Sage UK, the business software and services provider, is embarking on a campaign to grow its Developers' Programme in 2013 via the sign up of new developers. The Programme is the access point to a comprehensive range of development tools and support, which allows Developer Partners to integrate with, or customise Sage products.
Sage's network of developer partners consist of businesses that specialise in creating bespoke and off-the shelf-solutions that help tailor the company's software for specific processes, industries or customer needs. Sage customers also benefit from the Developers' Programme by gaining access to the tools they need to develop additional functionality for their Sage software.
Sage puts collaboration and ingenuity at the heart of its product development process and the Programme reinforces this commitment. "Our developers are immensely important to us, and we are hugely passionate about enabling partners to succeed," explained Darren Liddell, Manager of Sage Developers' Programme. With an expanding product portfolio including the impending release of Sage 200 Cloud on to the Microsoft Azure platform, it is a very exciting time to be involved with the Developers' Programme and we look forward to welcoming new members."
The organisation's unrelenting focus on research and development means that more than 20% of its UK workforce is employed to explore emerging technologies. This enables them to create compelling solutions that empowers Sage's 840,000 UK customers to better manage the complexities of their business. By feeding new and exciting solutions into the Developer Channel the company is further demonstrating its relevance and responsiveness in today's connected world.
The Developers' Programme offers membership packages to suit all Sage development needs. Members can develop for Micro Market, Small Business, Mid-Market or all three product ranges, and depending on their package level can access software development kits, developer community resources, training courses as well as licences to use Sage software in-house and for development, testing and demonstration purposes. Independent software developers who are looking to grow their businesses can also benefit from exclusive marketing support. Through this, they can access Sage's 840,000 strong customer base, which they can promote their products, services and add ons to. In addition, these partners also benefit from the company's strategic partnerships with industry leaders including RIM, Netvibes and Microsoft.
Alistair Livingstone, Managing Director of Eureka Solutions, a consulting business commented: "The Sage Developers' Programme gives us the support and training we need to provide an invaluable service to our customers. It keeps us up to speed on new developments with the software and ensures we're at the very forefront in offering new technology for Sage solutions."
One such improvement that Eureka Solutions was able to provide its customers with, is a system that automatically transfers future price and stock level changes to the customer's website, thereby helping to guarantee accuracy of information throughout the systems and improve the user experience as a result.
Nova International, a Sage 200 Suite customer, and specialists in mass participation sporting events joined the Developers' Programme in order to unlock the integration functionality of the system. Through the tools provided by the Developers' Programme, Nova created a charity Management System. The system enabled them to streamline their sales-order process and reduce the time and effort required to complete the annual procedure of issuing charities with places in the Great Run series of events.
John Douglas, Finance Director at Nova International, states:"We knew that the system was adaptable. The out-of-the box solution was fine initially but we wanted to tailor-make it to our requirements. We'd developed bespoke systems within our IT Department that we wanted to dovetail with the basis of the finance system. By joining the Developers' Programme and taking on the developer's role, we knew we could make the two match together."