Earlier today, the Twitter hashtag #SageSummit exploded. It just happened to coincide with the opening of Sage Summit Early Bird Registration. It was great to see all the Sage folks guiding people to the Sage Summit website and customers and partners announcing they’ve registered.
Sage Summit Alumni and Business Care customers can get $200 off during any of the registration periods. (Look for your code in an e-mail sent by Sage today.) Also, all Practical Software Solutions customers can receive this same discount! (This e-mail was sent out today by us as well.)
So, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? Isn’t Sage Summit just another schmooze-fest with little return on investment for my company?”
The answer is simple: Absolutely not. Granted, there is fun to be had at Sage Summit. But Sage has gone out of its way not only to make Sage Summit educational, but also has put a major emphasis on peer-to-peer networking. Sage has realized that some of the best education a customer can receive is by talking to other customers who go through the same problems and solutions as they do.
During our Tuesdays with Practical user group meeting today, I asked Monica Stancik from Nashville Wire Products to talk about the value her company saw in sending as many employees to Sage Summit as they did last year. (They sent more than 15 people!) Nashville Wire Products uses Sage 500 ERP, Sage HRMS, SalesLogix, and many third-party solutions connected with those products.
Obviously, since Sage Summit was in their hometown last year, it was a bit easier to send as many people as they did, she said. However, there was more to it than that. They had some new hires in their accounting department, so she said they wanted them to learn about their Sage products. The company also acquired a new division, so they wanted some of those new employees to learn about the different Sage solutions they use. However, it also gives employees like herself to learn about what’s being planned for her Sage products and a chance to take a closer look at third-party solutions during the trade show.
So if you’re looking for a great opportunity for network, education, and a bit of fellowship, consider attending Sage Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 23-26.