NEW ORLEANS: Sage has used its Sage Summit 2015 conference to announce an injection of cloud into its accounting software suite and the addition of mobility capabilities into another of its key products.
Sage is effectively overhauling its accounting software to be used as a service and with traditional on-premise IT deployments.
Himanshu Palsule, chief technology officer and head of strategy at Sage, said that new products and services will give small and medium enterprises the option to use technology that works for their business, rather than offer prescriptive enterprise resource planning (ERP) products.
"With these releases we are announcing the death of ERP and permanently removing it from our vocabulary, leaving that ERP moniker behind so that we'll do what we do best: deliver technology that will help you run your business," he said, going on to reveal the company's three new products.
Sage X3 Cloud
Sage has taken its suite of ERP applications and retooled them to be delivered as a cloud service, dubbed Sage X3 Cloud.
The cloud version offers exactly the same core functionality as the on-premise Sage X3 software, but allows the applications to be delivered as software-as-a-service.
Sage X3 Cloud can be accessed on mobile devices, rather than being tethered to office hardware, and can be customised without any extra coding or development.
Customers can also tap into social network data through Sage X3 Cloud's integration with other web-based platforms to access and analyse the information, such as positive or negative tweets about a certain product and the number of people discussing it on social sites.
Sage 100c and 300c
Sage has reworked its Sage 100 and 300 collection of accounting tools, making them accessible on mobile devices, even though the software suite is designed to be run on systems located in a company's IT network.
Palsule explained that the 'c' added to the end of Sage 100 and 300 stands for "connected, collaborative and customer-focused", and highlights Sage's ambition to create modern software to fit the needs of customers rather than force them to adopt cloud-only software and services.
Sage 100c and 300c feature an HTML web interface (pictured above) which allows them to be accessed and navigated easily on mobile devices. The first releases of the mobile-focused software suites will arrive in October.
Sage's ambition to cater for on-premise and cloud users is in contrast to rival NetSuite's cloud-centric approach supported by Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.
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