Finally, the light at the end of another dark winter tunnel is approaching because March is nearly here and (as far as this writer is concerned anyway) that counts as spring! The season when things start changing for the better and a time for fresh and optimistic new outlooks.
On that positive theme we’re welcoming in the springtime with a refresh of the Sage 200 brand and an update to the solution that promises big things and ties the product in to Sage‘s future systems roadmap. Now, we hope you’re ready for this because things can potentially get a bit confusing here but trust us, this is an exciting update for all Sage 200 users.
Welcome Sage 200cloud Professional
Yes, the new name for Sage 200 Extra is Sage 200cloud Professional (a change that was heavily hinted at by the earlier interim Sage 200c refresh in the latter half of 2017) with Sage confirming the system as part of their “Cloud Connected” solutions range.
Of course, the reason this could be a tad confusing is the fact that Sage 200cloud is actually the on premise-installed version of the Sage 200 solution with Sage 200 Extra Online representing the “true cloud” version of the system.
However, Sage 200 Extra Online is also a cut-down Microsoft Azure-based version of the full solution in terms of its functionality and can also offer less scope for integration (or may not even be suitable for a business if their IT roadmap doesn’t include the use of standalone cloud applications).
This is where Sage 200cloud Professional steps in. The solutions uses the power of the desktop and the cloud combined to support growing manufacturers, distributors, and business services. Including integration to Microsoft Office365 out of the box the Sage 200cloud solution is designed to supercharge your business processes. Check out the video below to see what we mean…
Sage 200 Upgrades
In line with Sage’s end of life policy for the Sage 200 suite of applications which sees live support in place for the current version plus the two previous versions, 2013 and 2013R2 versions now enter a period of extended support until the 21st October 2018.
On this date these versions will cease to be supported by Sage and, while existing clients’ help desk support contracts with DCS are unaffected, our options for fault resolution are limited and patches/fixes/legislation updates will not be released for the versions from that point on.
By not upgrading once support is withdrawn you therefore run a significant risk considering the critical nature of your business management systems and we would always recommend your business remains on a supported product.
To find out more about upgrading and to begin your review of Sage 200cloud simply get in touch with the team at DCS, we’re always happy to help!