Having trouble figuring out which Sage 100 to choose? "Standard, Advanced, or Premium - shouldn't I always choose Premium? I mean, they're all the same price, right?" Well, kind of!
Sage 100 Advanced is no longer MAS 90 (Standard) or MAS 200 (Advanced) or MAS 200 SQL (Premium). Now they're being broken down into Sage 100 Standard, Advanced, or Premium.
Sage 100 Standard was formerly known as MAS 90. This program is often used for companies requiring the basic programming language. This is a company that doesn't necessarily require a lot of remote access or logging in off-site. Although the program can handle it, it's not recommended. This is a great program for businesses only needing 20 users or less.
Sage 100 Advanced is almost exactly the same as Standard. I say almost because the only real difference is not viewable as far as screens are concerned. Advanced is a world of difference in speed. This software runs at a server level (it offshoots the preparation of data to another component or server) and therefore has unmatched speed as far as processing is concerned. After working with Sage 100 Standard for a long period of time, you wouldn't believe the reaction from our clients after giving Sage 100 Advanced a try. It's all smiles from there!
Everything that applies to Sage 100 Advanced applies with the Sage 100 Premium software except that whatever differences occur happen "behind the scenes", so to speak. While it doesn't necessarily run faster than Advanced, Premium runs in a language based on SQL or Structured Query Language. While I wont bore you with the details, this basically makes it easier for a company's IT department to easily use the Sage 100 Premium SQL data tables for file storage. We recommend these set-ups for companies that not only need more than 50-60 user licenses, but may need to run things by their in-house IT department.
All of these have the same initial purchase price per user if you are buying a per user bundle. They do, however, differ in price when it comes to your annual maintenance. This is an important factor in your decision making because you will be essentially paying this fee for as long as you use the software, if you choose to do so. Your maintenance fee is important if you want to be up to date with your tax-tables and various other upgrades/updates.
Hopefully this has been helpful in your decision-making. If you ever need more help, please don't hesitate to give us a call here at the office any time day or night. We are always happy to help you on your journey to faster accounting and more efficient bookkeeping.
Laura Lewis, Systems Consultant