Strategy sessions

Datel Connect: The transition from Sage 1000

Retiring software is a natural and important process. Sage 1000 is now reaching the end of its supportable life – and its ability to support your business, too.

But we fully appreciate that, especially with a system at the heart of your commercial IT, transitioning from Sage 1000 (or Sage Line 500) to more modern solutions might be a challenge.

We’ve gained a wealth of experience in supporting businesses through such a transition and are here to play our part in helping you chart a path to your next system and the transformative value it could offer your business.

That’s why we’d like you to join us for Datel Connect: The transition from Sage 1000 at one of two sessions in Manchester or London: 

Wembley Stadium, London
2-6pm, Tuesday 15th November 2022

Manchester United, Old Trafford, Manchester
2-6pm, Thursday 17th November 2022

In these Datel Connect strategy sessions, we’ll show you how both Datel and Sage can support your transition from Sage 1000 and Sage Line 500 and revitalise your business systems strategy for the modern digital world. You’ll hear from:

  • UK businesses that have made the move themselves, the drivers for change and the benefits they’ve gained from their current Sage solution.

  • Sage CTO Aaron Harris on Sage’s focus, direction and investment in solutions for mid-sized and enterprise businesses.

  • The Datel team on how they can support your transition to several solution options, and our tools which will accelerate you to a successful outcome while minimising disruption and risk.




  • 14:00 Welcome
    Emma Pownall, Marketing Director, Datel

  • 14:15 Framing the challenge
    Alan Simpson, Executive Chairman, Datel

From Datel’s perspective working with some of the UK’s leading manufacturing, distribution and services businesses, our view of both:

▸ the business and technical challenges which migration represents 

▸ and the opportunities for business transformation, operational improvement, efficiency gains and the data and insight which will drive tomorrow’s transformative business models.

  • 14:30 Sage's technology vision
    Aaron Harris, CTO, Sage

Aaron is an innovator at heart – he was previously CTO at Sage Intacct and is now wholly responsible for Sage’s technology strategy and innovation agenda. He’ll take us through the key technology trends shaping the future of midsize and enterprise business; and how those trends are influencing Sage’s vision and direction.

This will give you the logic behind Sage’s strategy and a deeper understanding of the technologies on the horizon which will help you to run a more efficient and responsive business.

  • 15:15 Break

  • 15:30 The Sage landscape
    Tom James, Head of Sales, Datel

Sage 1000 users have a surprisingly wide range of migration and upgrade options to bring new insight, automation, efficiency and future potential to their businesses. All also offer modern security and management workflows which represent operational best practice.

In this session, Tom will help you establish the criteria to guide you to make the right choice, and run through the deployment and infrastructure options on offer.

  • 15:45 Our upgrade story: Markerstudy
    Tom James in conversation with David Smithson, Finance Transformation Lead, Markerstudy and Darren Saint, Manager of the Enterprise Account Management team at Datel

Established in 2001, FCA-regulated Markerstudy Group includes the UK’s largest MGA - Markerstudy Insurance Services Limited, which in turn supports over 1,000 broker partners and protects in excess of six million policyholders across the UK. 

Darren and David will give you an expert view of their Sage 1000 migration implementation from all angles: business, transformation and change management. We’ll learn:

▸ How they evaluated the marketplace and selected their Sage migration path with cross-industry advice from Datel

▸ The broader strategic questions which influenced Markerstudy’s decisions

▸ Best practice advice for planning, deployment and rollout

▸ ROI: where the benefits lie, and opportunities the business is uncovering for further value

▸ Lessons which can be transferred to other businesses, like yours

  • 16:15 Supporting your transition to a new solution
    Emma Pownall chairs a panel featuring Stuart Morland, Datel’s Customer Support Director, Paolo Arcangelo, Datel X3 Director and Andrew Hart and Christine Parker Stubbs from Freeman Clarke, the largest team of independent fractional IT leaders to UK industry.

In what might be the largest gathering of expertise in Sage migrations on one stage for over a decade, Datel and Freeman Clarke join forces to give you a complete roadmap for transformation, including:

▸ How to own the migration opportunity: be proactive to stop a challenge from becoming a BAU risk

▸ Ways to ensure a smooth, low-risk and ultimately value-add transition

▸ Protecting your data

▸ The people, processes and strategies to make a success of transformation

▸ Consideration for your other peripheral systems

▸ Support services for migration and optimisation

▸ Infrastructure and IT considerations

…all richly peppered with advice and tips from hundreds of professional deployments.

  • 16:50 Summary and close
    Emma Pownall

  • 17:00 Networking and drinks
    Please join us for informal networking, drinks and a chance for one-to-one time with Datel’s expert team.

  • 18:00 Close