Chris and I attended the Sage Summit conference for Sage Business Partners and Customers last week in Washington, D.C. We enjoyed seeing our associates from both Sage and some of the Third-party developers that work with Sage products, and we attended some very informative informational sessions. I’ll write about specifics in upcoming posts, but here is a brief outline of some of the Sage Summit Highlights, especially as they pertain to the Sage 100 ERP (the software formerly known as Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200) product line.
The main emphasis at the conference for Sage 100 ERP appeared to be the move to the cloud. Sage has developed several mobile apps that will take advantage of cloud technology and allow mobile sales, service, inquiries, and payments from anywhere you can access a signal. I’ll have more on the new Sage Mobile Sales, Sage Mobile Service, and Sage Billing and Payments next week.
Sage Intelligence (formerly Sage MAS Intelligence) was again highly represented, and some real improvements to the product make it the true heir to FRx as the Sage 100 ERP reporting tool of choice. The Report Designer Add-in, in particular, is the real champion here; it makes designing reports in Sage Intelligence ridiculously easy. The Designer Add-in also facilitates easy conversion of your current FRx reports to Sage Intelligence. And, yes, I will be posting more on this subject in the coming weeks.
During the Keynote address, Sage seemed to push three products over all others: SageOne, an online accounting application for startups; Sage 300 (formerly Accpac); and Sage ERP X3, their mid-marketing distribution and manufacturing offering. However, during the demo for the mobile apps, it was strongly reinforced that the apps worked with Sage 100 ERP; in fact, a Voice to Text application was demonstrated using the Sage 100 application and demo data. For me, that demo was the highlight of the keynote.
The roadmap for Sage 100 ERP shows version 2014 being released by the end of 2013, and will include customer-requested enhancements along with more hybrid-cloud capabilities and the mobile apps. Sage Intelligence will be accessible as a module within the program in version 2014, and more Visual Process Flows are being added to the system. For users of the payroll module, 2013 is the last year that Sage will release an update for year-end processing and form W-2 printing. After this year, users will print all forms through the Aatrix Federal eFiling and Reporting task under the Period End menu in Payroll and Accounts Payable. More on that later.
That’s it for the quick summary; I’ll post more detail in the coming weeks as time permits. Stay tuned!