Sage has announced the European launch of its new Certified Development Professional and Certified Solution programmes for Sage ERP X3.
Designed to help developers generate additional revenue opportunities, accelerate solution delivery and provide an enhanced experience for Sage customers, both programmes were unveiled to the North American marketplace in October, and January marks their launch in the UK, France, Spain and Portugal, with Germany to follow in the summer.
The Sage Certified Development Professional Program is designed to enable all types of organisations to certify individuals on Sage ERP X3 development. Best practice training and skills assessment gives developers the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in customising and integrating applications, and also provides a path for software vendors to certify their own solutions which extend the functionality of Sage ERP X3.
The Sage Certified Solution Programme creates a new partnering pathway for developers, by enabling them to certify their own solutions against Sage qualification and testing criteria. Designed to give customers peace of mind when choosing Sage integrated third-party products, it also helps developers gain powerful marketing leverage against non-certified competitors. Purchasers and implementers of Sage Certified Solutions can be assured they follow certain minimum standards and have passed tests for installation and functionality. Sage Certified Solutions will be available for sale through Sage's Business Partner channel, thereby creating increased awareness, availability, and potential incremental revenue opportunities for developers.
"Developers are key to Sage's success, and we are committed to building long-term relationships with them. These new programmes will serve to expand the Sage Developer eco-system and our growing range of complementary integrated solutions," said Jayne Archbold, CEO for Mid-Market Europe and chairman of the Sage ERP X3 Governance Board. "By joining the Sage Certified Programs, our customers can be assured that developers are maintaining the appropriate skill sets needed to develop, deliver and support integrated solutions for Sage ERP X3."
The first developer that Sage invited to sign up to the new programmes is document management software author, V1 Limited.
Janette Martin, Managing Director at V1, commented: "We have been successfully working with Sage and its reseller network for a number of years and our document management solutions, developed with Sage, specifically for Sage ERP X3, are used by 177 Sage ERP X3 customers. Today we continue to work closely with many Sage business partners across the entire product range and we look forward to developing our Sage ERP X3 partnership further. We are delighted to have been invited to be part of the Sage Certified Solution Programme. This endorsement will enable us to present our solutions to even more partners, customers and prospects."