In previous years, Sage Summit has had huge celebrities make appearances and speak during the conference. Last year, we saw Richard Branson, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John from Shark Tank, Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashton Kutcher. These are household names that people were clamoring to see. However, this year Sage is taking a new approach. Sage Summit 2017 is going to be more product focused, instead of generally focused on business. How can Sage ERP actually help grow your business? So this year’s speakers are coming directly from within Sage.
Stephen Kelly was appointed to his position at Sage in 2014, however, his background with small and medium sized businesses is extensive. Kelly has been the CEO at Chordiant Software and Micro Focus International, and started his career at Oracle. Just before joining Sage, Kelly was serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the UK government leading the Efficiency and Reform agenda. In this role, he was responsible for Digital, Commercial, IT and SME strategies. In 2015, he was appointed as the Business Ambassador to the British Prime Minister where he bolstered support for small and medium sized businesses.
Although Alan Laing first joined Sage in 2015, he has over 30 years experience working with business and the technology industry. He has held positions of CEO for CMS supplier Mediasurface and GM of Portal Software. He has also worked with Digital Equipment Corporation, Oracle and Avaya. Since joining Sage, Laing has been recognized as the 2017 Channel Chiefs by The Channel Company, has help strengthen Sage’s relationship with Salesforce, Microsoft, Apple and Slack, and helped to add over 200 new ISVs to the Sage Marketplace.
Nick Goode has been at Sage for about eight years, holding many different roles from Head of Marketing for the accountants division to Head of Sage One and now Executive Vice President of Product Management. Prior to his work at Sage, Goode has spent his career in the tech industry with companies like Inforsense and Business Objects. Most of his time spent in the tech industry has been working with bots, cloud, mobile and enterprise B2B products.
Jennifer Warawa has been at Sage for over nine years, working her way up to her current executive position. Warawa started her career as an entrepreneur, owning her own accounting and consulting firm in Kelowna, Canada. Through her experiences as an entrepreneur, she is passionate about helping other small business owners succeed. She was named one of CPA Practice Advisor’s Most Powerful Women in Accounting in 2016.
Although these aren’t typical keynote speakers at Sage Summit that you may be dying to hear speak, they are the ones more familiar with how you can be productive with Sage and how it can help. In the end, we come to Sage Summit in order to learn more about how to use the products in order to help our business, not for big name celebrity appearances. These 4 speakers are the ones that are most likely going to educate us on the products.