Recently Dennis Howlett, self-proclaimed no-nonsense purveyor of truth in matters pertaining to enterprise IT, penned an article called “Sage on the road to nowhere.” As a long-time observer of Sage UK, Mr. Howlett makes some tough and mostly accurate assessments of the current situation and the challenges faced by Sage as they shift to addressing new customer expectations in the increasingly Cloud-based world of software applications.
Luckily for all involved, Sage leadership has seemingly woken up to these new, and growing, set of expectations and now it’s a matter of proper, disciplined execution on the road ahead. There is no doubt that this journey of transformation will continue to experience bumps in the road with some painful ramifications for many involved.
But it’s completely necessary if Sage wants to survive in the new economy.
If you don’t believe this, consider companies like Blockbuster Video, RIM, Sears, Best Buy and others that – not waking up in time to the transformations in their particular industries – have been either put out of business completely or dramatically crippled.
It’s almost that time of year when Sage eagerly seeks out partner and employees to perform at their Sage Summit 2012 partner conference.
Last year featured a full event night of entertainment provided by Sage employees and partners – including this from Ed Kless and this from Apryl Hanson and the SageTones. Interested? Check LinkedIN for more details on how to apply to entertain the drunken masses..
Until then, who’s up for practicing -and performing this as the Sage Hill Gang??
Survey – tell Sage about your talent
PDF – FAQ About the Sage Talent Show
Sage have just posted the Sage Summit 2011 keynote and panel discussion from their July 2011 combined customer and partner conference. This 1:21 video covers both Pascal’s opening keynote as well as the question and answer session with the Sage Executive team.
Sage’s VP of Channel Management sat down with Jeff Jedras of CDN for a wide ranging chat on the implications of the announced re-branding efforts that will see nearly ever Sage North American product. Tom shares his experiences with six prior re-branding efforts in his career and why at the end of each re-branding most people commented that they should have done the re-branding sooner.
According to Tom there will be workgroups to determined the brand names and that by achieving a prominence for the Sage brand it will be much easier to find and attract customers. Tom indicates that 12-18 months has been his prior experience with how long it has taken until you see changes in brand recognition.
Watch the entire video here
IF you watched the Sage Summit 2011 opening video you may not have seen this set of blooper outtakes. It was displayed during closing moments of the customer keynote. This video also features a list of everyone at Sage involved with making the video.
Sage Summit 2011 customer presentations are now available in the conference Virtual Tote Bag. To login and download follow these instructions:
Access your Virtual Totebag.
Enter the email and password you used to register for Sage Summit.
Browse sessions and handouts* by product community and session code.
Note that sessions deemed confidential won’t be in your Virtual Tote Bag.
Partner sessions are not yet available but should be posted soon.
Next year’s Sage Summit moves one month ahead to August 12-17, 2012. The conference will once again be hosted at the Gaylord Hotels – returning to the Nashville TN location which had been devastated in May 2010 by severe flooding.
The hotel has been completely refurbished with lifejackets now provided in every room.
As you may recall the Gaylord Nashville is directly next to the famed Grand Ole Opry .
Image via: Huffington Post
The Sage Events Team uploaded the video showing the finish line and the first place men’s and women’s finisher – Rob Johnson and Ginny Miller.
The first day of Sage Summit’s customer focussed sessions are well underway.
We here at Summitdiary realize that it’s not always 100% clear how you should dress for a conference.
A quick glance around the exhibit hall reveals that most conference goers have grasped the concept of “business casual”.
However there is always the risk that some attendees don’t understand the art of casual dress.
With those folks in mind here’s a primer on dressing casually for Sage Summit 2011.
This has to be THE coolest gift idea of the year. Sage customer John Gill – VP Admin – Carson Home Accents, a Sage ERP X3 user for over 3 years shared his success story around using ERP X3 and he brought along a sample of one of the company’s hottest selling items.