Short, important post!
Microsoft have now released Windows 10. Please be aware that this is NOT supported for any current versions of the Sage 200 suite.
All being well Service Pack 2 for Sage 200 Extra 2015 will include Windows 10 compatibility. This is currently scheduled for 30th September 2015.
I have hit this issue on my last couple of installations where the Core components fail to install when accessing Sage 200 2015 System Administrator. Sage have identified this as being an issue which relates to virtual environments (which both of my examples were).
When you access System Administration for the first time after install, various messages appear throughout the initialisation, including those referring to the core components and the building of models. You may notice the system freeze during this.
The issue relates to the available resource on the machine. Clearly the virtual environment must meet the minimum System Requirements for Sage 200 2015. For standard single-server environments, this requires at least a dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM.
Interestingly for my examples the servers should have been fine, however the memory was set to be Dynamically allocated and for some reason was remaining below 4GB. Once this was changed to a Static amount, well above the minimum, the core components installed correctly.
On 1 July 2015 Sage 200 products were given new names as below:
- Sage 200 (on premise version) is now called Sage 200 Extra
- Sage 200 Online is now called Sage 200 Extra Online
Why Have they done this?
In line with a new addition to Sage’s product portfolio, they are changing the existing product names to ensure products are aligned and customers can better identify the product to suite their business needs.
On 1 July, Sage ‘soft launched’ a new product called Sage 200 Standard Online. This is an online accounting solution that provides “direct support from Sage, simple scalability and a compelling online experience”.
This product is an online subscription solution, designed to bridge the gap between Sage 50 and 200 Extra Online.
Sage 200 Standard Online Benefits include:
- No need for expensive hardware
- Risk-free implementation service that allows customers to migrate their data without risk
- Support direct from Sage that helps customers manage complexity with ease
- Greater control of a customer’s business as it becomes more complex with intuitive financial management and commercial business tools
- Improved insight with powerful Excel reporting tools that help customers operate more efficiently and improve performance
Sage 200 Standard Online availability
Sage 200 Standard Online soft launch will be between 1 July – 5 October 2015. Full launch of the product will be from October onwards. It will also launch in Ireland in October.
How can I participate?
Initially Sage will sell Sage 200 Standard Online directly to customers. From October, there will be opportunity for Business Partners to get involved in the distribution
“Sage 200 Standard Online is an addition to our rich product portfolio and does not replace any existing product.”
Here is a great document from Sicon which details the comparisons between their Fixed Asset module and the Sage 200 2015 fixed assets module.
Sicon Fixed Assets v Sage 200 Fixed Assets
I haven’t posted much in recent months, and certainly not as much as I would have liked since the 2015 release.
The truth is I have been too busy. I totally intend to gets some posts out in the coming months.
Remember to follow @talkingsage200 on twitter as I often retweet and post on here too. Also follow please @smithcoopersp to find out what work and plans we are doing in Sage/Sage 200 world.
There is a Known issue (5924) which is fixed in Service Pack 1 for Sage 200 2013 R2 where the details of held journals, which were created from Journal Templates, are lost if more than one journal has been held.
NB. there was a hotfix for this originally but this is now rolled up into SP1.
In the core Project Accounting module it is possible to create project Statuses and specify whether costs can be entered for a status.
When entering Timesheets in the standard system you are not able to select a project with a status that does not allow costs (as you would expect). However if entering timesheets via WTE, you are able to select a project even if it has a status that does not allow costs.
This was reported in 2011 SP5 originally, and is still not fixed within 2015.