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Sage responds to small business appetite for cloud and AI, moving business builders closer to world of invisible accounting

As half of small businesses around the world say they are ready for bots to run their personal and professional lives, Sage builds on ‘invisible accounting’ plans with a series of new launches

Around half of small businesses say they are ready to run their companies using Bots and AI, according to new global research from Sage. The research comes as Sage announces a fresh launch of cloud accounting solutions to take business builders, and entrepreneurs closer to future where accounting is invisible. Today Sage, the market and technology leader in cloud accounting announced;

- Global Innovation – announcing the availability of 5 new accounting cloud solutions across 7 global markets for business of all sizes.

- 20,000 Sage AI users can’t be wrong - tens of thousands of ‘new to Sage’ customers adopt accounting chat bot Pegg in 6 months since launch.

- Over 100 new and fully integrated ISV’s on the Sage Marketplace – building on Sage’s heritage of strong partnerships, including new global relationships with Salesforce, Microsoft, Apple and Slack.

- Invisible accounting by 2020 - leading the business builders of tomorrow towards an “invisible accounting” environment so they can focus on building their business.

The new solutions highlight Sage’s vision to empower business builders around the world to automate back-office functions, and live in world where accounting is invisible. These include:

- Sage One – Easy to use cloud accounting solution for start-up businesses that manages everything from sales and purchasing to cash flow and taxes. Latest release now also available in US, UK, Canada, Ireland, and newly available in France and Germany.

- Sage People - Sage People is a fast and flexible cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) solution for mid-sized businesses and enterprises. Available in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

- Sage One with Pegg – the world’s first accounting chat bot is now linked to Sage One, which acts as a smart assistant, and enables users to track expenses and manage finances through popular messaging apps. Available in the US only with further global roll out planned for 2017.

- Sage Live - A powerful, customizable, and cost-effective cloud accounting solution. Built on the Salesforce Lightning user interface, customers can manage multiple locations and currencies all in the palm of their hand, whilst taking advantage of the add-on solutions available on the Sage market place and the Salesforce App exchange. Now also available in France, Germany and Spain.

- Sage 50c - Sage’s trusted accounting solution now gives its customers greater flexibility and power with the integration with MS Office 365. This new version is designed to give Sage 50 customers complete control over their accounts. Now available in the UK with further roll out planned for 2017.

The AI revolution

With over 1 million new customers have followed Sage to the cloud, resulting in a 46% increase in subscription relationships. Today, Sage announced that the first accounting chat bot Pegg now has over 20,000 users in 110 countries, and outlined how it was responding to this move to mobile, live, cloud accounting that integrates with AI technology.

Following market research conducted by Sage, which showed that 64% of small business owners would welcome “invisible accounting”, Sage announced its commitment to delivering business builders and entrepreneurs with just that by 2020.

Sage CTO, Klaus Michael Vogelberg said “Because entrepreneurs don’t go into business to manage taxes and admin, our vision is to create a business environment for entrepreneurs where these tasks is invisible by 2020, freeing up business builders to follow their dreams.”

“Sage’s vision is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to spend less time on administration and more time on what they love doing,” said Kriti Sharma, Vice President, Bots and AI at Sage. “Artificial intelligence is the answer for solutions to the everyday pain points people are facing now. Our work at Sage allows us to leverage the latest advances in technology against the immediate challenges our customers facing today.”

Sage will be delivering ideas, inspiration and insight as well as showcasing its full suite of business management solutions at Sage Summit and Sage Summit Tour events running across 2017. Find more details on the Sage Summit webpages.

About Sage:

Sage is a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the UK 30 years ago and over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. And as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation.

Sage – a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.