Sage Summit 2012: Call for Videos

We want to feature you at Sage Summit! In a short video, up to 30 seconds, simply follow the instructions and lines we include below. Be creative! Accepted videos will be featured during the Sage City opening video at Sage Summit. It’s a great way to stand up and be recognized! Deadline to submit videos and photos is June 22, 2012.

You can even use your phone! At the opening of your video, state your full name and whether you are a business partner or customer. Then simply read one or more of the following lines to the camera, pausing between segments and completing the thought where indicated:

  • “A Sage business knows that the key to our success is in our hands.”
  • <Sage product name> helps me take my business from here in <your city name> to the next level so that I can <make or provide> the finest <your product/service>.”
  • “A Sage business knows how to <your favorite Sage benefit>.
  • “I have the key.”
  • “Altogether, we are the key to Sage City.”

Video success tips:

  • Don’t worry if you stray from the script; ad libbing is encouraged.
  • Stay close to the subject as you shoot. This will ensure you get the best quality audio.
  • Find a background that represents your business or city.
  • Use the new Sage product names. Refer to the product name grid.
  • Avoid clothes with patterns or light colors.

To submit your video clip, save your file with the following name structure – FirstName_LastName_Organization

Then, upload it as follows:

PC User:

  1. Highlight and copy the following line (including "explorer.exe"):
    explorer.exe ftp://SageSummit2012:SS2012$
  2. Click the Start button, bottom left corner.
  3. Click on the Open field and Paste.
  4. Click the link on the top of the window.
  5. The FTP site will open. Click and drag the file(s) into the appropriate folder: Video.

Mac User:

  1. Click Go > Connect to computer.
  2. Enter
  3. User name: SageSummit2012
  4. Password: SS2012$
  5. The FTP site will open. Click and drag the file(s) into the appropriate folder: Video.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kimberly Dorony.

My Sage Summit 2012 Sessions

In four short months, I hope to see all of you in Nashville for Sage Summit 2012. As I have received a few requests asking me for the list of session I am facilitating, I thought I would take the opportunity to post them here.

Code Title Day/Time
P-0746 A Complete Waste of Time Monday, 1:30
P-0748 For Sage Consulting Academy Alumni Only Monday, 2:45
P-0751 Creating Scope: Tenth Anniversary Edition Tuesday, 9:45
C-0760-1 Creating Shared Vision Thursday, 8:30
C-0760-2 Creating Strategy in a Small Business Thursday, 10:45
C-0762 In Defense of Business—The Trading Game and the Morality of Free Exchange Thursday, 2:00


partner-klessIn addition, I am scheduled to perform at the Sage Rocks the Block, Partner appreciation party on  Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:30PM.

The Sage Summit 2012 Partner Appreciation Party will offer live music, games, great food and drink, plus a few surprises. And you won’t want to miss one-of-a-kind performances by talented musicians from across the Sage partner community, who will rock out together at the party!

See who else is performing.

Sage City at Summit 2012

To me, the most valuable part of any class, conference, or event is the networking. This year at Sage Summit 2012, we are doing a reboot on the whole idea of networking.

Announcing Sage City at Summit 2012, where “networking” is more than a cliché, and the unexpected is expected. Sage Summit 2012 is about to change everything.


Sage City is an all-new collaborative meet-up at Sage Summit that completely reinvents live conference networking and provides a new take on how we make connections. It is a mash-up of the best aspects of networking: small groups, structured topics, and social media.

For more download this FAQ.pdf.

Sage Rebranding: My personal test

Much has been written on the announcement at Sage Summit 2011 regarding Sage’s decision to rebrand our products in an effort to increase the overall brand awareness for Sage here in North America.

I see the merits on all sides of the argument and do not intend to add anything that has not been discussed in other places. I do wish, however, to propose my personal acid test which, I believe, will be a reflection of the ultimate success (or failure) of this endeavor.

Last week, I traveled to Vancouver, BC to deliver the Sage Consulting Academy. After arrival I meandered through the line at Canadian Customs and Immigration and upon my arrival at the desk, the agent asked who my employer was. I replied, “Sage.”

“Sage? Who?” he asked.

“Accpac,” I restated.

“Next,” the agent called.

So, the test is simple. I know our rebranding efforts will be a success when I travel to Canada and am admitted expediently when replying, “Sage” to the question regarding my employer.


Sage Summit 2011 Smart Phone App is Coming

clip_image001How you organize your time at Sage Summit 2011 can be difficult. Not only are there many sessions and speakers that you want to hear (including yours truly), other attendees to connect with but also exhibitors to visit.

You can do all this and more with the new Sage Summit 2011 Smart Phone and Laptop app.

Here is a quick list of what you can do:

  • View session details, exhibitor information and add items to your agenda
  • Browse each day’s events, search sessions, view exhibitor information and then add items to your personal agenda.
  • Stay connected during the event
  • View daily news, highlights and session updates.
  • Network with others
  • Schedule meetings and send invites to other attendees
  • Access to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Provide immediate feedback
  • Complete session and overall conference survey to provide instant input

In the next few weeks I will be testing the app and I’ll do a post about how I think it will work at the event.