The Silicon Review
“Any difficult task seems easier if you break it down into manageable steps.” – Claire B. May
Re-imagining business is not about playing catch up, it’s about leapfrogging the competition. Too often businesses make decisions based on what’s in the rear view mirror, rather than the headlights. Sage is an American company that combines social, mobile, real-time technology to put live information at the fingertips so that fast, informed decisions can be made easily.
Sage began as a start-up business. Its founder, David Goldman, wanted to automate the print estimating and basic accounting process in his own business. He worked with a team of Newcastle University students to develop software to manage this more efficiently. He realized that other companies could also benefit from this and formed Sage in 1981 to begin selling the software. As desktop PCs became widespread, so did Sage and its business went from strength to strength.
The company now has millions of customers and circa 14,000 employees across 24 countries, including UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil.
The company’s solutions help businesses of all shapes and sizes to manage accounts and finances, make payments, manage people and payroll and finally the entire business. The flagship solutions of Sage are as follows:
Sage One- It makes accounting and invoicing simple for startups.
Sage Live- It is a revolutionary new integrated accounting solution that gives real-time source of information so that customers can look ahead and control their business from the palm of their hands.
Sage X3- It takes the complexity out of running mid-sized and enterprise business and simplifies every part of it.
Sage Impact- It helps accountants to connect to the tools, resources and people that really impact a business.
The company’s customers range from business owners to bookkeepers and finance directors, all of whom have different requirements.
“With Sage One I can have an office on a beach. It’s that easy to use.” – Eduardo Caperta, Geckosurfhouse
“We are a numbers-driven company. Having the ability to dive deeply into our sales, purchasing, and inventory data and analyze that data in various ways is paramount. We need to react to changing conditions rapidly, and the data we get from Sage X3 helps us do that.”– Fran Taglia, Power Distribution LLC
“What I really love about Sage Pay is the ability to link with Sage 50 Accounts and auto-create all of our invoices. We found Sage Pay really easy to use – In fact, we got it set up the same day.” – Emma Blake, Pinstripe & Pearls
Awards & Recognitions
Knowing the Key Executives
Stephen Kelly, CEO
Stephen became Chief Executive of Sage in November 2014. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the technology sector having led successful businesses in California, New York and Europe. Stephen has served as CEO of two high growth US & UK public companies – NASDAQ listed Chordiant Software, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and London Stock Exchange listed Micro Focus International from 2006 to 2010, where the company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value over the 4 years. He was the most senior Executive responsible for UK Government’s Efficiency & Reform Program -Digital, Commercial, IT, Major Projects and SME strategies. Stephen has a passion for Small & Medium Businesses and acted as an angel investor for multiple start-ups.
Steve Hare, CFO
Steve joined Sage in January 2014, having previously been Operating Partner and Co-Head of the Portfolio Support Group at the private equity firm Apax Partners, which he joined in 2009. Prior to this he built over 10 years’ experience leading the finance function for three listed UK companies culminating as CFO for FTSE 100 company Invensys plc, the global technology-related business, from 2006 to 2009. Between 2004 and 2006 Steve was Group Finance Director for Spectris plc, the FTSE 250 precision instrumentation and controls company and from 1997 to 2003 he was with Marconi PLC, acting as CFO from 2001. Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 with Ernst & Whinney, now part of Ernst & Young, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Liverpool University.