Small and medium businesses comprise 99 percent of businesses worldwide and continue to lead the workforce in hiring and innovation.
The “Imagine Now” Sage Summit began by highlighting the strengths of small businesses as media, customers and partners joined Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, General Colin Powell and spiritual thought leader Deepak Chopra (right) at the first keynote address.
“The real strength of this country rests not in Wall Street, but resides in the small businesses,” Powell said.
Despite interesting conversation from the three about everything from office satisfaction to increasing dependency on technology, the most important announcement for current and prospective customers was the introduction of three new products: Sage Live, Sage 100c and Sage 300c.
The most innovative of the three, Sage Live, capitalizes on the company’s partnership with Salesforce. The real-time accounting service is accessible on all connected devices and built on the Salesforce1 cloud platform.
The newest products from Sage address and complement the blurring of business and consumer solutions and experiences, Kelly said.
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