Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, ManageEngine IT Matters, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Sage Technology Strategy Drives Choice and Opportunity for North American Small and Medium-Sized Business

Purposeful Innovation Approach Centered Around Cloud, Mobility and Data

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.

Mobility:
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.

For more information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at NA.Sage.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, Facebook.com/Sage, and Twitter, Twitter.com/SageNAmerica.

©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.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
"We are focused on SAP running in the clouds, to make this super easy because we believe in the tremendous value of those powerful worlds - SAP and the cloud," explained Frank Stienhans, CTO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
DX World EXPO, LLC., a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
In his opening keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Michael Maximilien, Research Scientist, Architect, and Engineer at IBM, discussed the full potential of the cloud and social data requires artificial intelligence. By mixing Cloud Foundry and the rich set of Watson services, IBM's Bluemix is the best cloud operating system for enterprises today, providing rapid development and deployment of applications that can take advantage of the rich catalog of Watson services to help drive insights from the vast t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EnterpriseTech has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. EnterpriseTech is a professional resource for news and intelligence covering the migration of high-end technologies into the enterprise and business-IT industry, with a special focus on high-tech solutions in new product development, workload management, increased effic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy named "Bronze Sponsor" of 21st International Cloud Expo which will take place October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud com...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CHEETAH Training & Innovation will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CHEETAH Training & Innovation is a cloud consulting and IT training firm specializing in improving clients cloud strategies and infrastructures for medium to large companies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datanami has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datanami is a communication channel dedicated to providing insight, analysis and up-to-the-minute information about emerging trends and solutions in Big Data. The publication sheds light on all cutting-edge technologies including networking, storage and applications, and thei...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...