This past week, Sage North America underwent an organizational restructure that resulted in a number of changes to our business. With regard to the ACT! by Sage Business Unit and Sage SalesLogix, we have folded the North American commercial operations together with the global product development teams. This unified structure will allow Sage to develop product within the same team as the people that market, sell, and support it here in North America.
I have spent the past five months analyzing the ACT! business, understanding its organizational structure, evaluating future opportunities, and working very closely alongside both product development and the commercial team. I truly feel that the best way to move this business forward and to more readily align ourselves with the needs of our current and future customers is the creation of this new organization. Joe Bergera, who to date has been leading our Global CRM business, and who has previously been the general manager for ACT!, will spearhead this effort. Joe's past experiences with both ACT! and CRM will definitely benefit the product line, and I could not hand it off to a more capable leader.
While I will assist the team through the transition process, I will now return my focus to Sage's Value portfolio of seven products that serve loyal customer bases. It has been a great privilege to work with a phenomenal set of ACT! employees, partners, and customers and I am excited to see ACT! poised for future success.