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The Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 Roadmap

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Sage released its roadmap for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. This comprises of some retirements of their old Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 versions as well as upcoming releases for version 4.4 of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. This adds great value for those who are using Sage software. Enjoy new time-saving features and enhancements especially in the Inventory Management, Purchase Order and Bill of Materials modules.

People often wonder what’s new for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. Sage published its roadmap for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 which is intended to be viewed by the public. The release of this roadmap outlines Sage’s plans for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. Below is the summary for featured key points:

  • Product Strategy:  Sage intends to provide more “value for maintenance”. This consists of integrating functionality and features from the famous Extended Solutions, product updates with the least disruption. The main point is to release new features and functionality over time with product updates as oppose to wait for a major upgrade.
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server
  • New financial reporting alternative:  Business Insights Intelligence.    FRx will be supported by Microsoft until December 31, 2012 and Sage is targeting Quarter 2, 2010 for this new reporting tool in a familiar Microsoft Excel interface.

See the roadmap for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 in the illustration below along with a general timeline:

  1. Product Updates for Version 4.4 (March, June, September, December 2010 and March 2011)
  2. Version 4.5 (Quarter 3 of 2011)
  3. Product Updates for Version 4.5 (September, December 2011 and April 2012)
  4. Version 4.6 (Quarter 3 of 2012)

Furthermore, Sage has also stated that some of their products will be retired. Please see the time guidelines below:

  1. Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 Version 3.71:  September 30, 2010
  2. Sage MAS 200 SQL Edition Version 3.7x:  June 1, 2011
  3. Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 Versions 4.0, 4.5 and 4.1:  September 30, 2011

Upgrading your old Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 accounting software is the best advice we can give to everyone. This enables you to enjoy ongoing support from Sage plus the security and enhanced functionality incorporated in the upgraded versions.

If you are not yet using Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 or Sage MAS 500, have your free needs analysis now at MTSI!

If you want to know more about Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, contact Marshall Technology Solutions, Inc., a premier Sage MAS 90 reseller, Sage MAS 90 partner, Sage MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 200 partner in the United States with over 19 years of experience. Call us at our toll free number – 866-848-2957.

MTSI opens doors for you, we will be honored to be your Sage MAS 90 reseller | MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 90 partner | MAS 200 Partner.

Given that Sage MAS 90 is a powerful ERP accounting software, time will come that you need more users to access your system. This usually happens when your business is growing significantly fast. This is the perfect time to upgrade from Sage MAS 90 to Sage MAS 200.

5 Signs You Are Outgrowing Sage MAS 90
If you find yourself seeing any of these 5 things, you may be ready to look beyond Sage MAS 90:

1.      You need or expect to need more than 10 users to access your Sage MAS 90 in one time

2.      Your Sage MAS 90 system slows down or halts if too many users access at one time

3.      You are currently doubling the amount of orders you process

4.      Daily posting practically shuts down your Sage MAS 90 system

5.      You experience data corruption due to system outage for a whole day

If you are experiencing these issues and your business is affected, then congratulations! Your business is growing fast!

You shouldn’t worry about this as we have the perfect solution!

The Perfect Solution
Even though this experience is somehow annoying and frustrating, a wise man once said, “in every problem lies an opportunity”. This is your opportunity to move into a more powerful ERP system which is Sage MAS 200, the higher version of Sage MAS 90. Having a straight transition from Sage MAS 90 to Sage MAS 200 is fast and easy:

  • Both Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 use the same database; therefore, there is no need for any data conversion
  • Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 have the same features, functionality, screens and menus; therefore, there is no need pay for training and learn a new system.

Why upgrade Sage MAS 200?

As we all know it, accounting demands intensive transactions which take a lot of time. Even though Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 have a lot in common, Sage MAS 200 handles transactions in a different way compared to Sage MAS 90. Whereas Sage MAS 90 sends data back and forth across the network to execute transactions, Sage MAS 200 simply sends commands to the server where all transactions are done. This is the client-server or thin-client platform which allows Sage MAS 200 to run on low bandwidths with minimal data transaction across the network. This allows Sage MAS 200 to:

  • Support more users accessing the system at the same time (more concurrent users)
  • Effective in remote server environments – With a secure internet access built-in, Sage MAS 200 does not need Terminal Services or Citrix.
  • Capable of managing large volumes of transactions – Sage MAS 200 can process 300%-1000% faster than Sage MAS 90. Sage MAS 90 is good if you are only dealing with a few hundred transactions per day but Sage MAS 200 is perfect for companies handling thousands of transactions per day.
  • Higher security, enhanced data integrity and reliability – Simply because Sage MAS 200 processes all the data in the server, there are no data transferred over the network which prevents data corruption.
  • Leverage the power of a scalable server – Storing and processing all data on the server enables more cost-effective and easier performance upgrades and helps the system continue to grow with your business into the future.

This is the perfect advice we can give to everyone who are currently or anybody who is expecting to outgrow their Sage MAS 90 accounting software. Sage MAS 200 was designed for this purpose. Upgrading from Sage MAS 90 to Sage MAS 200 is definitely the perfect decision.

Have your free needs analysis for Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 or Sage MAS 500 now at MTSI!

If you want to know more about Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, contact Marshall Technology Solutions, Inc., a premier Sage MAS 90 reseller, Sage MAS 90 partner, Sage MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 200 partner in the United States with over 19 years of experience. Call us at our toll free number – 866-848-2957.

MTSI opens doors for you, we will be honored to be your Sage MAS 90 reseller | MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 90 partner | MAS 200 Partner.

Sage MAS Intelligence

Sage announced last year their intention to retire FRx and replace it with the new Sage MAS Intelligence which happens to be a very powerful and user-friendly graphical financial reporting tool. Get the critical information of your business, delivered right into your hands and conveniently read them through a new report designer. Sage MAS Intelligence goes beyond your General Ledger reporting needs, it distributes business intelligence throughout your Sage MAS ERP (MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500) systems including Sage CRM and Sage Abra.

Sage MAS Intelligence benefits will include:

  • Quickly identify and respond to trends using sophisticated, customizable dashboards
  • Empower your staff with timely, meaningful information and trend reports
  • Easily create comprehensive financial, operations, customer, and vendor reports
  • Efficiently view, manipulate, analyze, and distribute reports in a familiar Excel format
  • Extract up-to-the-minute high level summaries, account groupings, or transaction details
  • Effortlessly consolidate data from multiple companies, divisions, and databases
  • Streamline customized work in Excel

Microsoft FRx – Financial Report Extender

Microsoft FRx (Financial Report Extender) financial software is a full-featured, graphical financial reporting tool. FRx Desktop is recognized as a “best-of-breed” financial report writer, and is a market leader with more than 75,000 installations worldwide, 8,000 of which use Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200, or Sage MAS 500 ERP systems.

With FRx Desktop, the ability to specify row and column formats independently maximizes the flexibility of report formats. Combine formats with custom reporting trees that match your company’s chart of accounts structure to report on specific cost centers. Using a special tool known as the “Cleaver,” you can restructure your cost centers, or carve out new account segments not possible in your standard general ledger. After creating a report, you can print it, export it to an Excel worksheet, drill down to examine the transaction details, or distribute it by e-mail. Plus, FRx Desktop includes links that allow you to include external spreadsheet data in reports. You can also generate multi-company consolidation reports.

FRx Desktop Core Module for MAS 90 and MAS 200

Features:

  • Real-time Data Access-The FRx link allows you to build general ledger lists automatically and pull your accounting data directly from the application.
  • Graphical Formatting-FRx Desktop allows you to change fonts and colors for professional-looking report printing.
  • Drill Down-With FRx, it’s simple to drill down to transaction-level detail. FRx allows users away from the office to view reports directly from e-mail, performing extended drill-down navigation.
  • Roll Up-The functional opposite of Drill Down, Roll Up allows you to consolidate business units, yielding combined totals and other information.
  • Unposted Data-Before posting data, perform a “what if” analysis on your data to determine the effects the transactions will have on your ledger.
  • Export to Excel and HTML-FRx Desktop offers straightforward exporting of formulas and values from reports to your favorite spreadsheet (for example, Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3). You can also export reports to HTML.
  • Cleaver-Use the special “Cleaver” tool to resegment accounts or carve out new account structures.
  • Drag and Drop-You can precisely move reporting units from parent to child positions and vice versa, with standard Windows drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Account Types-FRx Desktop supports account types for proper management of debit and credit amounts.
  • XML Support-XML outputs provide the foundation for supporting industry standards such as AICPA’s XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) standard for financial reporting based on XML.
  • Printing Options-The Print Immediately feature automatically prints a hard copy to the default printer in addition to the selected output, and the Collate option enables you to print (or collate) multiple copies.
  • Security and E-mail Distribution by Reporting Tree Unit-Send specific business unit information to multiple users by e-mail with one report.
  • Spreadsheet Link-Your reports can include links to external spreadsheet data.
  • Reporting Trees-FRx Desktop gives you an unlimited number of reporting trees.
  • Multi-Company Consolidations-Users gain the ability to generate multi-company consolidation reports from within FRx Desktop.
  • Security-Secure by company and report templates.
  • Account Sets-Group sets of accounts under one name, then refer to and update the entire account set in a few easy steps.
  • MAPI E-mail Support-Send reports as attachments or include a link to a file stored on a shared server to predefined e-mail groups. The Demand Page viewing feature sends only the requested information.

    Reports:

    • Balance Sheet
    • Tabular Balance Sheet
    • Side-by-Side Balance Sheet
    • Balance Sheet with Ratios
    • Cash Flow Report
    • Income Statement with Percentage of Net Sales Circulation
    • Income Statement
    • Regional Profit and Loss
    • Rolling Quarter Income Statement
    • Last Three Months Transaction Detail
    • Departmental Transaction Detail
    • Departmental Transaction Detail
    • Debit and Credit Transaction Detail
    • Full Year Transaction Detail
    • Transaction Detail Drill-Down Report (using Drill Down Viewer)
    • Trial Balance
    • Full Year Forecast
    • Budget Variance Analysis
    • Variance Analysis Using Trial Balance
    • Exception Reporting
    • Rotated Departments and Expenses
    • Row Linking Balance Sheet and Income Statement
    • Consolidated Balance Sheet
    • Consolidated Balance Sheet and Income Statement
    • Side-by-Side Consolidated Income Sheet
    • Consolidated Balance Sheet with Eliminations
    • Consolidated Income Statement
    • Side-by-Side Consolidated Income Statement

      Have your free needs analysis for Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 or Sage MAS 500 now at MTSI!

      If you want to know more about Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, contact Marshall Technology Solutions, Inc., a premier Sage MAS 90 reseller, Sage MAS 90 partner, Sage MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 200 partner in the United States with over 19 years of experience. Call us at our toll free number – 866-848-2957.

      MTSI opens doors for you, we will be honored to be your Sage MAS 90 reseller | MAS 200 reseller and Sage MAS 90 partner | MAS 200 Partner.