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xTuple on TV

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

xTuple was recently included in an episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. featuring how xTuple delivers the latest in ERP to help every business evolve for the digital age. See how manufacturers, as well as distributors, can improve customer satisfaction and loyalty with an integrated online presence.

Ransomware: Protect Yourself

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The bad news: Ransomware has become big business. CryptoLocker, Locky, and other variants are netting criminals so much money that there are some who provide it “as a service” to non-techie criminals for a split of the ransom money collected.

The good news: You can protect yourself.

The most important thing is training: your employees need to know not to click on links or attachments they are not sure of the source of. To help with this, make sure that the “Hide extensions for known file types” is UNCHECKED on your computers. If this is turned on, users can see an attachments as file.txt and think “It’s a text file – that has to be OK” when the file really is file.txt.exe, and moments later every text, office and PDF file on that computer and any shares it is connected to are encrypted and being held for ransom.

Also train users to hover over links before clicking to see what the link really points to. The link text may say but the URL behind it may really be!

Next up – regular offsite backups. A copy on a drive attached to a server that gets encrypted will also get encrypted! It also isn’t of any use if fire or water damage is what makes restoring from backup necessary.

For more details and the history of ransomware, see this ZDnet article.

Sage 100 version 2017 new features

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Sage 100 version 2017 has just been released.   Here are some of the new features:

Enhanced Auto-Complete features

Larger Fonts for selected reports

ACH Payments enhancements.  You must have a Sage Payment Solutions account that is set up for ACH payments to use ACH features.

Ability to Accept ACH payments in Accounts Receivable

Ability to Accept ACH payments in Sales Order Orders and Invoices

Improved Export to Excel for GL Financial Reports.  Minimum font size is now 8.  Empty columns and rows are minimized.

Commodity codes are available for Inventory Items and Miscellaneous items.  Commodity codes can be set by Product line. A Commodity Code Import Wizard is available for importing commodity codes into the system.  Commodity codes are included with the data sent when processing Level 3 credit card transactions in the Sales Order module.

New version of Sage CRM comes with Sage 100 version 2017.  Sage CRM 7.3 SP3

  • A contemporary theme with new navigation – Sage CRM 7.3 Contemporary Theme Guide
  • New email marketing integration with MailChimp
  • An optimized mobile experience on a wider range of devices – Sage CRM 7.3 Mobile Feature Matrix, Sage CRM 7.3 Mobile Guide
  • New dashboards, charts and reports for improved business insight
  • New workflow enhancements and ready-to-use escalation rules for alerts and notifications
  • Deduplication capability added for leads
  • An enhanced text editor and new mail merge options

Sage 300 supported versions

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Sage 300 has maintained support for the current version and two previous versions.  Currently supported versions include:

  • Sage 300 2017
  • Sage 300 2016
  • Sage 300 2014

An Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) announcement for the new release of 2018 and the end of support for 2014 will announced once it is available.

Sage Intelligence Reporting for Sage 100 and Sage 300 can save you time

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Sage Intelligence Reporting is an easy-to-use yet powerful business reporting tool. Watch this demonstration of Sage Intelligence Reporting and discover how it can compliment your Sage accounting system.  Sage Intelligence Reporting comes with Sage 100 & Sage 300 systems and includes several standard reports.   A design tool can be purchased for you to create your own custom reports also.  For the video, see  Sage Intelligence Intro video.

An additional video shows Sage 100 (formerly Mas 90 and Mas 200) users how they can convert their Frx reports into Sage Intelligence reports.   See Converting Frx Reports to Sage Intelligence Reports in Sage 100

Alternative for Sage 100 and Sage 300 Credit Card Processing

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Century Business Solutions offers an alternative Credit Card Processing service for Sage 100 and Sage 300 users.   Unlike other credit-card services, Century’s EBizCharge can save unlimited transactions, offers next-day funding, Transaction Summary Report auto-emailed daily, partial payments capability,  Swipe and Store and Guaranteed Rates.   They also have excellent customer service to assist you.   You can view Century’s information at:   Century

Contact if you would like more information and rate comparisons.


Sage 100c subscription-based plan will be the only option for new Sage 100 purchases after 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Sage 100c (subscription based) will be the only Sage 100 offering available for new customers and sales to customers who are off plan for greater than three months under Sage guidelines effective January 1, 2017The classic version of Sage 100 will still be available to current on-plan Sage 100 customers as a perpetual license. Current Sage 100 users who are current on their Sage Annual Maintenance plan can continue to purchase additional users and modules on the standard Sage 100 product.

While Sage left room for companies to purchase perpetual licenses between now and December 31, 2016, it is clear that Sage 100c subscription based product is Sage’s lead offering for future development. Sage 100c features a modernized user interface and bundled services such as Sage CRM, Sage Intelligence (financial reporting) and Sage Inventory Advisor Basics. Sage has publicly stated that they are moving to a subscription business.  Sage is taking this additional step so as to not disrupt their current customers’ businesses.  Sage100 customers will continue to receive compliance and bug-fix updates, but not new features such as the planned Job Cost and Work Order modules re-written using the business framework features.

Also, for a limited time, Sage 100 on-plan customers can upgrade to a Sage 100c subscription for no additional charge!   Note that 3rd party software add-ons need to be reviewed to be sure they are offered with Sage 100c before you upgrade.  For a limited time, if you currently are on Sage 100 Standard you can migrate platforms to Advanced or Premium (SQL) at NO COST (Possibly the best reason to migrate to 100c as some SQL migrations were pricing at $10-$20k just for the license – under this promo there is no added fee! )

Sage 100c is a subscription plan.  If you transition to Sage100c you no longer own the software, you are a subscriber.  Future subscription price increases are capped to a maximum of 10% a year.  Late payments of 45 days will be sent a reminder.  90-days past due the software will set to “Inquiry-only” mode (you cannot enter new transactions).  Subscription fees are paid directly to Sage.

New xTuple Introduction video

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

xTuple ERP has updated their introductory video.  xTuple helps companies of all sizes successfully implement powerful and easy-to-use open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to grow their business profitably.  Check out this short video.


Sage 300 version 2016 – new features and improvements

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

New web screens that allow you to use Sage 300 in a web browser.
Note that web screens should only be accessible via a secure VPN access, otherwise data may not be secure.
System Manager enhanced User Authorization Report – allows you to specify a range of users. Displays detailed information about all security authorizations and screen customizations for those users.
Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Changes:
Post Invoices, receipts and adjustments using a new POST button added to Invoice Entry, Receipt Entry, Adjustments Entry, and other screens.
Bank Services – new POST button allows you to post from the Reconcile Statements screen. On the Reverse Transactions screen, the Finder now opens much faster for Check/Payment, Check/Receipt and Bank Entry number fields.

G/L Journal Entry and related reports provide more detail about transactions
New fields on the Journal Entry screen include: document-date, document-posting-date, entered-by.
New dates on reports allow you to specify whether the report includes document dates or posting dates. Available on Transactions Listing, Posting Journals, Batch Listing.
Post batches of transactions with a new POST button on Journal Entry and Batch List screens.
Order Entry now allows you to specify whether a message appears when you post an order with an expected ship-date that is later then the Deliver-By date.
Tax Services now have a new Clear History Screen that allows more control over when you clear information.. You can specify a range of fiscal year/periods to include on the report.


What is Sage 300c?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

What is Sage 300c?

Sage 300c offers you all the 2016 release enhancements plus anytime/anywhere mobile access, a modern new user interface, and easy mobile access to real-time key performance indicators. These new screens aren’t just great looking; they also help you improve productivity. You canaccess Sage 300c as you do today or leverage the new web screens using a browser from a desktop, laptop, or tablet. You have the freedom of choice on how you want to access Sage 300—anytime, anywhere. With Sage 300c, you will have web access to Sage 300 General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Tax Services, Bank Services, Common Services, Administrative Services, and Payment Processing.
To use Sage 300 web screens over an external network or the Internet, you must have security measures such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Virtual Private Network (VPN) in place to protect your data.  Enjoy mobile access with new modern web screens Sage 300c features new web screens that can be run side-by-side with the Sage 300 traditional
Windows screens. These web screens are intuitive, easy to navigate, and provide the samefunctionality you have today in Sage 300. Keep tabs on critical information with the new homepage.  Get a pulse on your business with the new web homepage in Sage 300c. You can select an anytime, anywhere dashboard specific to your business with key performance indicators (KPI) to access in the office or away through any mobile device.