So much has changed in the 18-odd months when much of the world started closing. For the most of this time, things felt like normal in our work lives. Most everyone at Practical Software Solutions came to work every day, as we provided important IT services to manufacturers and distributors. Our customers were some of the people who made it their business to keep everyone fed, clothed, clean, and sanitary throughout the pandemic.
Funnily enough, a full house is odd for us, as most of our implementation staff are usually spread out across five time zones working with our customers on site. To have them all in the office for several months was one of the most surreal parts of this time.
But what we truly missed the most was gathering with our customers, fellow Sage partners and staff, ISVs and the other people you see while attending live events. Yes, we’ve gotten to talk to and see (through teleconference) many of these people, but it’s not the same as a firm handshake, a warm hug, or a hearty pat on the back. And when our staff and customers all get together, there’s a lot of laughter to share as well.
That’s why we’re excited that Sage will be hosting* Sage Sessions X3 and Construction and Real Estate at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL, from November 15-17. We’re really looking forward to “getting the band back together.” Early bird registration is ongoing through October 24, and is $299 per person, while the standard rate is $499, plus tax, from October 25 to November 17.
* Standard rules apply: Sage will be monitoring COVID situations leading up to the event, and may cancel if need be.
Sage Sessions Digital Event Debuts
For the first time, Sage will offer a digital version of Sage Sessions that runs concurrently on November 16-17, allowing for people who can’t or may not want to travel to Orlando. This option is $199 per person for early bird registration and $299 for standard registration.
While Sage won’t be able to broadcast every single breakout session for the digital conference, they’ve given a fair representation of sessions and keynotes for the reduced price and the luxury of watching from your office or bedroom.
The agenda for the digital experience will include the opening keynote session, the main keynote session featuring Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerX and VaynerMedia, 15 of the 44 breakout sessions, and the closing keynote session on Wednesday. Product townhall sessions will be pre-recorded. There will also be a digital exhibition hall featuring content from select sponsors and exhibitors.
I think this is a fair price and a fair amount of content for Sage’s first foray into a live digital experience. I’ve always thought Sage should have some sort of digital event that ran concurrently with its live events, so I’m excited to see how popular this option will be.
Partner Day first, then Customer Days
As with most Sage events, the first day of the event will be dedicated to Sage partners, while the last two will be centered on Sage customers. As a Sage partner, we’re happy to see Sage keeping this tradition going. It gives partners a good chance to concentrate on our information and then dedicate the next two days to our customers.
There is something different that has really caught my eye. For the first time I can remember, there will be only one keynote timeslot to open the show during the customer portion. After the Opening Keynote and the Featured Keynote sessions on Tuesday morning, the rest of the time is dedicated to breakout sessions, the product townhall sessions, and the trade show floor.
That’s not to say I’m against keynote sessions, but having a keynote session every day is a bit much when a conference is only two days. Back when Sage Summit was five days, it made sense to have a few more keynotes, but this is really the sweet spot for lecture halls and gives the customers more bang for their buck.
There’s also a scheduled party from 7:30 to 10:30 on Tuesday evening. I’m sure more details will come available soon, other than just the “party” that’s listed in the agenda. However, I must also give a nod to Sage for having their party in the middle of the conference and not at the end. We’ve heard so many times from customers that they would be expected to return home after “the real conference has ended” and not be able to attend an event on the last night.
Tracks include hands-on, operations and finance
I nearly stopped dead in my tracks (pardon the pun) when I saw Sage will have hands-on sessions for Sage X3 beginners up to old pros. Given they’re advertised for end users with a solid understanding of Sage X3 navigation, this sounds like the type of sessions our customers have been begging Sage to bring back for years. These sessions are BYOD (bring your own device) and limited to 30, so make sure you get in there and register quickly for these.
The Operations and Finance track also sounds like a winner. Again, this is a track geared toward both newbies and seasoned veterans of Sage X3. These sessions focus on demonstrating how the platform’s existing functionality helps users throughout their business lifecycle, from planning to optimization.
As Early Bird registration will end soon, you may want to get on board especially if you want to get in on some of those hands-on sessions. If you’re still unsure if you’d like to participate live or digital, Sage has given its registrants until midnight Eastern on November 1 to change your event experience. They will handle any charges or refunds as need be. To receive a discounted hotel rate at the Gaylord Palms, click this link or call (877) 491-0442 and reference Sage Sessions.
Are you going to Sage Sessions? Are you taking advantage of the digital event? Let us know in the comments!