One new feature in the Sage 100 ERP 2013 release that I didn’t mention in my previous posts on the subject are the Visual Process Flows, a feature added to the release late in the development cycle. As software has become more and more capable, it has also become more complex; Visual Process Flows help the user deal with that complexity by offering a graphical view of all the steps in a business process. Visual Process Flows includes several predefined processes, and also has a Designer that can be used to easily create custom flows for unique needs and specific roles. These customizable process flows make it easy for new users to learn Sage 100 ERP, while existing users can more easily complete tasks that are only performed occasionally, such as year-end processing.
Visual Process Flows can help increase productivity, reduce time navigating business processes, and reduce errors caused by forgetting a step in a procedure. From within each process, you can directly access the data entry screens, inquiries, reports, and form printing tasks that are related to the current task, allowing users to navigate the system in a new, intuitive manner. There are seven pre-defined process flows included: Sales Orders, Returns, Shipping, Inventory Physical Count, Purchase Order, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable.