Wow – I just realized the last time I posted an article was way, way back in January. Either we’ve been busy or there hasn’t been much news. Well, it’s actually been a little bit of both, off and on; we have had our busy spurts while also completing our certification requirements for 2014, and other than the release of Sage ERP 2014, there hasn’t been a whole lot of excitement from the Sage camp. However, just to catch up:
Sage 100 ERP 2014 was released in March, along with the first Product Update. Cloud connectivity and enhanced mobile applications are among the main features, along with these modular updates:
- An Autocomplete feature has been added for customer number, vendor number, and item code entry fields;
- The ability to have Custom Reports print screens remain open after printing or previewing the report;
- An Invoice List button has been added in Accounts Payable Invoice Data Entry, and to Repetitive Invoice Entry in both the A/P and A/R modules, allowing the user to quickly reference invoices entered in the current batch;
- The ability to keep the General Ledger Print Financial Reports window open after printing or previewing has been added;
- Payroll updates include:
- the ability to include up to 16 different Box 12 codes on the W-2 form;
- Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contributions; and
- W-2 mappings and Disability Insurance setup for Puerto Rico;
- Sage Intelligence has been added to the Sage 100 ERP Menu and will be installed during workstation setup;
- Sage Intelligence will be compatible with the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013, and will feature enhancements to the User Interface; and
- Enhancements in Sage CRM integration with Sage 100 ERP.
The Electronic Reporting module has been officially retired and replaced with the Federal and State eFiling and Reporting utility by Aatrix. Standard menu tasks for Accounts Payable Form 1099, Payroll Quarterly 941 Form, and Payroll W-2 Form printing, and the W-2 and 1099 file creation in the Electronic Reporting module, are not available in Sage 100 ERP 2014. Customers will be able to utilize the plain paper printing capabilities of Federal and State eFiling and Reporting by Aatrix to manage their payroll forms and accounts payable forms.
Many users discovered at the end of March that Sage did not release an updated Form 941. No matter which version of Sage 100 ERP that you are using, you will now have to use the Federal and State eFile and Reporting utility to print all government payroll forms.
Sage Summit will be held in Las Vegas this year July 28-31, and registration is under way. The conference will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and Sage promises a completely new experience for attendees. More information, as well as registration links, can be found at http://www.sagesummit.com. And, yes, Chris and I will be there – and we hope to see you as well.
Sage has also released the 2014 Quarter 2 Payroll Tax Table Update (TTU), which affects only the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin state tax tables. If you are not paying employees for works in these states, there is no need to install the update.
That’s enough for now, but I promise that I will dig into Sage 100 ERP 2014 and give you insights on all the new stuff – really soon.