Start upgrading to Sage 100 ERP 2014

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Sage 100 ERP Version 2014 is Now Available!

Sage 100 ERP Version 2014 has been officially released and is now available for download.

This latest version is packed with new features designed to help you leverage the cloud, get paid faster, close more sales, and work more efficiently.

Sage 100 ERP Version 2014 Resources

Download the "What's New in Sage 100 ERP 2014" Brochure
Visit the Sage 100 ERP Version 2014 Microsite

Ready to upgrade?
If you have any questions about Version 2014 or need help with upgrade, please contact us.

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In the Cloud or on Premise?

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You Have Options with Sage CRM

If you’ve been considering Sage CRM but still wondering which version is right for you - in the cloud or in your server room - this article can provide some helpful insight.

Sage CRM Cloud

Sage CRM Cloud is ideal for companies that want to get up and running quickly or have limited in-house IT expertise. Since it’s in the cloud you don’t have to worry about managing servers and workstations, and nightly database backups are performed automatically.

On the financial side, there is no hardware or software to purchase so the up-front costs are minimal. Essentially you’re “renting” Sage CRM, paying monthly for the use of software-as-a-service (SaaS).

One aspect of Sage CRM Cloud to consider is that it does not integrate with your Sage 100 ERP system. Therefore, you wouldn’t experience the workflow and data sharing benefits we’ve discussed in previous blogs of connecting your sales and marketing activities with back-office accounting and operations in one single system and database.

New to Sage Intelligence Reporting?

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Since support for FRx has officially ended, a lot of Sage 100 ERP customers are using Sage Intelligence for the first time. So we wanted to provide you with a summary of all the important enhancements added over the last several months, along with some online resources, user guides, and demo videos that are handy for both Sage Intelligence "newbies" and experienced Sage Intelligence users.

2013-Q3 Tax Table Updates

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Important updates to tax calculations are required for some states that may affect your business!

Sage has released the 3rd Quarter payroll update for Sage 100 ERP. This release is available to all SAge 100 ERP customers that are current on Sage Business Care. The update is available for download from the Partner and Customer portals. This update is available for versions 4.4, 4.5 and 2013 (5.0). 

Sage 100 ERP 2013 Product Update 3 (5.00.3.0)

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Sage released on 7/01/2013 the third product update for version 2013 (5.00.3.0). Product update 7 for version 4.5 was also release at this same time. Product Updates are cumulative, comprised of all program corrections found in prior updates. Smart Update will install only the programs that need to be updated since your last Product Update Installation. If you choose to install this Product Update on a system that already has Product Update 3 installed, all programs released in Product Updates 1 through 3 will be reinstalled.

MBA Business Software customers that are on Software Support - Preferred (SSA/PF) can contact us to schedule your update to this version. As part of your support plan, minor updates and hot fixes are included. Not on a support plan but are interested? Find out more about what MBA offers for support

Sage 100 ERP Advanced and Premium Smart Update now updates the client workstation automatically. This replaces the need to run WKsUpdate.exe after installing a product update. Users running Sage 100 ERP Standard over a network will still need to run WKsUpdate Standard.exe on each workstation. This program is located in the ..\mas90\wksetup directory on the Sage 100 ERP Standard Server. 

A 64-bit ODBC Driver Installer for Sage 100 ERP 2013 can be found in the ..\mas90\wksetup directory on the Sage 100 ERP 2013 Server. Run the SageODBC64Installer.exe from each Sage 100 ERP Workstation where 64 bit access is desired.

For Users who have also installed Sage 100 ERP 2013 CRM, beginning with Product Update 1, a Quick Order Entry Component Update.exe is installed to the ..\mas90\RWC directory. Users will need to copy and execute this file on the Sage 100 ERP 2013 CRM server if they have not already done so.

All Sage 100 ERP 2013 Product Updates will require the installation to be from the Sage 100 ERP Server. Significant enhancements have been introduced in Sage 100 ERP 2013 and its Updates. These include: Smart Update, Workstation Synchronization and Sage Auto Update. Part of these enhancements requires the Product Update to make changes to the local registry, necessitating a server side installation. This Product Update can be installed from the Sage 100 ERP 2013 Server either physically at the
console or by connecting to it through Remote Desktop.

Before installing the product update, please note the following:
  • We highly recommend that you back up your system before installing any updates or version upgrades. Otherwise, data may be lost if the update fails.
  • If any customizations have been made to your Sage product, contact your Sage business partner or Master Developer before installing any update.
  • Install this Product Update from the same computer that was used to install the original Sage product to the application server.
  • This Product Update includes fixes from all previous product updates.
 
Hot Fix
ReleasedNameDescription
 8/19/2013  MD5001-T  An "Error 47 Program MDWMQI line 9010" occurs when attempting to modify an ALE Lookup using the Lookup Maintenance on the Developer Studio / Dictionary menu.
 8/02/2013  PR5004-T  Additional Medicare tax will calculate for an employee with a zero dollar check or for an employee with subject to Medicare wages equal to zero if the preceding employee has Additional Medicare wages.
 7/18/2013  AR5003-T  "The credit card transaction request to Sage Exchange cannot be processed" or "You have entered an invalid virtual terminal ID and merchant key combination."

Sage 100 ERP 4.50 Product Update 7 (4.50.7.0)

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Sage released on 7/01/2013 the seventh product update for version 4.50 (4.50.7.0). Product Updates are cumulative, comprised of all program corrections found in prior updates. Smart Update will install only the programs that need to be updated since your last Product Update Installation. The numbering scheme has been changed for 4.50 Product Updates. The third segment represents the Product Update number. This change was done to accommodate future enhancements. 

MBA Business Software customers that are on Software Support - Preferred (SSA/PF) can contact us to schedule your update to this version. As part of your support plan, minor updates and hot fixes are included. Not on a support plan but are interested? Find out more about what MBA offers for support

After installing this Product Update, WKsUpdate 90.exe or WKsUpdate 200.exe needs to be run on each MAS Workstation. This file is located in the ..\mas90\WkSetup directory on the MAS Server.
(WKsUpdate should also be run anytime WkSetup.exe is run on a MAS Workstation.)

Before installing the product update, please note the following:
  • We highly recommend that you back up your system before installing any updates or version upgrades. Otherwise, data may be lost if the update fails.
  • If any customizations have been made to your Sage product, contact your Sage business partner or Master Developer before installing any update.
  • Install this Product Update from the same computer that was used to install the original Sage product to the application server.
  • After installing the product update, run WksUpdate.exe from the server's ..\Mas90\Wksetup folder at each workstation on which you would like to update the local help files.
  • This Product Update includes fixes from all previous product updates.

 

Hot Fix
ReleasedNameDescription
8/02/2013  PR4068-T Additional Medicare tax will calculate for an employee with a zero dollar check or for an employee with subject to Medicare wages equal to zero if the preceding employee has Additional Medicare wages.
7/30/2013  IT4029-T Quantity Break pricing by Product Line calculates incorrectly for eBusiness .Store customers in Shopping Cart.
7/05/2013 WO4020-T Work Order Cost Roll-up Register - when using the % of cost method to calculate overhead, Cost Roll-up incorrectly uses the % of cost from the previous step.

MAS has encountered a problem

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Don't you just love it when you get a generic error message saying your system encountered a problem and needs to close. We recently ran into such an error. The image below is what it looked like. It would appear a few seconds after logging into Sage 100.

MAS Encountered a problem and needs to close

At least they were polite and told us that they were sorry for the inconvenience but it would have been nice if they would have told me why the error happened. This error would show every time the user would log into Sage 100. The user would click close and continue to work in the system without any noticeable issues.

This all happened after installing a service update for version 4.4. It was hard to troubleshoot the since there were no errors in the log stating that this happened or why it happened. No error number or debug information.  

Sage 100 ERP Product Update 10 (4.40.0.10)

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The following is a list of enhancements and corrections that have been incorporated for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.50 in this Product Update. Product Updates are cumulative, containing all program corrections found in prior updates. Product Update 4.50.4.0 also contains program corrections that were included in 4.40.0.7 - 4.40.0.9. These are also listed below for reference. The numbering scheme has been changed for 4.50 Product Updates. The third segment represents the Product Update number. This change was done to accommodate future enhancements.

After installing this Product Update, WKsUpdate 90.exe or WKsUpdate 200.exe needs to be run on each MAS Workstation. This file is located in the ..\mas90\WkSetup directory on the MAS Server. (WKsUpdate should also be run anytime WkSetup.exe is run on a MAS Workstation.)

Sage 100 ERP Product Update 4 (4.50.4.0)

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  The following is a list of enhancements and corrections that have been incorporated for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.50 in this Product Update. Product Updates are cumulative, containing all program corrections found in prior updates. Product Update 4.50.4.0 also contains program corrections that were included in 4.40.0.7 - 4.40.0.9. These are also listed below for reference. The numbering scheme has been changed for 4.50 Product Updates. The third segment represents the Product Update number. This change was done to accommodate future enhancements.

After installing this Product Update, WKsUpdate 90.exe or WKsUpdate 200.exe needs to be run on each MAS Workstation. This file is located in the ..\mas90\WkSetup directory on the MAS Server. (WKsUpdate should also be run anytime WkSetup.exe is run on a MAS Workstation.)

Service Update 4.30.0.19 Release

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Sage released a new service update #19 for version 4.30 on 07/16/10. The service update can be downloaded from Sage's website under support. Follow the links for Service Packs / Program Fixes and choose the 4.30 Service Updates.

Sage Customers on Maintenance can download Service Update now!

When installing Service Packs:

  • Install service update from the same compouter that was used to install Sage MAS 90 or 200.
  • Be sure to apply this service update before data converstion.

For those customers that are on Preferred Support with MBA Business Software, remember that you get these updates installed for FREE! Call our office to schedule your appointment now to get this service update installed for you. If you are not on Preferred Support with MBA Business Software, why not call us to see what you can be getting for FREE as part of our Preferred Support.

The following is a list of enhancements and corrections that have been incorporated for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.30 in this Service Update. Service Updates are cumulative, containing all program corrections found in prior updates.

July 2009 - Volume 9 - Issue 4

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This Issues Topics:


 Managing Your Cash Flow

Avoiding cash flow crunches is often a challenge, particularly in tough economic times. Customers start paying a little later, while at the same time suppliers tighten their credit and payment policies. To survive the economic slowdown and be positioned to prosper when economic conditions improve, it is essential to proactively manage cash.

Read more...


 Are Legacy Custom Reports Holding You Back?

Are you running an older version of Sage MAS 90 ERP? Customers tell us they stay on older versions because of the time and money they spent having custom reports built. Those reports are no doubt essential to running the business effectively, but with versions of Sage MAS 90 that are built in the Business Framework (4.0 and above), there are easier and more dynamic ways to obtain the key information you need.

Read more...


 Selecting A Point Of Sale Solution

Does your organization need a point of sale solution? While the ability to accept payments and quick print Sales Order invoices within Sage MAS 90 ERP may be sufficient for light retail sales, such as the occasional Will Call sale, if your retail sales are expanding, you may need more. There are several point of sale solutions available for Sage MAS 90.

Read more...


Database Choices for MAS 200 - Native C-ISAM or Microsoft SQL

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It has been a long time since we addressed this subject on our website. We posted a database white paper after Sage MAS 200 for SQL was first introduced. There had been much interest in a SQL version of MAS 200 ever since SQL had become a popular technical buzzword and a "de facto" requirement for modern software. But few prospective users understood the trade-offs between SQL and the C-ISAM database intrinsic to the standard version.

July 2008 - Volume 8 - Issue 4

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This Issues Topics:


Business Activity Monitoring Tools Put Your Data To Work
We have all had days filled with troubleshooting problems and remedying mistakes or oversights. Often these problems could have been avoided if only we had some foreknowledge, if somehow we had been alerted to the situation. Of course Sage MAS 90 ERP software captures a great deal of important information about your company and provides the reports essential to running your business.
Read more...


Benefits Of Keeping Your Sage MAS 90 Solution Current
Are you still running on an older version of Sage MAS 90 ERP? Sage MAS 90 has always been a powerful accounting product, maybe that's why you didn't feel you needed to upgrade, but every release has been carefully designed to help customers operate their businesses more efficiently and securely, save time and money, and improve customer service.
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EDI: Not Just For Large Companies
Simply defined, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), is a method of electronically exchanging business documents, such as purchase orders, directly between your accounting system and that of your customer. EDI standards were first developed in the 1960's and early systems were complex and expensive, within the reach of only the very largest companies.
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July 2007 - Volume 7 - Issue 4

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This Issues Topics:

New StarShip Freight Module
Expands Shipping Options

In today’s global business world, transporting goods near and far is part of every business that makes or distributes products. For large orders or large bulky items, parcel delivery services are not the answer—these items are considered freight and must be delivered by truck. The upcoming release of StarShip v10 adds functionality that allows you to...
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Headline News
Sage Software, Inc. recently sponsored a white paper entitled Growing Pains, Expansion Strategies for Small Firms. The white paper was developed by...
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Tips & Tricks
When using Sage MAS 90 or 200 4.1 linked to ACT! by Sage with the new ACT! Link, you may find you need to create matching contact records in one application or the other, after the initial accounting link has been established. The following procedures explain how to...
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Streamline Returns With The Sage MAS 90 RMA Module
Competition for new customers seems to get stiffer every day, and you must work harder than ever to keep existing customers happy. A necessary component of good customer service is accepting returns or exchanges. Your customers expect it, appreciate it, and tend to buy from those vendors who...
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In The Spotlight
New Sage SalesLogix Integration
One benefit of owning Sage Software products is the broad portfolio of applications offered. When you go looking for new capabilities, such as a customer relationship management system, you need look no further than Sage Software. Sage Software has three offerings covering the needs of companies...
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July 2005 - Volume 5 - Issue 4

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This Issues Topics:

Customizer Version 4.1
Sage MAS 90 from Sage Software provides an ideal business management solution for tens of thousands of businesses across hundreds of industries. Part of what enables Sage MAS 90 to meet the enormously varied needs of this diverse client base is its ability to be customized and...
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Sage MAS 90 And Sage MAS 200 Headline News

Best Software, soon to be Sage Software, announced that it is expanding its hosted service offerings with the new Sage Payroll Services for mid-market companies and... 
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Crystal Reports
Putting Your Data To Work For You
Your Sage MAS 90 database holds a wealth of data vital to your business operations. When that data can be organized and presented in informative, dynamic, and even graphic ways it becomes more than data—it becomes information you can utilize...
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Sage MAS 90 In The Spotlight:
Extended UDF Solutions

In our Customizer article beginning on page one of this issue, we previewed many of the exciting new features surrounding user-defined fields (UDFs). UDFs have the capacity to turn Sage MAS 90 into a truly customized solution for your business. Customizer adds UDFs to many of the most used...
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