Sage has announced the launch of two cloud-focused platforms as the company looks to meet the needs of a new generation of accountants who want more digitally up-to-date software.
The first new tool is Sage Live for Accountants which runs in the Salesforce App Cloud. Sage explained that offering the service in this way allows customers to scale and manage client bases as required, while offering the same core tools needed by accountants.
The second is Sage One Partner Edition aimed at accountants who work with sole traders, entrepreneurs and micro-businesses. Sage said that it has made the product easy for accountants to load new clients, access key information and produce accounts and returns rapidly.
Both products will be available in May and both are only available as cloud-based offerings.
This marks a subtle shift in strategy by Sage after saying last year that the firm was trying to encourage, rather than force, firms to see the benefits of the cloud and would still offer on-premise versions of its software.
Commenting on the releases, Alison Parson, business services manager at UK accountancy firm Albert Goodman, said that moving from desktop software to the cloud is “without a doubt the biggest growth opportunity for accountancy firms”.
“Today’s businesses demand flexibility, working anywhere and at any time, and cloud accounting packages provide this,” she added.
“The interactivity and flexibility of cloud accountancy also present us with great opportunities to offer advice to our clients on the spot, which in turn helps us to strengthen client relationships.”
The new Sage products follow a partnership announcement with Apple earlier this year to provide a version of Sage Live for iOS, giving iPad and iPhone users an accounting app suitable for small and medium businesses to meet the demand for on-the-go access to key business tools.
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