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Sage goes free with BillingBoss

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.

Billing Boss by Sage Logo

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!

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  • @manoj: thanks for that. As you know I have been sharply critical of Sage over the years but I will give them credit for at least getting something out there that offers good value with options for value add $$ add-ons. Let’s not be too harsh with a company that already knows it has failed and has attempted to come back. It willof course be criticiized because expectations will bew high of a company that is a market leader. But this is a different ball game so let’s take it a bit easy and see how they rate against others. As I said – security wise, they are back from the dead and then some. It certainly doesn’t compete with the FAC/Xero/KF etc of this world but they are at least making a very credible start. For that they get ++ kudos.

  • @manoj: thanks for that. As you know I have been sharply critical of Sage over the years but I will give them credit for at least getting something out there that offers good value with options for value add $$ add-ons. Let’s not be too harsh with a company that already knows it has failed and has attempted to come back. It willof course be criticiized because expectations will bew high of a company that is a market leader. But this is a different ball game so let’s take it a bit easy and see how they rate against others. As I said – security wise, they are back from the dead and then some. It certainly doesn’t compete with the FAC/Xero/KF etc of this world but they are at least making a very credible start. For that they get ++ kudos.

  • @Dennis, I fully agree with you. Let’s hope they continue to open up and start to innovate once again!

  • @Dennis, I fully agree with you. Let’s hope they continue to open up and start to innovate once again!

  • Update: I have started using billingboss for both edocr as well as northern startup 2.0

  • Update: I have started using billingboss for both edocr as well as northern startup 2.0

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