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Dynamics SL 2018 CU1 Released

Microsoft has released Dynamics SL 2018 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and it is now available for download. Below is a summary of some of the enhancements:

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Acumatica 2018 R2

Acumatica has announced the 2018 R2 release is now generally available. This update is focused on enhancements in response to customer and partner feedback, improvements that will help streamline operations and meeting compliance regulations like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Some of the improvements are highlighted below:

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Dynamics SL 2018 Is Now Available

On May 1st, Microsoft released Dynamics SL 2018 which includes new features, updates and fixes. In addition, SL 2018 will integrate with Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Flow. There are also new Web Apps available and Microsoft is planning on releasing Web App updates about once a month. They will also start releasing updates quarterly to the Dynamics SL application. We will highlight some of the updates here with more details to follow in upcoming posts.

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Project Change Management in Acumatica 2018 R1

Acumatica has released version 2018 R1 which includes several new features for project users. Today we will highlight one of them – Project Change Orders.

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Acumatica 2018 R1 is Now Available

Acumatica has released its latest version – Acumatica 2018 R1. This is the scheduled spring update to Acumatica 2017 R2. The release consists of four parts:

  1. The General Availability of 2018 R1
  2. Acumatica Construction Edition availability
  3. Acumatica Distribution Edition announcement
  4. Business Intelligence with Reporting, Dashboards and Analytics

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January 2018 Payroll Tax Table Updates Now Available for Dynamics SL

Yesterday Microsoft released a tax update for calendar year 2018 for tax table changes announced after the December 2017 Payroll Tax Updates were published.

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Dynamics SL 2018 Coming

The next major release of Microsoft Dynamics SL will be released in the first half of 2018.  There aren’t many details but here is a what we know so far:

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Acumatica 2017 R2 – Our Vote For The Top Five New Features

This month, Acumatica released the latest version of their award-winning ERP software.  Acumatica 2017 R2 comes with a host of new features and we have highlighted the five we find most interesting.

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Dynamics SL 2011 and Year-End Updates

If you are still running Dynamics SL 2011, you may be aware that Microsoft announced over a year ago that they did not intend on releasing any year-end updates for 2017.  The good news for users of SL 2011 that won’t have time to upgrade before year-end is that there is a third-party product available for purchase.

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With Sage Acquiring Intacct – Why Are You Still Using Sage 100 (MAS 90)?

This week Sage Group announced that it has agreed to acquire Intacct Corporation – a 19-year-old cloud ERP vendor – for about $850 million.  This is the largest acquisition Sage has ever made and their third acquisition this year.

What prompted Sage to make this move?

Sage has been lagging behind the competition in moving to the cloud and generating a recurring revenue stream – which Wall Street loves.  Sage has also had difficulty in gaining mid-market cloud installs.  Analysist have said this acquisition was a necessary, but expensive way to address these issues.

Before the acquisition, Sage had three cloud products that are the focus of Sage’s new “Cloud First” policy:  Sage One (for very small businesses), Sage Live (for growing, but still small businesses), and Sage X3 (for larger enterprises).  Sage Intacct (as it will be called assuming the deal is finalized) will try to fit in-between Sage Live and Sage X3 and provide some needed North American cloud clients that Sage is desperately trying to add.  Intacct is primarily for US GAAP accounting, which could be an issue for companies with multinational needs.

Impact on Intacct

Acquisitions always create uncertainty, as the recent NetSuite acquisition showed, and this purchase is no different.  Certainly, Sage wasn’t just paying for Intacct’s customers, but also their technology and people as well.  But $850 million is a big price tag and Sage will have to find some efficiencies to keep shareholders happy.  Anyone familiar with Sage will know that they don’t have the best reputation for investing in technology.  Will the ability and desire to innovate Sage Intacct be diminished?  Will the pressure to increase dividends and show a return on this investment take precedence over innovation?  If you are considering a new ERP package are you willing to take that risk with Sage Intacct?

Impact on Sage 100 (MAS 90)

This acquisition by Sage has been big news this week and I have combed through dozens of articles discussing the details of the transaction and the impact it will have on Sage’s product strategy.  There have been plenty of mentions of Sage One, Sage Live and Sage X3.  But, I haven’t seen any mentions of Sage 100 (formerly known as MAS 90).

Are you still using Sage 100?  If so, why?

The product has been around for decades and has plenty of accounting functions – that can’t be denied.  As a former reseller of Sage 100 I know what it can do.  I also know what it can’t do.  The technology has always been behind the competition, even other legacy ERP packages like Dynamics SL.   It was my experience as a partner of Sage that improving the technology was secondary to getting new clients.  Sage continues to provide a roadmap for the Sage 100 product and is still updating modules to the “new business” framework – something they started around 2005, but you must wonder where does Sage 100 fit in the priorities now that Sage Intacct is in the family.

How does Sage 100 fit into the “Cloud First” priority?  How many accounting packages can Sage support?  How long does Sage want to support Sage 100?  How many partners have stopped supporting Sage 100 and moved to a different package and how would that impact you?

Acumatica

I was one of those partners that dropped Sage 100 and added Acumatica.  It wasn’t an easy decision, but in the long run, it looks like the right one.  Acumatica has recently announced a Sage 100 migration tool.  Acumatica is built on the latest technology and continues to innovate and Acumatica is a true global product.  Now seems like the perfect time to review Acumatica if you are looking for a new ERP package or if you are still using Sage 100.