Outgrowing your Sage 50 package?
Sage 50 is a fantastic entry level accounting package and is by far the most installed and operated business software in the UK SME market today. However, company growth and development can put pressure on software, leading to a system that no longer matches your business requirements.
Common changes undertaken by Sage 50 customers include expanding their product range, increasing their employee numbers, placing more emphasis on trading with overseas customers, and increasingly complex business processes. Changes like these are the trigger to reassess a business systems and look at new ways of doing things.
Sage 200 is a business wide suite of software which has evolved from previous versions, Sage Line 100 and Sage MMS. Sage 200 is the natural upgrade route for Sage 50 customers who find themselves requiring a system which can manage more complex business processes and functionality.
Sage 200 is available both on premise and Online and can be purchased in a variety of ways including a low cost monthly subscription option.
Data is the number one asset to any business and is a key consideration with any system upgrade project.
At Smith Cooper, we have many years experience in helping Sage 50 customers migrate up to Sage 200 and are ideally placed to discuss and agree the best way to move your data into your new software.
As you would expect, there is a standard migration utility that will bring all of your data, including historical transactions, seamlessly across from Line 50 to Sage 200. However should you wish to take the opportunity to perhaps restructure your chart of accounts or purge any redundant data (e.g. Dead accounts, old Stock codes etc).
Even going down this route, Smith Cooper can assist with the extraction and import of your data. This will allow you to cleanse your data whilst avoiding the tedious re-keying of static data such as names, addresses, stock codes, BOM’s etc. What’s more, as there is no limit on the number of datasets in Sage 200, we can still migrate Sage Line 50 in full as a second archive company for reference purposes.
Why upgrade from Sage 50 to Sage 200?
- Connected Users
Sage 50 has single user access in many areas resulting in widespread “record locking” messages
- Lots of transactions or users
Sage 200 has a MS SQL database
- Flexible and structured control of accounting periods
Sage 50 is a date driven system Sage 200 has the option of closed period accounting
- More detailed accounting reports
Sage 200 allows up to 999 companies, allows consolidation and has a three tier chart of accounts
- Improved Commercial Analysis
Each Account and Order has up to 20 analysis codes
- Advanced foreign currency control
Pay, receive and allocate any currency against any currency
- Multi-location stock control
Multiple warehouses and bins are available in Sage 200
- Batch/serial number tracking
Full traceability functionality for batch and serial numbers
- Sage 200 Eco-system
Sage 200 has large & established range of boxed add-on products
Both Sage 50 and Sage 200 are available to be installed on premise in the traditional way, or they can be operated in the Cloud.
There is no right or wrong answer as to whether a cloud deployment is the right way to go and this is absolutely subjective to your company’s cloud policy, software requirements and the quality of your internet connection. Smith Cooper can go through all of the options with you and make a mutual decision as to the best way forward.
We realise that funding an installation like Sage upfront may not always be an option, therefore we have ensured there are a number of ways for you to purchase Sage, regardless of how you choose to deploy the software. these include Traditional Cap-ex model, Subscription Pricing or Finance.
If you would like to get in touch with a member of our team, we will be more than happy to provide more information on each of these options, and we’ll happily help you crunch the numbers.