Sage Live: Solid design for an uncertain future

The most effective businesses are breaking down the barriers between the front and back office, getting things done quicker, at a greater profit and with less risk.

That’s why Sage are so passionate about their Sage Live product – it was built with effectiveness in mind.

Sage Live has built in social, real time and mobile technologies, taking the data they ingest and feeding it into one of the most advanced accounting engines they have ever produced. But what is more impressive, is that Sage Live was built with the knowledge that they would have to throw some of these features away a few years down the line.


Disruptive Technology

This concept essentially says that software ages fast, however in the cloud, it ages even faster. The way we all do business has changed at a rapid pace over the last ten years, and that pace looks like it will only accelerate.

With this in mind, companies everywhere will be changing how they do things, and having an enterprise software that isn’t up to the job simply won’t do. Sage Live was built with the expectation that it would need to adapt, and so these changes will necessitate us swapping, chopping and changing features to meet new requirements.


Internet of Things

We expect the ‘Internet of Things’ to have a huge impact, and one of the most immediate could well be the capturing of data at source and level of process automation through smart technologies.

What if, instead of doing our expenses each month, submitting receipts, recording to ledger and all of the associated paperwork and workflows, all of that data was captured at source? Every fuel bill, every train ticket, every coffee with a client, claimed from the till or mobile phone or counter it came from?

One of the key tenets of what Sage doing with Sage Live, is to develop its updates with the customer, which brings features you want and need to improve your accounting at the forefront of their developmnent.


Course Correction

Striking the balance between quick adaptation, the needs of users and a usable product is a tricky task by anyones standards. Both evolutionary dead ends and, equally undesireable, disorganised evolutions are huge risks. Sage have therefore planned, ordered change around a core set of principles and components, as they know they are going to have to adapt what we have created and so planning for adaptation, has been a central task for the Sage Live teams.