How reporting in the cloud with Sage Intelligence can change the way you do business

Do you know when the internet started? The very first spark of the idea was ignited in 1962 (53 years ago), when the concept of a “galactic network” was first discussed. The idea was a globally interconnected set of computers through which everyone could quickly access data and programs. Sound familiar?

What was once a gimmicky tool for computer geeks has since made its way into the lives of each and every one of us.

The internet is used for many purposes, however the central core that underlies it all is sharing information. Sage Intelligence has centered itself on this very same concept, and has brought what you know as Sage Intelligence Reporting (on premise) into the brave new world of anywhere, anytime access.

What does the word ‘cloud’ mean?

You may have looked at the title of this blog and thought, “Why does everyone keep using the word, ‘cloud’?” Think of it this way, imagine the furthest place north that you have been. In your mind, take yourself back there, and imagine looking up towards the sky – what do you see? Clouds?

Now imagine the furthest place south you have been, and again, imagine looking up towards the sky. Do you see more clouds? Now do the same for east, and west. Yes, clouds are everywhere! Hence the analogy for cloud computing. It is everywhere! Therefore, cloud computing means that you can access your data from anywhere, at any time.

Is it just a new buzzword or can it practically help me?

Having access to your financial information from anywhere is one of the most freeing feelings a businessperson can ask for. So much stress is taken away by the fact that no matter where you are, your data is available to you at the click of a button. The risk of theft, fire, and your own potential forgetfulness no longer has any effect on your information, as there is no longer a necessary reliance on hardware. Just imagine that for a second!

Here’s an exciting fact too, did you know that the cloud is now a key focus for Sage? The purpose is to ensure that we’re delivering our customers anytime tools that can help them run their businesses more efficiently. Speaking of these incredible tools, one of the flagship cloud solutions that Sage Intelligence has integrated with is Sage Accounting!

I have Sage Accounting, now where do I start with Sage Accounting Intelligence?

It really isn’t as overwhelming an experience as a lot of you are most probably envisioning. Here’s the thing with the cloud, your data is all available and ready to go (because Sage Accounting is already in the cloud). Your only step is to sign into Sage Intelligence with your Sage Accounting username and password, and you’re good to go!

The sign in process is quick and simple:


Once signed in, you’re greeted by neat folder structures to easily access your reports:

Which you will be reaping the rewards from in no time:

Can I try it out without making permanent changes to my data?

Absolutely! Sage Intelligence will not make changes to the data in Sage Accounting, it is simply a tool that allows you to extract data from Sage Accounting and view it in a clean, modern format that is easy to understand.

In conclusion

You have already witnessed the grass roots of the internet, and how its initial intent is so well connected to the concept of cloud computing.

Sage Accounting Intelligence  has harnessed the benefits that Sage Intelligence Reporting has offered on desktop Excel for decades, and has now merged them with the benefits that technology enhancement has presented!