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Chattanooga Sage ACT 2013 Beta Event

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Every year we here at Patricia Egen Consulting host a beta day event where we help test the next version of Sage ACT.  Friday, June 30th, was this year’s test day.  We had 19 people participating, 8 onsite and 11 remotely.  It is always great to be in an event with some awesome ACT consultants.  This year, we had two representatives from Sage – Amy Yosowitz and Mark Wheeler.  I think it is nifty that Sage will send people from their development and QA groups out into the field to participate on these events.  They provide help if we run into something odd, and advice about the new great features that we can’t tell you about – YET.

Here’ a photo of some of the people chatting right after lunch. Leslie from my staff brought some amazing sweet corn which we grilled along with hamburgers. It pays to come to our events.

Sage ACT 2013 Beta Day Event in Chattanooga TN

One of the things that has always struck me is the desire of the ACT Consulting community to help make the product better and to ensure our customers desires are fed into the product. And it’s encouraging to know that Sage staff listen and try their best to make that happen as well.

That’s it for this post. I can’t wait for the next release to become available.  I have high hopes for some of the new features.  Sorry to keep you in suspense.  Just keep staying on the look out for more updates.

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June 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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Sage Upgrade Policy Changing

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In June 2012, Sage will be changing their upgrade policy for their product lines.  For us, what this means, is our customers running versions of ACT prior to 2009 need to upgrade before June to realize better upgrade pricing.  After June, it could run about $200 more per seat for new licenses.  If you are running a version of ACT that is older than 2010, you may want to reach out to your favorite consultant (or us, we won’t mind) to upgrade to the newest version, 2012.

Why would you want to upgrade?  Well, for one, support for Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 for starters.  The newer versions have improved performance, bug fixes, better memory management (especially with 2012 and SQL 2008).  There is true Outlook integration, Gmail integration, automated Smart Tasks, Universal search which searches even attachments (my personal favorite), over 35 custom reports, and an improved user interface.  All in all, there are a lot of reasons to upgrade, especially if you are on versions earlier than 2005.  It’s not your father’s ACT anymore.

Our offices are offering demos of the product for our customers.  And you can go to ACT.com for demos there as well.  We are offering our Platinum reseller pricing to help make the transition a little less painful on the pocketbook.

Hope you found this information useful.  And thanks for stopping by to read my blog.

Pat Egen

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March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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