Sage recently published a revised product roadmap for Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP, and Sage MAS 200 ERP for SQL. Here are some of the highlights of the roadmap, including the just-released Product Update 2 for Version 4.4.
As announced at Insights in May, the new Sage product strategy is to provide more value to customers with minimal disruption to customers’ business processes. Sage’s strategy to accomplish this is through more frequent small enhancement releases, called Product Updates, and with less frequent major new-version releases.
As promised, Sage has begun including some of the top-requested customer enhancements in the new Product Updates, mainly by incorporating the functionality of selected Sage Extended Solutions into the Product Updates. Sage Extended Solutions are specialized enhancements to the MAS ERP software that were previously only available as an additional purchase. At one time, there were over a thousand Extended Solutions available to MAS 90 and 200 users; this list has been narrowed down to 32 solutions that will be incorporated into MAS ERP over the course of the Roadmap.
Product Updates are delivered through a downloadable file rather than a physical CD. Each Product Update is numbered according to the release that it is added to. For example, there are currently five product updates scheduled for Sage ERP MAS 90 Version 4.4.
Product Update 2 (Version 18.104.22.168) was released this week, and includes the following enhancements:
- Electronic reconciliation of Bank Reconciliation transactions between your software and your bank.
- Tighter Controls over Bank Reconciliation Adjusting Entries.
- Positive Pay capability.
- ACH Electronic Payments.
- Paperless Office for Accounts Payable Checks and Deposits.
Three more Product Updates are planned for Fall 2010, Winter 2010, and Spring 2011 for Version 4.4.
Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.45
The Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.45 release is scheduled for the end of this year, and leverages Business Framework technology in a SQL Server database. Sage will offer the option to purchase Microsoft SQL Server licenses from Sage, or to use MS SQL licences that customers may already own. This release is aimed at new customers, and does not include data migration for current Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL users. Data migration is planned to be available with the release of Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 4.5.
Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 4.5
Version 4.5 is targeted to be available in the third quarter of 2011. A highlight of the release will be additional SageCRM licensing options and improved integration, along with the availability of Sage MAS 200 with a SQL database. In this release, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suite functionality will be available in all MAS 90 and 200 solutions. All Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 subscription plan customers will be provided with one free SageCRM user license. In addition, it will now be possible to map multiple companies from MAS 90 or 200 to a single SageCRM database!
The release will incorporate a number of customer-requested enhancements and the main features and functionality of select Extended Solutions to enhance a wide range of modules, including Payroll, Sales Order, Purchase Order and Accounts Receivable. Also planned is the expansion of eBusiness Web Services to include the ability to Create, Read, Update, and Delete Inventory items. This release is planned to also include Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL migration support for Version 4.3 and 4.4 customers.
Two Product Updates are already planned for Version 4.5. In 2012, Sage will be offering a SQL version of the Sage ERP MAS 200 Payroll module that will include new features such as Employee Self Service.
Sage ERP MAS 90 4.6 is on the Product Roadmap for the third quarter of 2012. Enhancements under consideration for this version include:
- Increasing the length of the AP Invoice Number field
- Ability to inactivate customers and vendors
- Multiple bin locations per warehouse
- “Undo” mistakes (i.e. reverse check) in AP and PR
The Roadmap also includes a product retirement schedule:
- Sage MAS 90 and 200 Version 3.71 will be retired as of September 30, 2010.
- Sage MAS 200 SQL Edition Version 3.7x will be retired June 1, 2011.
- Sage MAS 90 and 200 Version 4.0, 4.05, and 4.1 will be retired September 30, 2011.
Retirement means that Sage discontinues support of the version and will no longer provide updates to form 1099 and tax tables. If you are still running older versions, it may be time to give your Sage reseller or consultant a call for assistance planning your upgrade.
*This Sage product direction roadmap should be used as a product direction guideline only, and is subject to change at any time without notice.