It is not often I get to know a new product before Dennis Howlett, especially in the accountancy software market. But it seems Dennis as well as most people at the HQ of Sage in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne may not have been aware of BillingBoss released by Canadian subsidiary of Sage. I was contacted on 21st September, but only had time to visit the site today.
This is a remarkable step forward for Sage, having ignored the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model for many years. Sage was not unique in this position. And their foray into SaaS later misfired with poor execution of SageLive. It looks like finally Sage can save face through their Canadian friends.
As I commented on Dennis’ blog, I have been exploring the possibility of adding an accountancy software package to member benefits of Northern StartUp 2.0 community. Looks like now I have another vendor to consider.
However, the problem arise as it is unclear at this moment where Sage might take BillingBoss. If it eventually develops into an accountancy software package, then it makes sense. Otherwise, you are likely to end up using number of disparate SaaS products for accountancy, which at the end could become a messy and a costly exercise.
A bug I noticed when login was dully communicated with the BillingBoss team. They certainly surprised me by fixing the problem within hours. If this level of attention can be guaranteed, BillingBoss will go a long way! And I hope it would!