Bob Scott

Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community with his email newsletters for 10 years. And he has been covering this market through print publications for 18 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and continues to address that as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant.

The High Cost of SaaS?

Software as a Service may be the wave of the future. But as a one vendor pointed out, it's renting or leasing software and as we all know, renting or leasing is cheaper than  buying. So before everyone gets enamored with online applications, it's time to remember some basics of  how the leasing business works.

Given how well known that model is, a long-winded discussion here probably isn't necessary. But it generally the lease-versus-buy decision boils down to cash flow and how long someone is going to own the item leased, say a car. Generally, if you are short on cash or  you aren't going to keep the car very long, leasing is a good deal.



This summer's uproar about the meaning of the demise of the large Sage VAR MIS Group needs to be put into context.

For the moment, there's no indication that it means Sage has troubles that are much different than those faced by other vendors. True, Sage has its problems. But there's a lot more at work here than just the relationship of one reseller and one software manufacturer.

There were many comments about the fact that the reseller closed its doors two months after being named Sage's Partner of the Year. That ignores the fact that the award was based on results for Sage's fiscal year ended September 31. It was clear that MIS Group's problems started earlier. But it simply didn't get the award and then go belly up.



Report: 2018 VAR Stars Building on the Cloud

Overall, the questions of what technology will be used given the accelerating pace of cloud adopting are being answered. The cloud has won it's just a matter of how quickly the rest of the market moves. Download here for your free copy.


Sponsored By:


Visit other PMG Sites:

Template Settings


For each color, the params below will give default values
Tomato Green Blue Cyan Dark_Red Dark_Blue


Background Color
Text Color


Background Color


Select menu
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family
PMG360 is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal data we collect from our subscribers/agents/customers/exhibitors and sponsors. On May 25th, the European's GDPR policy will be enforced. Nothing is changing about your current settings or how your information is processed, however, we have made a few changes. We have updated our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect, how and why we collect it.
Ok Decline