Sage Summit 2016 – Make No Little Plans

xkzero welcomes you to Chicago and Sage Summit 2016!

xkzero welcomes you to Chicago and Sage Summit 2016!

Welcome to Chicago.  City of big shoulders.  Hog butcher to the world.  The windy city.  The second city.  The city by the lake.  Hometown of xkzero.

Daniel Burnham was the architect of the incredible urban plan that Chicago was built on, and In Chicago Burnham is equally famous for this saying:  make no little plans.

There is nothing little about Sage Summit this year.  15,000 registered attendees – the largest conference for small and mid-sized businesses in the world.  Holding this year’s Summit in the city that invented the skyscraper makes perfect sense.

For many of you, navigating Chicago may be a bit daunting.  If so, we’d love to help.  You can visit xkzero in booth #305 all week long at Summit.  You’ll find friendly Chicago experts happy to help you find your way around – recommend a great restaurant, find a blues club, or explore one of our dozens of beautiful neighborhoods.

At Sage Summit 2016 we hope you ignite your passion – and make no little plans.

Welcome to Chicago – we’re glad you’re here!


Sage 100 Scripting Classes: Save the Dates


Save the dates for these two upcoming Sage 100 scripting classes by Alnoor Cassim of xkzero!

  • Basics of Scripting for Sage 100
    2-day class, April 7 and 8
  • Intermediate Scripting for Sage 100
    2-day class, July 23 and 24 (pre-Sage Summit 2016 training)

Early bird alert!
Register for the intermediate class by April 30 to save $300. 
By popular demand, we extended this offer from the original March 1 date.

Email us now to save your spot (and a few hundred bucks)! 

Classes will be held at xkzero’s office, a 10-minute drive from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For your convenience, the Intermediate class is being offered the two days immediately prior to the start of Sage Summit 2016 in Chicago.

Learn from Alnoor Cassim, one of the masters of customizing Sage 100 using Alnoor-LinkedInImageVB scripting. You won’t want to miss these classes.

The cost for each Sage 100 scripting class is $1,199.

Early bird price for Intermediate Scripting class registrations received by April 30, 2016 is $899.

Course registration fees include:

  • 2-day course attendance
  • 40+ page course curriculum
  • 75+ actual scripts of real-life projects
  • Continental breakfast, plus lunch (both days)

Email Santos Rodriguez now at to save your spot!
Space is limited, so contact us right away, and you will be placed into the queue in the order requests are received. A formal invitation with links for official registration and details on payment remittance will follow.

Don’t delay registration. Prior versions of these classes have sold out quickly.

We hope to see you at one or both of Alnoor’s scripting classes!

About Basics of Scripting for Sage 100 Class

The basic level Sage 100 scripting class will be a 2-day, fairly intense on-premise instructor-led classroom training at xkzero’s Chicago training facility. On Day 1, from the morning through lunchtime, Alnoor will lead a review and discussion of scripting concepts, and provide an overview of Sage 100 business objects, and an explanation of the ways Custom Office plays a major role in User-Defined Scripting. After lunch on Day 1, and all of Day 2, participants will have a heavy hands-on experience, with the vast majority of time spent working on labs and activities based on real-life Sage 100 scripting projects. Take-home materials included with the course: 40+ page curriculum, scripting reference guide, and 60+ actual scripts from real-life projects.

About Intermediate Scripting for Sage 100 Class

The intermediate-level Sage 100 scripting class will be a 2-day intense on-premise instructor-led classroom training at xzkero’s Chicago training facility. We have scheduled this class to accommodate those attending Sage Summit 2016 in Chicago, which begins July 25. This is a follow-up class that continues where the basics-level lessons left off. We will emphasize advanced concepts and user-interface (UI) scripts. It is designed for those who have been designing scripts for clients or for their own company projects, and now want to take scripting to the next level. Like the basics class, the majority of time will be spent working on labs and activities. Take-home materials included with the course: 40+ page curriculum, scripting reference guide, and 75+ actual scripts from real-life projects.

Prerequisite: Attendance of the Sage 100 Basics of Scripting course or permission from the instructor.

Early bird alert! Register for Intermediate Scripting by April 30 to save $300. Email us now to save your spot! 





A new fountain of youth (Webinar)


“Like a kid on Christmas morning I tried it last night.  This solves everything I didn’t like about Sage 100″

Sage 100 discovers the fountain of youth?

Sage 100 discovers the fountain of youth?

Whether you’re old enough to remember navigating the internet before Google and Yahoo or not, you’re certainly young enough to imagine how much better Sage 100 could be with the power of total search-ability.

That time is now.

xkzero cordially invites you to join us to learn how one simple add-on to Sage 100 will change the experience for every single user, forever.

Search virtually everything and anything – across companies and across modules – using words, numbers, phrases, combinations, wildcards, date ranges, right within Sage 100. Click and browse straight to what you’re looking for.

Guaranteed to improve customer service, resolve disputes, improve workflow – and reduce training costs.

Who benefits most? Those who use it most.  REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR NOW

GetX – Universal search for Sage 100 by xkzero installs in 15 minutes, works with versions 2016 back to version 4.5, and won’t break any customizations. GetX even searches User Defined Fields (UDFs), Extended Item Descriptions, transaction details lines, Memos and much much more.

Controllers love it. AP clerks love it. Receptionists love it. Executives love it. Sales reps love it. Managers love it. Operations love it. Newbies love it. Power users love it.

Join our webinar Wednesday March 2 at 11 am CST to see for yourself – and to learn how to claim your FREE 30-day, no obligation trial copy of GetX by xkzero. It’s the single most powerful button in Sage 100. Ever.

Register now – space is limited and filling up fast!



Former Sage Mobile Sales Specialist Joins xkzero

reposted for original publication via PR Web


Mobile sales app developer xkzero today announced the addition of Karen Foreman as mobile sales specialist. Foreman comes to xkzero from Sage where she served in a similar capacity selling Sage Mobile Solutions and CRM.  Karen Foreman

“We are very fortunate to have Karen join our team,” xkzero co-founder, Paul Ziliak said. “Her knowledge of the Sage channel and understanding of the unique needs of Sage customers alone brings us great value, but what really sets Karen apart is her passion for mobile as the next generation technology for business. xkzero continues to invest in its products to help small and mid-sized distributors and manufacturers grow. Adding Karen to our team will only accelerate the number of companies benefiting from the larger orders, new revenue streams and reduced administrative burden delivered through mobile.”

Regarding her decision to join xkzero, Foreman expressed enthusiasm about the company’s offerings. She said, “xkzero continues to make major investments in the evolution of its products. iSales 100 provides advanced mobile selling capabilities that can not only satisfy very unique requirements, but it is also incredibly easy to set up and use. xkzero Mobile Commerce (XMC) offers enterprise caliber functionality out-of-the box for companies using Direct Store Delivery (DSD), and Route Selling as a business growth strategy. Food and beverage producers and distributors are a natural fit for XMC, and its pre-built integrations to Sage 100 and Sage X3 create significant business advantages for growing companies.”

About xkzero:

xkzero specializes in mobile sales, route sales and direct store delivery automation for small and mid-sized manufacturers and wholesale distribution companies.  xkzero is also a certified developer for Sage X3, Sage 100 and Sage 500, creating integrated and embedded mobile solutions into some of North America’s most popular and powerful ERP and accounting systems for the mid-market.

For more information about xkzero or to contact Karen, please visit our website, email us at, or call 847-416-2009.

Choosing the right mobile sales app for your business

Empowering sales and customer service teams with mobile-ability straight from your ERP/accounting system can have a powerful impact on your business. Not only can it increase revenue, but benefit the bottom line in other ways, too–like reducing labor costs and eliminating redundant data entry.  Distributor sales rep

Mobile selling also can provide a new means of intelligence gathering, making your people more confident, and more engaging.

But because everyone’s needs are not the same, choosing the right solution for your business is really important, but luckily, not complicated.

Whatever your needs are, these are some important things to keep in mind:

  • A great mobile solution starts with a vision. Get the mobile conversation started with your most free thinking people.  And be open to ideas come from anyone in your organization.  Everyone and anyone on your team might be sitting on a billion dollar idea.
  • Identify the business processes that require change.  Mobilizing your workforce is good old fashioned business process reengineering.
  • Articulate expected benefits. What financial and behavioral impacts do you seek from mobile?  If you don’t have a profit motive, why would you do it?
  • Evaluate customized and pre-existing packaged solutions to determine which will work best.  Then ask yourself if what you really need is a custom app, because you want to separate your company from any competitor, and a packaged app could be done by anyone.
  • Determine the optimal level of integration with your accounting/ERP/CRM system. Don’t overlook the fact that security is an important matter here, and that can vary user-by-user, role-by-role within your company.
  • Select a mobile platform after choosing a solution. The real value is not a matter of Android versus Apple. Remember that the real value is in the experience you create for salespeople and customers, and the processes you transform.  The phone itself is usually the commodity – if not – what you created has not much value beyond the price of the device.

Consider the greater impact of mobile. Mobile allows for a significant number of changes that can have a transformative effect on your business.  It will even change the way your customers look at you.

The video below is a recording of a recent webinar we presented.  It is geared for small and mid-sized distribution and manufacturing companies who use Sage 100 software to run their businesses.  It also contains nuggets that are useful regardless of your back-end system of choice.

It includes descriptions of some key differences between Sage Mobile Sales and these two packaged solutions published by xkzero:

Also, there is a feature comparison beginning at 23:38.

[51 min 58 sec]

Would you like to talk mobile strategy for your distribution business?  At xkzero we’d love to hear from you. or 847-416-2009.



Meet Me at Sage Summit in New Orleans, July 27-30, 2015

A Mt. Rushmore for Sage

A Mt. Rushmore for Sage

Colin Powell. Deepak Chopra. Stephen Kelly. Sage Life indeed! And this is what you get before before 10 am. All of these talks will take place at Sage Summit, July 27-30, 2015 in New Orleans. Meet me there?

Sage Summit is the event to learn, network, and connect. Hundreds of sessions and more than 70 speakers are all focused on helping you grow your business.

If you’d like to be inspired by businesses just like yours who’ve experienced unbelievable success driven by innovative and accessible mobile ERP solutions, then please join me for either of these two talks in the Thought Leadership series:


Hear stories about how a seventeen-year-old beverage distributor increased sales over 20% in year one after going mobile—with zero increase in warehouse and admin personnel.

Find out how a food distributor increased sales and eliminated 100 hours of clerical work each week by providing their top customers an app to order product right from their smart phones.

And learn about something called Sage Life, a re-imagination of business management brought to you by Sage and Salesforce.

All that and much, much more.

Meet me at Sage Summit in New Orleans, July 27-30!
Register Now!
Remember to also register for the sessions! 


3 ways to make xkzero part of your Sage Summit story

xkzero will be well-represented at Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans!

Here are 3 ways to make xkzero a part of your Sage Summit story.

1. Visit our booth.

xkzero team members look forward to seeing you at booth 522!
Sage Summit Booth 522: xkzero

2. Take a class.

Alnoor Cassim, Director of xkzero Technical Services will conduct a 2-day advanced scripting class for 90 Minds.  

Alnoor has taught 4 sold out beginning-level scripting classes over the last couple of years–each session attended by around 20 consultants. This will be the first time he offers an advanced-level class, so you won’t want to miss it!

3. Attend a talk.

Sage Summit welcomes back xkzero co-founder Paul Ziliak as a part of the Thought Leadership speaker series.

This year, Paul is slated for two speaking sessions:

We hope you’ll be a part of our Sage Summit story! See you in New Orleans? Register here. (Remember, you also need to register for the sessions and classes!) 

Paul Ziliak at Sage Summit 2014: "Why Mobile, Why Now"

Paul Ziliak at Sage Summit 2014: “Why Mobile, Why Now”


The Experience of Doing Business With You: A Sage Summit 2015 Preview

We all have our judgments when doing business with others. Whether over the phone, in person, or online—you’ll come away from a business interaction having decided if the seller was too slow, uninformed, not there when we needed them, or failed to warn us about one thing or another.

Creating a positive experience of doing business together is vitally important to revenue production, customer retention and profitability. With the continued emergence of mobile apps for business, now more than ever it’s critical to evaluate how you can differentiate and win against the competition. One crucial offering that can keep you on top—create a better experience of doing business with you.

Join me at Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans from July 27-30 to network, connect, and learn how Sage can grow your business.

As part of the Sage Summit Thought Leader series, I will share insights during an all-new session designed to help you learn how to change the experience of doing business with you by leveraging mobile technology:

  • TL-139: Disrupt your industry: making your mobile dream a reality
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    4:30 to 5:15 pm

In this session you’ll learn how companies in B2B industries went from zero to mobile virtually overnight by creating a vision, strategy and action plan to harness new opportunities for sales, operational efficiency and profits.

Hear how companies who sell everything from beverages, restaurant supplies, grocery products, dirt, landscaping material and services, computer peripherals, medical instruments, and industrial equipment are rising above the competition and creating real value through mobile technologies for their ERP systems.

If you haven’t already done so, register for Sage Summit 2015 now! Use my promo code BEMYGUEST for a rate of $99 USD. The regular price is $799.

I’m also revisiting and updating a very popular session from Sage Summit 2014:

  • TL-134: Why Mobile, Why Now? A Decision Maker’s Guide to Business Success
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    4:30 to 5:15 pm

Once you are registered for the conference, visit the Sage Summit site to secure your spot to attend both presentations. Don’t wait until you get to New Orleans to register for sessions. They fill up fast!

Sage Summit 2015 celebrity speakers include General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Deepak Chopra, Tony Hawk, Jane Seymour, and Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men.

Don’t miss it! We look forward to seeing you there! Also, be sure to visit us at booth 522 and make xkzero a part of your Sage Summit story.

Sage Summit Booth 522: xkzero


Start Growing Revenue with iSales 100: Webinar Recording

Webinar running time (46:30)

Not all mobile sales apps are created equal. iSales 100 is built to meet a flexible range of mobile sales needs. It can accommodate sales people from any location away from the office, whether automated at the customer site, trade show, or showroom floor.

iSales 100: Energize Selling with Sage 100 ERP 

Here is the recording of our recent Webinar for Sage 100 ERP business partners.

Some of the great information in this Webinar (46:30):


This is a Sage business partner-only event. Sales people and consultants both will benefit from the presentation.

xkzero is a Chicago-based software company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people work.   We believe that people perform best when they are confident, informed, and have a high level of trust in the tools they use.

xkzero builds solutions designed for the best possible user experience, engineered in a flexible way to accommodate the needs of each individual and we adapt to the precise business rules that can vary industry by industry, company by company.

xkzero can help you discover a whole new dimension of selling, operations and business intelligence. We focus on the way your people interact with customers and suppliers, and interact with each other. We can help you change the way your business processes and reports business activity as it happens.

For more information about xkzero please contact us at or call 847-416-2009.


iSales 100 Version 4.0 New Value for Mobile Distribution

xkzero has submitted iSales 100 Version 4.0 to Apple for distribution on the App Store. Based on our past experience, the new release should be available within 1-2 weeks.    iSales 100

iSales 100 is the leading mobile sales application for smart phones and tablets exclusively for Sage 100 ERP. Launched at Sage Summit in Nashville three years ago, iSales 100 has grown to be a flexible, powerful and trusted mobile sales automation tool for modern distributors and manufacturers. With Version 4.0, xkzero continues on that path.

Here are some of the newest features geared to improve your productivity, and to serve your customers better:

Enhanced Control Over Items with Lot / Serial Number Tracking

Great for companies who sell perishables like food and beverages, and for industries like medical and industrial supply, chemicals, or petroleum. iSales is useful for a company in any industry that sells products tracked by Lots or Serial Numbers. We have made this feature available for Sales Order, Invoice and Credit Memo transactions. [Watch this 2-minute video.]

More Flexible Payment Terms Offered

While taking customer orders or creating a sales invoice, sales reps (with the appropriate user permissions) may now override the default customer payment terms—right from the iPhone or iPad.

Email Receipt Format Improved

In previous versions, iSales 100 produced a receipt for emailing as an editable HTML form. However, due to unpredictable formatting as a result of ever-changing browsers and email clients, we decided to make the form a PDF attachment.

Improved Search and Retrieval of Inventory Items

iSales 100 allows transactions to include Regular Items, Miscellaneous Charges and Miscellaneous Items as well as Comments to create a complete transaction for the IMG_0821customer. Now with Version 4 users can Filter by Item Type—or search by any of the 4 native Category Fields.

New Printing Options

With Version 4 of iSales 100, companies printing invoices can now choose to print in black & white to AirPrint printers.

Refined Sales Quantity and Bar Code Scanning Options

Thresholds can now be established for a Minimum Sales Quantity as well as Scan Increment Quantity.

Other improvements have been made to the appearance of transaction, item, customer, address and contact elements. Also, updates have been made for iOS 8.x Location Services.

Register now for these free Webinars!

Are you aware of our summer promotions?  Contact your xkzero Account Representative or email us at for more information.

Join the fun this summer with xkzero!