Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90/200) is a comprehensive ERP solution for small to mid-market businesses growing beyond off-the-shelf accounting software like QuickBooks. In January 2017, the publisher Sage announced that only the upgraded version of the 100 software would be available to new customers. Sage 100cloud (formerly Sage 100c) is the up-to-date edition of the solution that provides increased functionality and connectivity.
Sage focused on the 100cloud solution as the future model of their Sage 100 ERP product line. All ongoing research and development, including advances in cloud features, will be implemented into Sage 100cloud alone. With enhanced functionality and improved integration with additional modules, Sage 100cloud is a modernized solution for businesses seeking to grow into the future.
Here are 10 reasons to switch from a legacy Sage 100 ERP to a modern Sage100cloud solution:
1. Improved UI
One of the most obvious improvements in Sage 100cloud over Sage 100 is the implementation of an improved user experience. The user interface has been completely redesigned for easier navigation and to remove the learning curve for interacting with the software features.
2. Drill Down Capabilities
Sage 100cloud contains features that deliver streamlined data capture capabilities and new tools for providing comprehensive visibility. Users can leverage an improved internal search engine to find individual functions much more easily and utilize the Business Insight Dashboard to provide an overview of existing data streams.
3. Vertical Functionality
The upgraded Sage 100cloud solution delivers additional functionality for manufacturing and distribution SMBs, including material, inventory and financial controls built into the system. Native Material Requirements Planning, Bills of Materials, Inventory Management, and Purchase Order enable you to plan out production lifecycles and build complete audit trails from ingredient purchase to distribution.
Migrating to the modern version also allows you to establish more automated workflows for recording processes within financial and inventory control modules. Automation in Sage100cloud enables more streamlined reporting procedures that eliminate manual tasks, alleviate human error and remove redundant data entries.
5. Office 365 Features
Sage 100cloud features improved integration with Microsoft Office 365 solutions, which provide additional benefits for users of applications within both systems. The 2018 update allows access to an Outlook add-on called Sage Contact that delivers customer data through the former. It enables you to keep track of customer information and communications within Outlook to help unify your processes.
Both versions of Sage 100 have access to mobile applications as of the 2018 update; however, 100cloud features improved mobile interfaces and a deeper level of functionality with multiple devices. Cloud enhancements will provide more seamless integration between Sage 100cloud and mobile tools, as well as streamline real-time features accessible through smartphones.
7. Integrated Solutions
The cloud connectivity within the latest version permits a better integration with incorporated modules, as mentioned above. This includes Sage Inventory Advisor Basic, a cloud-based solution that provides Sage 100 users with comprehensive visibility into their stocked items and allow them to automate supply chain processes. Other connected services available for Sage 100cloud are multi-bin warehousing, e-commerce and cloud backup integrations, and future updates will bring new point of sale and mobility functions as well.
8. Future Research
Sage is diverting focus for future updates to 100cloud, though Sage 100 perpetual license holders will remain supported for the time being. However, what this means is that users of the older version will not be able to take advantage of major technology upgrades and integrations planned for later releases. Sage 100cloud users will receive all the features that those of 100 will along with new additions that will continue to build out and modernize the software.
9. Sage Business Cloud
The shift from Sage 100 to Sage 100cloud represents a greater development initiated by Sage Software, described as the Sage Business Cloud. The renaming of Sage 100c along with other Sage products represents a change in communication strategy by the publisher to inform users of the plans for their software items. The Sage Business Cloud is designed as “the only cloud platform that businesses will ever need” and the products under its umbrella reflect this in providing a path for users to adopt cloud technology at their own pace.
10. Total Cost of Ownership
TCO is a deciding factor in ERP migrations as implementation and maintenance costs can fluctuate depending on a variety of circumstances. Sage 100 and Sage 100cloud present different pricing models, with the former offering a perpetual license and the latter being subscription-based. The license is significantly more expensive than the month-to-month pricing for 100cloud users so that the upgraded solution ends up costing less on an annual basis.
Sage 100cloud vs Sage 100 – Migrate to a Modern ERP
Sage 100 was and remains a valuable solution for SMBs outgrowing off-the-shelf accounting software such as QuickBooks or Sage 50. However, it is eclipsed by the newer Sage 100cloud in existing and future functionality as well as in the level of integration it provides through cloud-connected applications.
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