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Sage Women in Technology series

Introducing an interview series which focuses on some fantastic women in leadership and mentorship roles, both professionally and personally.

These colleagues hold a variety of positions within Sage, and are marathon runners, mothers, executives, sports coaches, and aspiring photographers. In these interviews, they share their successes, career challenges, what leadership means to them, and how it’s shaped their roles. Read and watch their inspiring stories
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Kadija Aflah-Perre

Kadija is IT Director of Sage in Europe and her job is to support our systems and applications in order to allow the Sage employees to be able to work in the best way possible. She is also a member of the Southern Europe Executive Board, and works closely with our executive management team to coordinate and deploy the IT strategy within the region.

Rea Baxmann

Rea is a data product manager with Sage AI Labs in San Francisco. She works with a cross-functional team to develop features with and for different product teams within Sage that use AI and machine learning to help the customer.
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Yodit Teklemariam

Yodit is Senior Global Product Marketing Director at Sage. She has been at Sage for nearly nine years, and looks after our Sage Business Management Solutions, including Sage 100, Sage 200 and Sage 300 products. She is responsible for gathering global and regional customer and partner insights, and then taking those insights to help form product strategy and innovation.

Kerry Sinclair

Kerry is EVP of IT.  She looks after all of the IT around Sage, the IT that our colleagues use to do their job every day, as well as the infrastructure that our products for our customers run on. Kerry also references her additional role in Product Operations at the time of the interview.

Regina Crowshaw

Regina is Director of the ISV Team in North America. Her team is responsible for recruiting and managing Sage’s strategic ISVs in North America. She has been in the world of technology for most of her career, although she wanted to be an attorney during the early part of her career.

Amy Lawson

Amy is EVP Corporate Affairs at Sage. She explains why she had the best job in the world, looking after all of our internal and external communications across PR, public affairs, analyst relations, internal communications, and then also running a core, strategic events team. In the interview, she references her most recent role as EVP Communications.
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Gill Oakley

Gill is the VP for Customers for Life at Sage People. She is responsible for all things customer. From the minute a customer signs, her team support implementation, training, learning services, customer support, and also the customer success journey.
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Aoife Fitzmaurice

Aoife is chief of staff to our Chief People Officer, Amanda Cusdin. She is also VP Org Design and Workplace Futures. These two accountabilities relate to the organisational structure at Sage, and how the future Sage workplace will help people to thrive, respectively.

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Amanda Cusdin

Amanda's role is Chief People Officer of Sage globally. She looks after the people strategy and how Sage brings colleague success to life. She also has overall responsibility for  Sage Foundation, which is our philanthropic organisation. 

Kimberly Graham

This Sage Women in Technology profile is with Kimberly Graham, Director of AI Transformation at Sage AI Labs. In this interview, Kimberly discusses what it’s like working at Sage AI Labs, the importance of experimentation, and the increasing enthusiasm and adoption of artificial intelligence.

Kristin Jeffcoat

Kristin Jeffcoat has worked at Sage for eight years, and  leads a global training operation for the Sage Intacct Product.  She helps our customers, partners, and colleagues thrive by training them how to use Sage Intacct. 

Rachel Seymour

Rachel Seymour is based in the UK and works for the medium segment where she does two roles at the moment. She is Head of Product and Commercial, but she is overall VP of medium segment.

Nancy Teixeira

Nancy is the VP Partner Strategy and Sales at Sage. She has a team of about 90 colleagues who are collectively responsible for partner recruitment, partner enablement, partner management, partner sales, partner strategy, partner programmes, partner communications, and more. This impacts some 300 partners across North America.
 

Natasha Thomas

Natasha is the Government & Strategic Relationships Director at Sage. Natasha leads public affairs in the comms function. She is responsible for handling our relationship with government, influencing policy development, and building networks with the decision-makers that impact our business.

Bex Barnett

Bex is Senior Director, Marketing for the Medium Segment in the United Kingdom and leads a team of talented marketeers who are laser focused on driving results for the business.

Joo Sohn

Joo is Director of Partner Programmes at Sage, who leads a team that manages our Sage North America partner programmes, partnership and compliance, and our partner communications areas.

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Susana Duran

Susana is Vice President of Digital Experiences at Sage, whose role is focused on digital experiences, including areas like: conversational artificial intelligence, mobile strategies, and helping Sage's customers digitise their businesses.

Featured blog articles

Read the latest articles from Sage leaders.

SMBs remain resilient in the face of constant change

Steve Hare,  Chief Executive Officer at Sage, reflects on the journey our customers have been on, and the importance of continuing to invest in the solutions and support that will help them remain resilient and thrive through the next stage of the recovery from the pandemic. 

Knocking Down Barriers - the opportunity to make a difference

Steve Hare, Chief Executive Officer at Sage, discusses our new strategy – Knocking Down Barriers. The goal is to tackle societal and economic inequality so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The aim is to make reaching net zero carbon a reality for more businesses, starting with our own target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2040, with a 50% reduction by 2030.

Data – the key to unlocking financial inclusion

Dr. Mike Goodwin, VP Product Data Strategy and Sage Technical Fellow, describes how HR and payroll products have already moved beyond being systems of record that give business owners control and visibility over their business. 

One year on: reflections on resilience

As many mark the milestone of a year since their governments imposed the first national coronavirus lockdown, Steve Hare, Chief Executive Officer at Sage, takes a moment to reflect on the powerful stories of agility, creativity and resilience shared by some small and medium businesses.

SMEs will power the world's recovering economies...

Steve, Hare, Chief Executive Officer at Sage, explains how, after the major disruption of Covid pandemic. we have the the opportunity to do things differently and address inequalities. One way we can do that is via the support offered to SMEs, the backbone of most major global economies.

Financial capability a beacon of light for non-profits

Graeme Houghton, Sage Foundation Product Director, discusses how the demand for services provided by non-profits has only increased throughout the pandemic, resulting in a need for the capability to transform their financial operations.

Invest for recovery – giving SMEs the critical lifeline they need

Steve Hare, Chief Executive Officer at Sage, discusses how we stand to lose out on £145 billion in improved productivity and £325 billion additional SME revenue annually.
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Reflections on Values in Action for World Values Day

Amanda Cusdin, Chief People Officer at Sage, writes on what she's loves about World Values Day, and what makes her optimistic for the future.

Creative and agile during turmoil...

Paul Struthers, EVP and Managing Director of Sage UK&I, talks how, after feeling the aftershocks from the past year and still facing ongoing uncertainty, it is more important now than ever to nurture this country’s small and medium businesses.
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Latest reports

Untapped SME trade has potential to generate £290 billion annual post-Brexit boost to UK economy

In this report, we identify significant post-Brexit trade opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses and call on Government to secure this opportunity with new measures for digital adoption.

See full press release for more details.

Survival, resilience and growth

The survival, resilience and growth report covers the following topics:

  • Green shoots
  • The fightback begins
  • A fragile recovery
  • Reshaping the workforce
  • Accelerating the transition to growth
  • The SME sentiment index
  • Recommendations for an enterprise-led recovery

Sage Impact Report 2020: five years of making a difference

2020 marked the fifth year of doing good in our local community and in that time we have given 110,000 working days to local communities across 22 markets. Throughout 2020 we have continued to raise money towards our fundraising target of $2million by 2022 and as we have all adjusted to a new home working routine, it has been great to see continued commitment and passion for fundraising and volunteering activities, and the dedication to supporting our customers, communities and each other. 

Corporate news and product release notes

24/06/2021 - Sage launches sustainability & society strategy ‘Knocking Down Barriers’ tackling economic inequality and the climate crisis

Today Sage, launches its ambitious new sustainability and society strategy, Knocking Down Barriers. Sage’s goal is to tackle societal and economic inequality as well as support a new generation of diverse and sustainable businesses.

Read full article >

24/06/2021 - Sage announces net zero target as part of new sustainability and society strategy

The Sage Group plc today pledges to achieve net zero emissions by 2040, and to halve its carbon emissions by 2030, as part of the Group’s ambitious new Sustainability and Society strategy, Knocking Down Barriers.

Read full article >

The Sage Group plc (the “Group”) is today issuing its trading update for the three months ended 31 December 2020.

Read full trading update >

13/01/2021 - Sage recognised by Glassdoor as a Best Place to Work 2021 across four countries

Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, announced today it is recognised in four of six Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards Best Places to Work 2021 country lists.

Read details of awards >

08/01/2021 - Sage wins Best Feature Set and Usability awards from TrustRadius for Sage Intacct cloud financial management system

These new attribute-focused awards, based on user review scores, recognize solutions whose core strengths best match what buyers are looking for in 2021.

Read full details of awards >

23/12/2020 - Sage and Brightpearl announce partnership to accelerate digital transformation for retail customers

At a time of transformation for the retail sector, the partnership will offer customers best-of-breed business and retail management solutions.

Read full details on partnership >

 

18/12/2020 - Sage named a Top 50 Company for Culture and Women in third-party survey

Comparably announces quarterly awards based on anonymous employee feedback.

Read full details of award >

18/12/2020 - Sage Partner Cloud provides flexible path to the cloud for medium businesses

Sage announces the Sage Partner Cloud Program in the U.S. and Canada. The program enables partners to deploy and customize their customers’ Sage 100 and Sage 300 products online, which supports them on their journey to the cloud, at a pace that suits them and their business.

Read full press release >

08/12/2020 - Sage calls for urgent support as 45% of SMEs are set to make further redundancies with many British businesses set for a slow recovery

Despite hopes of vaccine roll-out, December data highlights UK small and medium sized businesses have paused investment, and 1 in 4 expect revenue to return to normal in the next 6 months.

Read the full press release >

25/11/2020 - Sage commits to the next generation of accountancy by fuelling new ACCA practices with bespoke package of expert advice and technology

  • Sage pledges £2.9m to help more practices launch post-pandemic and reduce start-up cashflow worries
  • Sage, in partnership with ACCA, will provide essential guidance to accountants and their clients to help them manage their cashflow, plan for recovery and succeed

Read full press release >

20/11/2020 - Full year 2020 results

Overview

  • Continued strong growth in high quality organic recurring revenue of 8.5%, in line with guidance at the start of the year, with 90% of total revenue now recurring
  • Organic operating margin of 22.1%, reflecting ongoing investment in the business
  • Sustained strong cash generation, with underlying cash conversion of 123%
  • Resilient balance sheet, with c. £1.2bn of cash and available liquidity; net debt to EBITDA ratio of 0.3x
  • Good progress in strategic execution, with software subscription penetration of 65% and Sage Business Cloud penetration of 61%
  • Further targeted investment planned for FY21 to drive future growth, led by cloud native solutions

Read full press release >

20/11/2020 - Sage pledges £1.4m programme to help the North East’s small businesses build back stronger

  • Sage announces Small Business Growth Programme to provide training and tools to up to 62,500 micro and small businesses in home region
  • Building on North of Tyne Combined Authority’s £10m digital growth programme, this new initiative provides even more support to businesses in the region to help them plan for recovery

Read full press release >

27/10/2020 - £145 billion productivity boost for UK economy if SME digital investment can be unlocked

Modelling by Capital Economics, commissioned by Sage, finds that £325 billion additional revenue and £145 billion economic value – equivalent to 2.7 million jobs - could be delivered by empowering SMEs to realise their appetite for technology investment as new local lockdowns come into force.

Read full press release >

2021 Release 2 highlights

Release 2 is now live for 2021. We’re excited to bring you this feature-packed update with new functionality that delivers heightened visibility and flexibility across Sage Intacct.

Read full release note >

May 2021

Read an overview of new and enhanced capabilities delivered with our Sage X3 Version 12 2021 R2 quarterly update release.

Read full release note >

2021 Release 1 highlights

We’re excited to announce the first new release of 2021. Release 1 is packed with a variety of new features, many of which came straight from customer suggestions.

Read full update note >

Spring 2021

A high-level overview of the new and enhanced capabilities delivered with the Sage People  Spring 2020 update.

Read full update note >

February 2021 - Providing clarity in a time of unknowns

Discover how we're improving Sage Accounting in a post-Brexit world, so you have more time to do what you love within your business.

Read full details >

February 2021

Read an overview of new and enhanced capabilities delivered with our Sage X3 Version 12 2021 R1 quarterly update release.

Read full release note >

December 2020 - How Sage is helping small businesses thrive in a post-Brexit world

Discover how using Sage Accounting can help you manage your business processes with ease once the Brexit transition period ends.

Read full details >

November 2020

The latest version of our award-winning cloud financial management software—Sage Intacct 2020 Release 4—is now available.

Read full release note >

November 2020 - deeper capabilities for SaaS, wholesale distribution, and non-profit

A high-level overview of the new and enhanced capabilities delivered with the Sage X3 Version 12 2020 R4 quarterly update release.

Read full release note >

November 2020 - Sage Accounting updates

The way you work just got a lot easier... Check out the latest updates and features in Sage Accounting, including the ability to add attachments to sales transactions.

Read full details >

September 2020 - Sage Accounting updates

Payment advice, simplified reports, easy cash transfers and more. We highlight the updates and new features that are available in Sage Accounting, which will help you run your business more efficiently.

Read full details >

01/09/2020  - Embracing agility in reward planning with Sage People’s summer ‘20 release

How can bringing agility into reward planning empower your HR and people leaders?

As many of us know, grappling with stability and agility is a key theme for organisations across the globe in 2020.

During this unprecedented time, we’re continuing to find innovative ways to support our customers and their organisations to navigate the ‘new normal’.

So, in this release, we’re excited to announce that our reward planning suite is now generally available, to support our customers to be more agile when it comes to reward planning.

Read full release note >

26/08/2020 - Sage Intacct continues to strengthen its foundation for continuous accounting and planning

The premise of continuous accounting is that if you can capture data in real-time, automate reconciliations, and eliminate manual adjustments, you’re able to say goodbye to the tedious close process. But with organisations in North America on average spending 9 business days monthly, 10 quarterly, and 24 at year-end closing the books, the concept of continuous accounting may seem like a pie in the sky dream.

Read full release note >

18/05/2020 - 2020 Release 2 highlight: Sage Intacct extends Its leadership in multi-entity management

Consolidations are nothing new for many accounting departments, but they have become significantly more complex. Globalisation, increasing inter-entity relationships, and the varying nature of accounting rules across jurisdictions are just a few of the main drivers. According to a benchmark study performed by Robert Half, as many as 58% of companies are still manually reconciling accounts, so the crunch is on to ensure accounting departments have an efficient, compliant way to manage their multi-entity organisations.

Read full release note >

09/03/2020 - Product showcase: What’s new in the Sage People spring ‘20 release

Here at Sage People, our mission is to transform the way people think and work, so their organisations can thrive. To make that mission a reality, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve our HR and People system so our users can create great workforce experiences to help our customers’ organisations flourish.

Read full release note >

25/02/2020 - 2020 Release 1 highlight: Sage Intacct sets the bar for mid-market cash management

It used to be that when you moved from QuickBooks to a mid-market accounting solution, you had to give up a lot when it came to cash management. QuickBooks set the bar high for other solutions with automatic bank feeds and auto-matched reconciliations. Mid-market solutions seemed archaic in comparison with their manual file imports, time-consuming reconciliations, and manual adjustments and posting. But, recent investments by Sage Intacct in cash management bring these capabilities to its’ leading mid-market solution.

Read full release note >

02/10/2018 - Product showcase: three new milestones for improved productivity with Sage People’s Resolution release

Whether your biggest HR challenge is engaging your workforce or staying compliant with ever-changing employment laws, you can rely on Sage Business Cloud People to help streamline HR and People processes.

The Sage People team is excited to announce another milestone in our product development with the ‘Resolution’ release.

As the world of HR is always evolving, we’re constantly striving to ensure your HR and People system is always one step ahead. Check out the highlights from this release, plus we have a sneak peek at what’s coming soon.

Read full release note >