Archive for October, 2013


Licencing for Sage 200 has changed for 2013.

There are now two licencing options for Sage 200. A subscription option allows you to pay monthly for your use. This is available to both Online and On Premise deployment options. For On-premise there is also the perpetual licensing that there has been for previous versions.

As well as the way you can can pay, there are also more types of user available. There is the option of a Full Sage 200 user or Web user licences (NB. Full users also get access to the Web/Self Service user). For CRM users there is also the CRM User and Suite user options still available.

The way we enter Licences has also changed. Gone are the days of typing out 24 blocks of 5 letters. Licences will now be activated using your account and serial number. These numbers are entered within the System Administration, which launches an automated system (online) that links to Sage’s internal systems. The details are authenticated in order to allow you to licence the system by selecting a licencing button.

Licences are stored in an  XML certificate.

If for some reason you do not have an Internet connection, there is a manual option available.

If you Right Click on ‘Licence’, in System Administration and select ‘Generate Licence Request’. A licencerequest.xml file is generated. This can be manually emailed to Sage, who will send the XML file back, to be imported into System Administration.

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One of the key elements of Sage 200 2013 is the choice of deployment that it offers. Companies can now choose between an On-Premise and an Online (Cloud) deployment.

Cloud ERP solutions are becoming a serious option for companies. This is increasingly due to the savings they can make on infrastructure requirements such as the latest Hardware, Security and Backup systems. In the past, companies have been wary about how secure Cloud solutions are, as their key business data is involved. But Cloud solutions (generally) have much more sophisticated security and data recovery systems than what business can implement internally.

Sage 200 2013 Online has no upfront expenses for hardware just a single monthly subscription fee. You pay for what you use and there is more flexibility than before to add and remove users or modules.

With Line 100 becoming end of life in April 2014; Sage 200 online offers more companies an affordable upgrade option without the loss of key functionality, as now there is an upgrade option for Sage 200 without the added costs of new servers and other required components such as Microsoft SQL server.

For certain businesses it can still make sense to invest upfront, They may wish to keep data in-house and have the resources required to invest in technology/infrastructure as well as continue ongoing maintenance.

On-Premise has all the same functionality as Online, but the addition of modules which are not currently available to the online option. Therefore the requirements ofa company may dictate which option they can go for. For example if a Manufacturing solution is required, the On-Premise deployment would need to be implemented.

MODULE

ON-PREMISE

ONLINE

Financials

YES

YES

Commercials

YES

YES

BI

YES

CRM

YES

Project Accounting

YES

YES

WTE

YES

YES

BOM

YES

YES

Manufacturing

YES

This document from Sage gives further details about the differences between Sage 200 2013 On-premise and Online.