UK accounting software giant Sage grabbed the headlines on the first day of Accountex with two major cloud announcements.
Overnight, the company published a joint statement with CRM developer Salesforce.com describing a new global partnership that will produce a new mid-market application called Sage Life.
Aimed at companies with 20-200 users, Sage Life will feature an all-new cloud accounting engine developed using Salesforce’s Force.com development platform. The common platform will allow Sage Life to plug directly into the Salesforce.com application to integrate the accounts with customer communications.
“Small business software no longer has to represent different systems or layers of complexity – it’ll be simple, collaborative, and real time. With Sage Life, we are delivering social, mobile, cloud-based innovation, powered by real-time accounting. Now running a small business can be as easy as updating your Facebook status,” commented Sage CEO Stephen Kelly.
Accountants may be more intrigued by the Sage Impact project coming out of the company’s UK accountants’ division. The first instalment due this summer will provide a hub for the Sage One family of bookkeeping and accounting products.
The cloud-based suite will support both the Sage One accounting and payroll applications, along with the Sage View reporting dashboard launched in the US last year, Sage One Accounts Production and an online corporation tax program.
Early impressions from those who saw a working prototype in the VIP lounge at Accountex were positive - more details to follow.
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