Sage initially announced that Alchemex would be their preferred/recommended solution for replacing the recently retired FRX Financial report writer.
Since that announcement Sage acquired Alchemex (the creator of the BI product) and has been working overtime to convince consultants and customers to adopt SMI as their FRX replacement.
The main issue , according to several consultants, appears to be that SMI was originally slated to be a Business Intelligence report writer versus a full fledged financial statement creator.
Sage just wrapped up a 10 city tour where they talked to users and consultants about SMI – and while they don’t mention how they’ll simplify the complexity of creating financial statements with SMI they have at least taken a good first step in adding some dedicated training resources by moving Debbie Hill to Sage Alchemex.
Full release is below:
Debbie Hill joins Sage Alchemex in North America
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Debbie Hill will be joining the Sage Alchemex team in North America as a Senior Trainer effective as at 5 March 2012. Debbie will be reporting to Ruth Gray who manages our Sage Alchemex learning services team globally. Debbie will be focused on driving adoption of Business Intelligence by addressing the bourgeoning need for skills around our BI modules through focused channel enablement, as well as knowledge and skills transfer horizontally across the SMB and MME business units respectively. Debbie will be a pivotal team member for us in our product roll outs across Sage 50—U.S. Edition, Sage 50—Canadian Edition, Sage 100 ERP, Sage 300 ERP, Sage 500 ERP, Sage PFW ERP and Sage ERP X3.
Debbie has been with Sage for 10 years and has extensive experience in support, sales, pre-sales and training capacity. She has in-depth knowledge of the core Accounting and ERP platforms in Sage North America and has more recently been a champion of our cross sell platforms including Business Intelligence, SPS and CRM.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Debbie as a new member of our team; we are very excited to create more focus on driving BI education into our business. I would also like to thank Susan Frederick for facilitating a smooth transition for Debbie into our team.