While Sage doesn’t change its history of 30 great years of supporting American and Canadian small businesses, nor do they want to erode the goodwill associated with the Peachtree name, this is a very different application than the one that ran on that $5,000 Osborne computer over three decades ago. With tools like the web-based e-marketing services, integration with contact management tools like Sage ACT!, and advanced business intelligence tools, this product is not the same application that was typically paired with an Epson MX-80 dot matrix printer … so perhaps it should have a different name. The applications also work better together than they ever have in the past, and they are starting to offer more integration and collaboration than ever before. So it’s more reasonable to think of this as one organization instead of a series of independent companies, and I think it’s necessary for the product we now call Sage Peachtree to be able to change to meet the needs of the next generation of workers.
The Peachtree Perspective has graduated, and has become The Sage Perspective. See you next month.