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Sage 1000 end of life

Now Sage 1000 is due to be retired, what are your options for next steps?

Many businesses are still relying on Sage 1000 for their day-to-day operations but the recent announcement that Sage 1000 will soon be retired has left many people wondering what to do next.

If you’re in this position, it’s time to start planning for the transition over to a new system.

Sage 1000 will officially reach end of life on December 31, 2024. After this date, Sage will provide no new updates, features, or support. 

That means you’ve still got time to get everything sorted before it’s too late.  

When you’ve got to move over all of your business’ data and systems to a new platform, it’s understandable to be concerned about things getting lost or changed over in the switch. Or you may be concerned about the potential for costly downtime to your operations or the disruption this may cause to your staff. 

But we take the utmost care to make sure that all of your sensitive data is kept safe and everything is perfectly mapped out over to your new system so you don’t have to worry about anything getting lost in the shuffle. We’ll also make sure that the switch goes as smoothly as possible, with minimal disruption to your business and we’ll be there for ongoing support to help you get set up and make the most of your new setup. 

Why choose Thinc?

Expert support

Our fully certified team of expert consultants will be there every step of the way through your switchover – from the initial migration to ongoing support with your new system.

Stress-free switchover

We understand that when you go through any tech change, you need to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. That’s why we always make the transition as smooth and quick as possible.

30 years of experience

We’ve been working with Sage for over 30 years and have experience across every generation of Sage so have countless upgrades and migrations under our belt.

Ready for the next step?

We’ve got decades of experience migrating over Sage systems and our friendly team of experts are on hand to help you get you set up with a system that’s built to last.
Month by month breakdown

Month 1: Stakeholder alignment and project kickoff. 

  • Conduct initial meetings with key stakeholders. 
  • Define project objectives, scope, and expected outcomes. 
  • Set up regular communication channels and reporting processes. 

 

Month 2: Requirements gathering for new system. 

  • Document current business processes and workflows. 
  • Identify system needs, gaps, and desired improvements. 
  • Draft a detailed requirements document. 

 

Month 3: Research and shortlist new solutions. 

  • Research potential ERP solutions based on business needs. 
  • Engage with industry peers for feedback on their ERP experiences. 
  • Shortlist 3-5 ERP vendors for further evaluation. 

 

Month 4: Attend supplier demonstrations. 

  • Schedule and participate in detailed product demos. 
  • Engage end-users for feedback on demoed solutions. 
  • Document strengths and weaknesses of each solution against requirements. 

 

Month 5: Supplier selection & contracts. 

  • Finalize ERP vendor based on demo feedback and alignment with requirements. 
  • Negotiate contract terms, pricing, and support agreements. 
  • Secure legal and financial approvals for the vendor contract. 

 

Month 6: Develop a detailed migration plan. 

  • Plan out the entire migration process with timelines. 
  • Define milestones, checkpoints, and deliverables. 
  • Allocate resources, both human and technical, for each phase. 

 

Month 7: Finalise project team and key roles. 

  • Identify key team members across IT, finance, operations, etc. 
  • Assign specific roles and responsibilities for each team member. 
  • Conduct a project kick-off meeting with the entire team. 

 

Month 8: Data preparation and data cleanup in Sage1000. 

  • Review data quality and identify inconsistencies or errors. 
  • Start data cleanup activities. 
  • Plan data migration strategy, including data mapping and transformations. 

 

Month 9: Sign off on solution design blueprint for new system. 

  • Review the ERP system’s proposed design and configurations. 
  • Ensure alignment with business processes and requirements. 
  • Obtain sign-off from key stakeholders. 

 

Month 10: Configuration of system in line with blueprint. 

  • Start system configuration based on the approved blueprint. 
  • Regularly review configurations against requirements to ensure alignment. 
  • Set up initial user roles and access permissions. 

 

Month 11: User training and preparation for testing. 

  • Develop a user training plan and materials. 
  • Start training sessions for key users and end-users. 
  • Prepare test scenarios and scripts for user acceptance testing. 

 

Month 12: Conduct user acceptance testing. 

  • Execute test scenarios in a controlled environment. 
  • Document any issues or gaps and work on resolutions. 
  • Obtain user feedback and make necessary tweaks to the system. 

 

Month 13: Go live with the new ERP system. 

  • Finalize data migration from Sage1000 to the new ERP. 
  • Ensure all configurations are in place and validated. 
  • Monitor the system closely for any issues during the initial days. 

 

Month 14: Address any post-go-live issues and optimize processes. 

  • Gather feedback from users on any challenges or pain points. 
  • Address reported issues in a timely manner. 
  • Optimize and tweak processes based on post-go-live learnings. 
     

Month 15: Review project and solidify long-term support plans. 

  • Conduct a detailed project review with stakeholders. 
  • Document lessons learned and best practices for future reference. 
  • Establish long-term support and maintenance plans for the new ERP system. 

 

 

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