With less than a week left in the Early Bird registration period for Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate, I started thinking about how long we in the Sage CRE community have asked for an event like this. I know ever since I attended my first Sage Summit in 2013, I realized the Sage CRE folks needed their own event hosted by Sage.
Granted, the Sage CRE community is quite self-sufficient. There’s an independent spirit that runs through all of Sage CRE, considering it was its own company from 1971 to 2003. While most of Sage North America has gravitated toward its new Atlanta home, Sage CRE still sits in its ancestral home in Portland, Oregon.
On top of that, the Sage CRE user community has had its own independent organization since 1987. TUG, The Users Group for Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, Sage 100 Contractor & Sage Estimating, is the best example in the Sage community of how much a software’s users can do by banding together. (You’ll have to forgive the long name on that one. It started as the Timberline Users Group, but now incorporates all Sage CRE products.)
Its greatest achievement is the TUG National Users Conference, which gives Sage CRE folks four full days of training and workshops dedicated to their own products. While it’s run independently, Sage CRE supports the event wholeheartedly, even staffing the event on the trade show floor.
While the TUG National Users Conference (which will take place May 14-17 in San Antonio, Texas) provides the most comprehensive convention for Sage CRE users, it’s not for everyone. It’s cost-prohibitive for many. Don’t get me wrong — the TUG National Users Conference is worth every penny to attend. It’s just a bit pricey for some construction companies to bring multiple people to an event like that.
On the other hand, the Sage Sessions format allows a nice, tight couple of days to focus on what’s new and upcoming for all Sage CRE products — all for a reasonable price. Also, since much of the TUG National Users Conference is classwork and hands-on sessions, Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate gives more of an opportunity for networking and more intimate discussions.
Let’s take a look at what will be in store for the Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate event, coming up from April 24-26, 2019, in Portland, Oregon:
Sage Sessions CRE agenda features 5 tracks for attendees
Before even looking at the agenda, the biggest change Sage Sessions CRE attendees will notice is everything will be geared toward their industry. The keynote sessions will be all construction, all the time. The entire trade show floor will be the same. No more seeing “Sage 100” on a session and wondering if its Sage 100 Contractor or the ERP system.
The biggest thing you notice on the agenda is the five different tracks available. Four of the tracks are aimed at Sage CRE Customers: Operational Excellence, Innovate with Sage, Emerging Technologies, and Education. The remaining track is Consultation Training — a big win for the partner community. As a Sage partner, we felt the reduction of sessions over the past several years also.
The other thing that really stands out is the three-hour welcome reception on the Product Showcase floor. During the last Sage Summit, the biggest complaint I heard was a lack of access to the trade show floor when no other sessions or events were going on.
Our entire customer base — not just our Sage CRE customers — have always used Sage Summit or Sage Sessions as their chance to “go to the mall” to see what products are available. We even schedule blocks of time with individual customers to walk around the showcase, because it’s that important to them.
Not only does Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate start off with time on the Product Showcase floor, but also features availability from 7:30 to 9 a.m. before the keynote session begins. This is another case of Sage coming through and giving their customers what they want.
Then, looking at individual sessions in the agenda, there seems to be a great variety of options, with a couple of spots yet to be filled. All three of the main Sage CRE products have dedicated sessions. There’s also complementary Sage product sessions, including Sage HRMS and eTakeoff. There are more generic business sessions, like Manage Your Business with Automation, and some futuristic topics, like The Rise of Drones in Construction.
Act now: Sage Sessions CRE Early Bird Registration ends Friday, March 15
We’re really excited to see two true events on the calendar for our Sage CRE customers: Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate and the TUG National Users Conference. We hope you attend at least one of these two great events.
Practical Software will be attending Sage Sessions CRE. We’re hoping to see many of our customer joining us in Portland. Early Bird registration for Sage Sessions CRE ends this Friday, March 15. There’s only three days remaining to register for $149. After that, you can register at the standard rate for $199. Click here to visit the registration website.
The event will take place at The Nines, 525 SW Morrison St. in Portland. Reservations can be made using the same registration link.
To register for the TUG National Users Conference, visit https://www.tugweb.com/mpage/2019_Conference.
Are you going to the 2019 Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate or the TUG National Users Conference? Let us know in the comments!