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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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5 responses to “Sage Upping the SaaS Ante”

  1. Cloud Feed » Blog Archive » Daily Cloud Feed - Dec 1, 2008

    [..] There are a bunch of SaaS accounting startups out there doing a great job(plenty of reviews here) but as yet we’ve waited for the tipping point thatwill arrive when one of the big players does a half-way decent SaaSproduct. …(more) [..]

  2. Sage preparing SaaS offering for 2009… just in the UK? | Paul Miller

    [..] Sage Upping the SaaS Ante [..]

  3. SageLive, part 2: architecture, product and mobile | AccMan

    [..] Sage has taken advantage of modern technologies to make dekstop assembly as easy as possible. In many ways it looks like a portal with the inclusion of panes for RSS fed news, pop up Google documents and so on. I’m sureBen Kepeswill have something to say on the usability front but at first glance, it looks OK, but without some of the polish I’ve seen in competitive products. Remember this is a beta so in time this criticism may be seen as harsh. [..]

  4. Going Live, With Sage. Initial Review of SageLive | CloudAve

    [..] Iposteda few weeks ago about the impending release of Sage’s first on-demand accounting product, SageLive. As I’ve said before, it’s all very well for a start-up to create a SaaS product but for a traditional software vendor to move (at least in part) to a subscription based service is a difficult ask – both technically and culturally. [..]

  5. john1085

    This may be of interest, Interprise bridges the gap between SaaS and client/server applications.

    Evolve Systems Australasia (ESA), distributor of the integrated Accounting, CRM, E-Business and Point-of-Sale software solution Interprise Suite, announced today that it will be actively targeting MYOB’s small-to-medium business software customers.

    After experiencing a very favourable response to the first phase of the Australian/New Zealand rollout of Interprise Suite, ESA has identified an enormous opportunity to penetrate the customer base of the established leader in the business software arena, MYOB.

    Unlike the current product offerings from the likes of MYOB and Xero, Interprise Suite delivers a complete business solution that combines the best aspects of a Web application (internet enabled, easy to deploy and update) with the best attributes of a desktop system.

    The development of Interprise Suite has been based on the rationale that customers should not have to settle with a business solution that is either wholly Internet-driven or LAN-based.

    “For some time now the big players in the business accounting software market have been promising, or at least foreshadowing, the release of an affordable, reliable and comprehensive business solution which users can run over the Web as a browser-based application or over a LAN as a desktop application”, said Floremee Charles, Managing Director of Evolve Systems Australasia. “Unfortunately for the tens of thousands of small to mid-sized businesses which are struggling to remain profitable during these challenging economic times, the current market leaders have let their customers down.

    “With Interprise Suite business owners can finally have the best of both worlds. Interprise Suite has bridged the gap by providing the business connectivity customers want without sacrificing the performance and rich user interface they have come to expect from a desktop application. Whereas MYOB and its main competitors would have to completely re-write their software to meet the connectivity demands of today’s small-to-medium sized business, Interprise Suite has been developed from the ground up.”

    Whether a user is connecting via the LAN or the internet, Interprise Suite’s state of the art ‘Smart Client’ technology will automatically optimise itself based on the connection method. Interprise Suite’s ‘Smart Client’ technology allows a desktop application to run over the Internet like a secure browser application. For companies that do not need internet connectivity, Interprise Suite can be installed on a local area network just like any other Client/Server application.

    In the lead-up to the release of the 2009 version of Interprise Suite – scheduled for rollout in July 2009 – ESA will be aggressively marketing Interprise Suite not only to the broader small-to-medium sized business market but also to existing users of MYOB and competing products. This will be supported

    by an expanded product sales and support team at ESA, as well as by an ever-growing network of channel partners.

    “We are projecting big things for Interprise Suite in 2009 and we have every reason to believe our high ambitions for the product will be achieved”, said Charles. “The simple fact is that the big players in this market cannot deliver what their customers demand right now, namely an affordable and easy to use business solution that includes all the powerful functionality of Interprise Suite – namely accounting, CRM, point-of-sale, ERP and e-business.”

    Interprise Suite was developed by US-based Interprise Software Solutions, Inc. In April 2008 Interprise Software Solutions was acquired by the Services and Technology Division of Taylor Corporation, a Forbes Private 200 company with over 100 subsidiaries and 14,000 employees worldwide. A leading provider of business and personal communications products, technologies and services, Taylor Corporation provides products and services to over 3,000,000 small businesses and consumers and the majority of the Fortune 500.

    In July 2008 Evolve Systems Australasia secured exclusive distribution rights to Interprise Suite for Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Pacific Islands.

    Pricing and Availability
    Interprise Suite is available now from Evolve Systems Australasia for an average price of $2,000.00 per user including support. Multi-user licences are also available. There is also the option to obtain software finance from Evolve Systems Australasia from $30.00 per user per week. For further information on Interprise Suite contact Evolve Systems Australasia on 1300 736 637; email sales@interprise.com.au; Web: http://www.interprise.com.au