown of this functionality beginning on October 1, 2022.
While this guidance also applies to other applications (like Sage Intelligence) that utilize SMTP Auth for email communication, customers need to be aware that many online services will be impacted; so, while Sage 100 and 300 are safe in the near term, other client applications using POP, IMAP, etc. can be impacted starting October 1, 2022.
The latest information from Microsoft, including which services are impacted and what to do in the event that a customer is inadvertently blocked, can be found here.
While this new guidance reduces the urgency of upgrading for Sage 100 and Sage 300 customers on older releases, Microsoft continues to push toward the elimination of basic authentication to protect their customers. Sage strongly recommends that all customers be on a version that supports OAuth to reduce the risk of data breach and leverage additional security updates built into newer versions of our software.
Acumatica Takes Second in Kansas Nascar Race
I don't know how much a single-race primary NASCAR cost Acumatica but their driver Denny Hamlin took home a second place in Kansas this weekend.
For a while it looked like Hamlin might take the lead.
Acumatica will sponsor a few more races through the end of this year.
Avalara May See Challenge to $8.4B Vista Equity Buyout
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Altair US, LLC , a pre-IPO angel investor in Avalara, Inc. and one of the Company's largest shareholders, today announced its strong opposition to the sale of Avalara to Vista Equity Partners ("Vista"). Altair also released an open letter to fellow Avalara shareholders explaining why Altair will vote against the transaction.
Avalara was the subject of a $8.4B bid by Vista Equity which is being questioned by an early investor group as too low.
Read the full press release
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