Sage‘s accounting chat bot is expanding.
The company said this week that its AI-powered chat bot, Pegg, will be available to companies in Canada next month, about a year after Sage first rolled out the solution.
Reports in IT World Canada said Sage CEO Stephen Kelly announced the news during his keynote at the Sage Summit event this week.
“What’s the entrepreneur’s least-favorite thing to do? Admin,” he told the audience. “What if together, we could make admin disappear?”
Pegg operates like Facebook Messenger or other digital chat platforms to respond to users’ demands and requests. The bot can access information on outstanding accounts or track expenses, for instance. Pegg is currently operating as a standalone solution, but reports added that Sage will integrate Pegg into its Sage One offering, meaning it will be able to access data from the accounting platform and send data to it as well.
“It makes huge sense with Pegg and other products coming out around chat bots to be located in the Toronto market,” Kelly told the publication about the expansion into Canada. “We will be expanding our development team from Vancouver, and inevitably there will be some technology folks in Toronto.
“We need to have a presence here,” he continued. “Canada is at the inflection point of AI, and we have a unique opportunity to help drive the next wave of a lot of innovation. Sage is going to be a part of that.”
In addition to the expansion of Pegg and added capabilities, Sage also announced the launch of the Sage Serving Heroes Program, led by Sage Canada and the Sage Foundation, to provide business support to veterans competing on Team Canada at the Invictus Games, held later this year in Toronto.
Earlier this week, Sage announced a partnership with Verifone to integrate business accounting capabilities on Verifone’s Carbon 8 POS and payroll tool.