90 Minds Sponsor

Why Sponsor 90 Minds? Let’s Ask the People Who Do!

I’ve been a member of 90 Minds for over four years now, and ever since my first Meeting of the Minds conference in 2014, I guess you could say I’ve become a self-appointed “evangelist” for the group. I’ve built my career around ISV companies, and I’m passionate about finding ways for them to connect with the Sage community. I recommend 90 Minds to anyone who will listen, but don’t take my word for it! Here are quotes from some of the many long-time affiliate members on why they keep coming back every year.

We’ve sponsored Meeting of the Minds at the Platinum level every year since 2014. We see tremendous value in our sponsorship and attendance. Our session always draws a big crowd because partners know this is a good opportunity to learn about the challenges their customers are facing in the warehouse and beyond, and how we can help. We get a lot of questions during MOTM about what differentiates us from our competitors, and we’re glad to be there to have those conversations! This community truly supports its affiliate members, and we’re looking forward to continuing our support for many years to come.
Steve Showalter, ScanForce

One of the things I love most about MOTM is that it’s one of the few Sage events where there are no customers. You really see partners let their hair down and speak their minds freely without worrying about what a customer may overhear, which leads to some great collaborative conversations. The 90 Minds member partners are really our bread and butter. While we do a lot of business with the larger partners, as well, it’s the small or medium sized partners like the 90 Minds members that support us and make CIMcloud great.
Eric Alexander, CIMcloud

We decided to join the 90 Minds Group, not only to stay on top of new developments in an ever-changing industry but to also further hone our skills through their presentations and training while sharing our expertise with other members. As a member of the 90 Minds Group, American Payment Solutions has formed numerous relationships – friends, mentors, respected acquaintances, and even partners. It is definitely a privilege to be part of a group of professionals who truly support and mentor each other.
Patty Benitez, American Payment Solutions

I’ll second what Patty said. On top of that, 90 Minds is the most personal community of ERP consultants I’m aware of. They know each other really well, even though they come from different VAR organizations and areas of the country. They are picky about accepting new members, and that keeps the community tight and with high quality.
Joni Girardi, DataSelf

Originally, I joined 90Minds when I was a Sage 100 consultant. It was an invaluable resource for knowledge. I was able to communicate with other members to help resolve issues, find solutions and form irreplaceable relationships within the industry. Now, as an ISV we are able to get an inside look at the industry to know what the resellers and clients need and are looking for. We are able to develop and provide solutions based on our feedback from the community. Being members of 90 Minds has truly become a fundamental part of our business.
Nicole Ronchetti, DSD Business Systems

Last year was our first Meeting of the Minds, and we were truly impressed! There is no other event where you have such a concentrated environment of Sage partners. Since our business model relies heavily on our Sage referral partnerships, we were grateful for the opportunity to see our current and potential partners in person and strengthen those relationships. It was also a good chance for us to hear Sage’s messaging and strategy around cloud and learn how we can best play a role in helping the members’ Sage customers with their cloud initiatives.
Alan Segars, Summit Hosting

If you want to learn more about opportunities to be a part of this rapidly growing group of ERP Channel Partners and Consultants, contact Moira Goggin, moira.goggin@90minds.com or affiliates@90minds.com

The Five People You Meet at 90 Minds Meeting of the Minds (and One You Won’t)

By Darcy Boerio, Website Pipeline

  1. Peers

Hear presentations from other Sage partners on topics that can make your practice more efficient and successful. Meet other partners that you can collaborate with throughout the year to help you better serve your customers. Considering merging with another partner? You just may find your match.

My first year at 90 Minds, I met a lot of new people. In my second year, it felt like a family reunion because I’d been keeping in touch with my new connections and partnering throughout the year. Face time at MOTM establishes the foundation for ongoing relationships.

  1. Sage Representatives.

Speaking of new faces, Sage has seen its share lately. Sage has sent several people including the VP of Channel Sales the past two years (Deshaies and Erickson), and last year Connie Certusi joined us. I don’t know who will join us from Sage this year, but I’m pretty sure there will be someone new for us to connect with!

Sage will also present a Sage 100 Road Ahead. This “Town Hall” style meeting is always a lively dialog. Let’s just say the 90 Minds members aren’t shy about sharing their feedback on the product direction.

Wondering what Sage Live is all about? MOTM has a presentation on that, too.

  1. Expert Speakers.

This year’s conference will feature a presentation by Ted Phlegar, Partner of Riebling IP. He’ll be providing legal advice on topics including:

  • Pitfalls and Landmines – Protecting Yourself (e.g., firm structure, exposure, trademarks/brand)
  • Agreements – the Good and the Bad (e.g., access level agreements, software licenses, NDA)
  • My client’s been sued, what now?
  1. ISVs and other (non-Sage) software publishers.

The ISV community is full of innovation. Think you know the latest with all the add-on products out there? You might be surprised. At Website Pipeline, we always have partners come up to us after our presentation at MOTM and say, “Wow, I didn’t know you guys did that, too!”. Who knows? That solution your biggest customer or prospect has been asking for may already be out there.

And since this is an independent organization (i.e. not hosted by Sage), every year we see more and more publishers represented. This year’s agenda includes presentations on xTuple, Acumatica, Dynamics 365, and SalesForce.

You can see a complete list of Vendor Members here: http://the90minds.wpengine.com/vendor-member-directory/

5. Friends

Not to date ourselves, but many of us have been in the ERP community since the 80’s and 90’s. Some of us have known each other since day one. MOTM gives us an opportunity to make new friends and connect with old ones. You know the old song, “…one is silver and the other gold” (kind of like Business Care!).

While it’s certainly not all fun and games, MOTM sets aside time for socializing in the form of evening events. We’re all busy (or as Ed Kless would say, “productive”). But during MOTM, members put down their devices and connect with each other.

…And the one person you won’t meet? Customers.

Unlike Sage Summit or other customer facing events, MOTM is not a user event. The content is all designed specifically for you to help you learn ideas to build, grow, and strengthen your practice. All of which will make you even more equipped to help the next time you are with your customers.

90 Minds members are dedicated to ethical and responsible consulting for their customers and software partners. This group is made up of individuals who have the best interest of their customer at heart. If that describes you, then I hope you’ll be one of the people I meet at MOTM!