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Microsoft Great Plains this week demonstrated a renewed commitment to the European business software market when it held its first partner and customer conferences in Paris.

The mid-market solutions provider is keen to grow its market share in Europe and increase the proportion of its revenues earned outside the US.

Great Plains was bought by Microsoft in December last year – a deal which has already brought benefits to the company.

‘Microsoft helps us a lot,’ said Lorne Borgal, Microsoft Great Plains European president. ‘To get the Great Plains name better recognised in the market would be very expensive. Add Microsoft and it becomes a different story.’

Borgal hopes it can now dent the mid-market domination of rival Navision and believes Great Plains is strong enough to gain ground.

‘We have a good product for the UK market which measures up well against our main European competitors,’ he said.

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– Oracle, the accountancy software developer, has unleashed 9i, the latest version of its flagship product, into a market where it has come under increasing pressure from IBM and Microsoft.

The firm has watched its share price steadily fall to $15.50 (#11) this year, due to the economic slowdown and a perception that it is losing its edge in the database market. While most commentators agree that Oracle remains out in front in terms of performance, popularity has been hit by price hikes following changes to licence rules.

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– Mid-tier firm BDO Stoy Hayward has been appointed administrative receiver at Office Centre Central, the reseller-funded purchasing group, following the collapse of funding talks. Financier the Royal Bank of Scotland called in BDO Stoy Hayward last week.

OCC has ceased trading with managing director Bill Hill blaming failure to secure a second round of corporate funding as the primary reason for the group’s collapse.

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