As promised, this week we wanted to follow up with the eBridge attendees to the Sage Summit 2012 to get some on-the-ground insight on the Summit and what it means for Sage accounting stakeholders moving forward!
Representing eBridge Connections at the Summit were two of our Account Managers, Neha Dar and Kevin Moffat.
We will start with Neha:
Neha, as a first-time Sage Summit attendee, how would you weigh the value of these types of conventions?
As a first time attendee I was not sure what to expect. I had heard the stories and read the manual. Needless to say, it was much more than advertised. These events are a phenomenal opportunity to meet like-minded people who are aiming to service the needs of customers thru technology. Some of the main highlights were most definitely the commitment of the Sage team to educate their Business Partners and end customers alike. In addition to this, Sage has a lot of emphasis on networking and the benefits of that. The atmosphere is relaxed and extremely social.
What were some of the highlights of the summit for you?
One thing that struck me the most is that we are primarily viewed as an EDI Integration company. This time we focused our attention on the eCommerce integration. With more and more people moving parts or all of their business into this space, this type of integration is essential
How do you see integration solutions from eBridge fitting in with the strategic vision of Sage over the coming months and years?
Our commitment to continue to service a large line of Sage products leaves us in a unique position as we are able to offer eCommerce integration with 20+ platforms, 100s of EDI trading partners and CRMs to a large customer base. Our Cloud based solution makes deploying the solution faster and a smoother process.
Thank you, Neha. Your input has been very informative.
Now we will speak with Kevin Moffat:
Kevin, as a veteran Sage Summit attendee, what was unique about this summit as compared to previous years?
Aside from being in Nashville TN this year VS the previous year in Washington DC, all show dates had a mixture of End Users and Re-sellers.
I also noticed there was better scheduling of the breakout sessions so that they ultimately would not interfere with the tradeshow hours. That alone was a huge positive for both attendees and vendors.
Is there anything that jumps out as a general theme for this particular Sage Summit?
What really stuck out for me while attending the conference this year was the strong emphasis on the use of eCommerce. I’ve been noticing as each year goes on, there are more customers and vendors interested in attending the information sessions surrounding eCommerce related topics. Myself, working for a company that specializes in Sage Integration to 20+ eCommerce Shopping carts; this excites me to see and to be a part of.
What were some of the highlights for you, and what did you take away from the Summit which will leave you better equipped to accommodate Sage users in need of an integration solution?
One of the biggest changes this year for Sage was their re-branding of all of their product lines. Having been a vendor at this year’s show allowed me to fully understand Sage’s desired direction with their products and where they’re envisioning the company being in 5-10 years down the road. Coming back to eBridge equipped with this knowledge will allow me to provide my clients with more insight to the Sage product. As well as demonstrating to them how our integration solutions are able to compliment and grow with their Sage ERP.
Thank you, Kevin.
If you have attended a Sage Summit, or plan on attending in the future, drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts!
We hope everyone has a great weekend!
The eBridge Team