My Question on Sage Summit for Sage Partners

I would really like to get a good dialogue going on this question – What was the last Sage Summit/Insights/Visions/Partnership/other conference name that you felt was better than this on in 2012?


12 thoughts on “My Question on Sage Summit for Sage Partners

  1. Ed, I enjoyed much of the conference. However, for many of us whose product lines are now considered non core, a cloud of uncertainty hung over the event.

    What do you think? am I being a half empty guy?

  2. I liked Sage Palm Springs for one reason – it felt like everywhere we walked downtown that I was sitting and talking to other partners.

    I do not like large university like conference centers where the walk to get off-site is akin to training for an Olympic marathon. It is also not terribly convenient to bus people 20 minutes to hosted events and expect that they’ll all stay until two in the morning for a drunk filled 20 minute bus ride home.

    Gaylord Nashville is a beautiful hotel and facility however a major block of restaurants is in one section, the public walk way is in another, the conference area is in another.

    Sessions are a push – having been around them and heard the “we need to do better” parable since David Butlers days on stage – those words just wiz over my head. I rate year to year sessions as good and high quality – as expected.

    Keynotes seem like they’re going downhill – it’s mostly about what can we say or show to shut the doubters up and/or play a “safety” so nobody goes away mad.

    Long story short – Palm Springs was my favorite purely from the memories of meeting the most people that year.

  3. Ok I initially mis-read that, thinking you wanted feedback on the name of the conference. Based on other responses and re-reading, it looks like you’d like overall conference feedback.

    While I was not part of the Palm Springs event (pre-Sage acquistion of 300 ERP), I agree with Wayne on venue. A more concentrated area works better for locating other partners and sessions.

    Nashville is not easy to get to from most places in the world.

    The Partnership events we used to attend were packed with sessions; so many that it was hard to decide which to attend or bring other staffers to cover. We came home with so much sales, marketing, and technical knowledge that we were fired up to get back out there the moment we stepped off the plane. (There were five solid sessions per day, one keynote, one massive Q&A session, a sit-down dinner with paid entertainment and plenty of trade show time)

    Understanding that Sage is much larger, the secondary session makes sense, as well as a larger venue. It’s great that we can meet and converse with other partners across products and including the customers is a terrific idea.

    The breakfasts leave something to be desired (more heathy choices like fruit?)

    We were thrilled with the availability of the mobile app, thinking it would help in selecting and finding sessions (it did), find people (in the Trade Show, but how about other attendees?) and surveys (this didn’t work at all and not filling out a survey is a huge disservice to the presenters).

    Love the Twitter feeds!

  4. Ed, not being a partner, but having attended and spoken at the last 3, I’ll only share that the energy in this summit felt stronger and more positive than the last couple of them. I also wanted to comment on the Sage City experiment – In 25 years of partner conferences I have never seen anything like it and I think Sage should be commended for a) taking the risk of trying something totally new and b) pulling it off successfully.

    and to mimic some of the above – agree on the hotel comments -and I would add that I was constantly feeling the need to find a restroom whenever I was in a public area due to all the running water and yes, the twitter feed was great.

  5. I did not attend this year so can not comment.

    My favorite was the first year Laurie Schultz was the GM for Accpac. She brought such great energy to the Accpac group and really gave us a strong feeling for the future. T-shirts shot out of canons. AC/DC music prior to her keynote sessions and more. All that glitz was backed up with action. Since that time the keynotes and sessions have been filled with much more negative content regarding the economy, sales, and roadmaps that it seems nothing has ever compared.

  6. I prefer TPAC, as a consultant working with ACCPAC, sorry if thats not PC I want to see technical content pertinent to my job, not a week of Sage flexing it’s corporate muscle and congratulating themselves on what a great job they think they are doing. The fact that there are three partner days and four end user days tells you where the focus is, the channel is dying and Sage is killing it, perhaps when more powerful VARS migrate to other products the trend will stop. sorry off topic. TPAC.

  7. My favorites were Butler’s last one, and then the next one. Seemed to more information, and more people. But then, memories are tricky things.

    I think the purpose/goal of Summit has changed from the first Insights but I’m not sure how. Certainly it’s changed from an all-partner event to a warm-up for the customer show. That’s not necessarily good or bad, just different. I don’t think that change, and its implications, has been clearly communicated to partners, and maybe not really defined internally.

    It used to be a way to get significant technical content efficiently. But with so much really good distance learning in use, that doesn’t strike me as the best use of resources. At our core, most partners are technologists, not businesspeople, so that change has probably subconsciously affected impressions of the past several.

    Cutting back the partner show to 3 days limits our ability to digest trade shows and interpartner action. Moving the “big party” (Ole Opry this year) to a Customer-only day, and stripping the partner evening event to burgers, tacos and self-produced music (although we do appreciate the open bar!) might be giving a message not intended (I hope).

    So, those 2 earlier events are in my memory as “better” but in today’s environment, a change was inevitable. I just don’t know that Summit can’t made more attractive.

  8. Every event has its positive and negative. The negative here was the announcement that “my” products are not on the core list. However, the positive is I now know this. I have complained for years that Sage would not be straight with us on product direction.
    Hearing “No, its not dead, but we’re not developing it, but we still have quotas, oh and we have a migration path” as we heard in the past, while saying a lot, is not definitive.
    I now know what the probable longevity of my products are and where I need to make decisions for the benefit of my business and for my clients and prospects. I may not like everything I heard, but at least I know where Sage is going. As Pascal said so eloquently, knowing where Sage will focus, now we can determine our own futures!

  9. Thanks, all for your feedback.

    My personal observation was that most people had to go back quite some time to find an event that had the mostly positive vibe of Summit 2012.

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