Published on: August 13, 2015
in: Sage Summit
Recently returning from Sage Summit, I wanted to take a few minutes and summarize things which stood out to me.
The event used to be partner/product specific, however that has changed into more of an event where discussions are held and general business topics are discussed in larger groups. There is validity to this approach, however for people who are looking for more technical content, this event isn’t for them any longer.
Sage 300 (Sage 2016) was unveiled and showing the new browser based screens. However, all of the screens haven’t been developed yet, so the initial release in October, will be followed up with an update in February releasing more of the web screens. There is still some confusion as to which customers will “get” the new screens. A lot of the 3rd party developers we talked with at various times, hadn’t begun working on their web screens yet, but realized that they would need to start soon.
Sage 100 (Sage 2016) was unveiled and showing the new screens and functionality.
Sage Live was announced and shown to many people, however the reseller community isn’t quite sure how this will work for our business clients. Many questions remain unanswered about where and how Sage Live can be deployed to business clients.
It was great to meet with many of the 3rd party companies we deal with within our client base. This included Orchid, Norming, Website Pipeline, Edisoft, Red Tail, TaiRox, Altec, Vertex, Renovofyi, Accu-Dart, Auto Simply, Technisoft, Dataself, just to mention a few. This discussions help us understand where they are going with their products which we support and allow us to give client feedback directly to the developers.
We had quite a few clients attend the various events and they seemed to enjoy meeting the 3rd party developers. It was great to see our clients interact with the 3rd party community and see some of the things we talk to them about all the time.
It will be quite interesting to see how Sage can get answers to the many questions remaining after Sage Summit. The overall feeling we had upon leaving the event was good and we are very glad to have seen so many of you join us.