Sage Software’s annual conference for customers and partners took place this week in Chicago. Sage billed the event as the largest gathering of entrepreneurs with a reported 20,000 attendees (online included).

 

The event had it’s usual excellent line up of famous speakers including Richard Branson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher and Yancey Strickler, founder of Kickstarter. Alongside them a round of up of leaders from various business associations and many industry experts.

 

Stephen Kelly, Sage’s CEO, opened up the Summit by declaring Sage’s intentions to “help ignite your passion for business” and to focus on sensibly prioritising their customer’s needs. The customer’s needs being that lots want to be in the cloud, but some aren’t ready yet. Sage have stated that they will be there for their customer’s when they are ready.

 

There was the introduction of the Sage Integration Cloud which will provide a marketplace for ‘Sage to Sage’ integrations, as well as integrations to a number of partner solutions.

 

Beyond the cloud Sage also launched an accounting bot which works different messenger apps. The bot is called ‘Pegg’ and is similar to the more familiar ‘Siri’ from your iPhone. Pegg allows business users to track and enter their expenses via a chat engine. The business user simply exchanges chat messages with the bot while the bot does the accounting behind the scenes. Users can tell the bot about expenses and other accounting information, and can also upload images of receipts on the go, which Pegg records. Users can access simple reports at any time which list all transactions, expenses only or income only.

 

News of what to expect in Sage 300 2017 also arrived and we shall be bringing you all the details in a follow up blog.