Sage and Microsoft expand partnership to simplify workflows for SMBs

Today, Newcastle-based Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR and payroll technology for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft. The news includes plans to integrate Microsoft Business Products, including Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, as embedded services in Sage products and the Sage Digital Network.

“Increasingly, SMBs are digital businesses – but connecting the tools they use can be a barrier to their success.” said Steve Hare, CEO, Sage.

“Microsoft products have long been the tool of choice for collaboration, with Sage powering the back office. Through our expanded partnership, we will simplify life for millions of SMBs, removing friction and helping them to achieve real productivity gains.”

In July, Sage published its first early release of Sage Active with select customers. Sage Active is a new, easy-to-configure, integrated Business Management Solution built on Microsoft Azure.

“SMBs play a vital role in our global economy,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft. “Bringing together Sage’s financial expertise, with the power of the Microsoft Cloud, our partnership will deliver reliable, secure, and scalable solutions that will empower millions of SMBs around the world to be more productive, reduce costs, and grow their businesses.”

With Sage as a system of records for everything from financials, people, and payroll, and Microsoft 365 as the de-facto choice for millions of businesses around the world, integration between the two platforms is critical for SMBs today.

Linking the communication and collaboration tools available in Microsoft 365 to back-office functions, such as accounting, will simplify workflows and reduce manual processes, saving businesses time.

Together, Sage and Microsoft will deliver streamlined digital work experiences, with outstanding performance and reliability, to help SMBs be more productive and businesses more agile.

The Sage partnership with Microsoft also reflects both businesses’ aligned sustainability objectives. Their shared goal is to promote sustainable development and low-carbon business practices globally through our sustainable business practices and cloud-enabled technologies.

Credit: Bdaily

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