- Sage Drops “ERP” from Product Names
- Sage Summit Recap and Keynote Speeches
- Sage Partner Merger
Sage Drops “ERP” From Product Names
Stephen Kelly, recently-appointed CEO of Sage following the departure of Pascal Houillon back in May, made the announcement at Sage Summit saying:
“... as of today we will no longer use the word or the term ERP to describe any of our products. We believe ERP is a 25 year old industry term, characterized by cost overrun, and in some cases even business ruin, that has been imposed on you for the benefit of others.
To the finance directors of the world, ERP stands for Expense, Regret, Pain. Sadly our industry has a long history of invasive, disruptive initiatives that have been carried out at the expense of their customers.”
It’s a bold statement from a company that develops and supports ... well, ERP software!
But it seems the point that Kelly is trying to make is that there has been a shift in the technology landscape over the last several years (think “cloud”) and Sage aims to continue innovating its software products so they are easier to implement, easier to use, and less disruptive to business operations.
It seems the “ERP” acronym is a legacy term that carries a lot of baggage and mixed emotions. Going forward, Sage intends to focus more intently on customer experience, give businesses choice in deployment options (cloud or on-premises), and minimize the impact of software implementations.
Video: Sage Summit Keynote Speech from Stephen Kelly
Click below to watch the entire Sage Summit keynote speech from Stephen Kelly. If you want to skip ahead to the announcement that Sage is dropping ERP from their product names, it starts at about the 5 minute mark.
Stephen Kelly Keynote Video
Sage Summit Recap and Keynote Speeches
- CEO Stephen Kelly brings a level of energy and enthusiasm that Sage has lacked for a long time. A breathe of fresh air.
- Going forward, it will be a kinder, gentler Sage that doesn’t force any business to do anything they aren’t comfortable with. Whether you want software that runs on-premises, on the web, or in the cloud, Sage will continue innovation to provide those options.
- Sage is committed to accountant and bookkeepers and sees them as an integral part of their business.
On the Sage Summit Website, a series of videos have been posted that provide a replay of keynote speeches, key presentations, and featured speakers like General Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, Chad Hurley (co-found of YouTube) Tony Hawk, and many others.
So if you didn’t get a chance to make it out to New Orleans this year, it’s a great way to get caught up on the present and future of Sage products.
button: Sage Summit Videos
Net@Work Acquires Sage 300 Partner AXIS Integrated Solutions
Founder and CEO of AXIS, Kelly Hummel, will continue as the Sage 300 Practice Director at Net@Work. According to an email that was sent out to AXIS customers on July 29, the existing staff will join Net@Work and presumably continue working out of their existing office locations in St. Louis (Headquarters) as well as Kansas City and Tulsa.