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Sage software is always at the leading-edge of innovation. In 2016, the company’s chatbot, “Peggy,” made her debut. While she could only respond to simple commands like “How much do customers owe me?” and “What’s our gross revenues for the month?” the new chatbot continues to evolve as a so-called “smart” assistant. Peggy, and other innovations like this, demonstrate just how far the world of technology has come, and how it continues to evolve. Sage software embraces new technology and adds it whenever it makes sense to do so for their customers. Here are the areas that Sage is watching. You may wish to keep an eye on them, too. Three Tech Areas to Watch Technology evolves at a speed today which was previously unheard of in decades past. Innovations can be sweeping or incremental, completely disruptive or simple updates. Devices such as smartphones available today hold more computing power in a pocket-sized device than most offices had twenty years ago. The following three tech areas are ones to watch now, for these are the areas affecting companies in manufacturing, distribution, and many other industries. Even if they aren’t impacting your business now, they will, and soon. Chatbots and autonomous […]

Sage software includes both on-premises and cloud-based versions. It is the latter that we’d like to address since some people hear “cloud” and think it is insubstantial—here today, gone tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers a lightweight, agile system that is easier to implement, mobilize, and customize and a feature-rich enterprise system that is powerful enough to support every aspect of your business. Sage Business Cloud offers you the best of Sage products combined with mobile, agile features only available through cloud systems. Site-Based ERP Has Its Place Many site-based ERP systems have helped businesses to grow and be profitable by streamlining the entire business from manufacturing, warehousing, sales, and financial management. Such ERP systems have been customized to meet specific company requirements and have been entrenched in company processes. On-premises implementations were required for these critical systems because of the need for reliability, speed, and control. Because of this, while many other business systems have moved to the cloud, ERP has been one of the last to do so. Legacy Systems Losing Ground to Cloud In almost all areas of software adoption, legacy systems are losing ground while cloud-based systems […]

Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you solve the ongoing problem of finding and recruiting talented people for open positions in your company. It’s getting harder to recruit and retain great talent. According to Glassdoor, the recruitment website, the market has shifted to one in which job seekers have more options than before. The current ratio of unemployed Americans is now 1.4 to 1 in 2017 compared to 6.6 to 1 in July 2009. This means fewer applicants for jobs and a more difficult time for employers to find the best people to fill vacant positions. One way to improve your recruiting average and to shorten the time it takes to attract qualified candidates is to use software such as Sage People. Sage People offers award-winning human resource management software that’s available to companies of all sizes. It helps you manage personnel, records, positions, and more—so, when the time comes to recruit, you are ready. Download our free whitepaper, People Marketing, to learn new approaches to hiring new employees. Sage People: Shorten Recruiting Time Old-fashioned methods of recruiting meant sending out lots of classified ads and hoping for a flood of qualified resumes. Most of the resumes that […]

Over the past several months, we’ve discussed how your organization can become a “people-centered” organization. Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you improve human resources management throughout your company so that you nurture your employees’ professional growth. The benefits of becoming a people-centered organization are many. In past articles, we’ve taken a look at many of these benefits, including higher employee retention, lower turnover rates, and improved productivity. Now, let’s take a look at the practical steps you can take to become a people-first company. Sage People: Sage Software Automates the HR Process Automating the human resources “transaction” processes is a great way to save time so your HR department can focus on people, not paperwork. Sage People provides the tools you need for self-service to simplify core HR processes. It is a cloud-based package that includes: Self-service management of employee information. Benefits management. Payroll management. Onboarding tools to help you attract and welcome new employees. Recruitment tools. Maximizing employee performance by identifying skill development, monitoring workplace development tasks and more. Sage People integrates well with other Sage software products, making it a great addition to your company’s suite of productivity-enhancing software. Automating HR puts the emphasis where […]

Sage is known for its robust yet easy to use software. The company recently acquired San Jose, California-based Intaact to provide Sage Intaact, financial management solutions that target growing businesses. Sage Intaact will help small to mid-sized businesses improve their financial management. The software offers a sophisticated and powerful cloud-based infrastructure for financial management, operational insights, process automation, seamless integration, advanced features, and an updated user experience. Moving Traditional ERP to the Cloud Customers worldwide are moving rapidly to cloud-based ERP. Sage, always responsive to their customers’ needs, recognized this desire and sought to find or develop new cloud-based products that would exceed customer expectations. According to a recent study, cloud adoption rates are soaring: 81% of organizations responding to the study have either completed or are in the process of adopting a cloud-based strategy. Cloud-based ERP adoption stands at 27% versus 56% for on-premises adoption, with the remaining respondents choosing SAS. Benefits of Cloud Software Cloud software offers greater flexibility, scalability, security. and cost savings. Flexibility: Cloud-based software can expand to accommodate new lines of business, industries, or other areas of growth. Sage software products are easy to integrate and offer the ability to build out a flexible system […]

Sage software offers many specialized packages to help companies in various industries maximize their products. Sage Fixed Assets provides accounting features with multiple methods of tracking and calculating asset depreciation. Because it is a Sage software product, it integrates easily with other packages include Sage ERP versions. Why is Sage Fixed Assets valuable for wholesale distributors? Let’s take a look at a few distribution challenges wholesalers may face, and how Sage Fixed Assets helps them respond to such challenges. Challenge 1: With so much data available, it can be challenging to collect and analyze it all. Wholesale distributors need to collect data on their fixed assets to make better business decisions. Just because a forklift or truck is several years old doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. A two-year-old forklift that breaks down constantly requiring costly repairs may justify replacement before a five-year-old workhorse that needs only routine maintenance. Through Sage Fixed Assets, you can track many data elements for better business decisions. Track book value, replacement value, and depreciation of each asset. Use this data along with maintenance records and other data from your Sage software to analyze assets in a logical manner. Because it integrates with your […]

Sage People for Sage X3 provides a valuable springboard for transforming your organization into a “People Company”. What is a people company? It is a company that uses data to focus on its employees—the people—first. Future Trends: People-Based Companies Sage conducted research among 500 human resources leaders. The company wanted to find out what made leading organizations so strong. Was it their products, services, or employees? It turns out that it’s a little of all three, but a lot of the latter—the people behind the organization. In fact, companies in the Sage software survey who ran far ahead of the pack because of their emphasis on people were dubbed “Gazelles” after the swift-running animal. These companies have transformed their outlook and strengthened their businesses by focusing on the individuals that make up their companies rather than on outdated human resources policies and procedures. By putting people first, they end up making even more profit. Human Resources Is Catching Up to the Rest of the Company One thing that the Sage report noted is that the human resources department in many companies is still playing “catch up” to the rest of the company in terms of using data to make decisions. […]

Sage software can help your manufacturing company build a better sales department. Sure, you’ve hired terrific sales people who are good at what they do. They may have all the talent, skills, and experience needed to do their jobs well … but if they lack the tools to do the job, what then? They can’t be as efficient and productive as they could be. That’s where Sage software comes into the picture. Solutions like Sage CRM and other Sage software products connect real-time data with mobile access that puts information at your sales team’s fingertips, no matter where they are. They may be traveling to customer sites or on the road between appointments, but if a question arises about customer shipments or inventory, they can answer it quickly. Let’s take a look at three ways in which your manufacturing business can build a better sales department through Sage software and other enterprise resource planning and business intelligence systems: Mobile Access Sales teams don’t sit still for very long. They’re visiting manufacturing plants and warehouses, checking on customer orders, and visiting customer locations to ensure that their accounts are happy and receiving what they need. A static, location-specific tool doesn’t give […]