Sage Summit 2017 Revamped Into Series of Local Events

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I don’t have many details but it looks like you can wave bye-bye to the “largest gathering of small and medium businesses in the world”. The Sage Summit conference appears slated to be replaced by a series of local tour stops. The Sage Summit website now refers to the event as Sage Summit Tour and lists several local stops.

Update 11-2-2016: Sage has changed their Sage Summit  site ( https://www.sage.com/sage-summit/ )  so it now displays information for their upcoming Paris event November 28-29, 2016 which may mean the site image I captured (above) was not yet ready to be fully deployed. The company has not yet released any official information on their Sage Summit Tour and consultants I spoke with were unaware of it.

Sage is presently displaying 9 stops on the Sage Summit Tour:

  • Sydney, Australia – March 2017
  • Toronto, Canada – June 2017
  • Paris, France – November 2016
  • Berlin, Germany – March 2017
  • Singapore – March 2017
  • Johannesburg, South Africa – March 2017
  • Spain – February 2017
  • Atlanta, USA – Spring 2017
  • London, UK – Spring 2017

The Sage site indicates:

In 2017, Sage Summit evolves into the Sage Summit Tour, the world’s most essential series of events for entrepreneurs and business builders. For businesses of all sizes, whether established for 20 minutes or 20 years, this is a must attend event for thought leadership, inspiration, and learning. Rich in relevant content, meaningful networking, expert mentoring and product knowledge, the Sage Summit Tour offers the most personalized, interactive, learning experience on earth. Business builders, build on!

 

 

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Sage Summit Tour 2017: Revised Conference To Visit Multiple Locations?

 

see_you_sage_summitThe official Sage Summit conference site has just been updated to indicate a stop November 28-29, 2016 in Paris, France. The site has been slightly rebranded as “Sage Summit Tour” which seems to hint at a series of events which could either compliment (lead up to)  or perhaps replace the company’s annual flagship North America based Sage Summit Conference in 2017.

There has been no official information from Sage regarding their Sage Summit conference date(s) or location(s) for 2017.

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Sage Provides Partner Community Video Update

 

Sage’s Marc Henderson, Marketplace and Partner Community Director, provides an early look at a few things Sage is working on for their yet to be unveiled new partner portal.

This portal is believed to be based on Salesforce Communities and according to this video seems as if it may replace some or all of the present MySageSell portal. In addition, there appears to be a plan for private and public discussion groups within the Sage Partner Community.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information in the video to know what product groups may initially use this new Partner Community. Sage at their recent Sage Summit 2016 conference indicated that North America would first begin to see a glimpse of the Global Partner Program in late 2017.

Perhaps the community will serve as an early look at what is to come with the new Global Partner Program.

 

 

 

Paige Erickson, VP Partner Strategy & Programs Departs Sage North America

paige_ericksonSage have announced that Paige Erickson, VP of Partner Strategy and Programs will depart Sage effective September 2, 2016.

Sage EVP Sales and Partner Programs Nancy Harris assumes the role of Interim Head of Partner Programs until a replacement is named.

Erickson arrived in October 2015 just after Rich Spring who joined as Chief Revenue Officer in April 2015.  By all appearances, she was slated to work closely with Spring on revamping the revenue and channel fortunes of Sage North America. Spring lasted until January 2016 when he unexpectedly departed and subsequently reappeared at Seal Software as SVP Worldwide Field Operations.

In the interim Erickson seemed to have been left in somewhat of limbo. She had been active in the partner community and both she and Rich Spring seemed to have been well received by the channel. However Sage never positioned her front and center with the channel.

For some reason, Sage never positioned Paige Erickson front and center with the channel and her lack of prominent exposure at events led many to privately wonder whether her time at Sage might be limited.

This departure leaves some question about the structure of Sage Channel Management in light of the new Global Channel program outlined at Sage Summit 2017.

 

Full release follows

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Sage Summit 2016 Featured Presentations Available for On-Demand Playback

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Did you miss some of the featured keynotes and conversations at Sage Summit 2016? Here’s a chance to review recordings of a number of keynotes as well as many presentations made within the Sage show floor.

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Where Is Sage Summit 2017?

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Despite rumors that Sage Summit 2017 would begin a multi-year stay in Atlanta, beginning  May 2017, there apparently is no official word on where or when Sage’s next annual conference will be held. Initial rumors had it moving to the east coast and shifting dates from August to May.

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Intuit Inks Deal With BDO USA, LLP To Become Part Of Their Anticipated Client Small Business Management Solution

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Intuit today announced a strategic alliance with BDO USA, LLP in which QuickBooks will serve as a part of an expected new BDO offering this fall. 

BDO is expected to launch a new cloud business management solution for clients later this fall. As part of the small business component of the new online offering, BDO will partner with QuickBooks to offer clients online tools and processes to help them better manage their accounting. This includes several preferred, integrated apps that work with QuickBooks, including TSheets, Expensify and Qvinci.

CPA firm strategic relationships are important to software publishers as the market for accounting and ERP solutions matures and shifts from the  model of simply moving from paper to online to one where companies are increasingly looking to fully integrate their existing solutions.

Many small businesses who have completed the process of automating accounting are ready for the next step of fully integrating other solutions such as online e-commerce, paperless billing and other integrations.

Software publisher Sage has also been very active in this market with the November 2014 introduction of Sage View which integrates to Sage One Accounting – US Edition, Sage 50 – US Edition and Intuit QuickBooks (Pro and Premiere 2012-2015) to provide dashboards of client data.

 

 

Source: Intuit Press Release

Himanshu Palsule, Gabrielle Boko Depart Sage North America

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After 18 years, Sage CTO and Head of Strategy Himanshu Palsule has reportedly departed.  Himanshu was responsible for all product and technology development, as well as guiding the overall product strategy, for the Sage product and services portfolio in North America.

In addition to strategy, Himanshu guided product portfolio management, technology and architecture, product management, customer connected innovation, led the R&D organization.

Sage’s JuanMi Rodriguez will step in and assist with leading North America product delivery, which includes product management. JuanMi is currently EVP of operations and global product delivery, as well as responsible for all customer-facing online products and cloud services.

In addition to Himanshu, Gabrielle Boko, who started as EVP and Regional CMO Marketing, North America and four months ago was appointed Sage’s EVP Global Brand Experience, has reportedly left Sage. Boko had been with Sage almost 2.5 years and was most visible around the Sage Summit customer conference events.

Alliance Solutions Group, RKL eSolutions Named Sage Business Partners of the Year

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Alliance Solutions Group has achieved the distinction for Sage Business Partner of the Year for Top New License Revenue for highest total new license revenue across all of Sage North America. Sage also recognizes Alliance Solutions Group as the Sage Business Partner of the Year for Top Revenue for highest total revenue.

The Sage Business Partner of the Year for Top New License Growth honor goes to RKL eSolutions for achieving the highest total new license growth across all of Sage North America.

 

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Sage One Renewal Spam

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If you receive an invoice from Sage indicating “Your Sage subscription invoice is ready”, please delete it. I just had a customer contact me to inquire about the validity of such an email.

Upon further review the email leads to a download site (not Sage)  which in turn attempts to download a file to your desktop. Other sites have reported similar malware attempts by bogus emails purporting to be from Sage. Please never download any files which you were not expecting and especially no files where the link redirects to a site that is not one you visit and know to be safe.

 

From: noreply@sage.com [mailto:noreply@sage.com]
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2015 8:02 AM
Subject: Your Sage subscription invoice is ready

Dear Customer

Account number: 86490173

Your Sage subscription invoice is now online and ready to view.

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