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Passing the Torch

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As many people already know, I’ve now retired after 23+ years with Computer Associates/Sage working on the Accpac/Sage 300 product line. I’m now happily living in Gibsons, BC which is a short 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.

John Thomas (aka JT)

John Thomas will be taking over for me as the Chief Architect for the Sage 300 product line. He will also be taking over my role as Sage 300’s main blog writer. His blog is on WordPress here: Follow this blog to keep up to date on Sage 300.

It will also be posted on Sage City here: He will continue to post articles to the Sage 300 In Development blog area on Sage City as well as on WordPress.

Check out his first blog posting where he introduces himself and you can learn a little about him. Introduce yourself via the comments section. All bloggers always appreciate any suggestions on topics for future articles.

JT and myself by a giant Banyan Tree in Bangalore, India.

JT and myself by a giant Banyan Tree in Bangalore, India.

My Blog

I’ll continue writing my blog, but it probably won’t be on Sage 300 anymore. A lot of my blogs relied on having the support and expertise of the team around me to help out. I really appreciate all the help and support I’ve received over the years from everyone at Sage as well as all the people in the wider Sage 300 community.

Of course I won’t delete my blog, or delete any articles. They will remain on WordPress as long as WordPress keeps hosting them. They will also remain on Sage City where I have always mirrored them. I’ll probably continue to fix typos or make corrections to any errors that I notice or are pointed out to me.

Also feel free to keep asking questions, but beware that I can’t go down the hall to ask an expert on a topic and I can’t consult the source code anymore. But I’ll still do my best to answer, though the answer may be to go ask tech support.

I am very tempted to finish a few projects I never had time for at Sage, like investigating tying Azure Machine Learning (or perhaps Google’s or Amazon’s machine learning) to Sage 300. Or perhaps using Azure Logic App (or Azure App Service) to create workflows around Sage 300. Or perhaps do a POC with Sage 300 and Microsoft’s Power BI. But I think I’ll leave those projects to others for now. I do have a few opinions and bias’s on Accounting Software, Software Development, the Cloud and future trends that I may still blog on in the future.

Chances are what I will be blogging on will be more around my other interests that I’ve been getting back to now that I’m retired. These would include:

  • Photography – including via DLSR and via my Drone.
  • Guitar – now that I have time to practice again.
  • Triathlon – running, swimming and biking.
  • Hiking – there’s great hiking here on BC’s Sunshine Coast.
  • Video Games – I’ve been playing with the Amazon Lumberyard game engine.
  • Artificial Intelligence – I’ve been reading quite a bit about this lately and there are some amazing advances currently in the works. For instance, Google’s AI just beat the world Go champion.
  • Travel – I do plan to do a lot more travelling and suspect I’ll be blogging about it.

The nice thing about being retired is that I can pursue a lot of diverse interests. So who knows where these will lead over the coming months.


As I move on to the next phase of my life, so will my blog. But I have full confidence in JT and the Sage 300 team to carry the torch forward. I’m eagerly waiting to see JT’s future blog postings and see the various press releases as Sage 300 continues to evolve.

Written by smist08

March 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

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  1. Thank you for all your very interesting blogs Stephen. Very helpful and interesting. Enjoy your retirement!!

    Prabha Virah Sammy

    March 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  2. […] Introduction As many people already know, I’ve now retired after 23+ years with Computer Associates/Sage working on the Accpac/Sage 300 product line. I’m now happily living in Gibsons, BC which is a short 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. John Thomas (aka JT) John Thomas will be taking over for me as the Chief Architect…  […]

  3. Happy Retirement Life Stephen 🙂 It was great working with you and everyone from Sage. Do Visit Bengaluru again 🙂

    Madhusudan M

    March 22, 2016 at 4:36 am

  4. Thank you for being here as always when we needed you most. I just hope the new guys will be able to make Sage Accpac pop up a screen when inventory reaches low level or reorder level or most importantly when an order is invoiced to make the OE order as complete. Such basics

    Mr Mayor

    March 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

  5. Stephen – congratulations on your well-deserved retirement. I’ve read almost all of your blogs though admittedly, as a Sage 100 consultant did not understand much. I admire your passion and leadership for the Sage 300 product. In what seemed like a neverending series of changes at Sage you were one of the few familiar faces that could be relied upon to explain the next technical developments for the 300 product line. Enjoy your retirement!!

    Wayne Schulz

    March 22, 2016 at 10:43 am

  6. Thank you for all for you assistance. I have been able to get where I am today because of your blog and you responses to my emails when I was really struggling. You did make learning ans using the Sage products more pleasant knowing that there was always a helpful hand available when you stumble.

    Grateful individual

    March 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

  7. Thank you for your helpful blogs and assistance over the years. Enjoy your retirement!

    Feng Lin

    March 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  8. There isn’t enough that can be said about your invaluable leading of Sage 300 development. Torch carrying is right and a wonderful product like Sage 300 needs this to get where it is and keep going to where it certainly can be. Your blogs and direct communications have kept us informed and saved our skins many times over the past 12 years. The added human touch of other interests has always helped too. Wishing you all the very, very best in your retirement and those of us still in the fray will carry the Sage 300 torch as well.

    Steve Bagnall

    March 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  9. Thanks for everything Stephen. You always came through when I got stuck on something. Couldn’t have done it without you. All the best for the future.


    March 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  10. Happy Retirement Stephen!!

    I was always amazed that you did all you did, and still made time to respond to Partners and write these awesome blogs etc. That’s nearly unheard of in this day and age – old world value through new world tech.

    I’m hugely grateful for all your help over the years. Let me know if I can help you in any way with your Guitar practice!

    Aslan Kanzas

    March 23, 2016 at 3:44 am

  11. Wishing you all the best on your next phase in life! Look forward to hearing about all your travels and photography!

    Bronwyn Dorrofield

    March 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

  12. Wishing you the best in this next phase in your life.We’ll miss you. I learn lots of technical stuff from your blogs …


    Rajeshkumar Sah

    March 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  13. It was great working with you! Thanks for all the insight and knowledge shares.

    Matthew Smythe

    March 29, 2016 at 6:07 am

    • Gibsons looks like a great place to live and play, enjoy the next phase of your life to the fullest. Thank you for your support and blogging over the years, you will be missed.


      March 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm

  14. Thank you for your blogs on Sage 300. Have fun and I look forward to your future postings on the very interesting mix of topics you have listed

    Peter Andrews

    April 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm

  15. Happy retirement! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog.

    Tim Rodman

    April 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm

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