INTERNET APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
MID MARKET ERP DEVELOPMENT
by Brian Terrell
Earlier this week, I attended the 2014 version of the Third Party Advantage Conference (TPAC) in Vancouver. Vancouver reigns as the capital city of Sage 300 ERP, and I enjoy attending TPAC every year in that beautiful city. At TPAC, I renew friendships, learn about developments from key Sage 300 ERP third party developers, and receive an update from Sage on the "road ahead" for the product. And yes, I enjoy good food and good times with folks I have known for, in some cases, 20 years.
Upon returning to the office, I shared with my Dallas colleagues the best of what I learned and experienced at TPAC. Donal de Paor, the Senior Product Manager at Sage for the Sage 300 ERP line, confirmed what others hinted at prior to his product roadmap break out session: Sage continues to ramp up invest in Sage 300 ERP as a strategic product. Client companies will benefit by an increased emphasis on new features and functionalities, as well as improvements in the user interface and the incorporation of newer technologies as the foundation of those new UIs. This goes beyond a simple refresh of the forms to a radically different and simplified user experience that all will appreciate. Of course, Donal could not show us those nor can make promises about delivery dates. However, his roadmap, along with the buzz from other insiders, encourages me that our customers will continue to enjoy developments in the architecturally superior Sage 300 ERP product for many years to come.
Don Thomson, the CEO of TaiRox, provided another highlight via his session entitled "The Truth about the Cloud." I congratulated Don afterwards on his ability to connect with the audience, and I've enjoyed this ability of his since the mid 1990s. Don might be called the Grandfather of Sage 300 ERP, as he participated in the original development efforts in…get this...1977! I attribute the aforementioned architectural superiority of the product to Don's vision, creativity and intelligence. I might add that Don saved the Windows version of the product from spinning off its axis when he returned to take development control after a short hiatus, and we all owe him a lot for that. Finally, he's a great guy to boot, and this tweet sums up his contribution nicely:
As usual, TPAC ended far too quickly. Thank you to those with whom I was able to reconnect, and thank you to those from whom I learned a great deal. This conference should be a "must attend" for anyone who derives a significant portion of their livelihood from Sage 300 ERP. The "road ahead" looks very, very good, indeed!