Brad Smith – Global EVP Customer Experience – Departs Sage

03c3d4aSage Global EVP Customer Experience Brad Smith has departed Sage – reportedly July 17, 2015 – after having moved in the Global EVP Customer Experience 5 months ago.

Smith moved to Sage from Yahoo in July 2012 as EVP Customer Experience and spearheaded such initiatives as the Inspire Tour and bus tour which visited local communities and offered customers a chance to learn and interact with Sage products.

In a note to select partners Smith notes “As you know by now I have left Sage. These decisions are never very easy, but I’m confident that it is the right move. Sage is a remarkable company, staffed with remarkable people who are clearly some of the best at what they do. I can’t wait to see where Sage goes next.”

 

Sage Summit Attractions 7,260

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Sage Announces 7,260 Attendance for Summit 2015

Sage today announced 7,260 attendees at their Summit 2015 conference which is slated to kick off today 7/27/15 with a partner day. Tomorrow 7/28/15 the conference will officially open with a keynote from CEO Stephen Kelly.

The attendance announced is pretty close to the initial 7,500 estimate. Considering the warm temperatures in New Orleans during July 2015 (81 degrees at 6am – “feels like 106″ at 1pm – the turnout appears exceptional.

Overall coordination appears much improved over prior conferences. Satellite registration at the Hilton went smoothly with only a few lines to contend with.

The conference App has seen heavy usage and seems likely to be a huge aid to Sage in connecting attendees.

If you are not “on the ground” in New Orleans – you can watch many of the keynotes online

Slush Puppie Trades Sage, Epicor for Netsuite OneWorld

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Slush Puppie UK has manufactured and distributed frozen treats to the US since the 1970’s. Recently Computerworld reports that the company underwent a change in accounting systems – trading in Sage 500 and Epicor Express ERP for Netsuite OneWorld.

The trade appears to have happened in response to recent acquisitions by the company signing a new deal with Coca Cola to distribute their products in Europe.

Of particular note in the article is the repeated use of the term “legacy” and description that:

The organisation struggled to determine its stock, costings, profit margins and asset management with the legacy Sage product, which required several developers to build applications to firefight. Reporting took up the time of more than one full-time employees time, simply to pull data into spreadsheets.

Slush Puppie has had 40 employees using Netsuite OneWorld since January 2015.

benefits to hosted solutions far outweighed any security concerns, and automatic upgrades and improved availability from Netsuite were the main drivers. “For us, hardware doesn’t make sense,”

via: ComputerWorld UK

Microsoft writes off Nokia with $7.6 billion charge

nokia_brokenMicrosoft today announced a restructuring:

 

Microsoft will record a charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 for the impairment of assets and goodwill in its Phone Hardware segment, related to the NDS business. This charge has no impact on cash flow from operations and is nondeductible for income tax purposes. Based on the new plans, the future prospects for the Phone Hardware segment are below original expectations. Accordingly, the company concluded that an impairment adjustment of its Phone Hardware segment assets and goodwill of approximately $7.6 billion is required.

Microsoft closed on the purchase of mobile phone maker Nokia in April 2014 paying $7.2 billion.

The write-off amount today equals the entire amount (and then some) of their purchase.

Enterprise Software Podcast #25: Microsoft Never Sells Off A Product, Possible Salesforce Deal More Scary Than Dynamics Reorganization

Enterprise Software Podcast LogoAnother edition of the Enterprise Software Podcast has been posted. For this episode hosts Bob McAdam, Todd McDaniel and Darcy Boerio chat with Dynamics GP consultant Mark Polino  and Hal Howard about  recent changes at Microsoft – and more specifically the impact on the Microsoft Dynamics and CRM product lines.

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Sage Adds Microsoft , Mastercard as Summit Sponsors

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With their annual Sage Summit conference less than three weeks away Sage’s conference website lists the return of Microsoft as a Diamond sponsor. Mastercard   returns this year as a Platinum sponsor.  The conference kicks off Tuesday July 29, 2015 with  The Sage Conversation keynote on navigating a changing world with Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), and Deepak Chopra.

Intuit Cuts 399 Positions

IntuitIntuit have reportedly cut back 399 people representing a little under 5% of their staffing.

This investor presentation slide deck on the Intuit site ( http://investors.intuit.com/events/default.aspx ) gives some clues as to Intuit changes.

The company appears to be shuffling product strategy to move customers to QuickBooks Online (presently 700,000 — target 2 million globally by 2017).

Also this is not the first time Inuit has trimmed employees – there have been at least two prior layoffs each of which seemed to be similar in size.

June 2008 – 575 employees / 7% – http://www.intuit.com/company/press-room/press-releases/2008/0626/

July 2012 – 226 employees – http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/27/intuit-trims-san-diego-workforce/

July 2015 – 200 employees – http://tucson.com/business/local/intuit-s-tucson-office-to-lay-off-workers/article_3b4085a1-d866-5ec3-bf17-dc594b0c059e.html

August 2014 – 120 employees – http://www.sfvbj.com/news/2014/aug/19/intuit-lays-120-woodland-hills/

Sage Capital Markets Day – 6/24/15 – Replay Now Available

Sage_Capital_Markets_Day_ReplayThe entire 3.5 hour recording of yesterday’s Sage Capital Markets meeting is now available online. This event was aimed at UK analysts though a significant update was provided on Sage’s global product strategy as well as some KPI metrics for sales of Sage One, Sage Life and Sage X3 (Sage’s announced three go-forward global products).

You can view our analysis and summary of Sage Capital Markets Day 2015 or visit http://capitalmarkets.sage.com/ and watch the recording.

Five Weeks Until Sage Summit: $99 Registration Discount, 7,500 people plus Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra

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With 5 weeks until Sage Summit 2015 there are some updated attendance numbers from Sage. According to a channel mailing expect 7,500 people in addition to 150 exhibitors at Sage’s conference.

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Sage Life General Availability: August 2015

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During Sage’s Capital Markets Day CTO Klaus Michael Vogelberg announced that Sage Life was approximately one month from idea to concept and expected six months from concept to an expected general availability in August 2015.

Also announced was the formation of a new global partner program and training offerings. Details on the global partner program not yet available though it sounds as if partners might play a role in the Sage Life ecosystem which should deliver value to Sage and partners through (a) capturing new customers and (b) increased functionality starting with accounting and then adding payroll and more ISV integrations.