You are no doubt familiar with the term cloud software. And even if you don’t know exactly what constitutes cloud software, you likely have a reasonable idea. Get ready for the redefined cloud, according to Sage.
Perhaps you have heard that Sage is now promoting a new offering entitled Sage 100cloud. As a long-time Sage 100 user, you are probably wondering what is Sage 100cloud and how does it differ from Sage 100 or Sage 100c. Just as Sage 100c is different from Sage 100, Sage100cloud is different from Sage 100. The reason is because Sage 100cloud is the same thing as Sage 100c. Sage has simply renamed the Sage 100c product to now be called Sage 100cloud. We will explain why below, but first a quick refresher might be helpful to delineate the differences between Sage 100 and Sage 100cloud.
How does Sage 100 differ from Sage 100cloud
The differences between Sage 100 and Sage 100c/Sage 100cloud are reasonably well documented. However, here’s a short video highlighting several of the additional features in Sage 100cloud that likely tells the story better than 1,000 words on paper could.
Sage 100cloud video: https://www.consens.us/app/view/y/hx3d6w3b 3:30 minutes
What does Sage 100cloud have that Sage 100 doesn’t
Below are listed several features/functions available now or very soon only with Sage100cloud subscription model:
- Sage Inventory Advisor Basics (requires Gold or Platinum level Sage Business Care)
- 100c Manufacturing (Job Ops)
- Enhanced Search, Custom Dashboards
- Multi-Bin (DSD/Scanforce)
- Sage Intelligence Report Manager and Report Designer Module
- AP Automation
- Budget and Planning – “What if Scenarios”
- New GUI interface with modernized screens
Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided a short list of FAQs below which should help clarify things and help decide which product offering is right for you.
1) What are the key characteristics of typical cloud software?
- Software is typically accessed via a periodic subscription payment.
- Software is only accessible for full usage if the subscription payment is made.
- Software is accessed via a web browser, and no software is installed on servers or desktops at your facility.
- Software is designed to run on multiple devices including a desktop/laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
- Very little, if any, ability exists to customize the software to your specific requirements.
2) Does the Sage 100cloud product conform to the traditional definition of a cloud software product?
No, it does not. Sage 100cloud is designed to be run on a Microsoft Windows desktop device. It is not accessed via a browser. It will typically require software to be installed on servers and desktops at your facility. Note: we frequently install this software at a data center (cloud) for clients that prefer not to have servers on site. Sage 100cloud is intended to be used by workers that do most of their work at a desk, as a limited subset of functionality is available on tablets or smartphones. Sage 100cloud is ideal for those organizations that want to move to the cloud at their own pace, while still enjoy some of the benefits that cloud services can offer. Sage 100cloud is cloud connected.
3) Why did Sage rename Sage 100c as Sage 100cloud when it does not conform to industry norms for cloud software?
Sage has recently launched a new platform referred to as Sage Business Cloud. It’s the vision of “cloud connected on premise desktop solutions” that has led Sage to rebrand Sage 100c as Sage 100cloud. It is this accelerated facilitation of connected services that separates Sage 100 from Sage 100cloud.
Sage Business Cloud is designed to serve the needs of companies from startup to enterprise. Its positioned as a one stop shop for a customer’s business management needs as it includes, or eventually will include, core cloud products across the spectrum of accounting, finance, enterprise management, HR, payroll, payments and banking. Sage can cover some of those bases today with real cloud based offerings, while several will be a work in process for the foreseeable future.
Sage visualizes, and is working hard to facilitate, a thriving ecosystem (marketplace) with hundreds of ISVs (3rd party software developers of add-on products or apps), and connected services. The idea is that the 3rd party apps and/or connected services will address the unique needs of specific industries and/or functions. As an example of industry specialization, think construction, oil drilling, or fish processing. All very different and unique in terms of required business management functionality. From a functional add-on perspective, think of sophisticated EDI, e-commerce, integrated shipping, or document management capabilities as an example that could be added to your chosen business management solution.
In addition to the connected services that are already available including Sage Inventory Advisor Basics, and Sage AP Automation, the Sage 100cloud roadmap identifies several more planned for release soon, including Microsoft O365 integration, automatic data backups, invoicing in the field, and many more. In the image below, you can see a limited selection of new connected services that are to be available soon for Sage 100, while the complete list is projected to be available for Sage 100cloud.
As you can see, there are several new enhancements and offerings being readied for roll out. It is much more efficient for a publisher to deliver these solutions via a cloud deployment or connected service model. Sage wants as many of its customers to enjoy the benefits of these new services as possible, and therefore is making a concerted effort to position Sage Business Cloud and Sage 100cloud as compelling options.
Sage 100cloud is Cloud Connected!