More than 700 business executives across Africa recently concluded a three-day Sage Business Partner Conference 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, featuring keynote presentations from Sage CEO Stephen Kelly and Sage International President Ivan Epstein, which took place from 26 to 28 January, brought together Sage’s African business partners representing all of its major software solutions and brands at one venue for the first time.
A statement distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Sage said the conference said it marked a significant milestone in Sage’s vision of becoming a true global market leader for an integrated portfolio of accounting, payroll and payment systems that address the needs of businesses of all sizes. Other speakers at the conference included Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp and a pioneer and maverick in the business incubation industry, social media law expert Emma Sadleir and Gilan Gork, South Africa’s Mentalist.
“Thousands of business leaders, business owners and financial professionals trust us to help them to focus on their business and leapfrog to the future. In turn, we depend on our vibrant, motivated and professional network of business partners to help our customers use our solutions to drive their growth,” said Ivan Epstein, President of Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation.
“We are excited to be able to bring so many members of our business ecosystem together to share the latest news about our technology and solutions over the past three days. Together with our business partners we can help entrepreneurs and enterprises that create jobs and prosperity to turn their business dreams into reality.”
“Sage is inventing the future for the world’s small and medium businesses, those true heroes of the global economy. Africa is central to that vision, and we want to build closer links with our network of business partners as they embrace the cloud, and so that they can continue to help their customers contribute to the growth this region is seeing,” said Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage. “It is an honour to be here to meet some of these partners, and to launch our global philanthropic initiative, Sage Foundation.”