Sage Insights Conference

I’m at the Sage Insights conference this week. As we mention on the web site, Sage owns millions of products.
Ok, well maybe not millions. But at least it’s safe to say that Sage owns a bunch of products. For several years, as Sage acquired first one product and then the next, I’ve maintained that eventually they would have to give something up, or deemphasize some products in favor of others.
Of course the problem with that is that Sage has hundreds (maybe thousands) of business partners. (Several hundred of which are here at the Gaylord National this week.) And each of those business partners supports at least one, some more than one, but none all of the products Sage now owns. So no matter which products Sage picks to discontinue or deemphasize or disown, someone gets hacked off. In brief, there is someone out there who is feeding their family based on the Sage product that gets hacked.
So Sage has announced the creation of the “Strategic” products group and the “Value” products group. No surprise there…yet. And before I go on, let me say that Sage Accpac ERP (apparently Accpac is now spelled with upper and lower case letters after years of telling us that it should be all caps–Oh, wait, that was when another company owned it–never mind) is in the Strategic division. As are the MAS products (90/200 & 500). Note: 90 and 200 are the same basic code-base, only the database is different; 500 is a completely different product.
The surprises? Well, first Peachtree is in the Strategic division!! Not sure what that means, but it does mean that I need to take a look at Peachtree. The last time I did, I had a one word reaction: No!!
Other surprises: PFW (Platinum for Windows — the traveling product, even IBM owned it at one time) is in Value; and Sage Pro (the former SBT) is in Value.
Would I worry if I had a value product? Probably not. TimeSlips (a perennial best-seller) is in Value, as are several other products that are important assets for Sage.
Too long an entry already. More later.