Now Sage Manufacturing is no longer supported, what are the alternatives?
For SMEs in manufacturing who require stock functionality and bill of materials etc, have many, alternative solutions to choose from.
Thinc’s Sage Specialist, Gary McKnight has worked with hundreds of SME business, including some of the country’s fastest growing businesses to implement Sage solutions for over 30 years. He has a wealth of expertise and experience with the software’s capabilities and future developments. Here he shares his thoughts on Sage50 Manufacturing end of life.
It only seems like yesterday when in December 2005, Sage Software Ltd. acquired a specialist manufacturing software company by the name of Promis.
Promis manufacturing had long been a ‘go to’ add-on for Sage 50 users looking to push the boundaries of the core Sage 50 financial and product management features and extend into detailed Bills of Material, Works Orders, and Material Planning. This proven solution was soon to become Sage 50 Manufacturing.
15 years on, many versions of Sage 50 later, Sage 50 Manufacturing has been issued with its end-of-life statement and Sage are no longer going to provide direct offerings for its manufacturing customers. As such, if you are an existing Sage 50 Manufacturing user; or a Sage 50 user looking for manufacturing and production management software then you may be asking yourself; “what are my options now?”
The answer is that you still have a few options to choose from. Your choices fall into three main categories:
Let’s look at these options in a little more detail….
Sage 50 can offer you the basics of stock control and simple Bills of Materials, but it falls short when it comes to production control and planning. However, there are several specialist alternatives to the now-defunct Sage 50 Manufacturing add-on.
The three leaders in this area are: SOLVIT, CIM50, or Orderwise. All three have a pedigree of knowledge and experience behind them but each solution has its own nuances, and you may prefer one over the others depending on your own business requirements.
The second option is a natural migration up through Sage’s range of software products. Enter Sage 200 Cloud Professional…
Sage 200 Cloud Professional is a modular solution that offers a greater range of software features above and beyond Sage 50. These include Period Accounting; Extend Foreign Currency; Integrated Stock with Cost of Sale Postings and Stock Traceability (Batch or Serial Number). There’s also a whole plethora of modules to extend the software’s capability – Manufacturing; Barcoding & Warehousing; Field Service Management; Construction; Document Automation; Web Authorisations; and direct integration to Office 365 and Power BI.
With Sage’s partnership with Sicon, you can also take advantage of Sicon Manufacturing – a complete suite of modules for the UK manufacturing market.
As well as essential functionality like works orders and MRP, with Sicon Manufacturing and Sage you will have a central Bill of Materials and access to a range of useful tools such as barcoding and warehouse management, capacity planning, shop floor data capture and more.
SAP Business One would be the top contender as an upgrade solution. It is a complete ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution specifically developed for small and medium-sized businesses.
The great thing about SAP B1 is that it offers a scalable yet affordable solution – where you know your investment is sound because SAP is a trusted global supplier. There is lots of functionality for manufacturers such as production MPR, inventory distribution, localised accounting, purchasing inventory control, CRM with sales and opportunity management.
So now you understand the choices, how do you select the right one for your business?
It’s not always a straight-forward decision. You’ll have to consider where you are in your business growth journey, the challenges you’re facing as you move away from Sage Manufacturing, and your potential ambitions for the future.
As partner of the year from both SAP and Sage for customer service excellence, we will work with you to help you weigh up your options and arrive at a solution that unlocks your potential. In addition, we will provide ongoing support, training and additional managed IT services.
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