Apple and Sage have joined forces to provide a version of Sage Live for iOS, giving iPad and iPhone users an accounting app suitable for small and medium businesses.
However, Apple’s latest and largest tablet, the iPad Pro, has a 12in screen and Apple Pencil functionality, and may be the ideal device on which to carry out accounting while away from a laptop or desktop PC.
Sage Live for iOS will be provided through the App Store, and Sage will work with Apple to educate the app’s users on making use of mobile technology in their businesses.
Alan Laing, executive vice president of global strategic partnerships and alliances at Sage, highlighted the growing influence of mobile technology on the business world.
“Mobile and cloud technology is revolutionising the way small and medium businesses work, giving real-time decision making for the first time, reducing costs and democratising access to business management tools,” he said.
“In a time of seismic technological change and digital invention, we want to provide the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting.”
Laing claimed that iOS is the leading mobile platform for business users, and that the partnership with Apple is an indication of Sage’s commitment to iOS.
Sage Live was launched in its original form in July 2015, mixing the company’s expertise in the back-office world of enterprise resource planning with the customer relationship management chops of Salesforce.
The company hopes that the traditional divisions between back-office and customer-facing business software can be broken down with Sage Live and merged to become more effective in day-to-day business.
Sage has followed the example of Salesforce by creating an app that works on the Apple Watch.
However, it has yet to be seen whether Apple’s first-generation smartwatch is really suitable for the business world rather than just being a premium wearable for the consumer market.
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