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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.

Tags: sage accpac 6 faq, Accpac 6 FAQ, Stephen Smith

Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 - Security Settings

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Tue, Jan 11, 2011

Recently, we posted a link to a blog written by Stephen Smith about Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 security. We thought it was worth emphasizing one of the points in his post that stood out to us.

In new web portal in Sage Accpac 6.0 honors the security settings, set from the Security button in Database Setup. Stephen suggests that these be set according to the screen shot below.

He argues that the most important setting is to disable a user account after x failed password attempts to prevent automated programs from being able to try every possible password and eventually guessing the correct one. Using the settings below, an automated program can only try 3 passwords every 30 minutes which will usually get a hacker to move on to find a less secure site to try to hack.

Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 Security Settings

Read Stephen's full article about securing Sage ERP Accpc 6.0.

Tags: Sage Accpac security, Sage ERP Accpac security settings, Accpac 6.0, accpac 6.0 security, accpac 6.0 security settings, Stephen Smith

Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 Security

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Wed, Jan 05, 2011

In his blog, Stephen Smith, recommends several great ideas for setting up Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 securely. We thought they were worth sharing.

Sage Accpac 6.0 comes with a new web portal and a web-based screen integration to SageCRM. With that in mind, Stephen suggests that companies identify the bad guys (people who might want your data (including ex-employees!), identify assets (servers and databases that need to be secure), and identify risks.

Stephen suggests the following in addition to normal IT practices such as applying Windows updates and not running services you don't need:

  • Configure IIS for HTTPS (SSL)
  • Disable HTTP (require SSL)
  • Set more stringent security restrictions in database setup
  • Do a NMap port scan of your server

Read the full blog entry.

Tags: Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 Security, Accpac 6.0, accpac 6.0 security, Stephen Smith

Sage ERP Accpac 6.0 Will Reduce Upgrade Costs?

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Mon, Oct 25, 2010

Stephen Smith points out in his blog (http://smist08.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/sage-erp-accpac-6-0a-compelling-installed-base-value/) that the upcoming web-based version of Sage ERP Accpac could allow for faster upgrades, thus reducing upgrade costs.

He points out that for many companies, choosing to upgrade is a matter of balancing the costs of the upgrade versus the benefits of running the new software. In the past few releases, the costs of an upgrade were taken up by things like the time to convert the database to the new version, the time to verify and update customized reports, the time to verify and update macros and other customizations, and the time of training for any new or affected existing features. With version 6, the database conversion is much smaller than the past few releases, and the changes to the database are very minimal. This means that database activation should be relatively quick and painless, and that very few changes are required to existing customized reports and macros.

If you have any questions about the upcoming release about Sage ERP Accpac version 6.0, please give us a call at 214-647-2611 or contact us at info@bterrell.com. We will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available, and we'll work with you to decide if upgrading to version 6.0 is the right move for your company.

Tags: Accpac upgrade, upgrade to Accpac 6.0, Accpac 6.0, Stephen Smith

The Future of Sage ERP Accpac

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Tue, Oct 19, 2010

Sage is planning some great enhancements for the future of Sage ERP Accpac!

  • Browser Independence: Due to time constraints the first version will fully support only IE 7 and 8. Future versions will support Firefox, Safari, and Chrome as well. This would include desktop and mobile versions of these Browsers. 
  • 64-Bit – All the new technologies are fully 64-bit compliant. You can run the 64-bit versions of the browsers.
  • SaaS – Although it is shipping as an on-premise install to start, the software is architected for SaaS deployment at a later version.
  • Advanced end to end integrations enabled through SData. As other Sage applications like SageCRM move to the same platform, this will allow for much better integration.
  • Performance/Scalability – With the adoption of SData Restful Web Services Sagecan use advanced Web performance tools to test and expand the scalability/performance of Sage Accpac from where it is today.
  • Server Independence – All the technologies involved in the Sage Accpac 6 platform are server operating system independent.
  • Full Unicode Support – All the new technologies fully support Unicode, so this sets the stage for creating a full Unicode version of Sage Accpac.
  • Mobile – All the new screens are pure HTML/JavaScript and can run on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry phones. (Plus tablet devices like the iPad!)
  • HTML5 – For the first new version, HTML4 features are being used, but since it isbuilt on the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and Google is aggressively pursuing HTML5 Sage will automatically be getting HTML5 features as they become available in the various Browsers.
  • Connected Cloud – As a Web Based application, built from the ground up on RESTful Web Services, it is ideally situated to integrate with other Web Based applications based on Web Services whether these are locally installed or cloud based. This can include common ERP services like sales tax calculation or government reporting, but also integration to other services like Social Networks or Web Based Office applications (like Google Docs). The technology platform is ideal for both consuming and producing such services.

Check out more updates as they are available from Stephen Smith, or contact us to discuss whether an upgrade to a future version might be just what you are looking for.

Tags: Stephen Smith, future of Sage Accpac, Sage Accpac browser compatibility