Just an hour or so ago Sage announced more plans around their North American rebranding of their product portfolio. While not all of their programs will be renamed the Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 product line appears destined to receive a new moniker sometime in early 2013.
Expect the new naming convention for Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 to be Sage 100.
Sage have announced their North American portfollio will be renamed around a broad theme where larger product number mean higher capacity usage by large companies.
The following 5 naming groups will contains most of the current Sage ERP software.
For more details and timelines see our post on Sage ERP MAS 90 becomes Sage 100
If you're a Sage ERP MAS 90 or 200 user you may have run into this issue once or twice.
While trying to print a report you'll notice that the only printer which is displayed as selectable is DEFERRED. You will be able to view other printers on your Windows computer and most of them will be active. However when you go into MAS90 or MAS200 you find that the printers cannot be selected.
Why is this?
Solution? Usually it's because you have an invalid printer on your workstation. Most typically this will be a printer that it not even in use any longer. When Sage ERP MAS 90 or 200 is on a print related screen (one where a printer selection will be offered) it first scans to see if any printers are unreachable or reporting errors. If it finds any "bad" printers it may prevent you from selecting a printer at all.
The solution is to remove unreachable printers (any that report errors when you try to print a test page) and re-start MAS90.
Have you ever created a new report setting for a report in MAS90 or MAS200? If so you've probably noticed that the date will suddenly stop defaulting to today's date. Instead you'll likely see the last date used on the report.
Some users prefer to have the date always default to the current day when they run these reports. With a little advance work you can fix your saved report and have the date always default.
Want to know how?
CUSTOMERS EXPIRING PRIOR TO APRIL 12TH:
There are no issues quoting or placing renewal orders on SSO for customers expiring prior to April 12th so feel free to continue processing those quotes and orders as usual.
CUSTOMERS EXPIRING APRIL 12TH AND BEYOND:
The new Business Care pricing has been applied to customers that expire April 12th and beyond. The new Business Care pricing is on the customer's renewal invoice they received from Sage and it is correct. The new Business Care pricing will be reflected on SSO on April 12th. So if you need to re-quote or place orders for customers expiring April 12th and beyond, please contact your Client Care Rep.
We receive many inquiries about the cost to upgrade MAS 90 and MAS 200 to the latest 4.4 version. By far most people are looking to satisfy themselves that the quote that their present consultant provided (usually just range of hours) is fair.
Usually a customer is shocked to see that our quote is higher than what they think their consultant is going to charge them. That is until they think that they really haven't gotten a price from their consultant - rather they have an estimate that is probably going to vary when that final bill is sent.
If you need to download FRX 6.7 Service Pack 11 (aka R11670) you can navigate directly to the Microsoft Knowledgebase via the link below.
If you've been searching for the lastest FRX Service Pack for Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 you probably noticed that Sage pulled every update from their web site.
Sage did this not to be mean. They actually have to remove all the downloads due to a contract with Microsoft who has eliminated the ability to sell or provide updates as of January 31, 2011.
When working on a client upgrade we generally break the work up into four separate phases. Each of these phases has different responsibilities.
Phase 1 - Installation and Configuration (typically performed by us)
Phase 2 - Testing of the upgrade (typically performed by you and us)
Phase 3 - Go Live (typically performed by you and us)
Phase 4 - Post Go Live support for a pre-arranged period of time
Having a plan for the upgrade of your system ensures that all the proper work is reviewed and approved prior to making a decision to go live with your new upgraded system. It's far better to catch potential issues prior to the day you "flip the switch" and we've found the best way to do this is through proper phasing and testing of the upgrade.
Many of our clients have received these notices and are asking whether they should install this new reporting tool and what the benefits of Sage MAS Intelligence are.
Sage Software has a full compliment of educational sessions that you can attend for more information. They are offering a Jumpstart introductory class on February 28, 2011 which will take you through the basics of this new reporting tool.
Sign up today -- class size is limited. Best of all - cost is free!
Users of Sage ERP MAS 90 and MAS 200 e-Filing should download program patch PR-4047-T which fixes an issue with e-filing and Social Security Employer Match and Medicare Employer Match records are not populated for Federal eFiling and Reporting.
Sage's Knowledgebase further identifies the issue as:
Liability amounts are incorrect on Form 941 in eFiling and Reporting. The amounts on Line 17 and the Schedule B do not include the Employer Social Security and Medicare amounts.
For more information see the Sage KB Entry Resolution ID 532463