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Top TEN Reasons to Upgrade to Sage 300 ERP 2012

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Simplify Processes. Improve Visibility. Stay Connected.

1. Reduce time navigating through your system with Visual Process Flows, which you can customize by user roles and for your business.

2. Improve productivity with enhancements throughout the system such as: Entered By, On Hold Reason, and Requested By fields in Order Entry; copy order and create PO directly from order entry; and reverse GL batches.

3. Enhance usability with easier to read tables, an improved Finder, and improved end-user

4. Get the information you need, faster! New Inquiries for operations modules facilitate quick
access to customized lists, which provide the answers you need and lower custom reporting costs.

5. Simplify update processes using the new Sage Advisor Update.

6. Save time when processing payments - capture pre-authorized payments during shipment entry or invoice entry, and invoice multiple pre-authorized payments in a single batch.

7. Make informed decisions with comprehensive reporting utilizing the new Sage Intelligence
Reporting financial report designer and reporting tree capabilities.

8. Expand customized reporting capabilities with the updated SAP Crystal Reports® runtime engine for .NET Framework 4, and new options in several standard reports.

9. Accelerate growth and stay connected with Sage CRM enhancements that improve information flow between the front and back offices.

10. Efficiently and cost effectively manage the shipping process and rate shop with an optional service that streamlines shipping and reduces costs.

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Sage ERP Accpac Version 5.5

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Payroll Tax Update


Payroll Tax Update

The support policy for Sage ERP Accpac (soon to be called Sage 300 ERP) includes the current version and one previous version. In addition, a 90-120-day grace period is available for anyone currently transitioning from version 5.5 to a supported version (5.6, 6.0, or the soon to be released 6.1 version).


Sage has promised to release the Payroll Tax Updates for Sage ERP Accpac version 5.5 through January 2013. From there, anyone running 5.5 with Payroll will need to upgrade to a supported version. If you are running version 5.5, contact us now to plan ahead for your upgrade so you will continue to receive the critical payroll information you need.


Contact Anthony Cox for more information at 866-647-2611 ext 127 or email

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Sage ERP Accpac 6 FAQ

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Thu, Jan 20, 2011

Stephen Smith, a Software Architect with Sage, published these FAQs to his blog recently. They provide some great insight into Sage ERP Accpac 6.

Does Sage ERP Accpac 6.0A become a 100% full web based solution? No – this is the first step in that journey. With this release we have the technology foundation, the new web based portal, the new dashboard, the new Inquiry tool along with the web based screens that make up Quote to Orders. All the other accounting screens are still the VB screens similar to 5.6A.

When Will Sage ERP Accpac be 100% fully web based? Version 6.2 which is estimated for release at the end of calendar 2012. With this release the entire product will have a web based option, including all accounting modules and options products. However version 6.1 which is estimated to ship at the end of 2011 will have all the major modules Web based including GL, AP, AR, IC, OE, and PO.

As Web Screens are released will the VB screens disappear? No. You will still be able to run the VB screen from the original Sage Accpac desktop. As Web Screens are completed they will take the place of the VB screens in the new Web Portal, but the original VB screens are still installed, supported, and accessed from the original desktop.

How long will the VB screens be supported? At least through 6.2A, beyond that it will depend on market demand. If everyone moves to the web quickly then that will be it. But if it takes time to move customizations and such, then you will have that time.

Is Sage ERP Accpac 6.0A SaaS? No. This is an on-premise installed product. You can install it in the cloud, but this is still essentially on on-premise install, just with a remote server.

When will there be a true SaaS version of Accpac? After we have a number of accounting modules Web based then we will look to do a SaaS deployment through AccpacOnline (ie after 6.1 or early 2012).

If I don’t deploy the web components, why should I upgrade to 6.0? There is the lock fiscal periods by module feature that is used by both. Plus there are many bug fixes.

Why should I deploy the Web components? You will get the new portal, dashboards, and inquiry tool. Plus this will prepare you for 6.1A. If you get the web components going then installing 6.1A will be very easy since you will have the infrastructure all deployed.

If the product is web deployed why do I need workstation setup? Until the VB accounting screens are moved to the Web in 6.1 or 6.2, we are running the current VB screens from the Portal. The only data entry screens in the new Web technology for 6.0A are the Quote to Order screens run from inside SageCRM.

Why is there an ActiveX control in the new Portal? This is required to run the VB UI screens. This will be removed once all the VB screens are moved to the Web.

Can I run the Portal for remote users? Only for the new Web parts. The VB screens will not run remotely with this technology, Workstation Setup is required. This will be more realistic starting with 6.1A.

Can I use browsers other than IE? The only supported Browsers are Internet Explorer 7 and 8. You can use Firefox, Safari or Chrome but you can’t run the VB screens from these Browsers (since they don’t support ActiveX controls). The CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are optimized for IE and will have many rendering glitches with the other browsers (this will be fixed for 6.1A).

Does the new Web Portal use a LanPak? No. Logging on to the new Web Portal, seeing the dashboard, drilling down to reports from the dashboard, accessing help, and using the Inquiry tool does not use a LanPak. However you will use a LanPak the first time you run an accounting screen.

Do the Quote to Order Screens use a LanPak? No. You just need the SageCRM User count to sign onto SageCRM, then no further LanPaks are required.

Do I require a new server for the web parts? Depends. Often people already have a good file server that is being under-utilized, you may be able to use this additionally as your web server. If you are already running SageCRM, then this server will probably be ideal as the Accpac Web server also. But if you are running local installs and Pervasive workgroup and have no server, then you will need to get one.

Read Stephen's full post.

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