|By Marketwired .||
|July 29, 2014 01:00 PM EDT||
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 07/29/14 -- Sage Summit 2014 - Sage North America, a leading provider of business management software and services for small and midsized businesses(SMBs), today shared a significant progress update on the company's technology roadmap in three key areas shaping the future for SMBs: Hybrid Cloud, Mobility, and Big Data/Business Intelligence.
Pascal Houillon, president and chief executive officer, and Himanshu Palsule, chief technology officer and head of product strategy, shared further details of, and progress against, the strategy at Sage Summit 2014 in Las Vegas, the company's reimagined annual event offering a one-of-a kind immersive educational experience for small and midsize businesses.
Over the past few years, Sage has focused on strengthening its core accounting and ERP offerings, developing new cloud solutions and introducing strong connected services to extend its desktop offerings in a hybrid cloud model. In today's keynote, Houillon and Palsule talked about the future, and how Sage is evolving to address the needs of SMBs in North America.
"Sage understands SMBs better than any other vendor. We've served this market for more than 30 years, and we understand our customers need choices, not ultimatums, simplicity, not complication when it comes to the technology running their businesses," said Houillon. "The Cloud, mobility, convergence -- all of these things are a means to an end: a more efficient business. Sage offers choice in all of these so that our customers can grow and thrive now and in the future."
The Sage strategy of purposeful innovation is not driven by products, but driven by broader trends from across the market, from the impact of Big Data on big business to convergence and mobility in consumer markets. The Sage portfolio, ecosystem and purposeful innovation approach uniquely position the company to take advantage of key market trends shaping the business landscape -- movement to the cloud, prevalence of and reliance on mobile devices and global access to data -- to continue solving the unmet needs of SMBs. Sage is bringing together the best of all of these in three key areas to create new products and experiences for SMBs that will drive business forward.
Hybrid Cloud and Mobility:
The Cloud is the best way to make data accessible to anyone, anywhere on any device, but not all businesses are adopting the Cloud at the same pace. Enterprise embraced a hybrid cloud strategy long ago, but in many cases SMBs are forced to make an all or nothing choice -- all cloud or all desktop -- however one size does not fit all. Sage's innovative approach to the cloud provides tremendous flexibility for SMBs to choose the capabilities they need, and the choice of when they'd like to add them. Sage offers Cloud, desktop, and hybrid solutions that help businesses operate more efficiently no matter their challenges. With the Sage Data Cloud, SMBs can extend the reach of their desktop solutions to do business anytime, anywhere; so that they have the power and depth of a desktop solution with the flexibility and reach of the Cloud.
"To Sage, purposeful innovation means technology driven by business processes, not business processes dictated by technology," said Himanshu Palsule. "It's not jamming a certain enterprise technology downmarket, and it's not enforcing a specific delivery method. It's delivering a solution that meets a need, solves a problem and offers choice."
In a diverse market for SMBs, Sage is accelerating introduction of new Cloud-based solutions, such as Sage 300 Online, launching this week at Sage Summit. Sage 300 Online is ideal for SMBs that have outgrown their basic accounting software and are seeking to increase collaboration, streamline their operations and get a complete picture of their business anytime from anywhere. Also at Sage Summit, attendees will get a sneak peek of the new Sage One mobile app for solopreneurs, expected later this year.
Sage ERP X3 is also expanding to the Cloud, with the upcoming launch of Sage ERP X3 Online, which takes all of the core functionality of Sage ERP X3 Version 7 to the Cloud for medium-sized businesses. Sage ERP X3 Online will be demonstrated at Sage Summit with further announcements and programs coming soon.
Leveraging consumer trends in mobility, Sage is making the Cloud more actionable for SMBs. By combining the ability to share data in real time via the Cloud with the convenience of mobility, companies are rapidly transforming their sales and services operations resulting in increased growth and profitability with applications like Sage Mobile Sales, Sage Mobile Service, and Sage Mobile Payments. Using the Sage Data Cloud, Sage mobile applications are device-native and enable SMBs to use the Cloud in the way that makes the most sense to them.
"Sage understands that 'SMB' is not just a size category, but a set of business characteristics, situations, circumstances, and people who require a great deal more flexibility and freedom than most business management software solutions and vendors can provide," said Bruce Guptill, SVP & Head of Research, Saugatuck Technology, Inc. "And as we've noted to our research clients, Sage has adeptly moved toward a Cloud-enabled, mobile-friendly positioning that enables choice and flexibility that SMBs -- including their owners -- require to be successful. We believe that Sage is making the right moves, and doing so adroitly so far."
Big Data for Small and Medium-sized Businesses:
Sage is also helping its customers and partners harness the power of Big Data in a meaningful way. Earlier this year, Sage introduced the Sage Advisor Dashboard for Partners, which gives them deeper insight and intelligence into their customer base, which means more revenue growth and richer customer relationships. Debuting at Sage Summit, Sage Business Intelligence online (or Sage Intelligence Go!) will bring the power of Big Data to SMBs by leveraging existing data inside of Sage ERP with Excel to quickly filter, analyze and summarize information. It also will have the capability to bring in and summarize data from external sources, so that a business owner could use Sage Intelligence Go! to look at anything from current sales leads to comparisons of the business's pricing with other local businesses. Sage Intelligence Go! is the Cloud version of Sage Business Intelligence and will be available in 2015.
These and other new products and services from Sage will be showcased live this week at Sage Summit at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Can't make it to the conference? In an effort to include as many small and medium-sized businesses in the conversations as possible, Sage will offer live streaming of daily keynotes at the conference. Tuesday, July 29, Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31, interested parties may visit www.SageSummit.com to gain access to keynote conversations featuring Sage executives and top business leaders.
About The Sage Group plc
We provide small and medium-sized organizations with a range of easy-to-use, secure, and efficient business management software and services -- from accounting and payroll to enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and payments. Our customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has over 6 million customers and more than 12,700 employees in 24 countries covering the UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Brazil. For further information please visit: www.sage.com.
©2014 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, the Sage logos, and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Sage North America
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
Dec. 3, 2016 02:15 PM EST Reads: 6,942
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Dec. 3, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 436
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Dec. 3, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 2,115
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Dec. 3, 2016 01:15 PM EST Reads: 580
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
Dec. 3, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,852
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 3, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 282
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Dec. 3, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 726
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Dec. 3, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 1,941
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
Dec. 3, 2016 12:15 PM EST Reads: 1,492
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
Dec. 3, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 829
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
Dec. 3, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 2,068
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Dec. 3, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 1,627
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Dec. 3, 2016 10:45 AM EST Reads: 791
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Dec. 3, 2016 10:45 AM EST Reads: 2,138
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
Dec. 3, 2016 09:30 AM EST Reads: 3,929
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 3, 2016 09:30 AM EST Reads: 832
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Dec. 3, 2016 09:00 AM EST Reads: 453
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 3, 2016 08:30 AM EST Reads: 501
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Dec. 3, 2016 06:30 AM EST Reads: 6,010
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
Dec. 3, 2016 05:45 AM EST Reads: 6,929