Top 10 FAQs about Upgrading MAS 90/200 to Version 4.5
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The main feature and functionality enhancements in the Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 4.5 release will be in Payroll, Sales Order, and Accounts Receivable. These customer-requested features and functionality were obtained through user surveys and the Sage customer enhancement request website. Many new features are similar to the main features and functionality of Extended Solutions titles. (For more details, please refer to the 4.5 Pre-Release Guide.)
Sage ERP MAS 90, 200, and 200 SQL new license sales and customers upgrading to 4.5 will be eligible to receive one FREE SageCRM 7.1 Server license and one FREE SageCRM 7.1 user license. Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suite customers upgrading to 4.5 will also be eligible to receive an incremental free SageCRM 7.1 user license added to their system.
Installed base Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 customers will have the option to move to Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL with the release of version 4.5.
2. What modules will be available for Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.5, and have any been added since the 4.45 release?
New in 4.5 will be the ability to add SageCRM and Sage MAS Intelligence to Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL. FAS Fixed Asset Accounting will also be compatible with Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL in 4.5.
Modules and Sage solutions that will be available for Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.5 are:
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Abra Payroll & HR
- Bank Reconciliation
- Bar Code
- Bill of Materials
- Business Insights Dashboard
- Business Insights Explorer
- CompuPay Service
- Credit Card Processing
- Crystal Reports Designer
- Custom Office
- eBusiness Web Services
- Federal and State eFiling and Reporting
- General Ledger
- Inventory Management
- Paperless Office
- Purchase Order
- Return Merchandise Authorization
- FAS 500 Asset Accounting
- Sage MAS Intelligence
- Sales Order
- Sales Tax powered by AvaTax
- Visual Integrator
Also the following Endorsed Partner Solutions are expected to be available for Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.5:
3. Will the main features and functionality of all the selected Extended Solutions titles be incorporated into Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 as of the 4.5 release?
Yes – The last group of Extended Solutions titles that were selected for incorporation will be included in the Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 4.5 release. (For more details on the enhancements that will be included in 4.5, please refer to the 4.5 Pre-Release Guide.) Future enhancements will be based on customer and Business Partner requests obtained from various feedback methods, including surveys, and direct input on our request site www.sagemas.com/MAS_90_200_feedback. This feedback and request site allows customers and Business Partners to sign up, view ideas already submitted, suggest new ideas, collaborate on suggested enhancements, and—most importantly—vote on the ideas that are valued. It takes just a few minutes to participate.
4. Are any new features and functionality available for Sage ERP MAS Intelligence with 4.5?
Yes – New features and functionalities included in Sage ERP MAS Intelligence for 4.5 include the ability to attach Reporting Trees to Report Designer layouts. The new trees will expand the options that companies can use for different reporting structures. Also included in 4.5 will be more flexibility on how reports or any Excel workbooks are distributed, to include distribution via email, publishing to a public server, and FTP publishing. With Microsoft’s permission, Sage is developing a utility that will decrypt proprietary FRx files. The conversion utility will allow consultants or users familiar with FRx to recreate similar reports in Intelligence more quickly, and reduce the effort in migrating FRx reports over to Intelligence.
5. If a Sage ERP MAS 200 customer wants to move to Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL 4.5, will any Sage migration fees apply?
Existing customers will be able to migrate to the Sage ERP MAS 200 SQL product without incurring Sage migration fees. However, because not all Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200 modules will be available for SQL, customers should work with their Business Partners to carefully evaluate their business needs before migrating to SQL and inactivating those modules.
6. How much will it cost for Blytheco to upgrade my system to 4.5?
The cost of your upgrade will vary based on:
- The modules installed on your system
- The number of users you have
- What version you are coming from.
- The modifications on your system (either 3rd party add-ons or customizations)
Call your Account Executive today to get a price quote.
7. Will my staff need training on the new features of 4.5?
Although system versions are very similar, it’s always a good idea to train your users so you can be sure you are getting the most out of the new features and capabilities you paid for. Version 4.5 has features that can make you more efficient, and user training is the best way to expose your staff to these features so they can start using them immediately and be more efficient.
8. Do I have to upgrade my hardware or operating systems to get 4.5?
Maybe! Contact us for the latest hardware and operating system requirements.
9. Can I install the upgrade myself?
Maybe, but we wouldn’t recommend it. In some cases, upgrading is a multi-step process, and you want to be sure you are taking into account all the “extras” on your system – modifications, special reports, user-defined fields, etc. We have done thousands of system upgrades over the years and have a process that we work through each time, to be sure nothing is missed and your downtime is minimal.
10. How long will the upgrade take?
Like the price, the amount of time your upgrade will take will depend on the footprint size of your system, your environment, and what version you are coming from. We know your time is valuable, so we work with your schedule and try to keep downtime to a bare minimum.