SAGE describes itself thus:
Its goal is to serve the system administration community by:
- Offering conferences and training to enhance the technical and managerial capabilities of members of the profession
- Promoting activities that advance the state of the art or the community
- Providing tools, information, and services to assist system administrators and their organizations
- Establishing standards of professional excellence and recognizing those who attain them.
Until November 2003, SAGE was known as the System Administrators Guild.
In June 2004, SAGE was dissolved as a Special Technical Group to prepare for a spin-off from its parent organization, USENIX. On October 27, 2005, the USENIX Board, by a 4-4 vote, failed to approve a motion to progress the separation of SAGE from USENIX, declaring instead that SAGE is better as a suborganization.