Sage announced earlier this year and recently reiterated that effective January 1, 2017, Sage 100c (the new premium version of the product) will be the only Sage 100 offering available to new customers and certain existing customers.
Here’s what it all means to both current and prospective Sage 100 customers.
What is Sage 100c?
First things first—let’s clarify the distinction between the “Classic” version of Sage 100 and the newer premium version called Sage 100c.
Sage 100 (without the “c”) has been one of the most popular accounting software applications on the market for over 20 years. Many people also know this “classic” version of the software as MAS 90 or MAS 200.
Sage 100c is a new premium version that was launched in late 2015. It touts a totally redesigned and modernized web interface. It also offers an advanced manufacturing suite, inventory optimization bundle, and built-in Sage Intelligence Reporting. Even though the product is newer and more modern, its bloodlines come from the classic version of Sage 100 so they share very similar functionality and workflow.
NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Another important distinction between the two is how the products are licensed. Sage 100 Classic is sold under a traditional perpetual license while Sage 100c is sold on a subscription basis.
So What’s Changing?
Sage 100c will be the only product available for purchase to new customers beginning January 1, 2017. In other words, companies that are not already using the software will no longer be able to purchase the classic version of Sage 100 (perpetual license) after December 31, 2016.
But new customers aren’t the only group affected.
If you already own the classic version of Sage 100 (perpetual), but your Sage Business Care Plan has lapsed (aka “off-plan customer”) for more than 3 months, the only option available to you will be Sage 100c if you decide to reinstate your Business Care and/or upgrade to a current version of the software. In other words, you’ll need to convert your perpetual license to a subscription.
What About CURRENT Sage 100 On-plan Customers?
This change does not impact customers that remain on a current business care plan. Active on-plan customers can continue using the classic version of Sage 100 as a perpetual license beyond January 1, 2017–as well as purchase additional modules and licenses.
QUESTIONS? Get in touch and we’ll help you determine whether this change affects your particular situation or current software license.