It’s been on the horizon for years, but Sage has officially announced that Sage Pro will be retired effective March 31, 2014.
Why? The software was written on a platform (Visual FoxPro) that is no longer being supported by Microsoft. This means further development for the program will become increasingly difficult, and inevitably impossible. So what does this mean for companies using Sage Pro ERP? It means that at some point your software will become obsolete – but how quickly that will happen depends on many factors – too many to detail here.
Our immediate recommendation is that customers with current Maintenance Plans stay current on those plans. This will ensure continuing support for their business-critical Sage Pro system as they consider migration options. Customers will also continue to receive product and payroll updates, as well as a higher trade-in value through the Sage Investment Protection Program and dual-system support during the migration process.
We also strongly encourage those of you still using Sage Pro ERP to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs, options, and develop a game plan. Although Sage will discontinue support for these products, we can continue to support you and possibly even help extend the life of your systems. This will take some advance planning however, and we strongly suggest that planning process start now. It also makes sense to know what all of your options are. With the advance of newer ERP systems, many companies have taken advantage of Sage’s migration offer, and have already moved to more powerful solutions to help their businesses stay ahead of the curve.
Contact us so we can discuss your options, and develop a plan that will work for your company’s needs.