Sage 300 ERP 2016 – Pre-Release Information

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With Sage claiming their seat as the #1 worldwide provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for Small to Medium size Businesses (SMB’s) it’s not going to seem like the next sentence makes much sense. But here goes.

The first major change is that Sage 300 ERP 2016 will only be supporting Microsoft SQL Server as its backend database. Microsoft AZURE SQL will be a flavor of choice as well according to Stephen Smith who is Sage 300’s Chief Architect. This means the Sage customer will need ample time to prepare and plan for their next upgrade which means doing away with the Pervasive.SQL and Oracle database platforms. Why would Sage do this? Not only are these engines harder to set up and configure, but they also don’t support as many 3rd party Sage 300 add-ons. So if you wanted Sage Business Intelligence, Sage CRM, Technisoft Service Manager, ACCU-Dart Warehouse Management, e-ImagePac (Modulo Software), or other third party applications you were forced to switch to MS SQL Server anyway. Oracle? It never caught on for the Sage 300 market and I can’t recall where we’ve been approached to even talk about it with our clients. Will Sage ever venture into other SQL databases? It has sure been on my mind for at least the past ten years but I don’t see Sage making moves in this direction any time soon given that resellers were told at the Sage Summit conference in 2012 that most of Sage’s technology dollars are slated for another Sage product. But, it all depends on the Sage 300 customer and what they demand too.

You might be asking, “What does it cost to go to MS SQL Runtime Edition or MS SQL Standard Server?” Please see my blog article.

It is my opinion that most companies hiring IT staff can be assured that somewhere along the career path of those new hires, they are probably familiar with Microsoft SQL Server. So overall training and certifications for staff is going to be lower as a result of previously educated IT staff.

So what other bells and whistles are being kicked around for this release of Sage 300 ERP 2016? How do document image attachments sound? Or the ability to create recurring accounts receivable invoices? Some of the features that Sage adds to their next release are as a direct result of input from their end users. If you’d like to log a request with Sage you can log into your Sage 300 ERP, go to Help, Give Us Feedback, and start telling Sage what you’d like to see in the products your company uses!

Sage 300 ERP 2016 has been slated for release around this year’s Sage Summit (July 2015).

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