Sage, one of the world’s largest developers of business and ERP software, announced last October 2011 its plan for the rebranding of several Sage software products including MAS 90 and MAS 200, the most popular Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software in North America. MAS 90 now becomes Sage 100 Standard and MAS 200 becomes Sage 100 Advanced. They say that this is part of their strategy to align their branding in North America with their European counterpart which is Sage UK. With so many business software solutions, they want to brand everything with the word “Sage” on it. The software giant believes that this can help create more brand awareness and with the hopes to increase their bottom line.
For Sage, this is a good strategy; however, there are also those who will be affected in this new rebranding move. Below are list of the things that will be affected by the rebranding strategy:
1. From a long-term marketing standpoint – for almost any business, branding is one of the most important parts in marketing. As a business with many competitors you want your target market to be aware that you have a certain product and this is your brand. Despite the fact that you are selling or offering the same product with your competitors, it is your brand that separates you from the rest of the competition. It is branding that makes the customers recognize that this offering is the product of your company. For example, look at Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Both companies are globally known for their soft drinks. Both offer the same product but they differ in taste and price. What makes the customers recognize their products and what makes them distinctive from one another is their brand.
This scenario is also the same and applicable with Sage. As many MAS 90 or MAS 200 users know, MAS is means Master Accounting Series. The number 90 in MAS 90 means “in the 90’s” So basically it means Master Accounting Series for the 90’s because the first version was develop and became popular in the 90s. The brand name became so popular and gained a large portion of the market share which led the company to continue using the name up to the present more than two decades later. Having such a huge customer-base is a proof that the brand itself is very popular. The scenario of changing MAS90 to Sage100 Standard and changing MAS200 to Sage100 Advanced is like changing the name BMW to SuperCar 2000, or whatever fancy name one can think of. The main point is that the brand name is already established and has been there for more than two decades already.
2. From a Search Engine Marketing standpoint – the selling of MAS90 and MAS200 software is not easy. The sales cycle is long and requires a lot of skills to close a deal. Having said this, most Sage software resellers rely on inbound marketing through search engine optimization (SEO) as opposed to the traditional outbound marketing through telephone cold-calling. The beauty of inbound marketing through search engine optimization is that majority of the people who search for products or whatever keywords they use to search in search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bind is that these people are actually looking for something. You do a search because you want to get information on a certain topic. Most people who go to search engines and search for MAS 90 or MAS 200 software are actually looking for more information on these software and these are the people who use and can afford the products. If you know a thing or two about search engine optimization, you know that people use keywords or key phrases to search. Because MAS 90 and MAS 200 are already very popular, people search for “mas 90” or “mas 200” in search engines and because this is a fact, resellers optimize their websites or webpages for “mas 90” and “mas 200” keywords. Any search engine optimization specialist also knows that it takes time to rank in search engine results also known as SERPS. Having said this, optimizing for the keyword “Sage 100” will take time but if you also come to think of it, a user-base of thousands of people who are familiar with the brand will still search for the keywords “mas 90” or “mas 200” in search engines as compared to “sage 100”.
This will also prompt resellers of Sage software products to spend more on internet marketing services such as search engine optimization for the new keyword and these kinds of services are not cheap. Most of the cheap ones and some expensive SEO companies do not produce quality results. The real good internet marketers offer their services at higher rates. If you want quality results then expect to pay more.
What Marshall Technology Solutions, Inc. has to offer in response to this new branding strategy:
Sage 100 support services – For two decades, MTSI has always been a leader in producing technical support services for MAS 90 and MAS 200. We have a team of Certified Sage MAS Consultants who are also Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers. MTSI continues to provide this crucial service for Sage 100 Standard and Sage 100 Advanced to our client-base and future clients. If you need technical support, you can contact MTSI for our Sage100 support services.
Sage 100 training services – Being Certified Sage MAS Consultants allows MTSI to be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge in handling Sage 100 training. If the technicians and consultants can troubleshoot and resolve issues related to the software, then they can also teach anybody on how to use the software. If you or your staff needs some training, you may contact MTSI and inquire about our Sage100 training services. Our staff members are veterans in using the product and we are here to pass on the knowledge.
Some additional information:
The rebranding of MAS 90 to Sage 100 Standard does not affect anything related to the software at not. There will be no changes to the functionality. It will still be a LAN-based software. The same goes with the rebranding of MAS 200 to Sage 100 Advanced. It will still be a thin-client software. So literally speaking, only the brand name is changed and nothing else. Sage100 product lines will be distributed worldwide starting October of 2012.
Marshall Technology Solutions, Inc. is one of the largest and most reputable reseller of Sage product. As a Sage 100 reseller for more than 20 years, partnering with MTSI ensures that the client is working with a credible consultant. For whatever concerns you have in your product, let MTSI become your Sage 100 partner.
For more information, you can contact us at 866-848-2957 or email us at email@example.com
Sage MAS 90 support programs and services are designed by Sage, the software developer of Sage ERP MAS family of business management software, in order provide technical support to their customers. Most of Sage software resellers provide these technical support programs to their client base. It was designed so that whenever customers are having concerns and problems in using the software they will get the professional help they need.
Technical Support Services may mean life or death for your business
The ERP software’s main purpose is to streamline all your business operations through a single yet complete business management solution software. If the ERP can no longer perform well as expected, imagine the impact on your business. Some operations which require the software may be delayed and this can cost you thousands of dollars. This is one of the reasons why you need to call your reseller and ask for Sage MAS 90 support.
Software vendors train their technical support engineers in order to provide the most professional and reliable support services to their clients.
The importance of fast and reliable support services is like a doctor attending an emergency situation. No matter how terrifying the situation may be, he must be calm and stay focused. He must be quick to revive the patient and once the patient is safe from being critical, he must find out the causes and provide proper medication. A technical support engineer attending to the client’s needs must do the same. The more time he spends dealing with the problem, the client loses more money because of stalled operations.
Technical Support Engineers must provide constant status updates
A quick response from the technical support engineer when a client calls for Sage MAS 90 support creates credibility to the company. He must listen attentively to the client’s concerns and diagnose the technical problems and find out the factors causing it. It is also reassuring if the client is informed on what is causing the problem so that he may at least understand the situation.
Troubleshooting issues with the software may sometimes take more time as expected and it is important that the client must be updated regarding the status of the situation. Constant updates from the technical support engineer may provide peace of mind to the client and reassures him that the situation is being dealt with. Providing Sage MAS 90 support demands constant situational updates because the client needs to know when he can continue working with the software.
The bottom line is, the value and importance of Sage MAS 90 support should not be neglected. This support program was designed to provide Sage MAS 90 users and customers the technical support they need whenever they have concerns with the ERP software. You should not troubleshoot your software on your own as it may result to further complications. Keep in mind that the longer the problem is unresolved the more money it can cause to your business. Whenever concerns and issues arise, it is strongly advisable to contact your software reseller immediately and ask for support. They are certified experts in
The latest version of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 which is version 4.5 is packed with greater flexibility, more enhancements, new features and additional functionality. The most amazing news is that all of these are inspired by the users and customers of Sage ERP MAS. The enhancements are mainly focused on Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Purchase Order, and Sales Order. One of the perks you will receive when you upgrade to the latest version is a free SageCRM 7.1 license for user and server as well as one Sage ERP MAS Intelligence Report Manager License. Isn’t it great? There are a lot of great new features and we’ll just have to break them down.
National Account Management
A lot of MAS 90 and MAS 200 customers demand for a more streamlined method to manage customers who have corporate or parent companies or those who have branches or subsidiaries. To answer this call, Sage added a new feature called National Account. This new feature allows you identify and bill the parent company while still maintaining separate accounts for the subsidiaries. You can also associate billing accounts and set relationships for each of them in your Accounts Receivable module.
More Comprehensive Payroll Capabilities
New enhancements allow you to handle more complex payroll processing and deductions. There are 5 new methods of calculation to smoothen the processing of payroll including management of accruals for part-time employees, hourly-waged and union workers. You can even set conditions as to when the accruals will apply. With a newly enhanced payroll module you will make your employees happier.
Boost your Sales Orders
Do you want to entice your customers to buy more? With the new flexible pricing enhancements of the Sales Orders module for MAS 90 and MAS 200, you can now offer your most loyal customers with attractive pricing. You can set pricing according to item category, by total quantity and also by total purchased per product line. Tons of new flexible pricing options that you must take advantage await you in version 4.5.
Reward Your Sales Team and Encourage Collaboration
Utilize new commission flexibility in 4.5 to easily establish and maintain default splits between multiple salespeople, and identify the splits by customer. When your customers place an order, your splits will occur automatically—minimizing the time you’re spending today recalculating or overwriting commissions. If you pay multitier commissions, 4.5 will easily use rate tables and ensure your salespeople are paid correctly, even if you use many different commission rates by combinations of salespeople, customers, items, and effective dates.
Let Purchase Orders boost your Cashflow
There are instances when you don’t normally put to stock certain items which your customers buy. The new enhancement will allow you to create Purchase Orders automatically through Sales Orders. Whenever a customer buys that certain item, a purchase order will automatically be sent to your vendors which will save your employees time and effort in doing the job.
Allocate by Lot and Serial Number
When creating Sales Order you can now select a lot and serial number. This allows you to reserve limited-quantity lots or serial numbers for your best customers, or match the product you’ve previously shipped to a specific customer.
More Powerful Integration of Sales Order and Job Costs
Upgrading to MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.5 will allow you to take advantage of more flexibility in processing and tracking of ongoing jobs and additional options for Job Estimates. Information will automatically flow through your system to relieve inventory.
Depending on how you want to display a kit and its components, choose various methods to update Sales Kits, including by the Job Transaction Detail Report and a lot more.
Free SageCRM 7.1 License
Nothing beats the integration of an ERP software such as MAS 90 and MAS 200 with a CRM software such as SageCRM. Aside from perfectly managing your whole business, you will have the tools to communicate with your contacts efficiently in a comfortable manner. You may execute email marketing blasts and drip marketing campaigns in a fast and easy way. Furthermore, SageCRM provides you powerful reporting tools to help you come up with brilliant decisions.
This is just a brief summary on what you will get if you upgrade to version 4.5 of MAS 90 and MAS 200. More information can be downloaded at Sage’s website. We highly recommend you to upgrade so that you can take advantage of the new powerful features and help you to better serve your customers.
Well, after 21 years in this industry, I must say I have seen pretty much everything. Don’t get me wrong. MAS 90 and MAS 200 (soon to be called Sage 100) are awesome programs for the ERP market and fit so many different kinds of companies. But tell me where is the real recognition for the people who really support the product? Huh?
For me, as the President/CEO of MTSI, I don’t take it lightly regarding my responsibility to my clients. It is a hard job. It requires extreme attention to details. It requires a commitment to the client that we will only recommend things that will benefit them as a company.
I’m sorry Sage, but although we ONLY represent your product line, I refuse to be in the business of “selling” Sage solutions if it’s not a good fit. I am here for the client not for Sage. That may be a bit of hard medicine to swallow, but that is how I run my business and that will not change.
Not only is MTSI a “National Partner” with Sage, but for over 21 years have been only working with Sage products. This includes MAS90, MAS200, MAS500, Act, Sage CRM, SalesLogix and BusinessWorks. Over the past 4 years we have acquired 5 other Sage partners and have been awarded with President’s Circle. But even with all of that, our focus is always the client. You cannot put a square peg into a round hole. It’s really that simple.
If you are struggling trying to figure out what is best for your business, no matter if you have Sage products or something else, please feel free to contact MTSI and we will be more than happy to access your situation and give you the correct advise.
Ok. Time to write about how I feel right now. MAS 90 and MAS 200 are great programs. But it’s not about how many you sell of them. Ok? Sage would have you think otherwise. The bottom line is regarding if this is the right fit for the customer or prospect. That’s it! End of story.
MTSI has prided itself on providing great service and support for the past 21 years. As the President/CEO of MTSI, I am not about to change that aspect. If the product is a good fit for the client then hey, let’s go. But if it’s not, then why go further?
I am NOT here to push boxes of MAS90 or MAS200. I am here to do what is best for the customer. That is why MTSI is still around. Imagine 10 years ago there were over 1,000 of us around the country. Now? Less than 300. Why? Because they either didn’t market their business, or switched to something different, or they were acquired/merged with another company.
MTSI has acquired 5 companies over the past 4 years because people see us as a company they can trust to take care of their clients. We are not about selling stuff. We are about providing a service that companies care about that helps their bottom line. Yes, in doing so, it helps our bottom line as well. But if your vision is about helping the customer’s bottom line first, then yours will follow.
I cannot tell you how tired I am of seeing companies trying to take advantage of their customers just for the sake of their own bottom line. The real bottom line is that if you take care of your customers bottom line then yours will follow that shortly. Just be patient and do what’s right. It’s really that simple!
The main purpose of Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP software is to efficiently and effectively manage your internal and external resources such as financials, human resources, and many others. ERP software shares and expedites the movement of information across all divisions within a company through a central database and makes sure that all workflows are streamlined in an enterprise-wide coverage.
Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 are just two of the numerous good examples of ERP software available in the market in today’s market; however, these two are the top-rated in the small-midmarket class. Sage MAS 90 has been in the market for more than two-and-a-half decades already. Sage MAS 200 was released as the client/server version for Sage MAS 90 which is designed for companies with numerous locations and wants to manage all their operations through a centralize database.
So what can Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 do for your business?
Surprisingly, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 eliminate unnecessary expenses and reduce your overhead expenses without even realizing that you had quite a few. The robust engineering powering Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP software enables it to keep an eye on your work-flow. The monitoring of your financials is so precise that it’s just like micromanaging your resources to the smallest detail and thus ensuring efficiency in your cashflow. The highly acclaimed accounting system behind Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 is one area small-midsize businesses should make the most of. For a business falling in the SMB category, absolutely there is nothing more gratifying than having your business grow with efficient workflow through an accounting software such as Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200.
In addition to managing your business so effectively and minimizing all unwanted expenses that could incur, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 also provides robust Business Intelligence tools that help you stay ahead of your competitors. In a competitive playing field, correct and accurate information is the key. With the intuitive business intelligence tools which Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 provide, you are able to obtain a quick overview of your financial data in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format, thereby allowing you to make smart decisions on where you can be more profitable. With the comprehensive inventory management modules, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 makes certain that your stocks are kept on check making sure you know the circulation of your items to the smallest detail.
In every company, the most significant asset is not the money but the people working hard to make the business prosper and that is what we call human resources. Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 also feature a comprehensive human resources and payroll solution ensuring that your staff are happy. A well-treated workforce will have the enthusiasm to make their work performance better.
What else there is to say? In fact there are so many. The bottom line is, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 are tested and proven ERP and accounting software that can keep costs down and streamline your work operations through the comprehensive wide-range of modules offered. Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 are the perfect investment for your small-midsize business, you don’t need to spend for other business software which many business owners did. Let Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 do its job for your business and discover a smooth workflow throughout your whole enterprise.
One of the best features in Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, the world-renowned ERP and accounting software, is their functionality for modular basis. This means that you can customize the system and integrate the modules that you need to suit your specific business needs. The powerful accounting module is given because at the first place the program used to be an accounting software but as they evolved into an ERP software they offer more functionality beyond accounting. As an ERP, they now provide more comprehensive functionality including distribution solutions which make them very effective distribution software as well.
Distribution businesses are the ones responsible for the movements of products and ensure that these products, goods or merchandise reach the end-users. This responsibility calls the need for effective distribution software and this is where Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 come in. These famous mid-market solutions effectively manage your distribution process which includes inventory management and control, order processing (purchase orders and sales orders), supply chain management, shipping and delivery, warehouse management, and many more.
Distribution software makes the distribution process more efficient in so many ways depending on the activities involved. The movement of the products in the supply chain plays a vital role in wholesaling and retailing that is why every activity affecting this process should be carefully monitored. An ERP distribution software was made to address this responsibility. It is important to take a closer look on the modules of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 along with their functionality in order to know how advantageous they are for a distribution business.
Both Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 has a bar code module which allows the staff to scan the items by using a handheld computer during physical counting and all data about that item goes straight to the centralized database. An advance credit card processing solution is also available to manage secured credit card transactions between you and your vendors. Inventory control is now easier with multiple-warehouse management which provides information of every detail of the products’ movement including pricing, discounts and quantities.
Integrating the inventory management module with the purchase order module allows auto-replenishments of stocks because purchase order module automatically creates purchase orders and sends them to your vendors whenever stocks are running low. This ensures you have adequate stocks on your inventory thus eliminating over and under-stocking issues. Sales order module on the other hand creates sales orders whenever a customer purchases an item even if it is right from your e-Commerce website. Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) module processes customer returns and replacements. This value-added service makes customers happy.
The bottom line is, distribution software provides a smooth and efficient process in the distribution supply chain through the shortening of order cycles, increase in visibility across your whole enterprise through the integration of modules which provides better collaboration between different departments, reduction of costs and increase in sales. With all the features and functionality behind Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, any company in the distribution industry would like to take advantage of the software’s benefits in order to make their customers happy while they effectively manage their internal and external resources.
Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 are the perfect accounting and ERP software for manufacturing businesses. They have been designed in such a way to achieve optimal efficiency in your operations. From the start of your manufacturing process down to the final product, all the stages are monitored carefully up to the finest detail. The manufacturing module is an add-on to the core programs of Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200. Being a highly customizable accounting software, the manufacturing module is sold separately and serve as an add-on because not all users of MAS 90 and MAS 200 will be needing the module. Therefore the end price of acquiring the solution varies.
As an ERP software, both have a comprehensive manufacturing module which includes the 3 most important aspects in the manufacturing process, the Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Work Order Processing and Bill of Materials. Other powerful modules in the manufacturing module are Inventory Management, Purchase Order and Sales Order. These functionalities are tested and proven in helping manufacturing companies streamline their processes
The 3 key modules of a manufacturing software:
- Material Requirements Planning or MRP – the materials requirement planning is the most time-consuming task in the whole manufacturing process. To increase efficiency and avoid problems, you have to know the exact materials you need, plan purchases and know when you will be out of stocks. You don’t want to stop your operations due to material shortage.
- Work Order or WO – this allows you to check and monitor updates in real time, give out work orders, create work schedules, and monitor costing related to the manufacturing project and many more. Use Work Order in conjunction with Bill of Materials to automatically merge the material required to create a product from the appropriate bill.
- Bill of Materials or BOM – in manufacturing, you need a detailed list of materials to complete a certain product. This includes raw materials, intermediate assemblies, sub-assemblies, sub-components, components, and other parts. You can evaluate missing costs, examine variances, and check shortages and more.
There are other sub-modules in the whole manufacturing module including purchase order, sales order and inventory management. The manufacturing module makes Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 a comprehensive manufacturing software integrated with your accounting and ERP software.
Power up your entire manufacturing process with manufacturing software that drives productivity and provides detailed, accurate tracking and reporting at every stage. Create multi-level bills and produce accurate, informative reports detailing bill structures. Complete finished goods and manufactured component items to other modules in your business management solution for seamless integration with your distribution system.
Back in October 2011, Sage Software Inc. announced the planned modification of name for branding reasons from the existing Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage MAS 200 ERP to Sage 100.
With respect to Sage, they plan to improve the branding in the united states to match more closely with those in Europe, as well as Sage Software’s primary office is based in the United Kingdom (UK).
Pretty much all the various brands of Sage Software would change to a new set up, and not only Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. Nevertheless, for the aim of this article on our site, we are going to be talking about only Sage 100 here.
The functions of the software are not expected to be altered apart from the standard updates and upgrades to most recent versions which is certainly the same as of the present.
Sage 100 is in fact the intended new term for the package of systems currently Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. Within the Sage 100 brand, you will have 3 types, or “variants” if you will.
Sage 100 Standard is the replacement name for Sage MAS 90.
Sage 100 Advanced will be the new brand for Sage MAS 200.
Sage 100 Premium is the new name Sage MAS 200 SQL.
Customers will begin finding information from Sage in regards to the product term changes at the beginning of 2012. Of course you’ll also have references to the new branding at Sage Summit, the yearly assembly for Sage partners and clients. The current preparations shows that roughly October 2012 the replacement solution brands should begin delivering to users.
A financial catastrophe or recession truly provides bad news mainly in the business market. This leads to a sequence of events in the day-to-day lives of individuals, driving them to strive more as a way to earn their living. In the industry perspective, this suggests lesser profits despite the fact that obligations are taking the cash away. Business owners need to run their companies more efficiently, cut expenditures, and shell out minimal while becoming efficient at highest outcome. But despite the economical downsides that occurred before, did you know there have been a lot of intelligent investors who created fortunes? These people invested in acquiring stocks at low value since they could tell that gradually their value will increase. They then sold their share at higher value during financial recovery. They were clever enough to recognize that their investment will be worthwhile.
Nowadays, Information Technology has shown to be important in nearly all company. Aided by the stunning boost of technological innovations, all mankind has become equipped with technologies enabling organizations to operate more efficiently by growth in productivity at least costs and come up with clever alternatives using sensible strategies.
This paved the way to the growth and development of Enterprise Resource Planning solutions popularly known as ERP. ERP systems have played crucial jobs in many corporations throughout the world and proved to improve revenue and organization progress. Among the many unique ERP solutions the most prominent are Sage MAS90 ERP and, Sage MAS200 ERP or plainly labeled MAS90 and MAS200. These software are manufactured by Sage Software, one of the world’s biggest organizations that create business solutions. Both MAS90 and MAS200 are CPA’s most encouraged solution than any other application in its type. They are generally called Business Management Solutions and Accounting Software which can make them feature-rich ERP system.
The MAS90 and MAS200 software supply a large selection of feature-rich applications which include core accounting, business intelligence apps, customer relationship management (CRM), e-Commerce, Human Resources (HR) and payroll, manufacturing, and distribution. They even have several modules to match your particular business needs.
Although during times of economic depression it really is advisable to slice expenses but shelling out on the ideal ERP system will profit your organization even more, making you cut back because of its ability and effective business management features. An investment in ERP software will payback eventually. Imagine yourself running an enterprise, you by hand carry out almost anything. Just how much chances do you think for you to create big errors? How much money should it cost you in case you wrongly ship wrong goods because you have poor inventory management? How much money you burn by your horrible executive decisions since you don’t have adequate comprehension of your funds? How disappointing must it be to lose clients over your competitors when you have poor customer relationship management?
MAS90 and MAS200 will act like a virtual brain for your business. You deal with your funds effectively with its Core Accounting solutions, the Business Insights module will give decision-makers an useful bird’s eye view of your organization and tells them where they could be more profitable with a brief snapshot of a company’s financial data, obtain comprehensive sales force automation and generate marketing strategies using the CRM module, keep track of your inventories, lower your expenses while raising profits with the Distribution module, manage all aspects in payroll with the comprehensive HR module, execute business on the internet with eBusiness and monitor your every step with Time and Project Management. These are only some of the various business-empowering abilities that MAS90 and MAS200 have to give you.
Although saving and cost-cutting is a good idea in times of tough economy, investing on the proper ERP software such as MAS90 and MAS200 is even a wiser choice. Don’t think of the cost but how much it should payoff depending on the features, advantages and benefits. Think about how many expenses you cut, the thousands of dollars it can save you, the delighted clients and loyal workers you keep, the wise executive actions you make, and the new business opportunities you engage simply because you’re made a better businessman by your clever move in investing on trusted and robust ERP software such as MAS90 and MAS200.