Author Archives: Amanda Tomaini Lamela

2017 Top 100 Growers: Immigration, technology top concerns

Top 100 Growers 2017 automation

I was surprised when I read Laura Drotleff’s editorial in the 2017 Top 100 Growers edition of Greenhouse Grower magazine this month. In it, she mentioned the editorial board of the horticulture trade publication wondered if they should change the way they do things. For more than 30 years, Greenhouse… Read more »

Sage Summit 2017 epilogue: Tell Sage what you think

Sage Summit 2017 feedback

I have a confession to make: I write really long blog posts. If you got through my wrap-up of Sage Summit 2017 — congratulations! You read a 2,000 word essay! The funny thing is I still didn’t have enough room to get in everything that I wanted to say about… Read more »

Sage Summit 2017 wrap-up: On honesty and being yourself

Summit 2017 wrapup Sage 500

There was an interesting booth on the trade show floor at Sage Summit 2017 in Atlanta. Set up like an instant photo booth you see at the mall, it allowed attendees to record 30 seconds of “sage” business advice to their peers in return for some very nice swag. Despite my… Read more »

Last-minute advice and info for Sage Summit 2017

Sage Summit 2017 George Foreman

When I told my husband last night that I was going to Sage Summit 2017 in five days, I had to stop and think about it. Five days? Really? Could it really be here this soon? After years of Sage Summit taking place in late summer, it sure feels weird… Read more »

Sage City Roundtables Return Again To Sage Summit 2017

Sage City Roundtables 2016

For more than six years, we’ve hosted a monthly online user group meeting. But it didn’t take a fortune teller to know we were going to have record attendance in our last two meetings. There’s a simple reason for it: Our customers gave the main presentations in both meetings. In… Read more »

Sage Summit 2017 session registration now available

Sage Summit 2017 session 1

It feels weird to say it, but there’s less than a month left to Sage Summit 2017 in Atlanta. This year, Sage Summit takes place from May 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center. There’s a few things to keep in mind now we’re heading into crunch time. First of… Read more »

Sage Summit 2017: The Return of Sage 500 ERP

Sage 500 at Sage Summit

“… some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend, legend became myth and for four and a half years, Sage 500 passed out of all knowledge …” With apologies to the screenwriters of The Lord of the Rings, and a slight apology to Sage, there’s good… Read more »

Sage Summit 2017: Registration and other information

Sage Summit 2017 v1

It’s that time of year again: Spring is in the air, flowers are in bloom, and I get to tell all of you to start registering for Sage Summit. But this year’s a bit different. OK, that’s not entirely true. This year is completely different. Registration for Sage Summit 2017… Read more »

Illegal immigration raids have attention of horticulture industry

immigration raids

Craig Regelbrugge, the vice president for government relations and research for AmericanHort, is at it again, and I appreciate it very much. In the past few weeks, Regelbrugge has written two blog posts that explain the potential impact to the horticulture industry of some of the executive orders and actions President… Read more »

Recent cloud-based server hacks serve as warning to all

CERN cloud server

I don’t know how Deb Carpenter Beck does it. The longtime Sage Construction and Real Estate marketer, who can still be found on the Plumb Bob Square Rants blog, always writes about the most topical posts in the industry. Ironically her latest blog post hit too close to home as we’re… Read more »