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Snapshot of a Ruby Ireland Sponsor - SageOne Ireland

Posted by Declan McGrath on 15 October 2013.

We’ve had a lot of different sponsors behind Ruby Ireland over the last few years. One notable addition to that list is SageOne, who have super generously stumped up the cash for the pizza bill at each of the last meetups and continue to do so. No mean feat, given that the size of has been trending upwards as 2013 rumbles on! We thought it would be timely to see what their backstory is and how Ruby is used within SageOne.

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First, it’s probably good to give a heads up on what the SageOne is. SageOne is Sage’s suite of cloud accounting and payroll products, run as it’s own unit within Sage. Being cloud oriented, SageOne has its own ways of working and processes. So expect developer-friendly words like Scrum, Git and TDD - along with a focus on UX and an upbeat tempo - as opposed to chasing waterfalls! Jean Vecchia the Product Development Manager at SageOne explained a little more about their Ruby operation and why they’re putting so much sponsorship into Ruby Ireland.

“We have been developing Ruby applications for over 3 years and it is our chosen technology for our cloud based solutions. During that time we have learnt a lot (some things the hard way!). Up to now we have had our own Ruby community across the Sage Globe (IRL, UK, US, Canada, Germany Spain, France, and more) but we want to share that knowledge outside of Sage, as well as being really interested in how others are approaching software development. It’s a great way to stay current and at the same time give something back including pizza! We’re currently hiring Ruby devs and Ruby Ireland is a great place to meet them. If you want to know more come over and talk to me at the meet ups or drop me an email jean.vecchia@sage.com”

SageOne developer Kevin Browne will be sharing lessons learned from reimplementing an existing DSL in Ruby at this Tuesday’s meetup - Ruby Rules! If you want to come along please RSVP at the link which gives Jean an idea of how much pepperoni to set aside for the evening :-)

Hopefully, after reading this you now have a little more insight into what difference the “One” on the end of SageOne means. A big thanks to them for the sponsorship of Ruby Ireland and helping ease the logistical pressures on the organisers!


  • How many people are the in SageOne based in Ireland? In development there is 11, and we currently looking to take on 8 more
  • How many Ruby developers are there at SageOne? Currently 5, adding 6 more of which 2 will be leads.
  • What’s the typical team makeup in SageOne? We follow scrum so our teams are made up of BAs, Developers and Testers all sitting and working together. Outside of this we have a UI/UX designer float in and out depending on our needs. We don’t have set team sizes, we flex up and down as we are all about doing what makes sense.
  • What languages are in use at SageOne? Ruby, JavaScript, as well as good ol’ HTML and CSS
  • Do SageOne do Continous Delivery? Yes!
  • Total sponsorship of Ruby Ireland to date? 3 nights of pizza, €900+