Pro Tapes & Specialties uses Sage ERP for core accounting, manufacturing, and distribution. RKL eSolutions has assisted Pro Tapes & Specialties in a variety of ways over the last 6+ years. We performed two upgrades of their Sage ERP application and assisted them with their move to the cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
If you’re like some folks, you’ve probably heard of EDI but aren’t exactly sure what it is, what it does, or what benefit it can offer your company. In this article, we define EDI technology, evaluate its benefit, and take a quick peek at integrated EDI solutions that are available for your ERP software system.
What are the Supported Versions of Sage 500 ERP?
In accordance with their software support policy, Sage regularly retires support of older versions of Sage 500 ERP in order to focus on delivering higher quality support for the latest product releases.
The currently supported versions of Sage 500 ERP include Version 2013 (7.5), Version 2014 and Version 2016. Sage 2013 support will end upon the version 2017 release which is currently targeted for the end of the year 2016.
Refer to the table below for a more detailed list of currently supported versions of Sage 500 ERP along with their planned end-of-support dates.
Reporting Tools for Sage ERP X3 for Better Decision Making
In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the Sage Enterprise Intelligence (SEI) and Sage Intelligence reporting tools and the latest version features of both products.
Starting with the Basics: Sage Intelligence Financial Reporting
Sage Intelligence – Financial Reporting provides Sage X3 users with powerful reporting capabilities. An Excel-based business intelligence tool that provides pre-formatted reports that cover basic financial reporting from the General Ledger. These pre-configured reports can be edited and customized.
With Sage X3 Version 9, Sage made some new enhancements for Sage Intelligence which include:
- Financial report layouts for multiple years, multiple sites, multiple budgets and all 9 dimensions that X3 allows. Plus layouts include multiple chart of accounts and multiple ledgers.
- Integrated multi-currency support with access to the exchange rates maintained in Sage X3.
- A new icon for “Additional Reports” will give you access to download the Report Utility so you can access new report layouts that have been created on an on-going basis.
- The Distribution module has been enhanced so that you can now send reports that contain the embedded formulas as well so you can see how the values were calculated.
The bottom line is that Sage Intelligence is a step up from basic spreadsheet analysis and a must-have for simple Excel-based financial reporting. Sage Intelligence is compatible with Sage X3 version 7 and above.
Helpful Resources: Sage Intelligence Online Community for Sage ERP X3
Take It to the Next Level: Sage Enterprise Intelligence
Sage Enterprise Intelligence (SEI) provides more extensive and advanced business intelligence reporting capabilities. SEI is designed for self-service analysis and reporting across mobile, web and Excel. Dashboards and Views can be accessed via the web or via mobile devices. There is also an Excel based reporting tool in SEI for your reporting needs. SEI offers business intelligence and data warehousing capabilities across all areas of operations including financial, distribution, manufacturing, sales, purchasing, budgeting, and more. In fact, Sage Enterprise Intelligence will combine real-time analytics from other data sources beyond just your Sage X3 database. And with its fast data processing engine, Sage Enterprise Intelligence is a perfect fit for Sage X3 customers with a large volume of data to analyze.
A wide range of dashboards and views are delivered out of the box and feature graphics, charts, and data visualization. See below for a sample of the dashboard menu and a production dashboard:
This is a sample of the SEI Sales view menu and the Product/Category Sales per Year view in the center:
The new version of Sage Enterprise Intelligence provides new options and flexibility to make it easier to design new views of data. Some of the new design features include :
- An immediate preview of tables and column definitions using your actual data while in the “Process Preview”
- The ability to switch to a different background color preview in less steps
- You can now reuse previous settings when you set process parameters or execute stored procedures
- Stored procedures can be executed directly from the Excel add-in. Stored procedures no longer used can now be deleted.
Also, SEI is available in French, Spanish, German, Chinese and now Turkish language.
Need Help Understanding Your Options?
Contact us to discuss the business intelligence options in Sage X3 or if you’d like help determining the best combination of tools and features to meet your unique requirements.
Decas Cranberry Products’ business needs have changed since their original implementation of Sage 500 ERP. They are an industrial supplier of sweetened dried cranberries, fresh whole cranberries and cranberry concentrate and in recent years have developed their Paradise Meadow retail product line and private labeling line of business.
Decas Cranberry was founded in 1934 and is a family owned cranberry grower and processor located in Carver, MA. Cranberry bogs are a common site in this area known locally as “cranberry corner”. Cranberries are one of the largest fruit crops that are native to North America and are only produced in a handful of states. Massachusetts is the second largest cranberry producing state in the US.
In anticipation of the release of Sage 100 2016 scheduled later this year, it’s important to take note of the currently supported versions as well as which products have been retired in case you’re running an older version of Sage 100 (f.k.a. MAS 90 / MAS 200).
As a reminder, the standard Sage policy is to support the current version (2016) plus two versions back (in this case, Versions 2015 and 2014).
Refer to the following Sage 100 ERP Supported Versions Snapshot (image below) for a quick glance at currently supported versions of Sage 100:
*The Electronic Reporting module (formerly known as Magnetic Media Reporting) has been retired. But you still have the ability to print Payroll and A/P tax forms using the Federal or State eFiling menu tasks.
**Sage will release the last product update for Sage 100 versions 4.50 and 2013 (aka version 5.0) to enable the recording of Payroll data for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in November 2015.
***Sage reserves the right to determine if and when Hot Fixes will be issued.
To get full details on the supported version timelines or to see a larger image of the support matrix, click below to review the complete article on the self-service knowledgebase online:
Ready to Upgrade?
Contact us if you’d like to plan, discuss, or begin an upgrade to a currently-supported version.
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.
Sage Hits the Road Again, Visiting a City Near You!
It all started last year with the idea of Sage Executives going on the road (in the Sage RV), visiting with customers, and getting “real stories” from the front lines about challenges and successes that their customers experience.
The Sage Inspire Tour traveled to 14 cities across the continent and helped the Sage team gain a better perspective about what customers – like you – want from Sage and their business software products.
Why It’s Important to Your Sage ERP System
There has been a lot of talk lately about Sage Data Cloud and the important role that it plays – and will continue to play – in Sage’s mobile and cloud technology vision. So we thought we’d take a closer look to help you understand what Sage Data Cloud means for your Sage ERP system – today and into the future.
See Also: The Future of ERP Software