SageLive taken off line as security flaws exposed

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The beta test version of SageLive - the desktop accounting market leader's software as a service (SaaS) offering - has been taken out of service to patch a security vulnerability highlighted by online rival KashFlow. John Stokdyk reports.

One of the most eagerly awaited accounting software launches of 2009 was taken down less than a month after going public. The site currently tells visitors: Sage Live is closed for maintenance.

"Sage Live is beta," the holding page explains. "This means that were going to continue to develop our service to make sure we give you the best possible experience. This may mean that, from time to time, we have to make changes to the site in response to your valuable feedback, and where required, this may mean that we have to take the site...

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By Anonymous
06th Feb 2009 07:48

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As has been said before Sage is a marketing company and should stick to what they know rather than writing software

Any company that claims to take 22,000 support calls a day and thinks this enhances their products is deluded - surely this just highlights the extent of their problem - claiming zero (0) support calls a day would instil far more confidence

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04th Feb 2009 15:27

Better luck next time?
It can only be hoped that the next version of Sage's new web based system is a success. We'll see. The prominence of Sage means that it would help a lot of people if they get it right. But there's no knowing when (or if) that will happen - as others have noted, it's difficult for a software vendor steeped in the traditions of packaged software to switch mindsets and engineering principles in order to develop for the web.

It has also been noted that a lot of online accounting solutions have emerged over the last 12-18 months. Some have suggested that not all will survive - probably true and a major concern for accountants. However, there are proven solutions in the SME space - "proven" in the sense that there are ten's of thousands of people all using the same solution and it has been around for 5-6 years. This is mature software that can be relied on.

When considering the pro's and con's of online accounting, see What Accountants Say About Online Accounting - they face the same issues that concern you and they can speak from experience.

Mark Davies

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