We’ve got some big news from the Sage world!
Sage have announced that from 30th September 2021, they are ending support for Sage50 Manufacturing, their main manufacturing software.
This means that the software is effectively nearing its end of life. It will no longer be sold by vendors or receive any support or updates.
Fortunately, for those who use the accounting software, Sage have already begun to sell Cim50 as a replacement.
Here’s everything you need to know about what is happening and when.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CAN’T USE SAGE50 MANUFACTURING?
There are of course many businesses who rely on their Manufacturing accounting software. Sage recognise this and have been quick to provide alternative options.
Cim50 is part of CIM services, a company that has more than 25 years’ experience in the Manufacturing software industry. The modules they’ll be selling include Bill of Materials, Planning, Quotations, Stock Control and more.
SO, WHY THE BIG CHANGE?
This is a big move for Sage and shows that they recognise the need to bring their offerings up to date.
The current software is aging and requires significant investment to keep it going. Their adoption of Cim50 shows they understand there are better and more effective products on the market.
In their statement announcing this update they said they’ve ‘thought carefully about how we continue to serve our customers long-term changing needs.’
This seems to be clear from their actions and indicates they are a company dedicated to providing the best accounting solutions for businesses, so that they can succeed at what they do.
You may be thinking, ‘hang on, this is still quite a long way off isn’t it?’
Well yes, it is a while away but actually key changes are happening much sooner and it’s better to be prepared.
These are the key dates you need to know.
- 1st October 2020 – Sage 50 Manufacturing will move into extended support.
- 1st November 2020 – The price of Sage 50 manufacturing will increase by 40%.
- 1st December 2020 – No new sales will be processed. You won’t be able to buy it anymore.
- 30th September 2021 – All support and services for Sage 50 Manufacturing will cease.
These dates do mean that they are phasing out support for Sage 50 Manufacturing before the big end date. The idea presumably being to limit the affect on as many people as possible before they completely pull the plug.
It will become harder to use and they certainly won’t be pushing sales of it from now on. Instead Cim50 will be their go to Manufacturing solution.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP!
The good news is we already sell Cim50 and will continue to offer support for our customers who use Sage 50 Manufacturing. So, in that sense we offer the best of both worlds.
We definitely recommend moving over to Cim50 as soon as possible as it is a comprehensive and effective piece of software and will no doubt make your life easier.
Whatever your position we’d be happy to help you get the most out of your software.
October 18, 2021
Cloud software is becoming a more popular solution for business owners, particularly since the pandemic causing businesses to operate from home. Migrating to the cloud can be a challenge for any business, and without careful planning and preparation things could go very wrong. It is...
September 17, 2021
You may have heard on the grapevine that Microsoft have recently announced a price increase to their Microsoft 365 products. This is the first substantive pricing update since Office 365 was launched over a decade ago, so you could say it has been on the...
August 26, 2021
We don’t want to alarm you, but every business owner should be concerned about the possibility of data breaches. Since the pandemic cybercriminals have been more active than ever, and it isn’t just the multinational corporations they have been targeting. Of course we all tend...
August 11, 2021
Think of Microsoft SharePoint as the ultimate meeting room. It’s one of several programs within the Microsoft 365 office suite for businesses. In a previous post we looked at many of the oft forgotten programs and apps that Microsoft users have access to. SharePoint was...