We’ve all heard the rumors about the “sun-setting” of Sage 500 (previously known as MAS 500). It started in 2012, when Sage announced that it would support Sage 500 through at least 2017. Then, Sage announced support for Sage 500 through at least 2020. We now Sage’s current policy is that Sage 500 will not be retired, but it also known that the product is on support releases only and very little investment is being made to the product. It is not a secret that Sage has been trying to incentivize Sage 500 customers for years to migrate to other products in the Sage product library.
If your company is still using Sage 500, it is time to read the writing on the wall and start planning for a ERP system for the future.
Why Sage X3?
Sage X3 is the most logical upgrade path for most Sage 500 users and a few of the reasons are:
- Data migration tools exist for Sage 500->Sage X3, saving implementation costs when moving to a new system.
- Most Sage 500 consultants have moved to Sage X3. This means that implementation consultants are available that are experts on Sage 500 and Sage X3. This allows for a smoother implementation process, with fewer unexpected costs.
- There is an active community of users who have made the move from Sage 500->Sage X3. Over the years you’ve made friends in the Sage 500 community. Some of these friends may have already migrated and will be there to offer guidance as you move to Sage X3.
Sage 500 supported many process manufacturing companies, many of whom used an add-on called O2 Process Manufacturing. Many of these companies have expressed concern that they may lose Process Manufacturing functionality if they migrate to Sage X3.
Procession is a process manufacturing add-on for Sage X3. The combination of Sage X3 and Procession provides functionality that is far superior to Sage 500 with O2 in many areas. If you are Sage 500 user that is considering upgrading to Sage X3, we encourage you to take a look at Procession.