Sage Life Twitter Chat with Stephen Kelly

In a public Twitter session this morning,  Sage CEO Stephen Kelly took questions about Sage’s recently announced Sage Life solution.

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Sage Updates ERP X3 Customer and Partner Counts



Sage recently posted updated customer and partner counts for their flagship ERP X3 product. These figures will be updated twice annually with the next update due November 2015.

As of May 2015 the counts stand at:

Key Figures :

  • Total Number of Sage ERP X3 Customers – 5100
  • Total number of Sage ERP X3 Business Partners – 290
  • Total Number of Countries in which Sage ERP X3 is sold – 100+
  • Total number of users – 236,000

Sage ERP X3 is Sage Group’s global ERP solution for mid-sized companies and subsidiaries of large groups with international demands. For over 10 years Sage ERP X3 has been a proven and comprehensive ERP solution addressing mid-market companies’ specific requirements and challenges in industries from manufacturing and services, to distribution and many more. 5,100 customers in 100+ countries worldwide have chosen Sage ERP X3 because helps companies grow forward with faster, simpler and flexible ERP. For further information, please visit

Sage and Salesforce Talk Sage Life on Salesforce 1 Platform



Sage CEO Stephen Kelly and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff today met in what was billed as a fireside chat. The topic? The newly announced Sage / Salesforce partnership – which apparently will kick off with a product named Sage Life due for general release in Summer 2015 on the Salesforce One platform. The new product will be structured for 10 to “a few hundred” employees.

Existing Sage products continue to be slotted into where on premises are more appropriate.

[Read more…] and Sage Set To Discuss Partnership May 12, 2015 just announced a fireside chat set for May 12, 2015 at 12:20pm PT (3:20pm ET) with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Sage CEO Stephen Kelly. The two leaders are set to discuss “the partnership between the world’s #1 small business accounting company and the world’s #1 CRM solution and enterprise cloud platform.”


While the agenda was not disclosed – based on job postings in North America it’s a safe bet one thing up for discussion could be Sage developing on the Salesforce1 platform – possibly beginning with a product geared to the Non-Profit market and using their  Sage One Extra SaaS product.

Some chit-chat about Sage or Salesforce investing in each other however I think the goal from UK is to increase new customer sales and a development partnership with Salesforce makes more sense.


Sage Searches For Non-Profit and Salesforce Experienced Product Manager


Sage North America continues to search for a Product Manager with “Exposure to the nonprofit and government market is preferred (specifically around the fund accounting and fund-raising elements of those organizations” as well as ” Deep experience and expertise with preferably in implementation or product management “.

This makes it seems as if a non-profit solution with integration to or the Salesforce1 platform is under development at Sage.

Watch for more news on May 13, 2015 when Sage offers up CEO Stephen Kelly and Marc Benioff for a press fireside chat.

Sage Reorganization: North American CEO Pascal Houillon Departs


In what will likely kick off a broad reorganization Sage today announced North American CEO Pascal Houillon has left the company effective May 6, 2015. No successor was named and the company indicates a search for a replacement is underway.

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Donald Deshaies Departs As Sage North America VP Channel Management

deshaiesI’m hearing from sources that Donald Deshaies has departed as channel chief for Sage North America after spending a little over a year in the position. His replacement would appear to be Rich Spring who was announced in an April 20, 2014 email.

This is a fairly recent departure since Deshaies was on the April 16, 2015 partner sales conference call.

Deshaies arrived at Sage in February 2014 replacing Tom Miller who’d departed in March 2013. Prior to arriving at Sage Deshaies spent 8 years at Microsoft.

Rich Spring carries the title of EVP and Chief Revenue Officer.  Prior to arriving at Sage he spent 18 years at Symantec

A formal announcement has yet to be made by Sage and I’ve yet to hear back from an inquiry seeking confirmation.

The following is a part of the channel wide announcement for Rich Spring which was sent April 20, 2015:

I am delighted to announce that Rich Spring has joined Sage North America in the role of chief revenue officer (CRO). Rich assumes responsibility for the new customer acquisition group, with a key focus on exceeding new revenue growth targets, while adding greater value on behalf of our customers. He will also supervise and lead the channel strategy for Sage North America. Rich reports directly to me, with the Irvine office serving as his primary home base.

Deshaies follows the January 2015 departure of Joe Langner EVP Mid-Market Solutions Sage North America and comes amidst what one source describes a general Sage North America re-organization of titles and positions.

Sage Shuffles Revenue Deck

musical_chairsSage issued a press release on April 8, 2015 announcing the hiring of a Chief Revenue Office, Rich Spring, whose goal it is to exceed new business revenue goals.

The only problem? Sage had  hired John Pullen in February 2015 as EVP Sales. Pullen’s LinkedIn shows him joining Sage in February 2015 however if there was a formal announcement it’s something I must have missed.

Today Sage announced  Pullen was an interim leader who will become a vital contributor to Spring’s leadership team.


Sage Unveils Entrepreneur Of The Week/Year Sweepstakes

summit_entrepeneurSage North America is hosting an Entrepreneur of the Week / Year sweepstakes in the run up to their July 27-30, 2015 Sage Summit conference.

The Sweepstakes begins at 7:00 am Central Time (“CT”) on March 23, 2015, and ends at midnight CT on July 10, 2015 and is open to anyone who is a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia and has reached the age of majority in their respective state at or before the start of the Sweepstakes. Employees and family members of employees of Sage Software, Inc. and its related companies and agents are not eligible.

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Sage 100 ERP New Licenses Subscription Only After March 27?


Numerous Sage 100 ERP sources  indicated they were told by  Sage contacts that after Friday March 27, 2015 Sage 100 ERP license pricing might change – with one source claiming to have been told that Sage 100 ERP  would be available via subscription only  for new  / reinstatements and no longer sold to new customers as perpetual licenses.

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