Using Extended Solutions? Sage ERP MAS Q4 2010 IRD (Interim Release Disk) Requires These Updates

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Sage have issued their 2010 Q4 IRD (Interim Release Disk) which is a download available for users of supported Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 accounting software who need to update the tax processing aspects of their system.

For supported versions of Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 (versions 4.x +) this primarily involves changes to the 1099, Electronic Reporting and Payroll Reporting modules. There are other changes included in the IRD as well. Here’s a copy of Sage’s 2010 MAS90 and MAS200 Year End Reporting Instructions.

However if you are using any third party enhancements you must first check with your developer prior to installing the IRD. These enhancements also include any pre-written Extended Solutions (whether sold to you directly by Sage or by a third party developer after Sage exited the Extended Solution business).

Sage’s list of Extended Solutions requiring an upgrade centers primarily around Payroll module enhancements though there are numerous Sales Order (version 4.3) that may require updating as well.

One popular enhancement, PR-1017 Direct Deposit Interface, is noted as requiring an upgrade by any users of the enhancement who are also on version 4.0 to 4.2 of Sage EPR MAS 90 or MAS 200.

Prior to installing this IRD please speak to your Sage Business Partner, speak to any third party solution providers whose applications you’re using and review this list from Sage of Extended Solutions Requiring Upgrade prior to installing the IRD for Q4 2010.

CT Stops Mailing Tax Forms To Individual Taxpayers

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced that the agency will no longer directly mail tax booklets to individual taxpayers. This change was made due to the continued growth of electronic income tax filing, and to reduce mailing and printing costs for the agency. The IRS and several other states have recently made similar decisions.

Taxpayers that still need a booklet will be able to obtain one from their local library, post office, or town hall shortly after the beginning of the new year, or they may download forms and instructions from the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS.

Last filing season, 1.6 million personal income tax returns were filed with DRS DRS estimates that of the 1.6 million, approximately 125,000 returns, or 8%, were attributable to mailed books.

Electronic filing of income tax returns has grown rapidly during the past few years. Last year, more than 1.2 million tax returns were filed electronically.

In addition to downloading paper forms at www.ct.gov/DRS, taxpayers can learn about locations where tax booklets will be available, electronic filing through the state’s free Taxpayer Service Center, and other electronic filing methods like Fed/State e-file and tax preparation software. The site also offers information about the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low income individuals and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

via – CT Department of Revenue Services

link – Download CT Individual Tax Forms – 2010

How To Process Payroll Before W2′s Are Printed Within Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200

This year the rates have changed for the 2011 FICA however the wage limits remained stable. This has caused a few people over on the MAS 90 LinkedIn group to question the correct procedure for printing W2 forms.

As you may be aware one of the hidden “gotcha’s” of the Payroll processing is that when you print W2 forms in Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 that the CURRENT FICA/Medicare limits are used to establish the maximum wages subject to each tax which prints on the W2 form.

Since tax tables are shared globally across all your Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 companies – simply copying the current company code to a backup isn’t enough. You also must be aware of what the tax limits are for at least FICA and Medicare because those limits can impact W2 printing for those exceeding them.

If the FICA or MEDICARE limits are changing in the next year — AND you install the tax tables BEFORE printing the last year’s W2 forms then you run the risk of the W2 form (for those exceeding FICA and/or Medicare) printing the maximum wage limit that’s included in your next year tax table instead of the limits for the year just passed.

Regina Gutcher, a Sage Customer Support Specialist, provided the following guidance on this LinkedIn discussion:

The recommended procedure if you need to run a 2011 payroll before printing 2010 W-2s is:

1. Back up all Payroll data.
2. Create a new company code in Company Maintenance. Copy Company to copy P/R, C/I and G/L (and Job Cost, if integrated).
3.. Run year-end for the original company.
4. Install the updated 2011 tax tables.
5.. Process payroll for the original company for the current year.
6.. Before printing the W-2s, install last year’s tax tables(2010) and access the Copy Company.
7. Reinstall the updated tax tables when finished.

Keep in mind that FICA is not the only limit we need to be concerned about when printing W-2s. For some states, the limits for State Disability or State Unemployment may also need to be printed on the W-2.

via: LinkedIn

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Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 Product Brochures (Download)

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Are you looking for brochures, what’s new guides, enhancement summaries, and other printed publications describing the Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 products?

Sage have compiled a nice listing of all their printed media — which now is available for download as PDF files for easier (and faster) viewing as well as the ability to share with friends (they make great Christmas gifts too!).

Visit Sage’s MAS 90 and MAS 200 Brochure and Whitepaper site

Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 v4.4 Product Update 4 – What’s New

Sage just uploaded their latest product update for Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.4. This release was previously announced as containing fixes centered around the year end processing time.

Instead of introducing new features which might carry pesky bugs and increase support burdens – Sage have wisely decided that product update 4 will primarily be to fix open issues as well as add any needed functionality for those closing the year and preparing year end governmental reporting.

Here’s a concise summary of what you can expect in product update 4.

MAS90 and MAS200 4.4 Product Update 4 What’s New

MAS90 News Alerts – Updated For 2011

Starting with the January 15, 2010 issue of the Schulz Consulting Email newsletter we will switch from publishing twice monthly to publishing an email newsletter just once a month on the 15th.

We are expanding the ways that you can stay up-to-date with news from Schulz Consulting and continue to post regularly to the following locations which will carry the same news as what you are reading on our web site.

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

You can continue to visit Schulz Consulting for the latest news and analysis about MAS 90 and MAS 200. Or if you prefer to continue receiving alerts as we post news to our website – we suggest you visit Google’s Feedburner and sign up for free email alerts. Using this service you’ll receive a notification via email every time we post a news item on our web page.

Google will also allow you to subscribe to our feed in your favorite RSS reader (If you’re not sure what RSS is – here’s a link from Wikipedia which explains it).

We also post MAS 90 news items from our web site automatically to:

MAS 90 LinkedIN Group

Facebook Schulz Consulting Group

Twitter

via: MAS 90 Newsletter Update

MAS90 and MAS200 2010 IRD Tax and Reporting Update Instructions (How To)

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Sage North America have released their IRD (Interim Release Disk) which contain year end program changes for Accounts Payable and Payroll modules. These changes add functionality to the ERP system which allow for processing according to updated federal and state government regulations concerning 1099, W-2 and other tax forms.

The IRD contains year end program changes for AP and PR and common files for the following versions:

  • Sage ERP MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.40
  • Sage ERP MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.40 with PU 1
  • Sage ERP MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.40 with PU 2
  • Sage ERP MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.40 with PU 3
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.30 with SU 17
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.30 with SU 18
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.30 with SU 19
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.30 with SU 20
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.20
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.10
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.05
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 Versions 4.00
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 SQL Versions 3.74
  • Sage MAS 90 / 200 SQL Versions 3.73

Payroll Update 2nd Quarter

If you have installed the Product Update 3 for version 4.40 these changes have been included in the final released product.

A download with payroll updates for Federal 941 2nd quarter 2010 was made available via the website. This payroll update included adding a new data table, program and form changes to adhere to the Federal requirements under the 2010 Hire Act used for reporting employer exemptions for qualified employees. If you have installed the Product Update 3 for version 4.40 these changes have been included in the final released product.

Some changes included in the Payroll Update.

  • Qualified (W-11) checkbox added to employee maintenance.
  • PR_QExxx.soa data table.
  • Update and 941 program change logic.
  • 2010 2nd QTR 941 form change logic.

Note: For details refer to PR3035-KBA available on
http://www.sagesoftwareonline.com/eServices/Main/frmLogin.aspx

Electronic Reporting for MAS90 and MAS200

  • 1099 Electronic Reporting has been modified according to the Internal Revenue Service’s 2010 Publication 1220.
  • W2 Electronic Reporting has been modified according to the SSA 2010 Specifications for Filing Form W-2 Electronically.

Qualified Employee Worksheet and Report

  • A Qualified Employee Worksheet and Report has been installed to the reports directory. This report is a visual display of the PR_QExxx.soa table that was created to capture data for reporting of qualified employees.
  • The report only displays for employees that have been selected as Qualified in employee maintenance.
  • The amounts on this report do not reflect the FICA limits.
  • The number of qualified employees per quarter is calculated at runtime. This number is not retained in a data file when printing the 941.

To download the latest Sage MAS90 and MAS200 IRD visit the Sage Software Online Support Site (valid maintenance subscription and login required)

Sage ERP MAS90 and MAS200 Year End 2010 Reporting Tips and Instructions (W2, 1099, Closing, Tax Tables)

Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 Tax Table Download For 2011 – Available New

Sage have just released round one of their tax table updates for 2011. Due to late breaking tax changes you may need to download additional table updates if your local (or federal) government provides additional data on rates or changes after these tables have been downloaded.

UPDATE January 1, 2013: Click here for information on the latest Sage 100 ERP 2013 payroll tax updates

Here’s what the latest tables include (all information is per Sage’s online knowledgebase and subject to change – always verify rates and rules with your tax advisor or your states tax site. Schulz Consulting is NOT in the business of rendering tax or accounting advise and disclaims all results from use of the information below. THE INFORMATION CAN CHANGE FREQUENTLY – ALWAYS VERIFY THAT YOU HAVE THE LATEST CORRECT DATA).

Changes include:

Federal Withholding tables updated as of 12/23/2010 (Tip: Always check the first payroll run manually)
Federal Dependent Exemption – $ 3,700
Federal Non-Resident Alien Wage adjustment increase – $2,100
Federal EMPLOYEE FICA rate decrease to 4.2%
Federal EIC Advance payment of earned income credit (EIC) expries 12/31/10

STATES

Hawaii – Dependent exemption increase to $1,144
Maryland – Withholding tax tables changed per rules
Maine – Revised: Nonresident alien wage adjustment for married decreases – $5,800
North Dakota – Withholding tax tables changed per rules
North Dakota – Dependent exemption increase
Oklahoma – Withholding tax tables changed per rules

Changes Implemented 12/17/2010:

Alaska – Unemployment insurance wage base increase to $34,600
Alaska – Employee UI tax rate increase to .58%
Arizona – New filing status G – .8%
California – Withholding tax tables updated as of 12/17/2010
California – Standard deduction increase – $7,340 and $3,670
California – Personal exemption increase- 108.90
California – Low income exemption increase – 24,364 and 12,182
California SDI rate increase (taxable wage base remains $93,316 and 1.2%
Hawaii Temporary disability insurance wage base decrease Annual – 45,983.08 – Week – 884.29
Hawaii UI wage base decrease 34,200
Iowa UI wage base increase 24,700
Illinois UI wage base increase 12,740
Indiana UI wage base increase 9,500
Kentucky Standard exemption increase 2,240
Maine Withholding tax tables
Maine Filing Statuses added for Nonresident Alien – Single (NRS) and Nonresident Alien – Married (NRM)
Michigan Dependent exemption increase 3,700
Minnesota Withholding tax tables
Minnesota Withholding allowance increase 3,700
Mississippi UI wage base increase 14,000
Montana UI wage base increase 26,300
North Dakota UI wage base increase 25,500
New Hampshire UI wage base increase 12,000
New Jersey UI wage base decrease 29,600
New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) wage decrease 29,600
New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (FLI) wage base decrease 29,600
New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (FLI) contribution rate decrease .06%
New Mexico UI wage base increase 21,900
Nevada UI wage base decrease 26,600
Oklahoma UI wage base increase 18,600
Oregon Withholding tax tables
Oregon Filling Statuses added for wages over $50,000:
M1 Married
S2 Single with less than 3 allowances
S3 Single with 3 or more allowances

Oregon Dependent exemption increase 179
Oregon Standard deduction increase Married 3,960
Single 1,980
Oregon UI wage base increase 32,300
Rhode Island Withholding tax tables
Rhode Island Dependent exemption decrease 1,000
Rhode Island Supplemental rate decrease 5.99%
Rhode Island Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) wage base increase 58,400
Rhode Island TDI rate increase 1.3%
South Carolina UI wage base increase 10,000
South Dakota UI wage base increase 11,000
Utah UI wage base increase 28,600
Vermont UI wage base increase 13,000
Washington UI wage base increase 37,300
Wisconsin UI wage base increase 13,000
Wyoming UI wage base decrease 22,300

LINKS:

Current list from Sage of all payroll tax table changes

Instructions on downloading the tax tables for MAS 90 and MAS 200 (These updates may be used for Library Master versions 4.x and 3.72, 3.73 and 3.74).

Multi-Bin for MAS 90 and MAS 200 v4.4 Available

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Sage partner Hightower Inc have just announced that their Multi-Bin for Sage ERP MAS90 and MAS200 version 4.4 is available.

The feature adds the ability to track multiple bin locations per warehouse for specific MAS 90 or MAS 200 inventory items as described below:

Inventory Management
The Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 Inventory Management module provides receipt of goods data, the movement of goods within or between locations, the sale, removal of goods, and the precise valuation and status of goods remaining in inventory at any point in time. When integrated with Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution, you will be able to track multiple bin locations per warehouse per item.

Sales Order
With the Sage MAS 90 or Sage MAS 200 Sales Order module, you’ll know the availability of specific units in inventory, or alternate items if an item is out of stock, specific customer pricing, customer credits, and much more, while entering orders. With Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution, you can mark inventory items involved in sales orders as allocated. Allocated inventory items are not available for purchase by other customers until you release the items.

Purchase Order
Streamline and organize your entire purchasing process – track shipping methods, track the date a purchase is required, track the name of person that places the order, and confirm the quantity ordered and the price. Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution modifies the Sage MAS 90 or Sage MAS 200 Purchase Order module to utilize bin locations for receipt of inventory items. Bin locations are also utilized for return of goods and material requisition entries.

Bill of Materials
Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 Bill of Materials allows you to easily create and maintain a detailed bill of components and miscellaneous charges that make up your finished items and subassembly components. Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution module integrates with Bill of Materials so bin quantities can be tracked throughout the production and disassembly processes.

Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA)
With RMA, once an item is returned, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 will automatically generate all appropriate transactions, including credit memos, replacement orders, purchase orders, and vendor returns. Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution integrates with the Return Merchandise Authorization module so that quantity can be distributed to bins before transactions are generated.

Work Order
Issue work orders, develop schedules, and track costs associated with the manufacturing process. Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 Work Orders gives you the ability to see up-to-the-minute work in process information. The Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution module integrates with Work Order so bin distributions can be entered and updated along with each work order entry.

Bar Code
With Bar Code, collect data more quickly than ever before – warehouse and shipping/receiving staff can record bar coded items with a scanner and data is downloaded to Sage MAS 90 or Sage MAS 200. Multi-Bin Advanced Distribution modifies the Bar Code module by expanding the import files to include bin locations.

via: Multi-Bin for Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200

Charlie Don’t Surf. The IRS Doesn’t Email.

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Have you (or someone you know) recently received an urgent email claiming to be from the IRS. Sometimes the email asks for personal information. In other cases it directs you to call an 800 number. In the most scary situations there’s an attachment known as the “Zeus Banking Trojan” that the scammers hope you’ll download.

Well don’t fall for it.

According to Connecticut CPA Thomas Scanlon – a widespread scam preys on the belief that if someone does not respond to an official looking email that there could be penalties.

Thomas’s recommendation – discard emails claiming to be from the IRS unopened.

Why the IRS does not send email and IRS Site FAQ

MAS90 or MAS200 issue solved: Tiny or small fonts. Missing icon images.

Have you installed MAS90 or MAS200 to a new Windows 7 computer and now you’re noticing:
- The fonts seem too small – but only in MAS?
- Missing icon images

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I just had a client call on this yesterday and Jim Woodhead of DSD Business Systems – and one of the members of my 90 Minds Consulting group- has of course leaped to the rescue with this observation:

In order to fix it, you need to change the DPI setting back to the default settings (96 Pixels Per Inch/100%). Here are detailed instructions for Window 7/Vista followed by Win XP.

Full details:

Are you missing the images/icons on the MAS90 or MAS200 Taskbar Launcher?

Avmor LTD Implements Sage ERP X3 On-Time, Cuts Inventory Count Time By 28 Days,

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Canadian based Avmor LTD, a global manufacturer and distributor of industrial cleaning products has selected and implemented a new Sage ERP X3 accounting system for tracking it’s worldwide operations.

Sage ERP X3 is the next step up accounting and ERP system for companies with more extensive technology needs (typically multiple countries, currencies, web based transactional needs). We covered the (re)launch of Sage ERP X3 v6 in Paris France noting that:

Sage ERP X3 was acquired by Sage in 2005. Prior to branding as Sage ERP X3 it was known as Adonix. They claim 2,700+ users — probably mostly overseas (As I’m in Glastonbury CT that would be non – USA customers – though I believe there are a several in the USA) and 150 partners. The US launch of V6 is scheduled for Q2 2010.

ERP X3 has been actively building a channel in the US from amongst larger Sage partners. The product is positioned to ensure that both new companies and those companies outgrowing any of the Sage products have a place to migrate.

Press release from Sage follows:

Dec 06, 2010 09:05 ET

Avmor Ltd. Selects Sage ERP X3 for Its Operations Management

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwire – December 6, 2010) – Sage North America announced today that Avmor Ltd., a global manufacturer and distributor of quality industry cleaning products, has selected and implemented Sage ERP X3 to manage its complex operations. As part of the Sage ERP portfolio, Sage ERP X3 is a full-service enterprise management software system for mid-market businesses aimed at meeting the most elaborate business processes, while remaining cost-effective, quick to implement and simple to use.

For more than 60 years, family-owned Avmor Ltd. has conducted business in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company’s manufacturing facilities are housed in a 155,000 square-foot, ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified plant that includes liquid and powder blending installations, a reactor for forming acrylic polymer emulsions, complete packaging facilities and on-site printing capabilities. Sophisticated tools are required to manage the company’s complex operations.

Edith Lauzon, director of finance and operations for Avmor, states that Avmor had previously relied on a legacy software system that was “heavily customized and lacked MRP capabilities, making it expensive to maintain and difficult for reporting.”

The company launched a comprehensive search for a fully integrated advanced manufacturing and distribution enterprise software solution and decided upon Sage. Sage also referred a local Sage Authorized Partner who collaborated with Avmor’s internal team to implement Sage ERP X3. “Our system went live as scheduled — to the day,” notes Lauzon. “Plus they saved us time by converting our bills-of-material, with our formulas, into the new system.”
Since the implementation, access to information across departments has dramatically improved, as has inventory management. “We can place key metrics right on our desktop to monitor them in real time,” says Lauzon. “Our ability to make informed business decisions is now enhanced, because we can deliver up-to-date information to our staff throughout the day. Sage ERP X3 has also improved our production planning capabilities. We’re now notified when we run low on the raw materials necessary to meet our real and projected demands.”

Prior to deploying Sage ERP X3, Avmor’s annual inventory costing activity took an entire month, but with Sage ERP X3′s efficiency and accuracy, the process now takes only two days. Additionally, lot tracking, a necessity when it comes to monitoring expiration dates of Avmor’s products, is easy with Sage ERP X3 because it automatically generates the coded lot number sequence for each item as each work order is completed. Lauzon says that this helps reduce waste and improves profitability.

Working with its business partner, the company plans to implement the software’s radio frequency (RF) data collection functionality. Item movement will then be efficiently tracked, from purchasing or production to final shipment, using hand-held devices and barcodes.

The web-based architecture of Sage ERP X3 allows Avmor’s sales staff to access the software anytime, anywhere. “We also plan to offer a similar benefit to our customers, which will help us to deliver a better experience for our customers,” explains Lauzon. “They will be able to log in to place orders, perform account inquiries and check stock of items.”
“We are already enjoying the benefits, efficiency and power the software provides — and we expect the benefits and resulting cost savings to continue to grow,” concludes Lauzon.

The extensive heritage and ecosystem of Sage ERP enables Sage to offer cost-effective, end-to-end solutions that are simple to use and span the diverse needs of midsize businesses across virtually every industry. As one of the largest selections of scalable, integrated ERP software solutions available, the Sage ERP portfolio includes Sage ERP Accpac, Sage ERP MAS, and Sage ERP X3. Sage ERP is designed to work the way each business needs it to, providing the necessary tools to help businesses select, plan, and implement their ideal mix of solutions. Together with over 5000 channel partners, Sage is committed to delivering an extraordinary experience to its more than 3.2 million customers in North America.

About Avmor Ltd.

Avmor is Canada’s leading manufacturer of professional cleaning chemicals aimed at the janitorial, sanitary and food service markets. Founded in 1948 by Avrum Morrow and Henry Chinks, Avmor employs over 100 industry professionals. For more information, please visit www.avmor.com.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.2 million small and midsize business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.3 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

Sage ERP X3

Free SpeedTax Sales Tax Annual Filing Through December 19, 2010

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If you hate filing sales tax returns as much as most people – check this offering from SpeedTax. They’re an outsourced sales tax processing service that integrates to MAS90 and MAS200 accounting software to provide accurate sales tax calculations.

If you think the federal government isn’t looking to recoup every penny of tax owed them to make up for budget shortfalls — then just keep preparing your sales tax manually.

If however you think increased tax compliance is part of the “new normal” you might leave sales tax computation and return preparation to the professionals.

Through December 19, 2010 Speed Tax has this special offer:

SpeedTax Will Prepare Your Annual Tax Filing at NO COST!

Sign up for SpeedTax Plus Returns and Remittance Service by 12/19/10 and We’ll Prepare Your Annual Filing at NO COST!

More businesses than ever before are choosing to outsource their sales and use tax returns and remittance burden to SpeedTax, because our service is easy to use, affordable, and technologically advanced, keeping your business up-to-date on nearly 17,000 jurisdictions nationwide, and allowing you to offload the most tedious, time-consuming, resource-intensive sales tax-related tasks to us. Now is the time to outsource your rapidly expanding sales tax burden and risk to SpeedTax.

For more info:

SpeedTax Sales Tax Preparation

Sue Swenson Leaving Sage in 2011

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Sage have just announced that North American CEO Sue Swenson will leave the company (retire) in 2011 (exact date unspecified) to be replaced by Sage France’s Pascal Houillon.

If I were to bet I’d say that Sue’s last day will be on or about June 18, 2011. This just so happens to conveniently coincide with the day when Sue Swenson’s 260,815 stock options vest with Sage UK according to this company announcement of June 17, 2008.

Sue Swenson joined Sage in 2008 after a surprise 2007 management restructuring that saw a number of Sage executives ousted. In her almost three years at Sage she appeared to be largely batting cleanup and did not take a central visible role in communicating to Sage’s channel or in meeting with the VAR community. Other Sage VARS described Swenson as a slightly reclusive CEO who appeared focussed on the job at hand rather than mingling with the Sage channel.

As near as we could tell Swenson was brought in to create an organizational structure where the various business units could exist on their own if needed. Other than an annual appearance at the Sage Insights conference (now Summit) few consultants or VARS reported much interaction with Swenson. She was rarely spoken about by other Sage employees. Her lack of integration with Sage’s channel partners appeared unusual given that Sage repeatedly states their commitment to operating through the use of business partners.

During Sage events, most notably at 2009 Presidents Circle, Swenson did not play any role and was barely mentioned from the podium save for when employees were questioned about her absence.

Her departure announcement follows that of Jodi Uecker-Rust who left in October 2010 after spending about a year at Sage running their biggest North American division. Prior to Sage Jodi Uecker-Rust ran the Great Plains software company as a defacto #2 to company founder Doug Burgum and was also a key employee at Microsoft who architected much fo the Microsoft acquisition of Navision.  While a replacement has been named for Sue there’s not yet any indication of who will replace Jodi Uecker-Rust.

Update 12/3/2010: Seth Fineberg at WebCPA reports that Pascal Houillon will assume leadership of Sage Business Solutions in January 2011.

As for the rest of Sage’s earnings related news –  North America shrank 4% in total revenues (the most of any division) yet held the line at 15% EBITA. Nearly all of Sage hit the 15% mark.

I’m still reading the earnings release report now – you can review here:

http://www.investors.sage.com/news/press_releases/?id=79768

Relevant North America Narrative:

North America

Total revenues in North America contracted 4%* to £549.9m (2009: £575.8m*). Organic revenues contracted 3%* (2009: 8%* contraction) with an organic contraction of 2%* in the second half of the year. Organic subscription revenues declined 2%* (2009: 2%* contraction), while organic software and software-related services revenues fell 9%* (2009: 23%* contraction). In the second half of the year, organic software and software-related services revenues contracted by 4%*, against a contraction of 13%* for the first half of the year.

The business environment for SMEs in North America remains challenging, although we did see some improvement in confidence over the year. Within our North American business we have seen progress across a range of initiatives such as premium support and renewals, cross-sell of payments into our ERP base, the launch of several connected solutions, continued increase in our customer satisfaction and brand awareness scores, and the reinvigoration of our channel partners.

Sage Business Solutions, our largest US division, declined organically by 3%* in the year, and by 1%* in the second half of the year. However, we did see good growth in the second half of the year in certain key products such as Simply, ACCPAC and Sage ERP X3. Our mid-market ERP products are well positioned in the market, with a number of compelling releases planned for 2011. Whilst the US entry-level market remains cautious, we have had success in building our position in the Accountants channel, and Peachtree Business Care premium support contracts now account for almost 50% of Peachtree subscription revenue. Our CRM and construction vertical businesses continued to experience relatively weaker demand for new software, whilst our not for profit business grew strongly. We have launched a number of connected services targeting these markets, for example e-marketing (linked to our CRM solutions) and e-philanthropy for non-profit organisations, and these are showing early positive signs.

Sage Payment Solutions Division saw growth in the number of merchants and spend volumes, but a continued competitive pricing environment. Revenues were therefore flat* in the year. We have diversified our revenue mix by targeting mid-market businesses, which have a longer average customer life than small businesses. With a flexible platform for integration into other Sage products, cross-sell revenues into the Sage base increased by over 70%* to £7.8m, and this remains a substantial future opportunity.

Sage Healthcare Division has continued to see growth in the Intergy product, and a contraction of the Medical Manager product giving an overall contraction of 5%* on an organic basis. We have made significant progress on our customer service, and we continue to see good customer wins for Intergy, although the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) funding is not expected to have an effect until April 2011 onward. To benefit from ARRA, users have to demonstrate meaningful use of Healthcare IT, so we were pleased that in October 2010 Intergy was certified for meeting the requirements for meaningful use. We have launched a new version of Medical Manager in the year which has been very well received by our customers. Our focus remains on serving our Medical Manager customers better, building our brand in the market and positioning Intergy to benefit from ARRA. Sage Healthcare Division’s EBITA† margin showed continued improvement to 20% (2009: 17%*).

The EBITA† margin was 22% (2009: 18%*). The prior year margin excluding restructuring charges was 20%*.

Sue Swenson Out At Sage North America

My Poor T-Mobile Experience – And The Importance Of Taking Ownership Of Customer Problems

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Please if you do nothing else to improve your company’s service – train your employees to take ownership of problems.

Have you ever called in for a question about a customer service issue and the representatives, while helpful, seemed like they couldn’t transfer your phone call quick enough to another department.

I bet those experiences are mis-managed by companies who measure “success” by how quickly a representative can “fix” a problem (aka – get you off the phone or pass you to someone else). These customer service experiences are like one big game of hot potato.

A phone transfer or handoff of the problem to another employee is not a fix for a problem. In some cases it will cause you to lose customers – who leave based on not much more than the poor service that they just experienced.

This recently happened to me at T-Mobile.

I was looking to re-connect a line of service. This should have been a 5 minute slam-dunk for T-Mobile. They would have added another subscribers (since I was a former subscriber it’s even better and they term it a “win back”).

Instead what happened? I was passed from one representative to another — in a circular motion.

Customer service said “hold on you need to speak to activations”. Then when I was passed to activations they said “hold on you need to speak to customer service”.

After two rounds of this I was done.

There are, after all, other cell phone providers offering pretty much the same service using similar phones.

Are you losing customers based on similar poor customer service?

What could T-Mobile have done to improve their service?

1. Have the representative stay on the phone to make sure the transfer happens (it doesn’t hurt to get a callback number in case you’re disconnected).

2. Understand the problem. It shouldn’t be a race to see how quickly you can hit the “transfer” button.

3. Never measure customer satisfaction based on how many calls per day a representative handles. Measuring speed only provides incentive to pass the problem off to someone else regardless of the customer outcome.

Are any of these had to implement? Would they take hours and hours of re-training for your staff?

No.

Are your employees empowered to take ownership of a problem (from start to finish) as opposed to passing the problem to another employee?

If not, why not?

T-Mobile Poor Customer Service

How To Make Money Using LinkedIn

Bill Kizer has just posted a great set of tips for better utilizing LinkedIN and more importantly how to make money from your participation.

Most important of his advice is to keep everything updated, use a profile photo, participate in discussions and make connections.

This 14 minute presentation is part of a discussion he facilitated at a recent group meeting. Bill went back and recorded the presentation for the benefit of all who may have questions about using LinkedIN.

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via: Bill Kizer and LinkedIn

My Top MAS90 Web LInks

Here are some of my top MAS90 and MAS200 accounting software links that I use every day to support clients. Some of these you may have seen before. Some may be new to you.

I’ll break them down into two categories – those requiring login and those which don’t.

MAS90 & MAS200 Links Requiring a Login

Sage MAS90 Support Center – use this link to look up your company information such as installation keys, open support cases, products owned, etc.

You’ll want access to this site if you are installing your own upgrades (which require that you have a list of serial number, activation code, etc). Login here (you must have a valid Sage Basic Maintenance support plan) and you can download the information to your heart’s content.

MAS90 & MAS200 Links Not Requiring a Login

MAS90 support knowledgebase – aka InfoSource - This loophole may eventually be closed however clicking this link (which is a link that will come up in some Google searches as well) brings you to the Sage MAS90 Knowledgebase. Next time you receive a MAS90 or MAS200 error code head here and research the resolution. This is my most used link as I’m constantly looking to see if an issue that one of my client’s is experiencing has been reported by Sage. No login required (for now). Happy searching.

New threads in the Sage MAS90 Community forums – view the new threads that users and consultants have started and/or commented on. Login is only required if you want to post a message – otherwise lurk to your hearts content. A great way to obtain an early warning on any issues that end users are discussion.

What’s New In MAS90? Chronicle of Enhancements Since Version 3.50. I’m constantly asked by clients to share what’s new in their MAS90 upgrade. The problem is that every client is using a different version of the software and I always have trouble remember which enhancement was added to which version. Sending this link allows them to review all the features added since MAS90 3.50!

MAS90 Upgrade Tip Of The Day: Load Your Hot Fixes

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Here’s a quick tip as we enter the busy year end time.

When you are upgrading your MAS90 or MAS200 ERP software – be sure that after you install the latest product updates that you go back to this chart and download all the hot fixes.

Sage issues one product update (the last was product update 3 dated 9/27/10) which contain a whole slew of new features as well as bug fixes (read about the MAS90 & MAS200 product update 3 features here).

What many users who self-install the product updates don’t realize is that Sage does not automatically keep the product update bundle updated for any subsequent fixes.

So if you install Product Update 3 and there’s a bug fix issued you must manually add that fix (termed a Hot Fix) to your system.

The first thing you’ll want to do is read here about how to tell which MAS90 hot fixes have already been installed.

Then navigate online to this link and download any (or all) of the hot fixes you deem required.

Sage ERP MAS 90 & MAS 200: 2010 Year End FAQ – Payroll, 1099

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Sage Software have just published their 2010 year end frequently asked questions about payroll and 1099 processing. This 6 page guide contains answers to the following questions:

1. Do I need to download the 2010 Interim Release Download (IRD)?

2. Do I need to download the 2010 IRD if I’m using the Federal and State eFiliing and Reporting feature?

3. When will the year end Sage EPR MAS 90 and MAS 200 Federal and State eFiling and Reporting updates be available?

4. When will the year end Tax Table Update (TTU) and Interim Release Download (IRD) for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 be available?

5. Will I be required to print my W-3 on the red, preprinted form when using Federal and State eFiling and Reporting?

6. How will the year end Tax Table Update (TTU) and Interim Release Download (IRD) for Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 be made available to Customers, Business Partners or Sage Accountants Network members?

7. I do not have access to the Internet from my Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 server. How can I obtain the year end Interim Release Download program update and TTU to install them on my server?

8. How can I obtain the TTU or IRD if I do not own a current Subscription plan?

9. I’ve never been to Sage MAS Supprot, and I don’t know if anyone else from my company has either. What do I do to get a login and access the information I need?

10. After I downloaded the TTU and IRD, do I install it on my workstation or on my server?

11. We file Local Withholding Tax on our W-2s and we’re using Federal and State eFiling and Reporting, what extra steps do I need to take?

12. What changes were applied to the Electronic Reporting Module?

13. Previously, I’ve filed employees W-2′s via Magnetic Media. Are there any changes?

14. I’m supposed to electronically file my W-2s in the EFW2 format, so why does Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 show a MMREF-1 format?

15. For companies who must print 1099 forms, are changes required this year?

16. I was formerly required to file Form 1099′s via Magnetic Media, but now need to file 1099′s via Electronic Reporting using the Internet. What do I need to know?

17. Where can I find information on how to do year end processing for any module?

18. Where can I purchase W-2 and 1099 forms 100% compatible with my Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 software?

19. I have an Extended Solution enhancement. Will I need to update it after installing the 2010 Interim Release Download?

20. I am using Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.45 and need to file 1099s. What do I need to do?

21. Does the IRD contain changes to Payroll to support the Qualified Employee Reporting as allowed by the HIRE Act?

22. What is new in eFiling and Reporting this year?

23. Will the IRD be included in a Product Update or Service Update?

Sage MAS 90 and 200 2010 Year End FAQs 11-15-10

Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL Overview and Available Modules

Last week I picked up on a Tweet from Alok Tyagi who is the VP of R&D for Sage North America and responsible for their mid-market enterprise products. He announced that MAS 200 4.5 RDB (aka MAS200 SQL) has been RTM.

RTM is not-so-secret code for “Release To Manufacturing” – aka being done and ready to ship.

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In honor of the RTM of Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL v4.5 – Sage has issued a one page capabilities brochure that officially outlines the modules which will be available in the SQL release.

As expected the available modules include those from Sage which are already at the 4.x standards. The complete list is:

Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Bank Reconciliation
General Ledger
Crystal Reports
Custom Office
eBusiness Web Services
Paperless Office
Visual Integrator
Bar Code
Bill of Materials
Credit Card Processing
Inventory Management
Purchase Order
Return Merchandise Authorization
Sales Order
Sales Tax by Avalara
StarShip Freight
StarShip Parcel

The full brochure is availabe below:

Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL Overview and Available Modules

Sage LInkedIn Group Meeting: Irvine CA November 18, 2010

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The popular Sage LinkedIN Group (over 3,000 members and growing) has scheduled a free meeting to be held Thursday November 18, 2010 at 4pm  in the Sage Irvine California offices.

The formal speaker list has yet to be rolled out though typically Sage provides a speaker or two to answer questions from those in attendance. Bill Kizer, the group’s founder, is coordinating the sessions. Questions or suggestions for agenda items can be sent to him via email.

Sage LinkedIn Meeting – November 18, 2010

DSD Business Systems Office Location Map

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Schulz Consulting is a Connecticut office location for DSD Business Systems.  Combined our group represents the entire Sage Software catalog of products ranging from Sage MAS 90, MAS 200, Accpac, MAS 500, ABRA, FAS, MIP, Businessworks and more.

Having this nationwide partner network allows us to service many different states while maintaining our local office. We rely upon a skilled network of 26 individual office locations spread out through the following cities and states:

Fairfield, CA
Fresno, CA
Huntington Beach, CA
Long Beach, CA
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
Torrance, CA
Campbellville, Ontario
Markham, Ontario
Winnipeg, MB
Denver, CO
Glastonbury, CT
Watertown, CT
Washington, DC
Kennesaw, GA
Johnston, IO
Baltimore, MD
Duluth, MN
Springfield, MO
Omaha, NB
Lancaster, PA
Langhome, PA
Yakima, WA

How To Recover A Lost MAS90 PC Charge Password

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Today I had a client who lost both the MANAGER and SYSTEM passwords for their Verifone PC Charge credit card processing. This is the server software that integrates to MAS 90 and MAS 200 and provides credit card processing.

OBSERVATION: In many cases a better credit card processing solution is Sage Payment Solutions. Clients have found the rates are competitive. But what many people don’t realize (and it’s a BIG bonus) is that if you use Sage’s Payment Solutions you can also implement the embedded credit card processing as opposed to having to load and maintain a separate PC Charge system (My contact at Sage Payment is Rob Ullman – rullmann@sagepayments.com).

However this post is about recovering a lost PC Charge password – so here’s how. Unfortunately it requires a call to Verifone ((877) 659-8981 ) and using one of your support cases.

TIP: I strongly recommend that you subscribe to the VERIFONE support plan (cost of $139 per year) or you must first call into Sage technical support (which unless your issue is a connection to MAS problem will be a complete waste of time in my experience). All that Sage will do is spend an hour troubleshooting followed by another hour trying to figure out who to call at Verifone. Skip this time wasting effort in frustration and just pay VERIFONE the $139 and then you can call direct and skip the cumbersome middleman. Obviously if you have a problem connecting Sage MAS to PC Charge then start with Sage first — however if your issue is with PC Charge (setup of new merchants, connectivity, cryptic PC Charge messages) then skip Sage and subscribe to VERIFONE.

Within PC Charge two main password types control functionality as follows:

SYSTEM – Allows you to add/change users (including password changes)
MANAGER – Provides access to cashier functions.

These are the two basic accounts. Naturally you may have other accounts that you’ve created on your PC Charge setup.

Here’s The Procedure For Retrieving a Lost PC Charge Password

Verifone sends you a security.pcc file with a special password. This file is tied to your PC Charge serial number so don’t get any ideas that you’ll be unlocking other PC Charge systems with it. If it’s running, shut down PC Charge. Copy and drop the file into the ACTIVE -CHARGE folder on your server.

Verifone emails you a password. Enter in the special password (it’s on the email header and in the email body) once to get access to the CASHIER area. From there you can unlock and change passwords (TIP: if you don’t know the password for the MANAGER — which you probably don’t — just double click the MANAGER name and PC Charge displays a dialog box that contains a blanked out password. It’s going to look filled in but type over it and give it a new password).

General PC Charge Password Rules:

At least 7 characters
One cap
One special
One number

You’ll be prompted every 90 days for a new password – have client write down…..

Sage BusinessWorks 2011 Guide

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Hot off the presses it’s the Sage BusinessWorks 2011 Release Guide from Sage. This 8 page PDF provides a summary of the newest features in Sage’s small business accounting system.

The latest release can be downloaded by those customers active in a Sage Clientcare plan.

Notable new features include:

- Cash receipts simplified posting
- Less scrolling in Bank Reconciliation and Bank Deposits.
- Shortcut access even when the Welcome Screen is turned off.
- Print Pick Tickets right from the Maintain Sales Order screen.
- Expanded direct deposit distributions.

Sign up for a sneak peak at the new release of Sage BusinessWorks 2011 on October 27, 2010 at 11am PT or December 16, 2010 at 1pm PT. ( Register )

Sage BusinessWorks 2011

Sage Common Payroll Announced For MAS200 SQL, MAS500, ABRA, ERP X3 and ACCPAC

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Sage today made official that they’ll be rolling out a common payroll based on their SData communication protocol. This common payroll fills a hole in the Sage MAS 200 SQL release (due November 2010) where legacy (non 4.x standard modules which include payroll) cannot be used with the MAS 200 SQL release.

By creating a common payroll solution Sage hopes to cut down development costs that are soaring as the government continues to change employer tax laws. Each change in tax law requires Sage to update payroll (usually at the very end of the year when everyone is busiest), test the changes, and quickly distribute those upgrades to end users.

Under the Sage Common Payroll initiative the ACCPAC SQL Payroll will be used by at least four Sage products (ABRA SQL v10.1, MAS500 v7.3, ERP X3 v6.1, MAS200 SQL 4.45).

Integration levels will vary depending upon product with only Accpac and ABRA receiving level 3 or very robust integration.

Here’s Sage’s Official Announcement:

Common Payroll is the Sage ERP Accpac payroll module which has been enhanced to become a best-of-breed SQL Server-based payroll that can serve the needs of many of our Sage North America customers. With over 4000 payroll customers in the US and Canada, the Sage ERP Accpac payroll module has a strong track record of providing value to small and medium sized businesses.

Using Sage ERP Accpac payroll as the foundation and the new common sData communication protocol to facilitate connectivity, the new Common Payroll module will offer the tightest level of integration possible between payroll and all of our ERP solutions.

How will a Common Payroll support Sage’s strategy to maximize our assets and reduce redundancies? One example lies in the hundreds of new tax changes that are mandated each year. In 2009 there were more than 200 changes released and that number is expected to increase in 2010. To keep on top of these changes, Sage spends a great deal of money each year to maintain our 12 unique payroll modules, and in some cases, multiple versions for each product. Imagine how much we could accomplish by removing this redundancy of effort, provide the updates in a form that could be used by all our products, and instead leverage our resources to provide customers with greater value, such as new connected services. And because the payroll-related connected services such employee benefit services would only need to be developed once, it would mean they could be made available immediately to all our customers with little to no incremental effort required by individual product teams.

The Common Payroll initiative also supports our goal for providing an Extraordinary Customer Experience as we focus our efforts on developing a single best-of-breed solution that surpasses the functionality and ease of use found in our current payroll modules. This new, unified payroll module will not only scale as a business grows, but if a customer needs to upgrade to another Sage ERP (enterprise resource planning) product, the payroll data will seamlessly migrate.

Common Payroll integration will soon be on the roadmaps for many of our other products, so stay tuned for details. You can rest assured that the native payroll module will continue to be enhanced, sold and supported for those products where it doesn’t make sense to adopt a common payroll.

The Common Payroll integration is an important step toward achieving our objectives and providing your clients with greater value. Projects like Common Payroll not only generate substantial savings and leverage best practices, but enable us to deliver a common experience to our mutual clients.

Sage Summit Customer Virtual Event Registration Now Live

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Sage Software North America has just opened registration for their online Sage Summit Virtual Event to be held on November 18, 2010 from 10am to 1pm ET. This three hour session features an update from Sue Swenson, CEO Sage North America. In addition those customers attending are being asked to review up to 40 different pitches for sessions that they’d like to see presented at the official Summit 2011 conference in Washington DC July 10-15, 2011.

According to the Sage Summit Virtual Event registration page customers will view brief presentations made by product managers and then vote (How voting works) on whether they’d like to see those presentations made into full sessions to be delivered in July at the Summit Conference.

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Sage Summit is the conference for the Sage community – bringing customers and partners together for the first time ever. The conference will take place July 10-15, 2011, in Washington, DC. This gives you an unprecedented opportunity to interact with customers more closely than ever before.

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The agenda listed by Sage appears to be subject to change as at least one executive listed, Jodi Uecker-Rust, has departed Sage and is not likely to be making an appearance.

Gathering customers together to vote on sessions for an upcoming conference is a new idea for Sage. This is the first time we’ve seen it done and clearly this looks to be a way for Sage to continue to test the virtual conferencing waters.  Sage previously hosted a Connecting The Dots virtual exhibit on September 28 which seemed to use similar online conference technology.

If you’re a Sage customer who is on the fence about attending Sage Summit 2011 in Washington DC – this is a good way for you to get a feel for and vote on some of the topics that would be covered at the full conference in July 2011.

More From The Sage Site:

To provide a robust education experience, Sage customers are invited to attend a complimentary virtual event on Thursday, November 18, where they can preview a sampling of the sessions, vote on the topics, and share their thoughts on how we can make Summit 2011 really work for them. Registration is now open, so be sure to spread the word about this one of a kind opportunity your customers won’t want to miss!

Sage Summit Virtual Event Registration – November 18, 2010

MAs90 Tip: How To Use The New Bank Reconciliation Posting To GL Feature

Since Sage have moved to using Product Updates for quarterly updates and fixes they’ve also doubled down on adding new features into the product.

Product Update 3 — aka PU3 — adds an ability to post Bank Reconciliation transactions from Bank Reconciliation module into the General Ledger. Amazingly up until no the Bank Reconciliation would not support posting of adjustments entered into that module back into the General Ledger.

That’s all changed and my friend Robert Wood at DDF Consulting in sunny Florida has all the details on how it works.

Post GL Bank Fees and Adjustments From Bank Rec in Sage MAS 90 / MAS 200 | DDF Consulting.

Sage Simply Accounting Users Are Smarter According To Survey

Sage Canada recently conducted a survey  which was a followup to their 2009 Angus Reid-Sage survey on ‘financial literacy’.

The 27-question Small Business Survey, conducted in September and October 2010, was designed to examine the financial state of Canadian small businesses by focusing on their level of ‘financial literacy’ and assessed Sage Simply Accounting customers’ comfort level with financial management and how they manage their finances, obtain financial information and manage their businesses in compliance with government requirements.

Other highlights of the Sage Simply Accounting Small Business Survey include:

  • Seventy per cent of respondents said they have been negatively
    affected by the economic downturn, with 14 per cent calling the
    negative impact ‘dramatic.’
  • The activities that Sage Simply Accounting customers and business
    owners are most comfortable with are dealing with clients (79%) and
    suppliers (78%), while they were least comfortable with managing sales
    and marketing (67%).
  • The majority of small business owners perform financial management
    tasks in-house, with invoicing/billing (91%), payroll (75%) and
    accounting (70%) being the most common tasks completed by themselves or someone else in their company.
  • Nearly half (46%) of Sage Simply Accounting customers promptly include
    announced tax code changes into their financial plans for the coming
    year in comparison to less than one-third of respondents in 2009. In
    addition, only one-third of Sage Simply Accounting customers wait
    until they file their tax return to see what effect tax code changes
    had on their taxes versus 69 per cent of respondents in 2009.

Survey Indicates Sage Simply Accounting Customers Are Less Likely to Be Concerned With Government Compliance; More Financially Savvy Than the Average Small Business Owner.

Results of the survey will be further discussed October 20 2010 at Sage Simply Accounting’s Small Business Thought Leadership Panel and at the October 21, 2010 Simply Partnership 2010 conference for Sage Accountant’s Network members.

via Not Surprisingly, More Than Half of Canadian Small Businesses Report That Their Business Success Hinges on Getting Paid in an Efficient Manner – MarketWatch.

Sage MAS Community Forums Latest New Posts

Did you know that Sage has an online community where both consultants and end users can ask questions, share answers and mingle?

If you haven’t checked it out – you should register for a free login name. You do not have to be a Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 user to obtain a name. Some of the brightest minds — both users and consultants — regularly visit to ask and answer technical questions.

One link that I have saved on my toolbar is below.

When clicked it will take you directly to a list of new messages posted for the day – no login is required. It’s an easy way to keep an eye on what users are talking about with regards to a new Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 release.

If you use an RSS reader you can even connect to the site via this link (rss feed) so that can view new topics in your favorite RSS reader (I recommend Google Reader).

All Topics – Sage MAS Community Forums.or subscribe via RSS

Moving MAS90 Paperless Office Files

If you’re moving the location of your existing Sage MAS90 or MAS200 accounting system – don’t forget that you will also need to move any related paperless office PDF files.

And dragging and dropping those files won’t work. You have to make sure that MAS 90 or MAS 200 both knows the new location (updated in paperless maintenance) and that each paperless office document record is updated with new location data.

Luckily Sage provides a way to do this via the viewer menu (other methods seem to be hit or miss and the viewer move is what’s always worked best for me).

Here’s a document that one of my 90 Minds group members uncovered and it’s the procedure that I’ve had the most luck with on version 4.3+ of MAS90.

Paperless Office Move Directions

via: 90Minds Consulting Group

What’s New In The Latest MAS90 – MAS200 Upgrade or Product Update?

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One of the frequent questions that users of MAS90 and MAS200 will have prior to upgrading is “what’s changed?”. It’s a pretty common — and smart — question that you’ll want the answer to prior to installing either a major upgrade (moving up a point or full version) or a product update.

Major upgrades are considered to be any that move you up a version of the software. For example moving from MAS90 3.71 to 4.40 would be a major upgrade since during the move you also have pretty significant changes to General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Sales Order, Inventory, RMA, Purchase Order and Bank Reconciliation.

Once you reach level 4.40 then the upgrades will start to be intermingled with what Sage terms Product Updates.

In theory these Product Updates are user installable collections of both product fixes and new features. Presently Sage have released three product updates for MAS90 4.4 (Product Update or PU 1,2,3).

Curious about what’s been added in each version of these upgrades or updates? Sage embeds a web link within the latest version of MAS90 4.4. However if you’ve not yet installed the upgrade then you may have some trouble locating the link to answer your “what’s new” questions.

Therefor you can use the link below to navigate directly to the web page chronicling every enhancement added to MAS 90 from version 3.50 to 4.40 Product Update 3.

MAS90 Enhancements

Suggest A MAS90 or MAS200 Enhancement

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Do you have an idea for an improvement that you’d like to make to Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 accounting software. If you have your MAS 90/200 system already opened then you can use the link that’s included in the Information Center – Tell Us What You Think.

Or if you’re like me and the ideas often come to you when you are not in front of your MAS 90 system then use the link below to travel to the Sage site that accepts enhancement requests.

Suggest a MAS90 enhancement to Sage

MAS 90 Address Cleanup Utility: Convert Mixed Case To All Upper or Lower Case

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If you’ve ever had more than one person manage the entry of customers and vendor addresses then you may have run into an issue where the address block is partly capitalized.

For example you may notice that the name and street address are in lowercase while the city and state portion are in all uppercase. This might be because Sage performs an automatic lookup on the city/state based on the zip code you enter. When the city and state information is found it will be inserted to your system using either all uppercase or mixed (upper and lower) — depending upon the option you set.

The problem that can occur is when the person doing the data entry is entering a customer or vendor address in all capital letters while the zip code lookup is filling the city/state information in mixed case (or vice versa).

Luckily as Brett Zimmerman from my 90 Minds Consulting Group points out — there is a fix! Check the link below for the directions and utility (included free with MAS 90 and MAS 200) to correct the address capitalizations in MAS 90 or MAS 200.

MAS90 Address Capitalization Utility

Sage Summit Virtual Event – November 18

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I’ve no idea how you sign up for this virtual event however I finally spotted a link to the information that Sage is emailing announcing a November 18 virtual gathering of customers. In case you’ve missed the news this year Sage customers and partners will come together in one united conference down in Washington DC. Looks as if this virtual gathering, which comes on the heels of Sage’s Connecting the Dots virtual trade show, is intended for customers and will provide a sneak peek at some content and an option to vote on which sessions should be featured at the conference.

Here’s part of the announcement:

Sage Summit is the conference for the Sage community—bringing customers and partners together for the first time ever. The conference will take place July 12 – 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. This gives you an unprecedented opportunity to interact with customers more closely than ever before.

In order to provide a robust education experience, Sage customers will be invited to attend a complimentary virtual event on November 18th where they can preview a sampling of the sessions, VOTE on the topics and share their thoughts on how we can make Summit 2011 really work for them. So be sure to spread the word about this one of a kind opportunity your customers won’t want to miss!

Sage Summit Virtual Event
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Via: Blytheco

Jodi Uecker-Rust Out At Sage

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This morning we noticed a huge spike in search traffic centered around the name “Jodi Uecker-Rust”. Just as I was about to send out emails trying to see if there may be some personnel changes at Sage North America news broke that the President of Sage Business Solutions, Jodi Uecker-Rust has left the company for personal reasons.

So far as I can tell this news hadn’t leaked in advance of the announcement although we spotted search traffic picking up around Jodi’s name based on the post we’d done questioning why she was only an interim leader when she joined Sage back in February 2009.

Jodi is what could be termed a “heavy hitter” in the world of accounting software. She spent her career working first for Great Plains Software and ultimately Microsoft (who acquired Great Plains). For a period of time she was very widely considered to be the # 2 in command behind former Great Plains leader Doug Burgum. Jodi was a key player in the acquisition of Navision by Microsoft and even moved her family overseas for a period of time to oversee the deal. She retired early from Microsoft in 2004 to devote time to some non-profit organizations that she was involved in.

In an email sent to the channel by Paul Johnson, EVP Sage Business Solutions and Tom Miller, VP Channel Management – the departure is stated as for “personal reasons”. Both Tom and Paul go on to say that a replacement is expected to be named for Jodi in the near future.

Strangely the notice of such a key departure doesn’t come from Sue Swenson, CEO but rather from executives who reported to Jodi. I have an email into the folks at Sage Public Relations and will update this post as more information is available.

Update from Sage PR -

To get directly to your question, the message came from Paul and Tom because they have been the principal senior-level communication links to the business partner community so we felt that they were the appropriate ones to inform the partners in this case, too. I hope that helps to clarify.

Text of Jodi Uecker-Rust Departure Letter As President Sage Business Solutions – 10-5-2010:

Thank you for being a valued business partner and for your commitment to Sage.

I joined Sage for numerous reasons that were important to me…the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, the exposure to new learning, and the challenge to grow both personally and professionally. Yet at the core of that decision was my knowledge that you, our dedicated partners, were indeed the cornerstone of our past and future success, and that Sage is fully committed to that partnership.

Over the past 20 years I have always believed and passionately supported the fact that you are the key to ensuring customer success. This week I will be departing Sage continuing to believe in you and your entrepreneurial spirit. Please know it is a bittersweet decision for me to leave Sage at this time when the momentum is clearly positive; but for personal reasons, it is the right time.

We are fortunate at Sage that we have “partners” in our blood, and I am confident in the knowledge that the Sage leadership team will continue to partner with you for long term success.

Thank you again for your commitment to Sage, congratulations on a successful year, and best wishes for an even brighter year ahead.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

Applianz and ScionASP for MAS 90 and MAS 200

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For some users the thought of purchasing, configuring, maintaining their own in-house servers is a nightmare. Smaller companies without IT departments and divisions of large companies often look to outsource or host their server infrastructure – engaging a third party to either rent them a server off-sit or to provide them with an all-in-one box that promises low or no maintenance.

Applianze and ScionASP are two solutions available for remote hosting of Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200. This nice update was shared by Brett Zimmerman of my 90Minds group. While the data is a few years old Brett has many helpf comments from his reasearch that he’s shared.

Use the information from these notes as your starting point in doing your research. Remember the pricing is from a year or so ago and some of the answers to Brett’s questions may have changed however the notes will serve as a nice starting point for anyone researching a hosted MAS 90 solution.

Hosted MAS 90 Options

MAS 90 Hot Fixes Now Log Their Status

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When you install product updates to your Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 the system automatically keeps track of which update you’ve installed. To view this information simply select “Help” and “About” from your menu.

Up until now tracking the status of minor patches, aka hot fixes, has been problematic. There’s not been an easy way to know if someone has loaded a certain fix to your system.

While you could compare program file dates between systems and track down changes that way – most people find that procedure too cumbersome.

Now Sage will create a folder — \mas90\home\hot fix into which it will insert separate text files for each hot fix that someone has installed. The file will have the HFT extension and be named with the reference ID of the hotfix itself. In each text file you can view the exact program that was replaced/modified enabling you to verify exactly which fixes have been loaded along with the product update.

via: 90 Minds consulting Group

What’s New In Sage MAS 90 V4.4 Product Update (PU) 3?

Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 Product Update 3 has arrived. It was first made available on September 27 in Sage’s online support area. At the time there was no “what’s new” documentation to accompany it so it wasn’t readily apparently what — if anything — was in fact new to this product update.

Here are the highlights of this new MAS90 product update:

- Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 now compatible with Microsoft Office 2010

- Enhancements to Bank Reconciliation enable users to enter adjustments in Bank Reconciliation and have them flow to the General Ledger directly from the Check, Deposit and Adjustment Entry screens and from the Reconcile Bank screen.

- Security events for Bank Reconciliation – In Role Maintenance – “Allow Updating of Registers From Preview” has been added for the Bank Reconciliation Transaction Register. Also an option “Allow Access to the Select for G/L Posting Settings for Deposit and Adjustment Entries” have also been added as options for the Bank Reconciliation module.

- Paperless Office Options for Bank Reconciliation – Choose to print Bank Reconciliation Report and Bank Reconciliation Transaction Register by specific bank codes or by all bank codes. These reports can now use Paperless Office (print to PDF).

For a full list of the what’s new – check out the PDF below or visit Sage

If you are using Sales Order Entry and comment lines – then be sure to read about the bug that my 90 Minds Consulting Group discovered. Sage say’s they’re working on a fix. Users of Sales Order should consult their Sage Business Partner prior to installing PU 4 — and if their partner has no clue that there’s a bug – send ‘em here.

.Whats New Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 440 PU3 – Sept 2010

TrueCommerce Acquired By HighJump Software

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TrueCommerce a provider of EDI translation software (Transaction Manager Desktop and Transaction Manager Online) announced today that they’ve been acquired by Eden Prairie Minnesota-based HighJump Software.

TrueCommerce indicated in a lengthy Frequently Asked Questions section on their web site that none of their 3,000 users will experience a disruption in service.

HighJump Software has just gone through a management change in the past year. In April 2010 former Healthvision Software CEO Russell Fleischer was named its new chief executive replacing Timothy Campbell who had held the post since June 2008.

Since 2005 HighJump had been a part of 3M until being sold in 2008 to Battery Ventures, a technology venture capital and private equity firm. At the time of the sale they were listed as having 350 employees.  Presently the company’s LinkedIn project lists 253 employees.

HighJump Software to Acquire TrueCommerce

HighJump Software to add trading partner integration software and network to existing supply chain management suite

September 27, 2010

Minneapolis, MN – September 27, 2010 – Today, HighJump Software announced it has reached agreement to acquire TrueCommerce, a provider of business-to-business integration solutions. TrueCommerce provides a comprehensive end-to-end suite of trading partner connectivity solutions including EDI translation and data mapping software, transaction network and on-boarding services. TrueCommerce solutions enable trading partner connectivity for 3,000 customers, features predefined integration to many major ERP systems and can be deployed in either SaaS or on-premise models.

The TrueCommerce trading partner integration solution complements HighJump Software’s existing supply chain application suite which spans from supplier to store shelf and includes warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales and ERP data collection. Trading partner collaboration is increasingly important as organizations strive to reduce costs and improve service levels. By combining integration solutions with application functionality, organizations are able to ensure consistency in business processes and accuracy of information exchanged with trading partners.

“TrueCommerce has filled a unique need in the market for simple, robust and affordable EDI solutions for small and midsized businesses,” commented Nick Manolis, TrueCommerce CEO. “I am excited for the TrueCommerce team to join HighJump, while continuing to provide excellent service, support and product innovation to our customers.”

“Combining HighJump and TrueCommerce creates a unique and compelling solution offering within the supply chain software market,” said Russell Fleischer, HighJump Software CEO. “Our view is that supply chain applications must allow users to connect with a broad ecosystem of trading partners to maximize value. The TrueCommerce solution platform, and our previous move to cloud-based applications, will help translate this vision into reality for our customers.”

About HighJump Software, Inc.
HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. More than 1,500 customers worldwide have transformed their supply chains using HighJump Software. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales and ERP data collection. Functionally rich and highly adaptable HighJump Software solutions support growing and evolving businesses in distribution, food and beverage, 3PL, retail, healthcare and consumer goods industries.

About TrueCommerce, Inc.
TrueCommerce, Inc. provides everything needed to fully implement EDI from one source. Since 1995, our mission has been to make EDI painless by providing a comprehensive, end-to-end EDI solution that is easy to use, robust, and affordable. TrueCommerce is recognized as the exclusively endorsed EDI solution for use with Sage’s financial applications and has earned Microsoft’s highest standard for partner-developed software solutions. Additionally, TrueCommerce is the only EDI solution selected by Intuit as a Preferred Solution for QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. The TrueCommerce award-winning solutions are used by small and mid-size businesses to exchange tens of millions of EDI transactions annually within a variety of industries including retail, banking, healthcare and government. Signal Hill Updata acted as sole financial advisor to TrueCommerce in this transaction.

HighJump is a trademark of HighJump Software Inc. Other names and trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Media Contact:
Chad Collins
Vice President, Marketing & Strategy
952.563.5256
chad.collins@highjump.com

via: Telesis Consulting – Denver Colorado Sage MAS 90, Open Systems and QuickBooks Enterprise

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Sage Payment Services Receives Final PCI-DSS Certification Paperwork

Sage Payment Services had officially completed all their credit card compliance testing well in advance of the July 1, 2010 deadline for the software to be certified. However due to backlogs in processing paperwork the final certification documents had been pending.

Here is the latest certification – as of 9/4/2010 – showing Sage Payments as PCI-DSS compliance. If needed print the following and provide it to anyone requesting proof that your Sage Payment Services credit card processing is PCI-DSS compliant.

Note: If you have trouble viewing the PDF below use this link to download the VISA PCI-DSS document.

PCI Compliance FAQ

Sage Saleslogix OnTheGo – Remote Access To SalesLogix 7.2

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Sage partner Net@Work has released a new remote application for iPhone and Android smartphone users. This version 1 release initially allows for read only access to your SalesLogix 7.2 CRM data. Future versions will open up full read/write capabilities.

The first release of Sage SalesLogix OnTheGo is available for free in the iPhone App Store.

Sage SalesLogix OnTheGo – iPhone and Android Remote Access to SalesLogix 7.2

Decimal Place Precision For MAS 90 & MAS 200 4.4

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Is 4 digit decimal precision too small for your company? With the recent decision by Sage to discontinue Extended Solutions your alternatives are to either live with less precision – or review solutions from third party developers (Extended Solutions Preferred Providers).

DSD Business Systems is one such provider. Last night I noticed they’re offering the following Extended Solutions with no additional upgrade fee (beyond regular maintenance):

BM-1005 – Expanded Mask for Quantity/Cost – $960 (subsequent maintenance = $265)
IM-1114 - Expanded Numeric Mask for Price/Cost/Quantity (subsequent maintenance = $265)
IM-1115 – Six Decimal Precision for Inventory (subsequent maintenance = $265)
PO-1085 – Six Decimal Precision for Purchase Order (subsequent maintenance = $265)
WO-1015 – Extended Decimal Precision in Work Order (subsequent maintenance = $265 )
WO-1016 – Six Decimal Precision in Work Order (subsequent maintenance = $ 265)

DSD Business Systems is also offering the same bundled pricing previously offered by Sage on these Decimal Precision Extended Solution Bundles:

DP-1000 – IM-1114, IM-1115, PO-1085 – $ 2,030 (subsequent maintenance = $535)
DP-1001 – BM-1005, BM-1078 – $1,460 (subsequent maintenance – $265)
DP-1002 – WO-1015, WO-1016 – $1,460 (subsequent maintenance – $ 265)

The following parts are listed as obsolete:

BM-1078 – obsolete as of v4.4 since Bill of Materials for MAS 90 and MAS 200 already uses 6 decimals in v4.4
SO-1160 – obsolete after MAS 90 v4.05

Sage MAS Intelligence Delivery To End Users – Now Due October 2010

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I just caught a post made by Jacqueline Li, Product Manager at Sage North America, updating the shipping status of the Sage ERP MAS Intelligence.

According to Jacqueline the Sage consultants and end users can download this directly from Sage Software Online (login required) and obtain registration codes from their online company project (also available within the Sage Software Online site).

End users should expect that mail notifications will be received in the month of October 2010 with full instructions on how to download the Sage MAS Intelligence (aka SMI).

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Sage eFiling FAQ – August 2010

An updated list of Sage’s Frequently Asked Questions about their eFiling service.

This convenience service is included in all versions of Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.3 and higher. It enables the printing of many tax forms to plain paper and for an added fee Sage will electronically file many of your payroll tax forms.

Sage ERP MAS 90 & MAS 200 Roadmap – August 2010

Sage Act! 2011 Ships! (video)

Here’s an interesting video from Sage that shows the final release version of Sage Act! 2011 Contact Manager being set for shipment. Larry Ritter, Senior VP and GM, Global Product Development and Marketing, Sage CRM Solutions kicks off the video with an introduction which then follows a surprisingly large number of Sage employees as they prepare Act! 2011 for shipment.

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Full Press Release:

Sage ACT! 2011 Contact & Customer Manager Makes New Smart Tasks And List Building Services Available To Small And Midsized Business Users

Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, powered by Hoover’s™, is latest Sage Connected Service

09.01.2010 – Sage North America today announced the new Sage ACT! 2011 contact and customer manager featuring new smart task automation for frequent activities such as sales opportunity and contact follow up. Sage ACT! 2011 includes numerous ease of use improvements and full synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook® contacts and calendar items. Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, a list-building subscription service powered by Hoover’s, also debuts as the latest Sage Connected Services offering for small and midsized businesses.

“Sage ACT! 2011 builds on the momentum created with last year’s edition,” explains Brent Leary, small business technology analyst and principal of CRM Essentials. “Sage Business Info Services for ACT! is a great connected services addition to Sage E-marketing for ACT!. Importing prospect lists from Hoover’s database of 85 million contacts directly into Sage ACT! streamlines the lead gathering process and works nicely with new smart task capabilities so users can further automate common sales and marketing tasks.”

New Sage ACT! 2011 features and enhancements include:

• Smart Tasks to automate common marketing, sales and support activities with standard and customizable templates. Smart tasks integrate with the Sage E-marketing for ACT! subscription service so users can add prospects to automated drip marketing email campaigns, track open and click through rates and send welcome messages to new customers, among other capabilities.

• Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, a list-building subscription service, to import targeted prospect lists from Hoover’s into Sage ACT! and help users identify new selling opportunities. Sage ACT! users in the U.S. and Canada can access 65 million companies and 85 million contacts to build lists based on location, company size, title and industry among other criteria.

• Microsoft Outlook synchronization to sync Sage ACT! contacts and calendar items with those in Outlook. Data is updated in both locations regardless of where contacts were created or edited. Users control what data is synced back and forth.

• Additional enhancements include direct import from Excel®, a re-designed welcome page with instructional videos and compatibility with Microsoft® Office 2010 and Firefox®.
Sage Connected Services:

Sage is delivering web-based connected services that enhance the productivity of customers’ on-premise software experience. In addition to Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, other subscription-based Sage Connected Services available for use with Sage ACT! include Sage E-marketing for ACT! to help design, automate and track email campaigns, and ACT! Mobile Live for wirelessly synchronizing contact and calendar data with BlackBerry® and Windows Mobile® devices. iPhone® compatibility is planned for later this year.

Sage ACT! is the #1 selling contact and customer manager designed for small businesses and sales teams, and is used by over 2.8 million individuals and 56,000 companies worldwide. Sage ACT! is easy to use, priced for the cost-conscious and personalizable so users can organize all the details of their business relationships in one place including recent emails, meeting notes, task reminders and social networking profiles.

Sage ACT! helps users improve marketing effectiveness, attract new customers, and create more value from existing relationships. Complete sales pipeline visibility helps users identify and take action on the most qualified sales opportunities. Sage ACT! integrates with existing business solutions including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Lotus Notes®.

Pricing & Availability

Sage ACT! Pro 2011 is available for $229.99 MSRP (upgrade $169.95 MSRP). Sage ACT! Premium 2011 with Windows® and web client access options, additional security and administration features for teams sharing a central database is $459.99 MSRP (upgrade $299.95 MSRP).

Subscription-based Sage Connected Services include: Sage Business Info Services for ACT! with access levels ranging from free to $54.95 per user, per month; Sage E-marketing for ACT! beginning at $14.95 per user, per month; and ACT! Mobile Live for $10 per user, per month.

There are 70 ACT! Add-on solutions that further extend Sage ACT! 2011 with shipping, project planning, Voice-over-IP and other capabilities available at estore.act.com/.

Sage ACT! products and services are also available from Sage ACT! Certified Consultants listed at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants. For more information call 866-903-0006 or visit www.act.com, www.act.com/facebook, www.act.com/twitter, www.act.com/youtube or http://community.act.com.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.1 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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Certified Consultants are third-party vendors. Sage and its affiliates are in no way liable or responsible for claims made related to the services provided by third-party vendors.

Important Note: Import functions for Sage Business Info Services for ACT! must be performed on the web server when using Sage ACT! Premium (access via web).

Important Note: Sage E-marketing for ACT! is powered by Swiftpage™.

Extended Solutions For MAS 90 and MAS 200 Updated As Of August 2010

DSD Business Systems of San Diego is a Gold Development Partner for Sage Extended Solutions. As such they have access to the source code for the Extended Solutions which Sage have discontinued.

If you’re not familiar with Extended Solutions they are pre-written customizations (sold separately) that once installed work seamlessly within MAS 90 and MAS 200.
For years Extended Solutions were sold directly by Sage and considered to be the “secret sauce” that Sage consultants used when they implemented new systems for customers.

During any ERP software implementation there’s usually a tiny bit of missing functionality that’s needed. For example finding a fixed cost Extended Solution that for example performed ACH Payments for Accounts Payable (not a core MAS 90 feature) was significantly cheaper and easier than hiring a programmer to modify the software to perform that task.

Beginning with version 4.4 of MAS 90 and MAS 200 Extended Solutions will not be sold separately. Instead Sage have taken the list of available solutions and intends to cull out the most popular ones for inclusion in future releases of MAS 90 and MAS 200.
Extended Solutions not selected for inclusion will have their source code made available to a number of select programmers (Preferred Development Partners) so that customers can have their enhancements upgraded.

On August 17, 2010 DSD Business Systems reported their progress on which solutions they’ve already upgraded.

Extended Solutions Recently Released

And they also reported on which solutions are in progress with a “soon to be released” date:

Extended Solutions Currently in Development

What’s New In MAS 90 and MAS 200 v4.0 to 4.4 (PDF)

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Here’s a handy chart outlining the new features of MAS 90 and MAS 200 4.x courtesy of Sage partner Faye Business Solutions of Woodland Hills California.

This two page PDF does a fantastic job of showing exactly what was added to each module in versions 4.0 to 4.4. Download and stash this one in your toolkit so the next time someone asks you what’s been added in differing versions you can provide them with this reference.

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Sage Accountants Network Membership – Free Through 9/30/2010

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Through September 30, 2010 accountants and or bookkeepers providing professional accounting or bookkeeping services for multiple fee-paying clients can join the Sage Accountants Network (aka SAN) for free.

Included is a 5 user copy of Peachtree Quantum (Accountants’ Edition) as well as free online training. For the full run down of what’s included – as well as the coupon code you need to score the freebie – check the link below.

Sage Accountants Network

What Operating Systems are MAS 90 or MAS 200 Compatible With?

One of the top questions that we receive about Sage ERP MAS 90 or MAS 200 is whether the programs are compatible with a certain operating system or not.

Sage North America publishes a series of guides that explicitly detail which operating systems and hardware configurations the supported versions of MAS 90 and MAS 200 will reliably operate with.

These handy guides are updated every few months and rather than post the document – which might be out of date by the time you are reading this post – below are the direct links to the relevant documents:

MAS90 SOFTWARE (See links below for MAS 200)

MAS 90 – Version 3.71 to 4.30

http://goo.gl/7xCB

MAS 90 – Version 4.4+

http://goo.gl/rkjR

MAS 200 SOFTWARE

MAS 200 – Version 3.71 to 4.30

http://goo.gl/hYj8

MAS 200 – Version 4.40+

http://goo.gl/5y0c

via: Wayne Schulz Google Buzz

Sage eFiling FAQ 2010 for Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 [Updated]

Did you know that within all versions of Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 4.3 and higher there is a tool to print tax forms to plain paper – at no additional cost?

And for a small additional fee Sage will electronically file those forms with the federal government.

Sage posted an updated Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 Federal & State eFiling and ReportingFrequently Asked Questions document in their partner file center. The eFiling is a relatively new component of Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 and was added in version 4.30 for all users of the product.

What’s unique (and great) about the eFiling is clients can use this to print forms on plain paper — at no additional cost. There’s only a cost if they want to also have Sage submit (aka eFile) the forms on their company’s behalf.

It appears that Sage have updated their question #7 on this FAQ to include more volume pricing options for those with large numbers of employees. There’s not yet any volume information for 1099 filing which may become more of an issue for our customers if the government lets stand a ruling which in 2012 will require many more 1099 transactions to be reported.

Sage MAS 90 Federal and State e-Filing 2010 FAQ

http://goo.gl/z4tD

How To Install Sage MAS Intelligence for MAS 90 or MAS 200

The training department at Sage North America have just posted another video regarding the new Sage MAS Intelligence reporting tool.

Sage MAS Intelligence is the replacement for FRX Financial Report Writer which Microsoft is terminating support for at the end of next year. FRX had been the recommended financial report writer. With the decision by Microsoft to eliminate their product – the new recommended reporting tool is Sage MAS Intelligence.

Each user of MAS 90 or MAS 200 will receive a free copy of this program along with one user license. Watch for a notification from Sage in the coming weeks that will alert you to the availability of Sage MAS Intelligence.

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Timekeeper for MAS90 – Demo 9/1/2010

Need to track time for multiple users? If you’re a MAS 90 or MAS 200 user with a large number of users who want to track time then the Hightower TimeKeeper solution might be for you.

From the Hightower Site:

Because Timekeeper is fully integrated with your Sage MAS 90 or Sage MAS 200 ERP system, you can process all time/expense entry information into a number of the modules, including Sage MAS 90 Accounts Receivable, Sage MAS 90 Job Cost, Sage MAS 90 Payroll, Sage MAS 90 Sales Order, Time and Billing, and Time and Billing Professional. This level of integration enables you to increase overall efficiency and enhance service to your clients by tracking employee time and expenses for accurate and timely invoicing.

You can enter time/expense data into your Sage MAS 90 or 200 software using the Timekeeper module, the platform independent Timekeeper Entry application, or online via .timekeeper. All of these solutions are available when you install Timekeeper. Choose the best time/expense entry solution for your company. The following list describes each solution.

I’ve had several clients use the system and have found it to be an excellent solution for anyone looking to track time without having to invest in a more expensive time and billing system (which Hightower offers with their Time and Billing Professional for MAS90).

There’s a free online web demonstration scheduled for 9/1/2010 — click here to register or for more information .

MAS 90 4.4 Patch Of The Day: All Account Numbers Change To A New Account Number

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Users of MAS 90 and MAS 200 v4.4 (which includes both product update 1 and 2) should be aware of this new individual patch that Sage issued yesterday.

It appears there’s a bug when you renumber (change) any general ledger account. If that number is embedded into the Inventory Product Line Maintenance then after making an account number change all account numbers in MAS 90 Inventory Product Line Maintenance will change.

This is an individual program patch that should be applied by all users of version 4.4 including product update 1 and product update 2.

All Account Numbers Change To A New Account Number

Sage ERP MAS Intelligence Available For Download

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Sage has just made their MAS 90  FRX replacement available for download online. Branded as Sage ERP MAS Intelligence (say that 3 times fast) the Excel based solution connects to not only your financial data but all other module data (ex. Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, etc).

We provided you with a first look at Sage ERP MAS Intelligence (then being referred to as Sage Business Intelligence) back in March 2010 when Alchemex did a  demo for the 90 Minds Consulting Group.

View the product frequently asked questions below – or visit Sage’s site for more information and download links.

Sage ERP MAS Intelligence

Sage Timberline Enterprise Success Story: Hunter-Davisson

While the core job costing capabilities in Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 are enough for most smaller business users there are some who may outgrow the features.

As noted on this recent success video filmed by Sage North America – while most general contractors have a dozen jobs a year – specialty contractors could easily have 200-300 jobs a year. Given the economy and a competitive market it makes sense to become efficient.

Hunter-Davisson, a heating, air conditioning and refrigeration specialty firm describes their use of Timberline Office – migrating in 2003 from a DOS system to Sage Timberline Office and then to the newer Sage Timberline Enterprise using Pat Soper of Skyline Business Systems.

Watch the video which provides more testimonials and quite a few examples of how 80 person Hunter-Davisson uses Timberline Enterprise and some examples of how the construction package is different from Sage Timberline Office..

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More details on Sage Timberline Enterprise

Subscribe To New Sage MAS 90 Community Discussion Posts Via Email

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Did you know that Sage has a community forum where users and consultants gather to discuss the burning issues of the day as it relates to Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200?

Participation is free — and you can always view a list of all the new messages (in chronological order) via this Sage MAS90 Community Link.

That link works great provided you remember to check it regularly and review the new messages. But if you’re prone to forgetting (like I am) then you might want a more automated way to receive notifications of new messages.

I’ve just created a feed of these new messages on Feedburner which is an automated RSS delivery system. Use the form below to subscribe by email — and you’ll receive a mailed notification of each topic as people post online.

Say goodbye to remembering to manually check the discussion area for new information. Now all you’ll need to check is your email inbox.

The feeds are managed by Google’s Feedburner service — and you can decide to stop receiving these updates at any time.

Enter your email address to receive Sage Community MAS 90 Forum Discussion Updates:

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Sage To Allow MAS 90 and MAS 200 3.71 Users To Stay On Maintenance – Receive Knowledgebase Access

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I just noticed that Sage have updated their online support area accessed by consultants who are supporting their Sage MAS 90 and 200 products.

The update provides information on the following end of life dates for their products (which as far as I can see is unchanged from prior publication):

Version 3.71 – 9/30/10
Version 4.00 – 9/30/11
Version 4.05 – 9/30/11
Version 4.10 – 9/30/11

According to the update posted on Sage’s site:

Sage ERP MAS 90 version 3.71 will be retired as of September 30, 2010. After this date, product updates (including year end) and telephone support will no longer be provided by Sage. However, customers who stay with a maintenance plan will continue to have access to the knowledgebase with articles about the retired versions. For more information, see the Supported Versions document and the Sage ERP MAS 90 Roadmap.

This seems to apply that customers on older versions which while they may no longer be supported with product fixes could continue paying software maintenance in order to access the support knowledgebase.

Sage EasyPay Costs for MAS 90 5 User Wholesale Distribution

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Sage has just introduced a new method of paying for new software licenses over time. Termed EasyPay it provides for either a 3 year or 5 year term of payment spread over quarter or months.

A typical Sage ERP MAS 90 5 User Wholesale Distribution new user would price as follows:

UPDATE: I’m looking at the below pricing because I’m not sure if the spreadsheet that is used is giving accurate information. Someone else pointed out that Sage EES might be a better fit financially for most users – to which I agree. Unfortunately the Sage EES pricing is not available as of the time of this posting.

Use the amounts below as a general guideline and certainly not one with which to make a purchase decision. As more information becomes available I’ll update the totals below.

Traditional lump sum pricing:

Library Master – $ 1,310
5 User License – $ 4,140
General Ledger – $ 2,320
Accounts Payable – $ 1,485
Accounts Receivable – $ 1,485
Bank Reconciliation – $ 535
Inventory Management – $ 1,460
Sales Order Processing – $ 1,650
Purchase Order Processing – $ 1,460
Visual Integrator – $ 1,665

Total – $ 17,510

Sage EasyPay New Monthly / Quarterly Costs

Same configuration as above.

3 Years, Paid Monthly – $ 641.39
5 Years, Paid Monthly – $ 384.83

3 Years, Paid Quarterly – $ 1,924
5 Years, Paid Quarterly – $ 1,154.50

Sage Introduces EasyPay Options for Sage ERP MAS 90, MAS 200 and ACCPAC

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Easy Payment Options for Sage ERP MAS 90, MAS 200 and Accpac!

Sage today released information on a new program that allows you to spread the purchase price of your new Sage ERP MAS 90, MAS 200 and Accpac over a 3 to 5 year term.

Both software product and accompanying maintenance can be included in the payments which can be made either quarterly or monthly by ACH draft or credit card.

No longer will you have to deal with bank or leasing company financing to purchase a new ERP system. Discuss these new payment options with your favorite Sage Business Partner.

Full details of the announcement:

Sage Erp Easypay Option – MAS90, MAS200, Accpac

MAS 200 SQL v4.45 Pre-Release Guide

There’s a new version of MAS 200 for SQL that’s due out by the end of 2010. Slated for beta in July 2010 followed by a controlled release this version will replace the old MAS 200 SQL which had remained at version 3.74.

Not all modules will initially be available. According to the pre-release guide (see below) only those modules at the version 4.x framework will work with the new MAS 200 SQL.

There also initially will not be any third party conversion tools. Customers using an earlier 3.74 version of MAS 200 SQL will be responsible for their data migration.

Sage MAS 200 SQL Pre-Release Guide v4.45

Unincorporated Extended Solutions Stop Receiving Support & Upgrades February 1, 2011

Sage has just issued an update that outlines when certain Extended Solutions that they’ve announced as being added to Sage MAS 90 and 200 will make it into the product.

In addition they’ve indicated that as of October 1, 2010 an additional 24 solutions will stop being sold. On February 1, 2011 the support and upgrades for those 24 will cease.

More information is available from their official statement – which appears to be a draft of one that’s soon to be sent directly to end users.

Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Solutions Update – BP 7-19-10

ACH Electronic Payment For MAS 90 Accounts Payable – New In V4.4

Sage just released a new Product Update #2 for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200. In my opinion one of the top features in this update is the ability to pay accounts payable invoices electronically.

Many times our clients have employee expense checks that are sent out weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or even a few times a week. The employees who receive those checks often are sometimes not in the office which requires the to be mailed.

This introduces delays, increased postage cost and extra administrative time spent stuffing envelopes. Sure this may not be a big issue for those with two or three employees. Ramp the number of employees up to 100 or more — and suddenly you have a potential administrative time sink.

The newest release of Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 – which is available for download to those on the Basic Maintenance plan — adds ACH electronic processing. If you’ve used the Direct Deposit for Payroll – the ACH for accounts payable works nearly identically.

Unlike older versions of ACH for Accounts Payable – this updated feature allows you to create your own customized export of data so that if a bank needs a feed adjusted to fit their required layout you have the ability to do this yourself without hiring a programmer.

Sage has a nice 6 minute vide that showcases the ACH for Accounts Payable.

We can install and configure this during your upgrade – and help you manage the first few exports of data to your bank. Of course we have clients who have been doing this for years and we are happy to connect our clients to those already using the enhancement to get direct feedback on their experiences.

PS - I noticed after composing this article that I mistakenly pasted in the YouTube from last night’s Lou Gramm concert at Mohegan Sun. The video you want of the ACH for MAS 90 is here.

Enjoy Lou Gramm performing Jukebox Hero live at Mohegan Sun 7/23/2010 (former lead singer of Foreigner).

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Sage updates MAS 90 and MAS 200 Product Roadmap 7/2010

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Sage yesterday released their roadmap showing the planned features and product update releases. Looks as if the major change this year is to wisely limit the 12/2010 product update to payroll related updates (tax tables, etc).

MAS 200 SQL gets re-affirmed as on-track for delivery later this year (beta started in July) and pricing surprisingly is the same as regular MAS 200. Sage doesn’t come out and say it but I assume that MAS 200 SQL and MAS 200 co-exist (as opposed to MAS 200 SQL replacing plain old MAS 200) because the SQL version will not initially support non-framework modules like payroll and manufacturing.

There’s a nice explanation of the FRX options when the Sage ERP Business Insights starts rolling out now in August 2010.

Sage MAS 90 and 200 Roadmap – PUBLIC 2-1-10

Sage EES is being merged into MAS 200 starting with version 4.5. Details on this are still a little hazy – “Fixed Assets Bundled With Per User Based Pricing” – does this mean that it’s similar to how Credit Card or Direct Deposit is included but you have to pay to use it? I’d be sure to verify these details before quoting.

Lastly I’m still awaiting the introduction of subscription pricing for new module purchases. Sage announced this at Insights but left off all details and I received a quick promise that I’d be seeing details. Don’t confuse this pricing with the subscription that’s currently offered for maintenance renewals where you can pay on a credit card. My understanding from the presentation is that ultimately Sage plans to let customers buy new licenses based on a recurring charge of $ x per month.

Link :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26259049/Sage-MAS-90-and-200-Roadmap-PUBLIC-2-1-10

What Is Your MAS 90 Rate?

We’ve been receiving many calls checking on MAS 90 consulting rates.

For the last 7 years (my guesstimate) we haven’t billed hourly for any technical support calls. These are all handled under an unlimited agreement (full MAS90 Support Agreement here) that provides for as many calls per year as are required to support your MAS system.

For companies with project work – we follow this approach:

1. Understand the problem

2. Discuss whether the problem is solvable in MAS or should be tackled a different way

3. Provide a fixed price estimate to solve the problem – which you agree and approve prior to the start of any work (see copy of sample estimate below).

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So the answer to the question -

What’s your rate?

We don’t have one. However we have a pre-determined (and agreed upon) fee to solve a business problem. And we guarantee that fee 100% to be both fixed (within the scope of what we both agree upon) and your ultimate satisfaction.

via: ERPLife

MAS 90 and MAS 200 v4.4 Product Update 2 Released

The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Sage promised to deliver Product Update 2 by mid-July and by my calculations they’ve done just that. The latest feature update (detailed what’s new) for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.4 is now available in the Sage Online Support Center.

To download the latest update navigate online to the Sage Online Support site. If you’re an end user please be sure that you check first with your Sage Business Partner. Naturally, if you have third party enhancements (customizations) you’ll need to make sure that those are upgraded alongside the product update.

New features include:

Whats New in MAS90 Product Update 2

via: DeRosa Mangold Consulting

Former Sage Channel Chief Taylor Macdonald Joins SaaS Provider Intacct

In what has to be a coup for SaaS (software as a service) provider Intacct, industry veteran Taylor Macdonald today is announced as their new VP of Channels.

Taylor spent 9 years managing and building the reseller channel for Sage North America.

Taylor Macdonald Joins ERP SaaS Provider Intacct As VP Channels

What Versions Of PC Charge Are PA-DSS Compatible For Use With MAS 90 or MAS 200

Apparently there’s some confusion over exactly which versions of the Verisign PC Charge software is compatible with Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200.

Erika Jelovsek, SR Product Manager at Sage Software has this update which was just posted on the MAS 90 LinkedIn Group:

There has been a bit of confusion regarding this topic lately, in part fed by a recent communication from Wells Fargo credit card services to PC Charge customers. Sage and VeriFone (the providers of PC Charge) have been working together to help clear the confusion, and this post is part of that clarification effort.

Version 5.8.3 of PC Charge IS MOST DEFINITELY certified as compliant by the PCI Council, and I have a copy of a letter sent to VeriFone from the PCI Council that verifies this. In fact, because 5.8.3 is compliant is why that version was selected by the MAS team to be autoshipped to our Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 customers with their version 4.4 shipments.

At this point I do not know if Wells Fargo will be sending a corrected communication to PC Charge customers, although VeriFone has requested that they do so. Meanwhile, version 5.9.1 is currently undergoing quality assurance compatibility testing with the MAS team, and, as always, once it has been verified as compatible, the Compatibility Matrix will be updated to reflect that change in status. However, there is no need to rush to upgrade to that version at this time because version 5.8.3 is PCI Compliant.

There have been some questions about the difference between PABP 1.4 certification and PA-DSS 1.2 certification as stated on the PCI Council’s website. As I understand it, PABP is the certification standard used prior to PA-DSS. As such, it has an Expiry Date in December of 2010, making it acceptable for new deployments until that time. So, versions 5.8.1 and 5.8.2 of PC Charge are also still acceptable for use until the expiry date.

Sage Software Insights 2010 Keynote Videos – Now Online

Sage just posted links to all of their keynote videos from their recent Insights 2010 conference held in Denver Colorado May 17-20, 2010.

This is the first time that I’ve noted the videos being available online and think it’s a great idea for Sage to share these presentations for those who otherwise were unable to make the conference itself.

Most of the value of Sage Insights conferences are the networking with fellow consultants and comparing notes with what’s worked well in your business for the last year as well as asking your peers for advice on what new strategies they may be planning for the coming year.

Below are select keynotes that Sage executives delivered during Insights 2010:

Video of Sue Swenson Keynote – CEO of Sage North America

Sage Business Solution Keynote with Jodi Uecker-Rust, Himanshu Palsule & Tom Miller

Sage Channel Strategy – Tom Miller (Channel Chief)

Himanshu Palsule, Executive VP, Product Strategy/Marketing, Sage Business Solutions

Laurie Schultz – Senior VP and GM, Mid-Market ERP Solutions – Mid-Market ERP Keynote

Via: Sage LinkedIn Group

What’s New In MAS 90 4.4 Product Update 2

In an email to the consultant channel Sage posted a concise two page list of what new features can be expected in product update 2 for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.4.

As you may already know Sage is now issuing more frequent updates through the year as opposed to relying only on annual releases. They believe this will deliver more value for the maintenance that customers pay each year for their Sage MAS 90 and 200.

Here’s a copy of the PDF which shows the new features slated for product update 2 which Sage indicates will arrive in late July (that’s code for August).

Whats New in MAS90 Product Update 2

Sage Spirit & Community Service Award 2010 Video

Sage just sent out a copy of the award video that was played during Insights 2010 in Denver. This video spotlights the four award recipients – Peter Wolf of Azamba, Debbie Breuls – Bredet Services , Doug Deane of DSD Business Systems, Wayne Schulz.

The award video was played during Sue Swenson’s keynote address. There was barely a dry eye in the house.

Sage Spirit & Community Service Award 2010 Video from Wayne Schulz on Vimeo.

Sage and Trustwave Webinar Series: PCI DSS

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Sage has partnered with Trustwave, the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions, to present a series of web seminars about credit card security.

New security guidelines take affect on July 1, 2010 that require businesses that accept credit cards to adopt stricter security standards (read more in this Free PCI Compliance for Dummies PDF). Learn more about the rules and how they may affect your company at any of the following free online seminars:

PCI 101: Get the basics on the PCI DSS, what’s required of your business, and how to take action.

Wading through SAQ and Scanning: This session provides an overview of the various SAQs, providing you with information on how to navigate the process. Vulnerability scanning, often necessary for validating compliance, will also be defined.

PCI 101 for Retail Businesses and Restaurants: Retailers and restaurants have unique challenges for PCI certification. This event will review the basics of PCI DSS, and how retailers and restaurants can take action for PCI certification.

PCI for Health Care: Card acceptance is growing in health care businesses. This event will review the basics of PCI DSS for these businesses, and the unique challenges these merchants face for PCI certification.

PA-DSS 101: This session will provide an overview of the requirements for compliance with the PA-DSS, why merchants must be aware of the PA-DSS, and ensuring the applications you use are PA-DSS compliant.

For more information or to register visit the Sage Trustwave Webinar Series for Customers

MAS90 Accounts Receivable Slow Month End Close – FIXED

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Sage has just issued a pair of program patches for MAS 90 and MAS 200 versions 4.4 and 4.3.

These patches fix a widely reported issue where the month end processing would take an unusually long amount of time. This apparently was caused by some programming logic erroneously applied as part of an update for the latest PCI Compliance updates.

Sage MAS 90 4.3 Accounts Receivable Patch

Sage MAS 90 4.4 Accounts Receivable Patch

MAS 200 SQL 4.45: A Huge Step Forward In Speed Of Reporting And Integration Ease

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In a blog post on his site yesterday, Doug Deane President DSD Business Systems describes a recent visit that two of his top technical people made to Sage North America headquarters where they received an early look at the MAS200 SQL 4.45 release.

The session apparently afforded an opportunity to grill Sage development staff about the capabilities in MAS 200 SQL 4.45 and Jon Reiter (pictured below) and Jim Woodhead, both of DSD Business Systems, came away suitably impressed.

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According to Doug’s post a small group of channel partners were invited to spend time with Sage in Irvine to provide feedback on the MAS 200 SQL 4.4 product prior to it’s release.

Some of Doug’s comments:

Very large datasets were tested quickly on external custom Crystal Reports
BIE (Business Insights Explorer) was fast
Because there are no SQL Server stored procedures a single code base will be maintained which allows for smoother integration with and support by third party products.

Read Doug’s full post at Sage MAS200 SQL – A Huge Step Forward

Sage Software Google News Searches Made Easier

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Google has started to allow for customized news sections that contains a series of search terms to tailor news articles to your specific interests.

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Over the weekend I created one for Sage Software and added in some of the North American products. When clicking this link you’ll be taken to a concise summary of articles (as found in Google News). This can help keep up-to-date on the latest press releases concerning Sage or their products.

Sage Software Google News

Sage MAS Intelligence Slated To Ship To Partners In July 2010 and Customers in August 2010

In a posting last night Sage’s product manager for reporting Jacqueline Li tells us that the expected shipping date for the new reporting tool (aka FRX replacement) for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 will ship to business partners in July with customer shipments following a month later in August.

Sage MAS Intelligence is a Sage branded version of a program from Alchemex. The product is positioned to replace the FRX reporting tool which Sage will stop selling in 2010 pursuant to Microsoft’s decision to discontinue support.

Below is the announcement from Jacqueline. If you’re interested in more we have a recorded Sage MAS Intelligence Demo.

via LinkedIn:

Sage MAS Intelligence will be released to Partners in July of this year. We will also start our training in July on Sage University. You can go to http://sageu.com/ns_acs/bp/mas90200.html to get more details.

We would like to give our Partners some time to train and get familiar with the product before we ship to customers, so the product will be available for customers in August.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.

Regards,
Jacqueline Li
Product Manager
Sage

New Jersey & New York MAS90, MAS200 User Group With Version 4.4 Demo Now Online

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Mark Chinsky of Clients First Business Solutions has just posted the recording of his May 20, 2010 user group that was held in their Holmdel New Jersey office.

Prior to joining Clients First Mark operated On-Track Consulting which for most of its 8 years was one of the top Sage VARS nationwide.

During his user group Mark not only gives a great demo of the new MAS 90 version 4.4 but is able to produce crisp audio and a very clear screenshow that documents the new features.

There is also some discussion around the new PCI-DSS rules governing credit card security.

You can view a copy of the video below – click the lower right corner to make it full screen:

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via: Clients First Business Solutions – New Jersey

Alnoor Cassim Brings MAS90 Scripting and BOI Training to NJ June 22, 2010

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One of the most exciting features of the new MAS 90 & MAS 200 business framework has been the ability to use scripts to control aspects of the software.

Almost every consultant and technical end user could benefit from learning how to do some scripting — which in the current 4.4 release is the preferred method of avoiding customizations and add-ons.

Alnoor Cassim is a genius with MAS 90 and MAS 200. He ran the support area worked at Sage for 14 years before striking out on his own last year (Callforhelp.biz). For years while at Sage Alnoor served as the ultimate technical resource and is responsible for many of the advanced level workarounds or problem resolutions.

If you have been thinking of learning more about scripting and the BOI (Business Objects Interface) then be sure to sign up for the class being held at SWK in NJ on June 22, 2010 in New Jersey. There are also two 4 hour remote sessions being held immediately following that date on June 23 and 24.

From the course description:

This training will help channel resellers and ISVs produce User Defined Scripts to solve business process issues and fulfill business requirements using the Custom Office module that previously required a Master Developer enhancement. Prior to version 4.40, Customizer scripts did not have direct access to the MAS 90/200 business objects and could only be activated via button click. However, the new User Defined Scripts are event based scripts no longer requiring a button click and offer direct access to the business objects without having to create a separate front‐end application using the Business Object Interface (BOI).

You may have already read the exciting news from Sage on the capabilities and power of scripting in 4.40 and have seen the exciting presentations on how User Defined Scripts can be used to meet a client’s business requirements. You may have also tried to understand and play with the demo scripts and put all the concepts together. To that end, the primary goals of this class are to:

a. show you what’s “under the hood”;
b. extend and apply what you have already read and seen; and
c. transition your knowledge into real world practice.

For more information – view the PDF registration form today.

MAS90 & MAS 200 BOI and Advanced File Scripting Training June 22-24-2010

MAS 90 and MAS 200 4.4 Accounts Receivable Period End Hotfix Available

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Users of MAS 90/ MAS 200 4.40 Accounts Receivable (which includes Extended Enterprise) who have a mix of open items and balance forward types of customers within a single company code should apply a new patch that Sage issued today.

Apparently there’s the chance in 4.40 that during A/R period end open item transactions can be missing or incorrectly combined in the AR_Transaction Payment History file.

This seems to only be an issue that might arise for those using v4.4 Accounts Receivable and (a) during period end and (b) only for those company codes which have a MIX of balance forward and open item customers.

You can read more on the Sage Community site:

http://community.sagemas.com/t5/Core-Financial-Modules/4-40-hot-fix-to-Accounts-Receivable-period-end-processing/td-p/25709

Or read the full knowledgebase entry:

http://infosource.sagesoftwareonline.com/sw_attach/kdb.asp?isResolutionConceptID=524615

As a general rule of thumb what I’ve been doing is:

1. Install MAS 90 / MAS 200 4.40
2. Install Product Update (latest)

3. Do a quick search for individual patches and where appropriate install them

via: Sage

Sage Survey March 2010: The End To Economic Downturn Is Near(er)

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Sage North America has just released a March 2010 survey of 1,481 customers taken during February and March 2010. The results indicate that 29% of the people they spoke with think that within 6 months the economy will take an uptick (could it have gotten worse?). This is an increase from their prior survey in May 2009 when only 24% were thinking that the economic future might be rosier.

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One of the more interesting results of the survey show that only 62% of those responding say that the economy has negatively impacted their business in the past 6 months. While that may look ominous – the rate is down 10% from the 72% who told Sage in May 2009 that the economy was sucking the life out of their business.

Read the full Sage March 2010 Economic Survey

Sage Insights 2010 Highlight Video

The Abra Guy, otherwise known to his family as Shawn Parsons, has posted a nice 5 minute video that highlights some of the happenings at the recently held Sage Software Insights 2010 conference.

This four day event was held in Denver Colorado from May 17 to 20, 2010 and brought together 1,000 Sage business partners from across the country.

This video nicely captures the atmosphere of Sage Insights and provides a glimpse of what attending the conference is like.

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Via: The Abra Guy and CMS – Cost Management Services

Sage Executive Q&A – Insights 2010 [Google Wave]

Sage North America’s closing ceremonies are happening now in Denver Colorado. Eight Sage Executives join the conference for an open question and answer with the attendees.


Sue Swenson Sage North America Keynote – Google Wave

Sue Swenson yesterday afternoon delivered her keynote to about 1,000 Sage partners in attendance at the Sage Insights 2010 conference being held May 17-20, 2010.

The main message of the keynote (and perhaps the conference) is that Sage has three goals:

Increase install base sales (now 71% of Sage NA revenue)
Connected services – such as Sage Payment Services for payment processing
Selective new investments in new products

The full Google Wave is below:


Sage Insights 2010 Business Opportunity Ahead Keynote Live In Google Wave

Even if you’re not actively using Wave at Sage Insights 2010 (and if you’re interested here’s how) we’ve embedded the live Google Wave of Jodi Uecker-Rust, Himanshu Palsule and Tom Miller.

They’ll talk today about the opportunities ahead for the Sage channel partners and the end user as well.

You can read the live notes taken by those in the audience — or if you have a Wave account and are attending (or just want to ask those in attendance a question) – log in an join us


Sage Insights 2010 Google Wave Collaboration – Live

Are you attending Sage Insights 2010?

Insights is Sage North America’s conference where a few thousand consultants gather to learn about the latest Sage products and the future releases. This year it is being held in Denver Colorado from May 17-20, 2010.

Attending? Watching from home? Would you like to share notes, feedback, ideas and questions with other people attending the conference?

An experimental Google Wave which is unofficial and not sponsored or affiliated with Sage has just gone live. This Wave will offer you a place to make notes or share observations with other people at the conference. These could be centered around the technical sessions and product keynotes offered during the four day conference – or perhaps are just questions that you want to ask or observations you would like to make.

You can view the opening page of the Wave below which I’ve embedded to give you an idea of the topics being discussed. To participate you’ll have to follow these steps:

a. If you do not already have a Google Wave account – apply for one here.

b. Join the Google Group that will give you access to edit the Google Waves that are shared with the group. Once you’re in the group simply create a Wave an add in the contract “insightsconference@googlegroups.com” to your contact list and to your Wave’s which will make them shareable (viewable) by everyone at the conference.

c: For those experienced with Wave — all of the conference content will be tagged with insights10

To find conference waves after you’ve joined the group search for “group:insightsconference@googlegroups.com” (Tip: You must be a group member to see or participate in any Waves)


Sage MAS 90 and 200 Business Intelligence Comparison

Sage just released a pretty helpful chart which shows the main differences between some of the most popular Business Intelligence products that companies have been using with MAS 90 and MAS 200.

As you may know Sage is preparing to release a new universal Business Intelligence product which will be used on the Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 product line.

Their current release plans indicate that this will ship in Summer 2010 as outlined in a recent announcement:

Sage MAS Intelligence will soon be introduced as the ideal FRx replacement product for Sage MAS ERP. On target to be released this summer, Sage MAS Intelligence offers powerful and easy to use graphical financial reporting capabilities to access business-critical information, and makes complex reporting easy using a new report designer. Going beyond General Ledger reporting needs, Sage MAS Intelligence will provide Business Intelligence across the entire Sage MAS ERP system, including CRM and Abra.

The products compared are:

Sage MAS Intelligence (Sage’s NEW offering scheduled for Summmer 2010)
Sage MAS 90 and 200 Business Insights Dashboard
Sage MAS 90 and 200 Business Insights Reporter

FRX
BizNet
Crystal Reports
F9

The comparisons provide for ranking a wide range of features under the categories of Data Access, Report Security, Report Delivery and Distribution, Reporting Capabilities, Sorting, Aggregation and Drill Down, Database Support Provided, Operating Systems Support and MS Office Version Support.

SageMAS Intelligence Comparison- FRX, Biznet, Alchemex, Crystal, F9

Search your MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, SalesLogix and Accpac Database With z.Find

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Ever wish there was a way to quickly search your Sage ERP and CRM database without having to go through multiple lookup screens?

z.Find from Escape Velocity Systems uses a Google-type search to quickly locate data within your ERP or CRM database without the need to hunt from report to report or inquiry to inquiry.

You can search multiple databases as well as link in mulitiple non-ERP/CRM sources.

The product works with:

Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 (pricing TBD)

Sage MAS 500 ($6,000 plus $2,000 recurring maintenance)

Sage Accpac

Sage SalesLogix

Third Party Applications and Customizations

z.find search for MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, Accpac, SalesLogix

More information – and a recorded demonstration – can be found on the Escape Velocity web site linked below.

Press Release:

EVS Launches z.Find for Sage MAS 500 ERP, Sage SalesLogix, Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage AccPac ERP

Boulder, CO– Escape Velocity Systems, Inc. (EVS), a Boulder, Colorado based ERP innovation group announced today the launch of the z.Find now publicly available for Sage MAS 500 ERPand Sage SalesLogix. EVS also announced today the beginning of the z.Find beta program for Sage MAS 90 ERP. Development work is in progress on z.Find for Sage Accpac as well.

The z.Find is a search application that brings the first ever Google-type search capabilities to Sage ERP products. From a single interface, z.Find can return information that resides in multiple databases, third party add-ons or customized tables. “z.Find breaks away from the traditional, structured way of finding data in an ERP by tearing down the walls between modules and systems,” states Evan Garber, President of EVS.

EVS also announces that the z.Find application can be purchased, downloaded, deployed, and updated directly from the z.AppStore. “The experience of adding functionality to your existing ERP solution should be fast and easy; delivery through our z.AppStore makes that possible,” comments Garber.
EVS was formed in 2001 to combine specific industry knowledge and expertise with industry changing innovation and technology. The company’s focus is to create tools that enable mid-market enterprises to have a better, more effective experience with their ERP.

For more information, visit www.evs-sw.com or contact sales@evs-sw.com.

z.Find – Escape Velocity Systems

Sage Exchange Promises Integration Between Payment Data and Software – Eliminating PA-DSS Certification Fees

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Sage today announced a new offshoot of their Sage Payment Service they’ve named Sage Exchange.

The promise of Sage Exchange is that it will integrate Sage’s accounting products (and other Certified Business Applications) with Sage Payment Service so that all forms of payment (credit, debit, checks) can be accepted and integrated into an accounting package.

The initial release of Sage Exchange will connect to a new Sage Exchange Virtual Terminal with card swipe capability, new encrypted point-of-sale terminals, Sage software products, and several additional business applications. It will support payments integration in approved software solutions now, and expanded capability with point-of-sale devices in the next release.

Sage Exchange offers a tool kit for developers to enable the integration of payment data with software solutions as well as eliminating developers from PA-DSS certification fees and associated costs.

Out of the box the following Sage products are slated for integration:

  • Peachtree by Sage
  • Sage ERP X3
  • Simply Accounting by Sage
  • Sage Pro ERP
  • Timeslips by Sage
  • DacEasy by Sage
  • Sage BusinessVision
  • Sage Fundraising 50
  • Sage Fundraising 100
  • Sage Fundraising 100 – Rainbow Edition
  • Sage Millenium
  • Sage Intergy

Other Sage products that were not specifically named but are listed as coming soon:

  • Sage MAS 90 ERP
  • Sage MAS 200 ERP
  • Sage MAS 500 ERP
  • Sage Accpac ERP
  • Sage Medical Manager

There were several Sage products not named – notably BusinessWork, MIP, Platinum For Windows. We’ll be following up with Sage to learn whether that is simply an oversight.

Update 5-11-2010:

Here’s what Rob Bertke, senior vice president for product management, Sage Payment Solutions had to say about our question of why BusinessWork, MIP and Platinum For Windows (PFW) were not mentioned in the release:

All Sage products are capable of integration with Sage Exchange. However, for the release announcement, we only listed those Sage products known to be available within approximately the next several months. Other Sage products are developing their plans to integrate, as well. For example, BusinessWorks will be integrating, but they are not a part of the first go-round. The other two products you mention do not have built-in card acceptance capability, so they did not need to integrate with Sage Exchange at this time. It is expected that these products will join the family when we get to later phases, which will include transactions that can be passed back from third-party systems or terminals. We will provide updates throughout the launch phases.

In response to the question of whether Sage Exchange is a rebranding of the Sage Vault product, Rob had this to say:

No, Sage Exchange is a completely new solution with far broader capabilities than Sage Vault. While Sage Vault offers substantial security, Sage Exchange provides that and much more in terms of integration flexibility and sophistication. Basically, Sage Vault was a product name that referred to a capability (tokenization). Sage Exchange offers tokenization, so the ‘Sage Vault’ is no longer needed.

Link for more information: Sage Exchange

The full press release;

May 11, 2010 10:45 ET

New Sage Exchange Payments Platform Will Allow SMBs to Seamlessly Integrate a Payments Service to Business Management Systems
New Integrated Payments Platform Is a PCI Certified SaaS Environment Designed by Sage North America

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwire – May 11, 2010) – Sage North America today introduced Sage Exchange, a new secure, Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified payments platform delivered in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Sage Exchange will allow small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and organizations to accept all forms and methods of payment, with seamless data integration to a wide range of Sage business management software products and third-party business solutions. Seamless integration between payment applications and back-office software can improve an organization’s cash flow and forecasting, while eliminating manual data entry and the risk of errors.

Elements of Sage Exchange will be released in phases over the next several months. The initial phases will allow businesses and organizations using many Sage software products to accept credit and debit cards in a secure and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) validated environment, while automatically updating accounts receivable records. Subsequent phases will expand payments integration to distributed credit/debit card and electronic check terminals, or point-of-sale (POS) devices, and a range of integrated payment solutions to the accounts payable side.

“Every business buys and sells goods or services,” said Greg Hammermaster, president of Sage Payment Solutions, Sage’s payments division. “Sage Exchange will provide a robust platform to accept and make payments for those goods or services, while seamlessly accounting for and tracking those payments. Virtually any small and mid-sized company or organization can benefit from Sage Exchange.”

The first release of Sage Exchange will offer the following benefits:
seamless and secure payments integration into the following Sage software products:

Peachtree by Sage, Simply Accounting by Sage, Sage ERP X3, Sage BusinessVision, Sage Pro ERP, and DacEasy by Sage; Sage Fundraising 50, Sage Fundraising 100, Sage Millennium, and Sage Fundraising 100 – Rainbow Edition; Sage Intergy for medical practice management; and Timeslips by Sage for billing and time-tracking;

enhanced customer experience through the new Sage Exchange Virtual Terminal (or web interface) with key-entered and “card swipe” capabilities that does not time out; and

improved security and flexibility through new encrypted credit and debit card terminals with the latest browser-based technology.

A subsequent release of Sage Exchange will connect to the following Sage software products:
Sage Accpac ERP; Sage MAS 90 ERP, Sage MAS 200 ERP, and Sage MAS 500 ERP; and Sage Medical Manager for electronic health records (EHR).

Sage Exchange will also later support expanded payment functionality in the areas of payroll, procurement, and payables, as well as seamlessly integrate with additional complementary business applications, although some applications may initially be stand alone.

“As a leading global supplier of business management software, Sage is a trusted partner that understands the value of integrated payment systems,” said Hammermaster. “Sage Exchange increases the efficiency of accepting and making payments to help companies achieve two important goals: reduced costs and maximized value of their business software environment.”

In summary, the Sage Exchange platform currently:

Integrates payments with business management software systems;

Improves cash flow management and forecasting;

Eliminates manual data entry and reduces the risk of errors;

and Uses the latest in security & technology, including tokenization, to ensure a safe, secure payment processing environment (PCI certified).

The full Sage Exchange platform will also:

Integrate all methods of payment acceptance: web, phone, terminal, mobile, scanner;

Automate payables settlement, maximizing the customer’s preferred payment method; and

Provide a consolidated view of payment activity.

For additional information, please visit www.sagepayments.com/sage-services/sage-exchange.aspx or call 800-261-0240.

About Sage Payment Solutions

For more than 20 years, Sage Payment Solutions has been providing electronic payment systems for businesses and organizations. Sage’s payment processing and business services are currently being provided to more than 140,000 businesses and organizations, who are delivering improved customer experiences by accepting multiple forms of payment, including credit and debit cards, electronic checks, Check21, gift and loyalty cards, and automatic recurring payment. With Sage Payment Solutions, businesses can also expand the way they accept payments, from card present and mail order/telephone order (MO/TO), to Internet and payments integrated with Sage software applications and third-party solutions. Sage Payment Solutions is Level 1 PCI certified, and is an active PCI Security Standards Council Participating Organization. For more information about Sage Payment Solutions, please call 800-261-0240, or visit www.sagepayments.com.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.1 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

© 2010 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, Sage Software, Sage logos and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Locked out of LinkedIn?

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Do you have a LinkedIn account which you access infrequently and might have trouble remembering the password?

Here’s a tip from Dawn Westerberg whose LinkedIN account was linked to her old work email address.

When she left her job she had forgotten her LinkedIN password.

Without access to her old work email address she was unable to perform a standard password reset which would have sent a link to her (old) email enabling her to login to LinkedIn.

It turns out that if you forget your password and cannot access your registered email address (in Dawn’s case this was her old work address) then LinkedIn will not – (a) reset your password, (b) update your account or (c) transfer/merge account information to another account.

Their solution? Create a new account and re-invite your connections.

Seriously. That’s the best solution that LinkedIn has to offer?

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Think about the time when you are changing jobs. That’s typically when you need to use LinkedIn the most.

And if for some reason you’re unable to remember the password or gain access to your old work email address – you’ll be potentially shut out of important LinkedIn connections!

To be safe, use a primary email address that YOU own to sign up for LinkedIn – and not an employer email that you would lose access to when changing jobs.

LinkedIn allows you to enter in additional email addresses (such as work) so that people can still send invitations by knowing your work email.

Change your primary email address in: Settings – Personal Information – Email Addresses.

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Dawn Westerberg

Thankfully the Sage Insights 2010 Conference Is NOT At This Gaylord Property

Thankfully the Sage Insights 2010 conference is not at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convcention Center which as you can see from the photo below is presently undergoing some flooding issues.

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Sage’s annual reseller conference is at the Colorado Convention Center May 17-20, 2010 before combining with the customer conference to become Summit 2011 in Washington DC the following year.

via: Twitpic

Sage LInkedIn Group – Google Wave Test

Below is a sample of a public Google Wave embedded into a web site.

This could be useful for any number of things including public shared notes, issues lists, etc.

As of now it appears that you’ll have to view the Wave using either Firefox or Chrome as your browser. The use of Internet Explorer does not appear to work.


“Unable to process lockfile. (Crystal Reports activeX designer – Daily Transaction Register. Processing Cancelled” in Sage MAS 90 and 200

I just ran across a rather puzzling error that at first had me stumped.

The error message was occurring during printing of the Daily Transaction Register. All other Crystal printing could be completed just fine.


“Unable to process lockfile. (Crystal Reports activeX designer – Daily Transaction Register. Processing Cancelled” in Sage MAS 90 and 200

When the user moved to another computer they were able to print the register — and if other users tried they could as well.

All symptoms pointed to this one machine.

After much head scratching I finally deduced that the problem was with their MAS200 Paperless Office and a stray lock file that was left in the registry on the user’s computer due to a sudden shutdown.

Here’s the cure (as always – before you mess with your computer registry say a silent prayer – we’re not responsible for registry changes gone wild):

Unable to process the lockfile: when attempting to test Paperless Office PDF Writer
When attempting to setup the PDF writer from Paperless Office, an error message “Unable to process the lockfile” may be presented.

To fix this problem, you need to use the Registry Editor.

From the Start button, select RUN then type in Regedit and click ok.

From the Regedit screen, select EDIT – FIND

Under the “look at” options, remove all the checkmarks EXCEPT for the one next to KEYS.

Search for the key LOCK.

When you find the key, if it is underneath a folder for Extended Solutions PDF Converter — delete the LOCK folder (do NOT delete the Extended Solution Folder itself).

If you have trouble deleting a LOCK folder, it could be that there is something in the folder (typically another folder). In that case delete the other folders inside that LOCK folder. Then go and delete the LOCK folder itself.

Go back to EDIT – FIND – FIND NEXT and look for another LOCK folder underneath an Extended Solutions PDF Converter folder.

If you find any other LOCK folders, delete those as well (they should only be deleted if you find them within an Extended Solutions PDF Converter folder).

Go back to MAS90 and uninstall and then re-install the PDF converter.

Additional Tip: I have also seen the PDF converter not run if acroread32.exe is hung. To fix it I ctrl-alt-del and select Task Manager and Processes then shut down the AcroRead32 process.

Sage Desktop Check Deposit

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Sage Payment Services introduces a new service that just might save you a few trips to the bank.

While you are always able to use ACH to electronically transmit or receive payments – the Sage Desktop Deposit offers the ability to process all types of checks drawn on U.S. banks – Personal, Business, Government, Traveler’s, Cashier’s, Certified, Equity Lines of Credit checks and Money Orders.

The primary hardware requirement is a 2-sided document scanner (list of compatible devices).

The Sage Desktop Deposit meets all the standards established by Check 21 which is the 2004 legislation passed by Congress allowing for scanned check images to substitute for actual paper based checks.

Sage Desktop Deposit

Hot! – What’s New in Sage’s Product Update 1 for MAS90 & MAS200 v4.4

Jeff Schwenk of Bottomline Software has taken a few minutes to produce a great 26 page document that shows exactly what’s new in Sage Software’s new Product Update 1 which has just been released for MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4.

Unfortunately the what’s new guide that Sage supplied did not go into enough detail about the exact features – and where to find them.

Never fear because Jeff’s on the job and here’s his guide that he is allowing me to share with you:

Whats New in MAS90 + MAS200 Product Update 4.4.01

via: Bottomline Software

Sage MAS90 Knowledgebase Now Showing Unverified Solutions

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I just noticed something interesting – and very helpful to both Sage users and consultants.

It appears that Sage has finally started to display knowledgebase information that they have yet to fully verify as a problem. I sent Sage a note inquiring about this matter but have not received any response (not at all an unusual thing).

On the surface you may think that publishing unverified problem reports is bad – but it’s not. At least not when used by tec savvy customers and consultants who understand the meaning of the word “unverified”.

Previously Sage had only published reports of errors and bugs after they’d been able to reproduce them in their engineering department. This potentially caused lag times between when an issue was reported and when it was visible in the knowledgebase to stretch out as long as a few weeks.

In the meantime if several customers all reported the same issue – the problem would not yet appear in the knowledgebase for all to share.

Now it appears that Sage has finally opened up their KB so that unverified problem reports will appear – though with a red “INFORMATIONAL ** THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED **”.

Many in the Sage community have asked Sage for this feature for years. Being able to access early reports of potential problems is a great tool for helping skilled customers and their support representatives diagnose issues as they occur — and in a much more timely fashion.

Here’s hoping that unverified solutions continue to appear in our knowledgebase searches.

Yahoo Groups Message Setup: Reading Via Email

Here’s a quick set of tips to setup Yahoo Groups so that you are reading individual email messages via email instead of having to go online to the Yahoo Groups page to read them.

There appear to be two formats for the email delivery of Yahoo Group email. Be sure you check TRADITIONAL.

First log into Yahoo Groups:

http://www.groups.yahoo.com

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Next select the proper group that you want to view (assuming you’re a member of more than one group):

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Then select Edit Membership

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Verify that you have the following settings. Note that there is an option for “Traditional” email and that’s what will give you the cleanest email (message by message) delivery.

Be sure you click “SAVE CHANGES” in the lower right after making any updates.

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Your email messages should now come through individually — and you’ll be able to reply to them from you inbox.

MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4 Product Update 1 Disappears (again)

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We continue to monitor the Sage MAS90 & 200 v4.4 release in an effort to determine exactly when to recommend installing the upgrade to our clients and newsletter subscribers.

Update: 4-22-2010 – Sage has made the update available

A key feature of MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4 as promoted by Sage is the concept of regular product updates.

Unlike the prior practice of issuing periodic (first monthly then ultimately quarterly) bug fixes service updates, Sage intends to issue regular product updates that provide not only program fixes but also add new functionality (see the MAS 90 roadmap for exactly what to expect and when).

One of the eagle eyed Sage consultants in my 90Minds group spotted that the latest MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4 Product Update 1 as well as the MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.3 service update 18 have again been removed by Sage.

Readers of our web site will recall that we’d previously noted that Product Update 1 (and service update 18) were removed on April 2 before ultimately being reinstated.

From what we understand from our group member, the primary reason for removal of both the product and service update might revolve around credit card issues.

Our understanding, based on Sage communication with other business partners, about product update 1 and service update 18 is that part of the changes to both updates involve PCI-DSS compliance changes. Sage has recently completed an audit of their software to meet the new credit card processing rules effective July 1, 2010 and we believe were using the latest updates to ensure compliance.

W-11 HIRE Act Affidavit Released By IRS

Here’s the latest W-11 which is required for any companies looking to take advantage of the latest HIRE legislation.

W-11 HIRE Act Affidavit

HIRE – Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment – Explained

Great Plains Guy vs Netsuite Guy – ERP Cloud Computing Spoof

Another humorous take on cloud computing. This version (authored by Netsuite) is obviously slanted to show the cloud computing strength of Netsuite versus Great Plains and SAP.

The product name “Great Plains” is used to poke fun at the product’s Fargo North Dakota roots. Those familiar with the Great Plains software will of course realize that Microsoft now owns the product and has rebranded it under the Microsoft label.

Of course anyone who sat in on Netsuite’s latest earnings call knows that they reported essentially flat license growth. That lead us to proclaim that Netsuite appears to lose customers as fast as they replace them.

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Netsuite Earnings Call Summary