Hello Again Sage ERP MAS 500 Partners,

As we close fiscal year 2011, it is only fitting that we refine and finalize our plans for fiscal year 2012.  For me, part of that exercise included taking a look at the Sage ERP MAS 500 roadmap and updating it beyond the 7.5 release targeted for Q4 2012.  Last week’s news about continuing support of VB6 in Windows 8 allows us the flexibility to continue with our plans in a coordinated and strategic manner. Nonetheless, we want to remain mindful of that challenge and build it into our long term plans.

For those of you who have been around for a while, you have undoubtedly noted some recurring themes in recent releases.  Some directional corrections were needed and some groundwork needed to be laid.  We are very proud of the work we’ve done over the past few releases and believe we are well positioned now to take some more aggressive steps to add value for existing customers, as well as attract new prospects in some key verticals.

As you know, we go to great lengths to listen to our customers and prospects in an effort to understand our opportunities.  We not only review, but follow up by phone on in-product surveys and win/loss analysis reports.  We travel to customer sites during and after implementations to understand how our products are being used in the everyday workflow of individual businesses.  We spend time with you, our partner community, to understand the areas where we could improve in the sales cycle and in day-to-day operations once the sale is complete.  All of this research brought us to a few key moments of truth that serve as the framework for everything we put into our releases and updates.  Our software needs to be:

We’ve begun the journey.  The course is charted.  The road is clear.  Please see the roadmap posted here.

Sage ERP MAS 500 Roadmap Oct 2011

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Hello Again Sage ERP MAS 500 Partners,

I am excited to share with you today news from last week’s Microsoft BUILD Conference.  During the conference keynote, Microsoft confirmed that any application, including VB6 applications, that works on Windows 7 will also work on Windows 8.  Further, our own Wei Li was in attendance and received a Windows 8 tablet.  He installed both the Windows 8 desktop and the Windows 8 server and confirmed that Sage ERP MAS 500 Version 7.4 and the development version 7.5 run perfectly in the new operating system.  This is wonderful news!

We can now continue to develop and promote Sage ERP MAS 500 with confidence in its continuing sustainability, while taking advantage of the advances in technology promised with the release of Windows 8.  We can continue with our plans to move forward with adding features that strengthen our dominance in key verticals, confident in our ability to deliver efficient software without the need for workarounds to make them compatible with newer operating systems.  We will continue to pursue connected services and leverage our ecosystem of strong development partners to tailor systems to the specific needs of our customers while at the same time making it increasingly easier for custom work to survive upgrades.

As we come to the close of the current fiscal year, this news should give you added confidence in the marketplace to approach prospects and close deals knowing that Sage ERP MAS 500 is here to stay!

I am in the final stages of updating the Sage ERP MAS 500 Roadmap and should have that posted in the next week or so.  Additionally, we are looking at how we can help you in the new year to bring in additional business.

Stay tuned for more news!  In the meantime, don’t forget about the sales tools at your disposal now on the Partner Marketing Resource Center.  And while you’re at it, why not get connected?

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Hello Again Sage ERP MAS 500 Partners,

I am pleased to announce the release of the August 2011 Product Update!  The update is available for download from www.sagesoftwareonline.com as of this week.  We’ve included two important enhancements in this update that I believe your customers will find very useful.  The first is an added feature in Credit Card Processing for both versions 7.3 and 7.4 – Post Authorize Credit Card for an Amount in Excess of Pre-Authorized Amount.  As you know, our policy is to only include enhancements in the Product Update for the most current release but this feature was so requested we decided to include it for the prior version as well.  The second enhancement adds a task
to generate an ACH Remittance Advice – ACH Remittance Advice.  This enhancement is available for version 7.4 only.

Post Authorize Credit Card for an Amount in Excess of Pre-Authorized Amount

With the release of the August 2011 Product Update, users can now go in to Customer Maintenance and establish a limit for Credit Card Upcharges.

  • The limit can be a Monetary amount or a Percentage of the total
  • Established on an individual customer basis for added flexibility and control

Once the limit is established, when a post authorization is processed that exceeds the pre-authorized amount – as long as the excess is within the limit – the post authorization succeeds using the original authorization number.  No longer is there a need to guess at a freight amount, or process two transactions to collect for the overage.  The program handles it all in one simple transaction.  Of course, if the overage exceeds the limit, manual steps are still needed to reconcile the discrepancy.

ACH Remittance Advice

A new task is added to the Accounts Payable Activities menu with the August 2011 Product Update for version 7.4 called “Print ACH Remittance”.  This new task allows users to print a voided check form listing the vouchers paid with any posted ACH Remittance batch, thereby providing an audit trail or file copy to attach to the voucher copies.


You can see quick video overviews on both of these features on my YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/lscade

Looking Ahead…

Looking ahead for Sage ERP MAS 500 there are positive signs on the horizon.

  • Just today Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will support virtualization at the desktop so that users can run multiple operating systems locally. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx
  • Sage continues to invest in the continuing development of Sage ERP MAS 500 at or above the industry standard rate.  We continue to add new features designed to strengthen our market share in advanced distribution and manufacturing verticals.
  • Development efforts for Version 7.5 are well underway.  Many of you have been invited to join in conference calls with our design staff to help us define those new features.  I am currently working on an update to the Sage ERP MAS 500 roadmap that will include broad stroke concepts for the 7.6 release and a preliminary timeline for additional improvements along the way.
  • Efforts are underway to define requirements for a Project Accounting solution that could be deployed across the portfolio.  If you have direct input or customers who would like to give direct input, please provide their contact information and I will follow up with them.
  • In the coming months – watch for new license promotions, additional marketing materials, updated websites, the introduction of a new freight solution, and other activities to help you succeed in your sales efforts.

If at any time you have questions or concerns regarding the future of the product, feel free to reach out to me personally at linda.cade@sage.com or by phone at 949-864-7040.

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