In our previous blog about Sage Summit 2017, we focused primarily on the evolution of the Sage X3 solution.
Sage CEO, Stephen Kelly, and Sage Executive Vice President, Nancy Harris, discussed the current positioning of Sage at both the partner kickoff and the customer kickoff.
Both sessions focused on their cloud offerings. At the partner session, they went into a few more details regarding solutions, roadmaps and innovation.
Sage was very clear that they are investing in their portfolio of products, leading with the cloud. They are hoping to leapfrog the competition in this area with their new developments.
Product Offering Updates
The following is a summary of their product offering and updates on each product roadmap for 2017. Note that most of Ultra’s clients would be working with the Sage X3 product either on-premise or in the cloud. However, Sage stated they are moving forward with all their products, with specific focus on Sage 50, 100, and 300.
Sage 50 is launching Sage 50 C to the cloud with MS Office 365 and apps. The new applications include:
- Cloud Backup
- Business Performance Dashboard
Sage 100 announced new Payroll, Job Costing and Direct Integration with banks, making way for heightened capability, including the reconciliation of checks.
Sage 300 announced several new features, including a new user interface, Hosting on Azure, AP automation, and eCommerce solutions.
Sage in the Cloud
Sage discussed their multi-product cloud approach. They employ five different applications:
- Sage One
- Sage Live
- Sage Accountant
- Sage People
- Sage CRM
In addition to these five, they are also moving Sage X3 to the cloud.
Sage CRM is a solid mid-tier solution, and it as well will have a new user interface in 2017, plus team calendars, technical improvements, a new browser, and continued additions to mobility.
There are several exciting new developments for Sage X3. They will be offering the solution in the cloud, hosting by partners, Version 11, a new mobile interface, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) for large construction, Human Capital Management (HCM), and many more.
Future Moves for Sage
At the end of the partner keynote they also mentioned a new emphasis on planning with partners. Sage will actively be reaching out to their partners to assist them in growing their businesses.
They will establish targets, have more recognition for partner success, drive joint solution development, provide new marketing tools, and simplify the partner program overall.
In the keynote for customers, they offered a big splash with a bot that interfaces with Amazon’s Alexia, and integrates your voice with Sage. The users can ask questions verbally, and receive the answers both with charts.
I think this is where all ERP systems are going to end up. The chat bot is just the beginning. This is the future of ERP software, and it is huge that Sage is in early.
To learn more about Sage, visit their website here.