Sage publishes a product roadmap to provide customers with an understanding of the future direction of their Sage ERP product line.
The product roadmap for Sage 100 ERP (formerly known as Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200) was recently updated. Here we provide an overview.
In order to best reflect the scalability of the software, Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 will be renamed as follows:
- Sage ERP MAS 90 becomes Sage 100 Standard ERP
- Sage ERP MAS 200 becomes Sage 100 Advanced ERP
- Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL becomes Sage 100 Premium ERP
The roadmap represents the current Sage view of product direction. The roadmap is intended for use as a guideline; any of the milestones, features, release periods, or versions can change. The focus is on adding features designed to simplify business processes and help you stay connected. As in the past, new functionality will be provided both in Product Updates, the mini releases that deliver enhancements with minimal business disruption, and in major releases.
Future major releases will be designated by year. For example, the next major release, scheduled for calendar Q4 2012, will be Sage 100 ERP 2013. This would correspond to Version 5.0 using the old version naming convention.
Recently available is an FRx conversion utility that we can use to help you convert your FRx reports to Sage Business Intelligence. Also planned this year: a new web-based ship- ping solution from SmartLinc and a SQL Payroll module for Sage 100 Premium ERP.
A Product Update is planned for Q1 2013, and the next major release, Sage 100 ERP 2014 is currently targeting availability for Q4 2013.
FRx Conversion Utility
The FRx Conversion Utility is a tool that can help speed the process of converting your FRx reports to Sage Business Intelligence. The utility will convert native columns like Actual/Budget columns, as well as calculated columns involving basic arithmetic. It also will map limited row formats to Report Designer row structure.e 2)
The utility can convert Reporting Trees to the reporting tree structure implemented in the Report Designer for Version 4.5, and also convert Catalogs to layouts in the Report Designer if the Catalog column layout and the row format can both be converted.
SmartLinc Shipping Solution
A new shipping solution from SmartLinc will be available this quarter. This web-based solution offers complete carrier support for the US and Canada. It integrates tightly with Sage 100 ERP using the Business Object Interface.
Scheduled for Q3 2012, this stand-alone payroll for Sage 100 Premium ERP will inte- grate with the General Ledger. The software includes standard tax tables and electronic media reporting for all states, as well as unlim- ited direct deposit accounts and automatic ACH file creation. The system utilizes Sage Payroll Tax Forms and eFiling by Aatrix®.
Sage 100 ERP 2013
The 2013 release is planned to include many enhancements that will help you stay connected, as well as top enhancements inside the modules that have been requested by customers. Here we touch very lightly on each.
Top Customer Enhancements
Based on feedback from customers, module enhancements planned for 2013 include:
- Accounts Payable invoice number expansion
- Ability to Inactivate Customers and Vendors
- Ability to view Cleared Checks in Vendor Maintenance
- Redesign of Inventory Maintenance Screen
Sage 100 ERP 2013 will include integration and workflow enhancements for Sage CRM. You will be able to map multiple companies to a single Sage CRM system and synchronize user-defined fields between ERP and CRM. Workflow improvements are planned for the quote-to-order process, and Sage CRM users will gain the ability to look up inventory, customer purchase history, and other customer data stored in the ERP system.
With this release, the Credit Card Processing module will run on the Sage Exchange payment processing platform. Sage Exchange helps reduce fraud exposure and PA-DSS compliance costs by storing card- holder data in the secure, cloud-based Sage Exchange vault. There are many enhancements planned to credit card processing functionality as well, such as the ability to pre- authorize an amount that is different from the sales order. Sage Exchange also allows you to use your smart phone to collect payments anywhere, any time, and then feed transaction data into the system.
Sage Advisor Update
Sage Advisor Update works similarly to software updates you receive for other programs such as Microsoft Windows, with you in control. A new Sage Advisor Update program will be added to your menu. This will give you access to all the updates available for all your Sage products installed on your computer. From this program you then can download, and optionally install, the update.
Product Update 2013
The Product Update in 2013 is planned to offer more capabilities in the integration of Sage Exchange. These include using Exchange to process ACH payment to vendors, and accepting more than one credit card per invoice from customers.
Sage 100 ERP 2014
Looking further ahead, Sage plans to focus on the distribution modules for enhancements in 2014. There also will be a focus on mobile applications and the implementation of Sage Advisor.
Please note that support ended for Version 4.45 (SQL) on March 30, 2012, and support will end September 30, 2012 for Version 4.2.
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