A good collaboration always starts with shared objectives, when all parties to a team win when the team wins then you've got a pretty good foundation. Constant communications, well developed strategy, and good execution rounds out the formula for success.
The Sage ACT! 2011 team is comprised of a very diverse group; from software developers and quality engineers, to sales support, service operations, and Sage ACT! customers and business partners, everyone had a shared objective of making Sage ACT! 2011 a great release.
A few notable facts about the development of Sage ACT! 2011:
1. Over 1000 customers participated in beta testing Sage ACT! 2011 and hundreds more participated in roadshow events around the US over the last few months.
2. Dozens of Sage ACT! customers were directly consulted in the development of Sage ACT! 2011 - many thanks to these customer groups who participated in monthly calls and web meetings and helped prioritize features and review designs.
3. Special thanks to Sage ACT! Certified Consultants - close communications and strategy development with this group really helped identify the key customer demands addressed in Sage ACT! 2011 - lead acquisition, cost effective marketing and smart task productivity enhancements makes for a well-timed, very relevant set of features for many businesses today.
4. We share part of the successful launch of Sage ACT! 2011 with our service integration partners - Swiftpage, HooversTM and iLantern, who all helped bring new services to market for Sage ACT! 2011 including Sage E-Marketing for ACT!, and Sage Business Info Services for ACT!.
It takes a lot of communications, shared vision and hard work to make this kind of release possible but it's all worth it to hear from our customers how Sage ACT! has improved their productivity and helped them succeed in business.
As a tradition the Sage ACT! team gathers a few people together to pass down the final "Gold" build of Sage ACT! 2011 symbolically to our customer spokesperson - Napkin Mike", check out the embedded video for a fun look at the team putting the finishing touches on Sage ACT! 2011 as it goes out the door.