06 Sep #SageSummit 2015 Conference Recap
I was extremely excited to attend Sage Summit 2015 this year. Sage Summit is the world’s largest conference event dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed. The five-day conference is for both Sage users and non-Sage users. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from thought leaders, mentors and influential entrepreneurs in different industries from all over the world.
Work-life balance is
really important to me, so before the #SageSummit 2015 kick off I went on some amazing tours of New Orleans. My favorite was the swamp tour with Ultimate Swamp Adventures. It was so much fun and Randy the tour guide was very informative.
Randy had the alligators coming right up to the boat. I actually reached out and ran my hand down the back of one of the larger alligators!
#SageSummit Keynote Speakers
One of my favourite parts of Sage Summit 2015 was listening to the lineup of keynote speakers and learning from the valuable information they had to share with us. They spoke openly about their leadership and business experiences, successes and failures, and provided so many eye-opening concepts to consider.
The line-up of keynote speakers this year included:
- Tony Hawk
- Deepak Chopra
- Chad Hurley
- Colin Powell
- Brandi Temple
- Karen Brady
- Bre Pettis
- Dolly Singh
- Chelsea Krost
- Jane Seymour
- William McDonough
- Matthew Weiner
Needless to say, Sage Summit was anything but a mundane business conference.
With the trending Twitter hashtag, #SageSummit, I was able to pull together this list of my favourite quotes from this year’s conference that may also inspire you in your business:
Colin Powell, Retired four star U.S. Army General and Secretary of State
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
“Humbleness and humility (& someone to keep you there) is a great way to get there in life.”
Chad Hurley, Co-founder of YouTube
“With any success there are many failures.”
Himanshu Palsule, Chief Technology Officer of Sage Software
“A demo is worth 1,000 Powerpoint slides.”
“85 percent of the global market is and will remain on-premise for a while. We understand and want to help with that. Sage hybrid cloud solutions bridge the gap by offering an integrated system that is customizable to each business.”
Dolly Singh, Founder and CEO of Thesis Couture
“The only failure is quitting, everything else is an opportunity to get better.”
Brandi Temple, Owner and Founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle
“Focus on having a relationship with the customer, rather than just a business transaction.”
We also heard from Stephen Kelly, CEO of The Sage Group plc, whose vision and passion resonates with me.
“Sage is committed to being the best technology company for small & medium businesses.”
“Bolder, faster and a more aggressive pace.” #SageSummit
Karren Brady, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE
“Drive & ambition are key to success and knowing there are no barriers just because you’re a woman.”
“Every chance you get an opportunity, grab on to it and see where it takes you.”
“It’s far more important to do an action plan than a business plan.”
Connecting At #SageSummit 2015
This year I had the chance to connect with colleagues and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs to share ideas and develop collaborative relationships.
I also had the chance to meet Sage staff members who are always friendly and helpful, especially with brainstorming and sharing new ideas.
During Sage Summit, I met with a number of vendors about new Sage technology solutions to find better ways to provide value to my clients. Here is a sneak peek at an exciting line of new cloud solutions that I’m certain will add even more value to your business and customers:
Sage One is a smart, easy to use online accounting system for business owners and freelancers. Sage One is consistently making updates and releasing new features to make managing your business finances faster and easier.
The following two solutions are coming soon to help bookkeepers and accountants specifically:
Sage Impact – a solution to manage your clients and business. Sage Impact helps you grow your business by helping you find clients who need what you offer and offers an extensive dashboard for real-time financial data and client insights.
Sage View– a mobile app for accountants and bookkeepers to receive real-time data from your clients. Sage View helps you build trust, develop stronger customer relationships and enables you to deliver more value from anywhere in the world.
There are more amazing new solutions coming in the next year so be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter to get updates and reviews about new releases.
With these new and exciting program rollouts, Sage will continue to support previously released programs for as long as you choose to use them. The new innovative programs Sage is releasing will make the transition to
cloud accounting easier.
Some Sage One thought leaders were chosen to have a little fun in New Orleans by participating in the #SummitHunt scavenger hunt organized by Erin Thompson (pictured with me here). What would a conference that brings together the most creative and innovative business minds to learn and celebrate be without a scavenger hunt?
This brilliant scavenger hunt was put on by Sage and I was privileged to be a part of it. Erin Thompson organized the event, sending us all over New Orleans to capture photos and share the experience on Twitter. I had a ton of fun, along with thirty other people. Erin did an amazing job! My colleague and friend Jaime Rein won the grand prize, an Apple watch. Congratulations Jaime!
That’s my recap for Sage Summit 2015. I hope you’ll consider joining me for Sage Summit 2016 next year. Early registration has already begun! Click here for details.