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Corporate news and views, articles by industry leaders and Sage cloud product release notes.

Featured leadership articles

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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. 

Sage Women in Technology series

Introducing the latest in a series of interviews focussing 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

Cindy Bechtel

Cindy is the Director of Competitive Intelligence and the Head of the Centre of Excellence for Competitive Intelligence for Sage's Global Cloud Solutions. Her team's goal is to stay ahead of the competition, provide strategy and feedback to the management teams on pricing, packaging, marketing activities, the product roadmap, and sales enablement activities.

Hannah Wright

Hannah is the Product Marketing Director for Sage People, our flagship HR and people management solution for mid-size organizations. Her team is global, so they work across the regions where Sage People is sold : the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Her team manages and leads the go-to market strategies and activities for our product releases, new partnerships and any new product features.

Gaelle Bourven

Gaelle is the VP of Engineering for Sage X3 in the global organization. Technology has always been a passion for her. She wrote her first computer program when she was 10 years old. Her major in school was in materials engineering, her first main interest.

Latest reports

Read our in-depth reports covering a range of topics.

The Redefined CFO

Our latest study reveals 83% of finance leaders are calling for a new breed of finance frontrunners to face the future.

We investigate how, as the business landscape continues to evolve, successful finance leaders must acquire non-traditional skills. As a result, we’re seeing new variations of the traditional CFO role emerging, incorporating unique skillsets to help guide their organization. The study explores these three key traits:

  • Chief Facilitative Officers
  • Chief Fairness Officers
  • Chief Future Officers

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

06/24/21 - 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 >

06/24/21 - 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 December 31, 2020.

Read full trading update >

01/13/21 - 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 recognized in four of six Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards Best Places to Work 2021 country lists.

Read details of awards >

01/08/21 - 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 >

12/23/20 - 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 > ;


12/18/20 - 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 >

12/18/20 - 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 >

12/08/20 - 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 > ;

11/25/20 - 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 >

11/20/2020 - Full year 2020 results


  • 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 >

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

  • Sage announces Small Business Growth program 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 program, this new initiative provides even more support to businesses in the region to help them plan for recovery

Read full press release >

10/27/20 - £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 realize their appetite for technology investment as new local lockdowns come into force.

Read full press release > ;

May 2021 - Heightened visibility and flexibility across Sage Intacct

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 more >

May 2021 - Sage X3 release 2 highlights 

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

Read more >

2021 - Sage Intacct - Gain more visibility, efficiency, and control in your daily processes

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 - Sage People release highlight 

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

Read full update note >

February 2021 - Sage X3 Release 1 highlights 

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 - Deeper capabilities for SaaS, wholesale distribution, and non-profit

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 - Sage X3 release 4 highlights  

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 >

September 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 organizations across the globe in 2020.

During this unprecedented time, we’re continuing to find innovative ways to support our customers and their organizations 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 >

August 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 organizations 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 > ;

May 2020 - Sage Intacct extends its leadership in multi-entity management

Consolidations are nothing new for many accounting departments, but they have become significantly more complex. Globalization, 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 organizations.

Read full release note > ;

March 2020 - 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 organizations 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’ organizations flourish.

Read full release note >

February 2020 - 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 > ;

October 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 >