What’s New in Sage 100 ERP 2013 – Part III

Further enhancements coming in version 2013 include:

Screen changes to the Inventory Maintenance and Inventory Inquiry windows. In version 4.5, the Quantity On Hand grid was moved to the Quantity tab in Inventory Maintenance/Inquiry; due to overwhelming customer demand, the grid is returning to the Main tab in the 2013 release. Customer service personnel will be able to easily see on-hand quantities and pricing directly from one screen. (Can I get an AMEN?)

The ability to electronically send documents via Paperless Office will be available on public mail servers in Sage 100 ERP 2013. This includes Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) mail services such as Google mail, Yahoo, AT&T, and Hotmail. This enhancement will allow use of SMTP authentication, so users will no longer need to maintain their own email server, and can use other options such as Google Apps. Communication between the client and server will be encrypted, protecting sensitive company information, and ensuring you are talking to the actual server.

New Sage CRM integration and workflow enhancements will enable the integration of all ERP companies into one CRM database, and provide upgrade-safe Sage CRM customizations. In Sage 100 ERP 2013, tasks launched from Sage CRM will not require the use of a Sage 100 ERP user license.

The Sage 100 ERP 2013 release will include Sage CRM integration enhancements enabling multiple ERP companies to be mapped to a single Sage CRM system. Sage 100 ERP customers who have created and are operating more than one company or division will be able to integrate these companies or divisions to one single Sage CRM instance. This will allow customers using Sage CRM to get a single consolidated view of all their customer facing activities and salespeople will be able to more efficiently move between all their customers, regardless of the associated Sage 100 ERP company using customer numbers or database identification. New quick order entry screens will be an option for Sage 100 Advanced (MAS 200) and Premium ERP 2013 (MAS 200 SQL) which can be used in addition to the standard order entry screens.

The Sage 100 ERP 2013 release includes several technology updates, a 64-bit ODBC driver, implementation of MSI, and compatibility for Sage 100 ERP Premium for Microsoft SQL Server. The new 64-bit driver provides for integration and improved performance with 64-bit applications that access Sage 100 ERP data, including the 64-bit Microsoft Office applications. The 2013 release will also utilize the MSI Windows installer, an industry standard. MSI bundles applications into a single file, making it easier to install on users’ computers and allowing more flexibility and control of updates.

Sage 100 ERP 2013 is expected to be compatible with Windows 8, and testing is currently underway for backward compatibility with all supported versions of Sage 100 ERP.

The following applications and products are being retired with the release of Sage 100 ERP 2013:

  • The Credit Card Processing module powered by PCCharge Payment Server will retire as of December 31, 2012, and will not be compatible with the Sage 100 ERP 2013 release. Sage will no longer provide Customer Support for any versions of Credit Card Processing by PCCharge after December 31, 2012.

  • The Sage 100 ERP Fixed Assets module (formerly Sage ERP MAS Fixed Assets module), with the maximum capacity of 1,500 assets has been retired and replaced with Sage Fixed Assets – Depreciation with Reporting, which can process 10,000 assets or more, depending on system configuration and usage. There is no change to the Fixed Assets Link, which will remain on the Sage 100 ERP menu.

  • Currently planned to be retired with the next release, Sage 100 ERP 2014, will be the traditional Accounts Payable Form 1099, Payroll Quarterly 941 Form, and Payroll W2 Form printing using pre-printed forms, and the W2 and 1099 file creation using the Electronic Reporting module, in favor of utilizing the plain paper printing capabilities provided in eFiling and Reporting powered by Aatrix.

  • Reminder – Report Master was officially retired with the 4.5 release. The Report Master reports will no longer be able to be migrated from an older release to the Sage 100 ERP 2013 release.

  • Reminder – FRx was retired by the manufacturer, Microsoft, and is no longer supported. Sage 100 ERP Business Intelligence is the current financial reporting and analysis solution for Sage ERP products.

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