Business software firm Sage has launched an online platform designed to give its ecosystem of developers the resources to build more innovative and compelling add-ons and extensions for its mid-market software.
Sage Labs is an online portal which allows developers in the Sage community to download and modify source code under a permissive open source licence, in a move which the firm hopes will ultimately lead to apps which provide a better customer experience.
The portal will help to showcase new and emerging technologies and how they can be applied to Sage software, as well as spotlighting little known features in existing products, said the firm.
"At Sage, we are hugely passionate about helping our partners succeed," explained Stuart Lynn, head of R&D for Sage's mid-market division.
"By feeding new and exciting solutions into our developer channel, Sage Labs encourages open standards and provides an outlet for inspiring our developer community to push the boundaries of innovation."
Sage Labs has not only been designed to ensure that the firm can respond more rapidly to changing customer needs, but to deliver improved value to Sage's 900-strong community of developers through features such as blogs and forums, the firm said.
The first project is an extension to the Sage 200 suite, allowing the corresponding data to be configured and integrated with map data on the web, according to Sage.
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