Sage has announced an array of new products and features at the Sage Summit Tour, in a bid to take Africa and Middle East business builders and entrepreneurs closer to a world where “admin is invisible.”
Key product launches and developments announced at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, included Sage Live, Sage One Payroll in Kenya and Nigeria, and Sage X3 with cloud deployment and Fast Start configuration options.
“Sage’s vision is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to spend less time on admin and more time on what they love doing,” said Anton van Heerden, Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, Africa and Middle East at Sage. “We see our customers as the heroes that build the region’s economy and we are giving them the tools and technologies they need to be successful.”
Sage Live will be available to business builders in South Africa later this year, while Sage One Payroll is expected to launch in Kenya by the end of March, and in Nigeria by the end of June. According to the company, “the cloud solution integrates smoothly with Sage One Accounting, offering a complete business solution for start-up and small businesses.”
The latest release of Sage X3 (Version 11) is said to give 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.
During the Summit, customers and business partners will also see new technology in action, such as Pegg, the world’s first accounting chat bot from Sage that helps business owners to track and manage expenses through popular messaging apps. Launched in 2016 in Beta, Pegg now has 20,000 users in 110 countries and is part of the company’s vision of leading business builders towards an “invisible accounting” environment by 2020.
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