Sage announced this week that version 4.5 for Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 will be released sometime in the fall of 2011. This release will focus on providing value to existing customers by addressing their top enhancement requests, including the ability to add SageCRM licenses to MAS 90 and 200. The main features and functionality enhancements in 4.5 will be in Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Purchase Order, and Sales Order. According to Sage, these customer-requested features and functionality were obtained through various feedback and evaluation methods, including the Sage enhancement request website (https://www11.v1ideas.com/SageERP/MAS90and200) and user surveys. Many of the new features being incorporated are similar to the main features and functionality of 14 select Extended Solutions titles, which will complete the dissolution of the Sage Extended Solutions division.
Sage ERP MAS Intelligence will also be enhanced in 4.5 to include Reporting Tree capabilities and additional sample reports. With 4.5, Intelligence will also be compatible with the Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL product. That’s right, you read correctly – the Business Framework in version 4.5 will allow the flexibility to provide current and new customers to choose either the current ProvideX database or Microsoft SQL Server as its platform. A migration process will be provided to assist with the conversion and upgrade from version 3.7x MAS 200 for SQL. However, the SQL version will not be an option for many current MAS 200 users – those users who rely on the Job Cost and/or Work Order modules will find that those modules are not available MAS 200 SQL, as they were never converted to the Business Framework. Also, the Payroll module in Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL will be the Abra Payroll and HR program, and not the MAS 90 and 200 Payroll module that you’ve come to know and love. I’ll print the full list of available modules for the SQL version in a later post.
Current Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suite customers will be provided with the equivalent 4.5 system on user-based pricing, and they will be merged into the core product line with equivalent Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 licenses and separate SageCRM licenses. Both named and concurrent SageCRM licenses will be available, although each customer will be required to choose one type of licensing. It is not possible to mix the two types of licenses in one system. All MAS 90 and 200 users will receive a free SageCRM 7.1 server license and one free SageCRM user license – named or concurrent. Additional SageCRM user licenses will be available as follows: Named Users at $795, and Concurrent Users at $1,495 (proposed pricing is subject to change prior to the actual release date).
Sage is anticipating that 4.5 will be beta tested beginning in August, 2011, and an Early Adopter program will start in late summer. If all goes well, auto-shipments to Business Partners and Customers will begin in the autumn time frame. Additional details on the Early Adopter program will be communicated at a later date.
Our next posts will concentrate on the new functionality being offered in version 4.5. Next week – Accounts Receivable enhancements will be discussed.