Sage Group Annual Report Available Online

Sage Group Annual ReportThe full Annual Report & Accounts 2014 for Sage is now available for review online as well as download. The company reported final results on December 3, 2014 with organic revenue growth of 5% (2013: 4%) and organic operating profit margin of 27.5% (2013: 27.1%).

Sage Annual Report & Accounts 2014

Sage Seeking Global Head of Sage One Marketing

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According to this LinkedIn job posting in 2014 Sage created a global marketing department to promote their Sage One entry level SaaS solution. Now the company is seeking a Head of Marketing to manage the process including “buy-in from all stakeholders (up to ExCo and down into the local teams)”.

In their latest annual report Sage indicated 86,000 paying Sage One subscriptions – 146% increase from the prior year.

Sage One is our global cloud solution for start-up and small businesses. Following its launch in the UK & Ireland (“UKI”) in 2011, Sage One is now commercially available in 10 countries including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and South Africa.

The relatively recent launch of Sage One, together with its low monthly subscription, means it is not yet a material contributor to Group revenue. However, Sage One is an important product in helping us to grow market share amongst start-up and small businesses.

The main Sage One development team is based in the UK. The architecture of Sage One is modular so that regional development teams can build functionality addressing local legislation that seamlessly plugs in to the core product. Examples of these modules include quotations in France and debit notes in Spain.

Avoid Simplenote For Note Taking – Unreliable Sync Erases Notes


Simplenote is a note taking application which offers methods to take notes on the web as well as all major smartphone platforms. Recently we’ve had experience where notes disappear right before our eyes as they are syncing to the various devices on our account (web, Android, iPhone).

And it looks like we are not the first person to complain about poor sync functionality with Simplenote.

With the start of the new year many of you could be looking for updated or new ways to take notes while on the go. We have found Evernote to be the most stable when syncing between various devices. Microsoft OneNote is also a good alternative.

In our view you should avoid this product and instead focus on a more reliable alternative such as Evernote or OneNote.

Has Intuit Pulled A Fast One With Turbotax 2014?

Intuit turbotax More than a few people are complaining that Intuit has pulled a fast one with their 2014 edition of Turbotax.

The company has reportedly removed the ability to create forms C,D or E unless an additional upgrade fee is paid. The creation of these forms was included in last year’s version of Turbotax and the packaging of Turbotax 2014 does not seem to prominently mention that an upgrade is required to retain the same functionality as was in the prior year version.

The core issue is described by as:

The full interview sections (Q&As) for filling out Schedule C (self-employment income and all expenses), Schedule D (investments), and Schedule E (rental and partnership income) are no longer in TurboTax Deluxe ($59.99 list). The complete Q&A Schedule D (with importation of brokerage data) and Schedule E are now only available in their “Premier” and higher editions ($89.99), and the full Schedule C is only available in their “Home & Business” version ($99.99).

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Intuit Introduces ACA Website to Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Affordable Care Act

Intuit ACAIntuit have just published a special site aimed at helping both clients and tax professionals understand the Affordable Care Act. The site provides downloadable PDF files which help to answer common questions and also has direct links to the Intuit community where members can ask questions of other members or search through previously asked questions.

Intuit ACA Site

Bill Kizer – Sage Channel Champion, All Around Great Guy – 1952-2014


Monday June 23, 2014 Bill Kizer died after a 1.5 year fight with liver cancer. Bill was a friend not only to me to but to almost everyone he came into contact with.

As most of you know Bill worked for years in sales within the Sage channel (Blytheco, Barsa). He was the founder of the Sage LinkedIn group which he grew from nothing in 2008 to well over 8,500 members. He was tireless in managing the group and worked behind the scenes at making sure everything ran smoothly. The Sage LinkedIn group was his baby and it’s because of him that it’s grown to where it is today. He loved it and he had lots of great conversations with people he met online.

Many of you met Bill at Sage Summit where he often presented on various social media topics and would talk with pride about his boys – Trent and Trevor. He loved roaming the trade show floor and talking to his many friends. Bill knew everyone and everyone new Bill.

Outside of the Sage community Bill spent his free time at home in California fishing at the beach with his sons, loved a good cigar (really loved) and embraced his Hawaiian culture. He was often my ride from the San Diego airport when I was visiting – and my roommate at Summit where we’d spend hours walking, talking and discussing the events of the day.

Bill you’re going to be missed – as a friend, colleague and father.

QuickBooks App For Mac – Eventual Heir To QuickBooks For Mac?


Intuit pushed out a press release today announcing “availability of the new QuickBooks app for Mac, a brand new app designed for the Mac OS that brings the power and benefits of the QuickBooks Online ecosystem to Mac users“.

Is this an early indicator that QuickBooks for Mac is slated for retirement? Nothing in the press release indicates that this is so – except that the product landing page for QuickBooks App for Mac suggests that it’s an upgrade from QuickBooks 2014 for Mac.

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SilverSun Technologies Aims For $50 Million Within 18 Months

Watch for continued merger and acquisition activity from SilverSun Technologies – a company whose primary asset is Sage partner SWK Technologies.

In a letter to shareholders released today , Chairman, President and CEO Mark Meller summarizes the past year’s financial results as well as outlines plans for the company to grow from $18 million in size to “more than $50 million in the next 18 months”.

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CIOReview: Automated Email Marketing Gone Wrong



I’m somehow stuck in autoresponder land receiving emails from someone claiming to be Steve Miller from CIO Review. Oddly enough he has identified our non-profit 90 Minds Group as a potential candidate for the Microsoft Solution Providers 100.

Too bad 90 Minds is made up almost exclusively of Sage partners. A perfect example of scraping the web for email addresses – gone bad. Did I mention that a nominal sponsorship fee of $3,000 is also being requested?

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Sage ERP X3 Global Convention Opening Video

Sage have just released this opening video from their Sage ERP X3 Global Convention happening now through May 15, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. The video primarily highlights the growth in attendance from the first conference 4 years ago which attracted 200 participants to the 2014 convention which Sage has reported a total attendance of 912 (212 of them being customers).


Sage ERP X3 Global Convention