Sage Summit 2015 was very energizing and exciting for Sage partners and customers alike. The new management team at Sage conveyed that they understood the importance of the Sage partner channel and were dedicated to their success. They also said they would not terminate any product groups in the future.
This announcement by Stephen Kelly, Sage Group CEO provides a great boost in confidence for Sage partners and clients. It gives them the confidence needed to invest in a Sage product without the fear of an impending end-of-life product announcement.
Front Line Systems was excited to hear that the Sage 300 product will move to an HTML 5 Interface in the 2016 version (due in October 2016). Right now, the online product uses these HTML 5 based screens but doesn’t have all the feature functions that the locally deployed options provide. All the functionality that is built into the existing screens is not currently built into the HTML 5 screens.
Sage committed to bring the HTML screens first and foremost to the local deployment option, and then get them to match the existing screens features and functions. Lastly Sage committed to develop the web screen and the traditions screen in tandem. This is a great stride in technology for the Sage 300 platform.
The new mantra at Sage Summit this year was Sage’s assurance to continue to support the Cloud, Hybrid and local deployment options for Sage products. As Stephen Kelly put it, “Sage loves cloud, Sage loves Hybrid, and Sage loves local deploy.”
The Sage Live product is built on the Salesforce platform, and fully moves Sage into a Cloud position. Sage’s ever growing portfolio of add-on products, such as Inventory Advisor, Order Entry orders on the web, Sage CRM on the web, that connect to local installations is the Hybrid part of the Sage portfolio. The ability to put everything on servers and then locally deploy and host them in the office or data centers is the local Sage deployment option.
This year the Sage Summit show floor was exciting. It was laid out exquisitely and nicely traversed. The Front Line Systems team really enjoyed all the training options available on the show floors. One corner of the show floor was called the training center. There were many open classrooms in the training center and they allowed everyone to easily listen in on the training, even if all the seats were taken.
Steve Erickson, Front Line Systems President said, “Sage is working hard to preserve its role as a key player in the SMB market space. Front Line Systems was delighted to hear the positive steps announced at Sage Summit this year.”