RKL eSolutions supports hundreds of Sage 500 customers from coast-to-coast. Naturally, with a product that is now nearing 18 years old and coded in an aged programming language, we frequently field questions like, “When should we replace Sage 500?” and "Should I consider migrating to Sage X3?”.
For some customers, that question occurs annually upon the Sage Business Care plan renewal while others experience changes in organizational structure, growth, and software needs which create new software requirements. For companies that prefer to stay current with technology, the facts that Sage 500 was developed in Visual Basic 6 (VB6) and that Microsoft is likely to stop supporting VB6 at some point, are compelling reasons to consider replacement, too.
We’ve compiled a summary of the 8 most common triggers to help you identify if you should explore replacing Sage 500 with Sage X3.
#1) Your IT Department wants options
Is your IT Department looking for deployment flexibility, to reduce operating costs, and the burden of an on-premises solution? Sage X3 delivers freedom of Sage X3 SaaS Cloud, on-premises, or hosted model. Because there is no client installation, users access the software from any browser and any device delivering a truly mobile user experience out-of-the-box.
#2) License fees should not be one-size-fits-all
Sage X3 provides licensing options defined by roles and functional requirements so you buy only what you need. For example, Sage X3 users can be defined as Operational with access only to distribution capabilities instead of consuming full access licenses at a higher cost. This allows organizations to purchase the correct licenses which reduces initial costs along with the annual Sage Business Care fees calculated during subsequent renewal periods.
#3) You’re not just stateside anymore
Sage X3 is a global solution with legislation and multilingual support in over 30 countries. Regulations, reporting, and localized accounting principles are easily configurable and automatically updated.
#4) Your organizational hierarchy is complex
From multi-company to intercompany transactions, Sage X3 allows organizational structure setups to avoid manual entry, integrations, and financial reporting adjustments between entities.
#5) Distribution operations require more automation
Product Management, Sales, and Purchasing benefits from deeper inventory management capabilities including; quality control, costing scenarios, lot and serialization, and pricing. For larger enterprises, Sage X3 provides full intercompany transactional support plus vessel and container tracking for enhanced product visibility.
#6) Production processes need more horsepower
Sage X3 leverages standard manufacturing capabilities found in Sage 500 with additional depth in specific functions like; Change Control Management (CCM), product configuration, MRP and MPS scheduling and optimization, and Work Order management.
#7) Maintaining 3rd party add-ons is disruptive and expensive
If you’ve extended Sage 500 with add-ons for process manufacturing, costing fixes, MRP enhancements, or modifications, it may be time to consider Sage X3. Our consulting expertise combined with the powerful core features of Sage X3 allow you to mold the system to meet very industry-specific needs.
#8) Your workforce demands new tools
From mobile applications to process flows and workflow event management, technology has changed how users consume applications today. Sage X3 delivers a modern user experience that leverages real-time business insights, dashboards and analytics so you can focus on innovation and customer service instead of your business management solution.
Join Us for a Sage X3 Demo
If you’re struggling with any of these challenges, it may be time to consider Sage X3. If your Sage Business Care Plan is active, you may be entitled to price incentives when you migrate from Sage 500.
Join us for a Sage X3 Introductory Demo designed for customers looking to upgrade or migrate.
When: February 24th at 2:00 PM (Eastern)