Accounting company Sage has expanded a partnership with Microsoft.

There are plans to integrate the tech giant’s business products, including Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, as embedded services within Sage products and the Sage Digital Network.

It says this will simplify workflows and save time for small- and medium-sized businesses.

North East-based Sage provides accounting, financial, HR and payroll technology to its customers.

“Increasingly, SMBs are digital businesses – but connecting the tools they use can be a barrier to their success,” said Steve Hare, CEO at Sage. 

“Microsoft products have long been the tool of choice for collaboration, with Sage powering the back office. 

“Through our expanded partnership, we will simplify life for millions of SMBs, removing friction and helping them to achieve real productivity gains.”  

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In July, Sage published its first early release of Sage Active with select customers. Sage Active is a new business management solution built on Microsoft Azure. Available first to customers in France, with Spain and Germany to follow, this new native cloud solution is purpose-built to support SMBs to manage compliance and operations.   

“SMBs play a vital role in our global economy,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft. “Bringing together Sage’s financial expertise, with the power of the Microsoft Cloud, our partnership will deliver reliable, secure, and scalable solutions that will empower millions of SMBs around the world to be more productive, reduce costs, and grow their businesses.”

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