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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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8 responses to “Going Live, With Sage. Initial Review of SageLive”

  1. Nara

    I’m a little surprised that Sage didn’t build this on top of an existing platform. Coda built their Coda2Go offering on Force.com and have been able to roll-out something with a rich feature set in months. We think that SaaS 1.0 companies that try to do it all themselves will come under increasing pressure from SaaS 2.0 companies that build on top of industry standard platforms (http://www.appirio.com/about/pr_predictions-09_121808.php)

  2. h4mm3r

    Sage has good products and (it is important) good support. I had to setup their software for SMB and it always happened the way they say it would. I’m also impressed by this move. I didn’t test the product but I’ll. It is clear that it could be very interesting for SMB to move to this kind of solution. It will get even more interesting if you can import your stand alone data coming from Sage classical products into the cloud.

  3. Michael Barber

    Hi Ben

    Thanks for taking the time to review Sage Live. As Clive mentioned in the interview and article this is a new approach for us and a new audience. We’ve been making changes based on feedback from our Beta testers and a Beta 2 version will be released in February containing updated features based on feedback and that of some of the other reviews.

    Michael

  4. SaaS

    Sage has disable their sagelive website, due to security problems, that were reported to them by external third parties.

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  7. omar

    The problem with those guys or QB online is that they basically took their desktop version and put it online it looks VERY similar and a bit old dated, and also like it does more stuff than a micro-business (their target market) would want

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