22% of Irish SMEs already using cloud technology and a further 16% have plans to move

– Sage Ireland launches Sage 200 Suite offering both online and on premise options –

Sage 200 Online

Pictured at the launch of the new Sage 200 ERP Suite are Clare Dillon, Developer and Platform Group Lead at Microsoft Ireland, Simon Hodgkins, Country Manager, Sage Ireland and Malcolm McClen, Head of Sales, SMB, Sage UK and Ireland. Research conducted by Sage revealed that 22% of Irish businesses are already using cloud technology and a further 16% have plans to move. Hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform, Sage 200 Online offers customers the flexibility to run their business with access to timely, accurate information anywhere, anytime. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

25th June 2013: 38% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ireland are either already using or have plans to adopt cloud computing technologies in their business, according to research announced today by the market leader in accounts and payroll software, Sage Ireland. Access to information on the go is the reason cited by 75% of those intending to move as the main driver of cloud adoption whilst a further 25% of businesses in Ireland are still unaware of what cloud computing is.

The research, conducted by Sage Ireland, was announced at the launch of the new Sage 200 ERP Suite which brings together financial management, customer relationship management and business intelligence software all in one solution. Businesses can share data easily across front and back room applications and tailor it to the business needs. Sage provides a network of 160 business partners and 900 developers across the UK and Ireland, offering customers access to exceptional levels of support and expertise.

Sage 200 Online marks a major next step forward in Sage’s overarching cloud proposition. It is hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s open and flexible cloud platform that enables companies to build, deploy and manage applications and services. The online function offers customers the flexibility to run their business with access to timely, accurate information anywhere, any time of the day or night.

The Sage 200 architecture was developed with security in mind, and benefits from shared infrastructure with Microsoft Azure. In addition to data centre, network, and personnel security practices, Windows Azure incorporates security practices at the application and platform layers to enhance security for application developers and service administrators.

Reflecting the increasing requirements for flexibility from businesses, the Sage 200 suite is provided in two versions, Sage 200 Online and Sage 200 On Premise. Sage 200 On Premise runs on an in-house server to allow customers to own, control and manage software in house.

Simon Hodgkins, Country Manager of Sage Ireland, said, “It is clear from our research that freedom of choice of deployment online or on premise is essential for businesses. The Sage 200 Suite provides the ultimate flexibility and freedom of choice for small and medium businesses. With over 870,000 businesses across the UK and Ireland using Sage products we have a unique understanding of the diversity, needs and growth potential of businesses and that is why we are making two options of Sage 200 available. The Sage 200 suite is aimed at growing businesses and is easy to use, accessible anytime, anywhere. It is also highly cost-effective and secure and gives customers more freedom and more choice than ever before.”

Clare Dillon, Developer and Platform Group Lead at Microsoft said, “I am pleased to be part of the launch of Sage 200 Online, at Microsoft we regularly engage with different organisations to help move Ireland further into the Cloud. There has been a welcomed increase in the adoption of cloud amongst Irish small and medium businesses, which represents a significant opportunity to drive further growth and job creation for Ireland’s improving economy. I’m looking forward to seeing how Sage 200 can help other businesses avail of the advantages that Cloud services can provide them.”

Sage 200 Online represents the next generation of business technology. Its launch shows momentum in the delivery of Sage’s web strategy and the company’s commitment to a consistent technology and platform strategy. Combining Sage’s highly popular ERP solution with the Microsoft Azure web platform, it provides a powerful and non-disruptive answer both for new and existing customers as they migrate to the cloud.

Sage 200 Online is a significant addition to Sage’s Online family of software and services, which already includes pure play SaaS with Sage One, mobile services and award winning managed services.

For more information please visit www.sage.ie/sage-200


For further information please contact:
Maria Doyle FleishmanHillard: +353 1 6188 431 / M: +353 87 990 7831
Ruth Burnside, FleishmanHillard: +353 1 6188 421 / M: +353 87 996 7496

Notes to the editor

Sage 200 v2013 benefits include:

  • Choice of deployment online or on premise, providing the ultimate flexibility and freedom of choice for small and medium businesses
  • Fully customisable both on premise and in the cloud: Sage 200 v2013 is architectured to provide vital economies of scale but can be safely customised in a multi tenancy environment
  • Available online or on premise, a new web user makes it even simpler for users to access vital business information on the road from any mobile or tablet device
  • Businesses can choose to pay for what they use on a monthly basis, or can alternatively pay up front with no minimum users and just one year minimum fixed term for the first year. Customers can add users or remove them when they don’t need them providing a flexible, low cost business solution accessible any time any where
  • Developed on the Microsoft ® AzureTM platform, Sage 200Online offers SMBs the next generation of business technology, is fully compliant with industry standards, managed and monitored continuously. Cloud users also benefit from 24-hour availability support

About The Sage Group plc
The Sage Group plc is a leading global provider of business management software to small and medium sized companies, creating greater freedom for them to succeed. Sage understands how and why each business is unique. We provide products and services that suit varying needs, are a pleasure to use and are secure and efficient. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has over 6 million customers and more than 13,500 employees in 24 countries covering the UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil. For further information please visit www.sage.com.

About Microsoft Ireland
Microsoft Ireland encompasses four separate divisions, Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre (EOC), Microsoft European Development Centre (EDC), Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG) and the EMEA Data Centre. The Irish based divisions include a broad set of different functions including research and development, engineering, localisation, finance, billing, logistics, supply chain management as well as local sales and marketing.

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Beatrice Whelan is Social Media & Content Specialist at Sage Ireland.

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