The Buzz from 2019 TUG National Conference


by Ruth Stockdale, LAI Director of PSG

Great takeaways again in 2019!

Anyone attending the TUG Conference generally leaves with ideas, additional knowledge, and plans for improvements at work.

It was exciting to be there and experience the energy in the crowd. If you didn’t attend, here are what your fellow Sage users are thinking about. This is based on my own observation and conversations with users throughout the week.

(Check out  two other Consultants’ TUG reviews in the Tips + Trick section at the bottom.)

Training for new employees or expanded training for current ones

  • Many user companies have had Sage 300 CRE or Sage 100 con for years but have newer employees with less experience. The lab sessions for accounting basics—AR, AP, GL—are always full. And this year “full” meant 35 – 70 workstations in each of about 20 session rooms. Topics in the variety of tracks covered basics through advanced information, with many of them presented as panels or lecture-only.

Maximizing the impact of reporting

  • Reports, in this case, include online views or queries, as well as printed traditional reports. There was a large interest in the use of My Assistant, Office Connector, Crystal Reports and Liberty Reports, along with the built-in report designer tools in both Sage 300 CRE and 100 Contractor.

An increased interest in hosted servers

  • More users consider this every year and the options continue to improve.

Ongoing interest in paperless options

  • Many users have already implemented a paperless product and are looking for suggestion regarding best practices. Others are evaluating products. Keep in mind that “paperless” rarely means the complete elimination of paper. When well implemented, the focus is on improved workflow, communications, and information retrieval.

The 2020 TUG National Conference will be in New Orleans, LA, and the TUG Fall Workshop will be in Denver.   

Read what our consultants thought

Sage 100 Contractor highlights from Pam Schulz

One highlight of specific interest to Sage 100 Contractor users during this conference was the announcement of an expanded “OEM” relationship between Liberty Reports and Sage, to expand to Sage 100 Contractor and Sage Estimating. For you, this will mean easier…more here (scroll past accounting tips).

Sage 300 CRE highlights from Kyle Zeigler

General sessions, one-on-one booths, and the vendor trade floor added to the experience. Keynote speaker Dustin Anderson, Sage VP of Construction and Real Estate, revealed several exciting developments in the arena of expanding customer choice, including Sage’s integration partnership with Procore, the announcement of Sage Intacct as…more here (third tip down).