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 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.