As we approach the beginning of 2020, it’s time to update our Sage 500 clients on the state of Sage 500 and the eventual product end of life. Since our last post, five years ago, technology has transformed how businesses operate and how individuals consume technology at work and home. At Sage Summit 2014, the CEO of Sage made a bold statement of “no forced migrations” and that still holds true today.
What is the outlook For Sage 500?
The underlying foundation of Sage 500 has not changed. Sage 500 was developed using Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 (VB6), a technology tool first released in 1991 that has limited support from Microsoft today. Developers and publishers are not using VB6 to develop new applications, instead, favoring more modern development toolsets. However, Microsoft has not fully stopped supporting VB6 and has pledged to continue its support because many of its own applications still rely on the stable code base. In fact, Microsoft has publicly stated, through a program called ‘It Just Works’, that from the date it publicizes an end of life strategy for VB6, Microsoft will support VB6 from that date five years into the future.
what should clients consider in regards to the latest sage 500 end of life update?
Based on Microsoft’s support of VB6 as above, we know that the end of life for Sage 500 has been delayed for at least five more years. While Sage has not published major new features, its development strategy has focused on usability enhancements and connected services. This focus provides peace of mind for clients to continue using Sage 500 while encouraging the research of replacement solutions at the client’s pace.
We also know that 500 clients are looking for modern technology solutions with features that include web-based and mobile accessibility, business intelligence, advanced analytics and seamless upgrades.
How is RKL eSolutions supporting its Sage 500 client base?
Sage 500 support, services and development continues to be a key part of our Sage portfolio offering to our existing clients. In the past year, we have solidified partnerships with 3rd party add-ons to extend the life and functional capabilities for customers that are not ready to replace Sage 500 in the near term.
We’ve also expanded our Sage portfolio options with Sage 100cloud, Sage Intacct and Sage X3 as potential migration solutions for our clients to consider. RKL has thoughtfully chosen Sage 100cloud, Sage Intacct and Sage X3 because of their diverse technology deployment options and purpose-built industry focus, providing options for our client base.
We fully support Sage’s “no forced migration’ message, but realize that the pace of technology along with business needs change rapidly. For that reason, we are educating our Customer Success Managers and Consultants to engage with our valued customers and begin talking about short and long-term business management software objectives.
Rest assured, RKL is committed to your growth by enhancing your business solutions and extending your investment while evolving with technology applications.