Sage have started to reveal additional details around their Sage Advisor technology which is presently slated to make an appearance in Sage 100 ERP v5.1 in early 2013.
The concept around Sage Advisor is that upgrades can be automatically downloaded (phase 1) and hopefully installed automatically (presumably phase 2+) without the need for extensive testing and planning. This is similar to the way that most other programs prompt and automatically install upgrades.
Sage is looking to add automatic software updates (similar to Windows Update) to all our products called “Sage Advisor Update”. A couple of Sage products like the Nonprofit Solutions already include this. Most other products will be rolling this out with their next release over the next year. When a Sage product with this capability installs, it will add a new Sage Advisor Update program to your Start Menu. Think of this like the Apple Software Update program.
Of course issues such as modifications, custom reports and integrations will present hurdles for some users on the road to “push button upgrades”. However Sage have recognized that and the first phase of this automatic update tool will only download the applicable update and provide a notification – leaving the implementation for you to schedule at a convenient time after you’ve determined no enhancements will interfere.
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