It’s exactly a year ago since the Percipient Sage team left the Excel Centre in London following the Sage Summit. It was described as one of the best software conferences and the moment that a “new” Sage was born. At the time it was a huge statement of intent.
It was a proud two days for our team. Percipient’s customer testimonial video was played during the keynotes for the Enterprise customer on both days. The second day was especially good as we had Gavin Marshall with us, Bristol Sports CFO, who starred in the video.
So, as we sit here a year on, has Sage delivered on some of the promises and commitments made?
- Product road maps – at the time, clear product road maps were shared, Sage have kept on track with these, delivered on the promises and continued to release leading edge innovative software. In conjunction with that, products have been consolidated and we are pleased that Sage Enterprise Management (Sage X3) is a key leading product for Sage.
- The Stephen Kelly Effect – It’s over 3 years now since Stephen Kelly took over the reins as CEO of the Sage Group. He was clear when he came in, that Sage is a technology company and one of the UK’s finest, almost a sleeping giant. In a short space of time, Stephen has helped transform Sage, defined a clear strategy and made the company easy to do business with. We have also noticed over the last year, the impact that has been made by Jennifer Warawa (EVP Partners, Accountants and Alliances).
- Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) – We noticed at the Sage Summit and increasingly over the last year, Sage has worked hard with several ISV’s to make their technology available on their price list, widening the opportunity for customers and partners alike. One such product we ourselves have benefited from is Draycir’s Credit Hound which now comes with a connector direct into Sage Enterprise Management (Sage X3).
- Customer for Life – Sage were very clear; a customer should be for life. Now more than ever before, they are able to deliver on that commitment, and ensure companies from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Enterprise can run their business on Sage technology.
In summary, looking back over the last year we feel the Sage Summit served as a launch of the new Sage, a platform, a springboard and a major statement of intent in the market. Since then we have continued to notice the benefits, as our business has continued to grow, and our customers have benefited from Sage technology.
We look forward to attending and taking part in the Sage Enterprise Management Summit in Seville in May. If it has anywhere near the impact that the Sage Summit did, it will be a very rewarding conference.
Chris Stock – Managing Director
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