June 29, 2009

Applianz Hosting for Sage MAS90 and MAS200

Filed under: All Blog Postings — Craig Pollack @ 1:14 am
2009-06-29 David Faye

Many times the cost of implementing and supporting Sage MAS90 or MAS200 is not just related to the software itself.  Other costs that need to be considered relate to the hardware and network infrastructure required to support the software.  Over the last year, new technology and new alternatives have arrived that can simplify and lower the cost in these areas.  Naturally, one approach that is growing in popularity is having MAS90 or MAS200 hosted by a third party.  This completely removes any related hardware or networking from onsite premises and only requires an internet connection.  The downside to hosting is the ongoing monthly payment that never stops.

An alternative to hosting is a device like "Applianz".  Applianz addresses the challenge of many businesses that lack in-house IT resources to run Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP or any other mid-market accounting and ERP software package. Applianz promotes itself as an entire small business network in one simple box that sets up fairly quickly and includes all the PC's, servers, firewalls, remote access, and licenses that would ordinarily be required.  Applianz systems generally include:

  • One click secure remote access for every user
  • Support for Windows® 98, 2000, and XP
  • Support for Macintosh and/or any other type workstation with a browser
  • Automatic off-site full system backups
  • No-hassle Disaster Recovery within hours
  • 24/7 monitoring and free box replacement
  • Phone and e-mail support
  • Easy Web-based setup

With the Applianz solution, Sage MAS90 and MAS200 software can be deployed from any desktop machine without the need to update existing desktop hardware. With built-in remote access, you don't need standard remote access solutions such as Citrix or Terminal Services.  You just purchase the Applianz, having MAS90, MAS200, or your other software loaded on, and install a small client on your workstations.  You're pretty much then ready to go.  It's a pretty cool solution that allows you to host MAS90 or MAS200 without having to buy and support expensive servers and networking equipment.  This not only can lower the cost of implementing MAS90, but it can also lower the ongoing cost of MAS90 support.  Check out the Applianz website for more information at:


June 24, 2009

Sage Summit 2009

Filed under: All Blog Postings — Craig Pollack @ 3:35 am
2009-06-24 David Faye

This year's Sage Summit will be in Atlanta, Georgia between November 9th and 12th. It's the fifth annual Summit, which is primarily a user conference bringing together a wide spectrum of Sage product and service users representing SMBs, product experts, and Sage partners. The event is an opportunity to gain in-depth product insight, learn about experiences and successes of other users, and attend educational sessions and lectures.  We'll be there, and we try to bring as many clients as possible each year.

This year, roughly two thousand Sage product and service users from Northern America and Canada are expected to attend the event which will include breakout sessions, keynote lectures, and many opportunities to explore and discuss solutions in the exhibit hall.  It's a great way to find out the latest and greatest about MAS 90 and MAS 200 as well as a variety of other Sage products and services.

Last year's attendees included distributors, manufacturers, professional services firms involved with financial consulting, taxes, and general accounting. Almost half of the users attended due to their interest in Accounting, ERP, Fixed Asset and CRM solutions, while many others were at the show to browse non-profit solutions, construction and real estate solutions, as well as HR, Payroll, Time Tracking and Compliance offerings.

For registration information, please refer to Sage's official summit web page.

Or, contact us and we'll get you signed up :)


June 10, 2009

Google and the iPhone

Filed under: All Blog Postings — Craig Pollack @ 2:01 pm

I don't know if you noticed, but two events unfolded this week without all that much fanfare. Only time will tell if these things will turn out to be significant or not.

The first is the release of Palm's Pre. This is the supposed "iPhone killer". It's actually garnering rave reviews.It does sound pretty good.   It has all the bells and whistles of the iPhone but supposedly integrates the web much further. It also has some intelligence to integrate all your address books and contact lists into one. If it works, this would be pretty cool. Since the OS is based on the web, the apps are more platform independent and should be easier to build than iPhone apps. Palm says they're not looking to take over or cut into Apple's dominance in this area. Their approach is there's still plenty of room for a competitor.

Ths second item of interest is Microsoft's release of bing! (ie: This is their response (again) to Google. How high are the stakes here? In their first TV commercial, it seems that they even go so far as to accuse Google of causing global economic ruin! Do we need a "better" search engine? Does anyone trust Microsoft to deliver completely objective results?

So, what do these two things have in common? Not much on the surface. But if you dig deeper, plenty. What it means to me is as comfortable and as ingrained as things could be in our daily lives (ie: the iPhone and Google), anything can change at any time. There were search engines before Google (hard to remember, huh!). And there were smartphones before the iPhone. What will the landscape look like in a year, two years, or more? I don't know, but it does remind me to not get complacent. We always need to be thinking about what the future may hold for our businesses and our lives to be successful.