In July 27th to 30th, the Sage annual summit was held in New Orleans, USA. Great personalities such as Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, Jane Seymour, Baroness Karren Brady and many others were also there to share their views on the global issues companies face today.
It was a huge success as more that 10 thousand people took part in this summit, as Stephen Kelly, Global CEO of Sage group and Himansu Palsule, Chief Technical Officer, Product Strategy paved the way forward for new products to come. Beyond the cloud solutions such as Sage One, Life and 50, Sage remains focused on servicing SMBs through the 3 on premises product lines, namely Sage 100 (targeting small businesses), 300 (targeting SMEs that do international trade) and X3 (manufacturing ERP).
In fact, Sage 300 will remain the core product offering for services and trading companies, with more than 300 add-ons and vertical applications. The coming versions of Sage 300 will be totally web based and use only Microsoft’s SQL server while enabling connected services, being ability to connect to other external systems e.g. to execute payments, payroll, submit reports, etc. Last but not least, Sage CRM integration to Sage 300 will be extended and the two systems, one known as a front office and the other as a back office will be known as just an office system. This is a very important direction considering that CRM offers extensive functionality and access from mobiles and tablets.
Last but not least, Sage had dropped off ERP from all its product lines to show that implementation timeframes are much shorter than traditional ERP systems offered by other companies that mostly target manufacturing companies.