Sage MAS 90 ERP History and Overview


State of the Art, Inc., also known as S.O.T.A., first released the Master Accounting Series for the 90s (MAS 90) in the mid of 1980s (1984-1985) to offer more powerful accounting solutions to businesses during those times. In just a matter of time, MAS 90 rapidly gained popularity and significant market share through a successful reseller channel consisting mainly of small Value Added Resellers (VARs) and through majority of Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s). Many CPA’s during those days have tried using MAS 90, became efficient in using the software and endorsed it to their client-base. As further developments of MAS 90 continued, the software became more advance, CPA’s have more technological issues and concerns with the product and stopped selling the software. Today, the Sage MAS 90 ERP is resold through a authorized Sage partners and VARs.

Sage MAS 90 is mainly an accounting software solution when it was first published. However, as it was further developed, it became a modular basis for other industry specific solutions. Today, Sage MAS 90 features its flexibility in providing solutions not just in accounting but in wholesaling distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, CRM, e-Commere, HR and payroll, time and project management and a lot more. Sage MAS 90 has more than 25 featured modules plus hundreds of other industry-specific solutions developed by Sage’s network of business partners.

Sage MAS 90 runs in a file server environment which means that data files are shared with either a dedicated (file) server featuring file sharing services, or a single computer in a network rendering peer-to-peer file management. This LAN-based financial system architecture is a fairly archaic approach that for most intents and purposes limits the number of concurrent users. Sage documentation reveals that MAS 90 can sustain up to ten locally connected users, however, several seasoned consultants would advise switching to the more powerful MAS 200 if more than five users require concurrent access. Sage MAS 200 is functionally identical, but operates in a client-server environment running under Windows server operating systems.

Sage MAS 90 uses Crystal Reports for nearly most of its built in packaged reports and custom reports. Some of the remaining ‘legacy’ modules including Work Order Processing, or Job Cost still have ‘hard coded’ non-user editable reports, however, users can create new reports using the included Crystal Reports tool.

From a technology viewpoint, MAS 90 was originally designed in Business Basic Extended (BBX) and the solution has failed to keep up with the advancement platform and database technology advancements made by major competitor Microsoft with its Dynamics lines.


Majority of Sage MAS 90 users come from almost every industry. They use the software for their financial and accounting system; however, industry-specific businesses using the software are involved in the manufacturing and distribution industry but not the more advance supply chain management (SCM).

  • Wholesale distribution
  • Wholesale management


Sage MAS 90 has numerous strengths which include but not limited to the following:

  • Low acquisition cost
  • Proven, reliable and stable financial application
  • Strong basic accounting functionality
  • Very large North American install base


Sage MAS 90‘s major competitors include Microsoft Dynamics with its GP, AX, NAV and SL lines as well as SAP Business One. Other competitors include QuickBooks and Epicor as well as the on-demand makers of Intacct and NetSuite.

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