Microsoft and Sage Release ERP Betas

ERP software companies like Microsoft and Sage generally release minor versions (9.0, 9.1, etc.) at least once a year. Every other year, we usually see what has been in the works since the lase major release.

Looks like two big software releases will ship this Fall / Winter. We’ve had the new release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 since the middle of May. Today Sage announced the release of the Sage 300 2012 Beta and SDK. Since both of these products represent significant improvements in the existing product, we’ll be looking carefully at them. A few  highlights of each:

  • NAV 2013

    • Improved Cash management.
    • Better and easier charting and queries.
    • New report writer version (3) with enhanced features.
    • Better customization tools.
    • Built in document management (paperless).
    • Microsoft Forecaster is now Microsoft Management Reporter (the release we’ve known about for 3 years).
    • Debugging tool for developers.
    • User Interface simplification and enhancement.
    • Web server deployment option (internal or cloud).
    • New cost accounting features.
  • Sage 300 ERP (ACCPAC)

    • New user interface.
    • New development tools.

Improvements in these products help businesses manage better. I’m particularly happy with the cost accounting features that have been added to the current version of NAV. Several times a year, I devote a week to looking at the developments in software since I last looked. This time, I’m spending a few extra days over the next couple of months to digest all the changes.

The Sage Alpha looked good when I reviewed it at the beginning of this year. The development schedule wasn’t far enough along then for me to set up a complete environment and play with the new features. Hopefully, the Beta will be fleshed out enough for me to actually write some code.

The list will get longer for Sage 300 as I have time to look deeper.