Sage 100 ERP Intelligence Reporting

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Answers To Your Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

Many of you recently made, or are planning to make, a transition from FRx to Sage Intelligence Reporting. So here's a look at some Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) from our customers, along with a quick review of recent changes to Sage Intelligence Reporting for Sage 100 ERP 2014.

What Is Sage Intelligence Reporting?

It's an Excel-based reporting tool that pulls data from across your entire Sage 100 ERP system (any module) into a single location so you can slice, dice, and analyze the numbers in a familiar spreadsheet environment.

Sage CRM Supplement

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Getting Started with Sage CRM Mobile

Business is becoming increasingly mobile. People are using their phones and tablets to access reports, process orders, communicate with customers, and get work done in the office or on the road. So here's a look at getting started with the mobile functionality offered in Sage CRM.

Sage CRM Mobile Web

Sage CRM Mobile Web is a full-featured version of Sage CRM that you access online through your browser, tablet or Smartphone. Offering functionality similar to the desktop version, Sage CRM Mobile Web must be "turned on" by setting the Mobile Device Access option to "True" under the User Details > Security tab.

Once the functionality is turned on, you can also save time accessing Sage CRM Mobile Web by adding a bookmark/icon to your mobile device home screen. Simply navigate to the URL provided by your System Administrator and then click the Add to Home Screen icon.

FRx conversion even easier now!

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New Reporting Tree Conversion Utility

We previously introduced you to the Sage Intelligence Report Designer Add-in - an important tool in converting your old FRx reports to Sage Intelligence reports. The only time-consuming task that remained was the process of manually converting your reporting trees - but no more!

A new FRx Reporting Tree Conversion Utility converts FRx Reporting Trees into Sage Intelligence Reporting Trees. It's a great complement to the Report Designer Add-in and together, they significantly speed up the conversion process.

The End is Near for XP

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Microsoft-Windows-XP-End-of-SupportThe end is near!

Yes, 2013 is almost over, but that's not what we mean. The end is near for Windows XP! Yes, that old friend that's been with all of us for almost 14 years (yes, we said 14 years) is finally taking a well-deserved retirement in April of this coming year. Don't panic, though. This doesn't mean that XP will suddenly stop working in April. It just means that Microsoft will stop supporting it in terms of technical support, patches and fixes. You will be able to keep using XP on your existing computers past April, but there will no longer be any program or security fixes or patches after that point. This is an area of great concern and a risk that will grow as more time passes past the retirement party. You may (or may not) notice how many updates are still installed each week on your Windows XP computers, each one of which is addressing a functional or security issue Microsoft has identified and fixed.

So, what are you to do?

Contact MBA about getting a plan in place to retire those old XP friends and bring in some young blood. Preferred pricing will be available to those get an agreement in place to upgrade all remaining XP workstations in their organization. Not only will you have newer, well supported computers, but the productivity increase should be a boon for business.

Just imagine, no more complaints about how slow the computer is and no more "Oh, I go and get a cup of coffee while it's working on that!"

This retirement and upgrade opportunity also provides a great reason to get your Sage 100 ERP (formerly known as Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP) products to a more current version. Newer versions of Windows require a more recent version of Sage 100 ERP. When you're calling MBA about computer upgrades, ask to speak with a Sage specialist about getting your ERP upgraded as well!

Introducing the New Sage Mobile Apps

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Sage recently unveiled 3 new mobile apps designed to help businesses improve customer service and cash flow. These new cloud-based solutions are affordable, easy-to-implement, and integrate directly with your Sage 100 ERP system. Let's take a closer look.

Sage Mobile Sales

Sage Mobile Apps

This native iPad app provides your sales team with the information they need to close a sale at the customer site. Sage Mobile Sales enables you to process quotes and orders, take payments, and collect signatures while out in the field. What's more, it automatically links to your Sage 100 ERP system so you can:

  • Access real-time inventory availability anywhere and anytime
  • Review recent orders with your customer and view/edit their information instantly
  • Enter orders on-site and accept immediate payment using your iPad

2013 Year End Updates

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Updates for Year end and payroll tax table updates are being released this month. Customers who have the Sage 100 ERP Accounts Payable, Payroll, or Electronic Reporting modules will have updates available to download the week of December 20th, 2013.

  • The Sage 100 ERP 2013 IRD will be needed to update the W-2 and 1099 forms, eFiling, Reporting and the Electronic Reporting module for 2013.
  • Tax Table Update (TTU) will be needed to update the Federal and some states for the Tax Filing Year 2014. This will be in the Sage 100 ERP 2014-Q1 TTU.

Both of these updates will be available for Sage 100 ERP versions 4.40, 4.50, and 2013. More information can be found below in the 2013 Year End Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Sage 100 Supported versions as of 2013

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Sage 100 Supported versions (Formerly Sage ERP MAS 90, 200, 200 SQL)
Sage 100 ERP  2013 4.50 4.40 4.30
Release Date Dec-12 Aug-11 Feb-10 Jun-08
Phone or Email Support (Reirement End Date) Yes  9/30/15 9/30/14 9/30/13

Quarterly & Year End updates
   (AP, Payroll & Electronic Reporting)

Yes 12/31/14 12/31/13 12/31/12*
Tax Table Updates Yes 12/31/14 12/31/13 12/31/12*
Product Updates (formerly Service Updates) Yes Yes No No
Hot Fixes** Yes 12/31/14 12/31/13 12/31/12*
Online SUpport Knowledgebase Yes Yes Yes Yes

Important Notice:Tax Year 2013 is the last year we will maintain and support tax forms within the standard Accounts Payable, Payroll and Electronic Reporting modules. Filings for Tax Years 2014 and later will only be available with the Sage 100 ERP integration to Federal and State eFiling and Reporting, powered by Aatrix. The Payroll Tax Tables will continue to be maintained according to this document.

Sage 100 ERP Version 2013 Released

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Sage 100 ERP 2013

Sage announced the release of Sage 100 ERP 2013 on December 17th 2012. This release is available to all current Sage Business Care customers. Sage 100 ERP 2013 includes customer–requested enhancements, new cloud services, and add–on solutions. When you upgrade, you'll get usability enhancements with Visual Process Flows, more flexibility for Credit Card Processing using Sage Exchange, improved visibility into the availability of Product Updates, and more. Sage 100 ERP 2013 includes feature and functionality enhancements across your system in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Reconciliation, Inventory Management, Paperless Office, Sage CRM, Intelligence Reporting, and Credit Card Processing through Sage Exchange.

Sage 100 ERP Product Update 5 (4.50.5.0)

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Sage has released on 12/13/2012 product update 5 for Sage 100 Version 4.5 (4.50.5.0). This release was done around the same time that the newest version of Sage 100 was released (Sage 100 ERP Version 2013). Product update 5 is available for download from Sage's website for those customers current on their subscription. Installation of this product update is included for those sage subscription customers that are also on MBA Business Software's Support Account Preferred. Please call our office to schedule the install.

The following is a list of enhancements and corrections that have been incorporated for Sage 100 version 4.50 in this Product Update. Product Updates are cumulative, containing all program corrections found in prior updates. Product Updates through 4.50.5.0 also contains program corrections that were introduced in 4.40.0.7 - 4.40.0.10.

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.)

 

Protect Your Business From Fraud This Time of Year

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Tis’ the season of giving, but for many fraudster’s, it’s also an opportunity to take advantage of your hectic schedule! Fraud is on the rise during the holiday season. It’s even more important to keep your eyes open for the following fraud indicators. When more than one is true during a card-not-present transaction, fraud might be involved.

  • Larger-than-normal orders
  • Orders that include several of the same item
  • Shipping to an international address (Very High Risk)
  • Transactions with similar account numbers
  • Transactions placed on multiple cards or multiple transactions on one card over a very short period of time
  • Sales processed through the Deaf Relay System
  • Cardholder’s asking for Wires or funds through Western Union
  • Sales that seem “Too Good to be True”

Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP Product Update 4 (4.40.0.04)

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Now available is Product Update (PU) 4 for Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 released from sage on December 27th 2010. This is the fourth Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 4.4 Product Update and is available for download from Sage Online. This update focuses on year-end changes and program fixes. New features and functionality are added in Product Update 5 that is scheduled for next year.

Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL v4.45 video - Part 2

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Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL v4.45 has been released for New customers. This new version of MAS 200 for SQL looks very promising. Sage University released an overview video of this version of MAS 200 on SQL. Here is the second part of a video that Sage released. To see the first video, click here.

In this video, Sage will show what the product looks like and how you can get the information that you need to run your business. It will show how to use Microsoft SQL to make Views that can speed up reporting or make it easier to create reports.

Sage ERP MAS 200 v4.45 Video - Part 1

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Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL v4.45 has been released for New customers. This new version of MAS 200 for SQL looks very promising. Sage University released an overview video of this version of MAS 200 on SQL. Here is part 1 - An Overview video that will shows what makes this version of MAS 200 powerful. This will answer questions about how it is installed, what are the benefits and other features available.

Next week we will go over part 2 that Sage has about the new SQL version.

Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.45 is Released

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Sage has released the first version, for the second time, of Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL. Version 4.45 is now available for newcustomers. This is not an upgrade from the 3.x version of SQL and is not considered to be the same product. This is a re-release of SQL as a new MAS 200 product. This version of MAS 200 uses the new Business Framework architecture. It has improved MAS 200 by using Microsoft SQL as the Database so that it will  provide stability and scalability. More can be seen about this release by going to https://www.SageMAS.com/MAS200SQL.

Some of the reasons you might want to go to this version of MAS 200 would be:

Sage Release Service Update 4.30.0.17

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Sage released a new service update #17 on 12/24/2009. 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.

Sage Payment Services - Gateway Update

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Update from Sage Payment Services about their Gateway enhancements. Phase I completed and Phase II is about to start on January 19th 2010. Most customers for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 did not see any issues from the Phase I and are not expected to have any issues during the next Phase either. Below is the email from Sage Payment services.

Don't ruin your day with power outages

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BatteryDon't let your day be ruined by power outages. Make sure that you have your office servers and workstations protected with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). A UPS can prolong the life of equipment, keep data from being lost or corrupted. Has your UPS been talking to you? Those high pitched beeps might be telling you that your battery needs to be replaced. If you haven't changed the UPS battery in a while, it might be time for a new one. A UPS is only as good as the battery in it!

Need help with this? Call us at 678-495-5700 and see about having a network support tech help you. If you know you haven't replaced your battery in a few years it might be a good time to switch it out before it does go bad.

Year End 2009

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This Issues Topics:


Year End Specific Articles

  • Creating A New Company In Sage MAS 90 Is Easy As 1-2-3
  • What's New And What's Coming
  • Module Closing Sequence

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General Module Closing Details For Sage MAS 90 And 200

Purchase Order, Sales Order, Inventory Management, Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and General Ledger.

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The Importance Of Budgeting

Does your organization produce budgets and track progress? What about revenue forecasts? In this article, we discuss why budgeting is important, and how you can produce budgets with surprisingly little effort in Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP.

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The Applianz System Can Save On Upgrade Costs

Has your organization been holding off on upgrading your Sage MAS 90 ERP software, because of the cost of the hardware and operating system upgrades you would need? If so, read on to learn about the Applianz System, a cost-effective platform for your mission-critical business management software.

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December 2008 - Volume 8 - Issue 6

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This Issues Topics:


Practical Examples
Using Business Insights Explorer
It is likely that you have heard about Business Insights Explorer (BIE) for Sage MAS 90 ERP and how it can provide customized access to information and increase productivity in your day-to-day tasks. But practically speaking, we understand that you are busy and have a hard time finding the time to explore BIE to decide which views can help with your daily workflow.
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Enhance Customer Service With The RMA Module
How does your organization process customer returns? Today's customers expect a specialized level of service, and a manual system of tracking and resolving returns can be increasingly challenging. The Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) module for the Sage MAS 90 ERP handles returns and replacements with ease.
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Stepping Over Dollars To Pick Up Pennies
Have you ever heard the old saying, “You're stepping over dollars to pick up pennies”? If you are like me, you have not only heard the saying but may have used it a time or two. The topic that we are covering this month ties right into the saying. This month we will be talking about training.
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Year End 2007

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This Issues Topics:

Year End Specific Articles Include:
  • Preparing For Year-End Processing
  • 2007—The Year In Review
  • Creating A New Sage MAS 90 And 200 Company Is Easy As 1-2-3
  • It’s The Order That Counts
  • Year-End News, Updates, And Tips
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General Module Closing Details For
  • Purchase Order
  • Sales Order
  • Inventory Management
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • General Ledger
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Extended Solutions That Maximize Security
The security of your company's data is critically important. Your Sage MAS 90 ERP software includes a strong security infrastructure to provide tight control over which users have access to which data. Several Extended Solutions are available that allow you to fine-tune your security setup.
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Protecting Your Data
Today's businesses depend on technology. You would find it very difficult to operate without your company's servers, workstations, laptop computers, peripherals, and more important, the data stored within that technology. When something is this valuable, it makes sense to invest in its security. Your technology is vulnerable to a number of dangers, from natural disasters, to power interruptions, to simply wearing out.
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Year End 2006

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This Issues Topics:

Measuring Financial Fitness
Year end is a good time to review the financial health of your business. Industry-standard calculations can give you a picture of your financial fitness in the form of ratios. Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage MAS 200 ERP track and report on your key ratios in an easy-to-read...
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Year End Specific Articles Include:
  • Preparing For Year End
  • Creating A New Sage MAS 90 And 200 Company Is Easy As 1-2-3
  • Year-End News, Reviews, And Updates
  • It’s The Order That Counts
  • Fifteen Ways To Improve Your Cash Flow
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General Module Closing Details For:
  • Purchase Order
  • Sales Order
  • Inventory Management
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • General Ledger
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In The Spotlight:
Assets And Compliance
Year end is a time when companies have much to do, both to close out the prior year and set the stage for the new year’s operations. Two common areas of consideration at year end are accounting for fixed assets and corporate tax filings. Sage Software has two tools available...
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December 2006 - Volume 6 - Issue 6

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This Issues Topics:

End-To-End Business Solutions

To stay competitive as the business environment becomes more crowded, successful organizations continually evaluate their processes for areas of improvement. End-to-end system integration can reduce operating costs, enhance customer service, and...
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Headline News
Sage MAS 90 ERP earned a perfect Five Star rating in the annual Review of Mid-Range Accounting Systems published in the September 2006 issue of...
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Which Payroll Solution Is The Best Fit For My Business?
Challenges with payroll tax compliance are significant these days. There are over 10,000 taxing agencies in the U.S. constantly changing regulations and penalties (up to 11 percent of payroll tax deposit) for late or missed payments. While processing payroll is a necessary part...
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Not Getting What You Expected From Your Software?
Last issue we learned that not getting what you expect from your software is probably not the software’s fault. We talked about individual user training and in this part, we’ll examine software utilization at the organizational level. Certainly, these two are tightly intertwined...
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Year End 2005

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This Issues Topics:

Getting Ready For Year-End Processing
Year-end processing within Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP involves many steps, and many of them can be performed in advance of the actual closing process. In this article we’ve highlighted some of the most important steps you can take in preparation for the important and...
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Year End Specific Articles Include:
  • Sage MAS 90 And 200 Year In Review
  • Creating A New Sage MAS 90 And 200 Company Is Easy As 1-2-3
  • Year End Updates
  • It’s The Order That Counts
  • Malware Beware! The Security Of Your Data
Read more...

General Module Closing Details For:
  • Purchase Order
  • Sales Order
  • Inventory Management
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • General Ledger
Read more...

In The Spotlight:
Sage MAS 90 And 200 Extended Solutions
The start of a new year is a great time to review procedures and practices with an eye toward improving efficiencies. Here are several Extended Solutions for Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP that promise...
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