Sage unveils next generation of cloud solutions for MEA in Summit

Sage, unveiled new products and features - cloud solutions for Africa and Middle East’s business builders and entrepreneurs during the Sage Summit Tour in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Key product launches and developments announced included Sage Live, Sage One, Sage X3 with Cloud deployment and Fast Start configuration options and Sage 300c.

Sage Liveis built on the Salesforce Lightning user interface and allows customers to manage multiple locations and currencies all in the palm of their hand, while taking advantage of the add-on solutions available on the Sage market place and the Salesforce App exchange. Sage Live will be available to business builders in South Africa later this year, said the company’s press release.

Sage said it also plans to launch Sage One Payroll in Kenya by the end of March and in Nigeria by the end of June. The cloud solution integrates smoothly with Sage One Accounting, the company said, offering a complete business solution for start-up and small businesses. It lets companies manage everything from sales and purchasing to cash flow and taxes. It also offers online invoicing and allows collaboration with the bookkeeping or accounting team from anywhere.

Sage One Invoicing, a new online entry-level offering of Sage One Accounting will be launched in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of April, the firm said, adding that it gives start-ups the ability to produce professional quotes and invoices from a mobile device or PC, at any time or place they have access to the internet. It also provides reports and dashboards to monitor the outcome of quotes, and track due and overdue invoices. In addition, a Customer Zone provides customers with the ability to easily pay invoices by activating a secure Pay Now service through Sage Pay. Full reporting is available to monitor gross profits and identify popular and fast-selling items. Customers can upgrade to the full Sage One solution as their business needs change, the company said in a statement.

The latest release of Sage X3 is made for companies who want to move away from maintaining their own data centres, according to the company. There are no hidden costs as it is priced per user per month and includes upgrades and maintenance. It gives enterprises even more control over and visibility into their businesses with features such as ecommerce management, manufacturing project management, automated bank statements and a Salesforce CRM connector.

Sage 300c is a hybrid web-based business management solution suite that, according to the company, provides small and medium businesses with a highly adaptable solution for finance and operations. New enhancements include any-device mobile access to business and transactional data, critical to supporting today’s increasingly mobile and geographically dispersed operations, as well as a new modernised interface, customisation options, and inventory management capabilities. Independent Software Vendors can look forward to the new Sage 300c web APIs to help accelerate the products into the Cloud.

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