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Sage 100: From ERP to Business Management Software

What is Business Management Software?

Business Management Software provides you with the ability to manage and implement all policies, practices, processes, procedures, and guidelines that are necessary and required for the successful running of your business. Since business management is so diverse, it has the ability to tailor to your specific business operations and allows you to customize and manage your business in a number of different ways. Ways in which an ERP system would be limited to, given it’s only a single tier of business management software.

Why the transition from ERP to Business Management?

Sage cares about the success of their customers. Their focus is on giving customers the freedom, confidence, and control they need to achieve their business ambitions with the Sage solution that works best for them. Since ERP is just one component of a business management solution, Sage has redefined its software to indicate its refocus on giving customers more. Below we’ve included some examples of the difference to further explain this switch:

  1. ERP’s may result in unnecessary increased costs for small-medium businesses, while business management systems are tailored to fit the needs of small-medium businesses at an affordable cost

  2. Business management software allow for more accessible reporting and simplistic implementation

  3. Business management software gives you more control and flexibility over how it works with your specific business processes

So what does this all mean for you?

1. ERP’s may result in unnecessary increased costs for small-medium businesses, while business management systems are tailored to fit the needs of small-medium businesses at an affordable cost

Sage has decided to refocus its current ERP software as business management software, as this enables small and medium sized businesses to get the business solutions they need, without the unnecessary costs. A lot of large corporations implement an ERP system as the backbone of their company, resulting in ERP’s costing a good chunk of money, since the ERP manages companies on such a large scale. However, if small or medium businesses were to implement an ERP system, they may be paying for more than their business needs. Sage 100 wants smaller businesses to be able to customize their business needs into a Sage solution that best suits their business. As a result, your business will only be paying for solutions that you actually need. Unlike an ERP where a smaller business would have to tailor itself to fit the solutions provided, business management systems tailor to fit what your business needs fixed. Sage can address a variety of issues your business may be facing fromaving manual data entry and sifting through piles of paperwork to improving efficiency and productivity by eliminating paper with Sage’s Paperless Office module .

2. Business management systems allow for more accessible reporting and simplistic implementation

Business management software is typically relatively simple to implement and Sage software follows suite with its effortless installation and implementation process. Part of the ease of implementation of Sage for customers comes from Sage’s utilization of its resellers and consultants around the world. By allowing a Sage 100 partner, like ICS, to handle your installation and implementation process you are given someone to help guide you through the process and ensure a successful implementation. Sage consultants are also available to help you implement your business solutions and even train you and your employees on the use of the software. This way, you can be confident your business will be in good hands and running efficiently.

Another characteristic of business management software is its accessible reporting. Sage 100 uses one automated system that allows for any business employees to have access to important business reports from any location in the company. These reports can consist of financial reports, ad-hoc reporting, month-end and quarterly closing reports and any other important reports an employee would need to complete their job tasks. Since Sage 100 is used as one system that all employees will have access to, the elimination of data silos will also become prominent.

3. Business management software gives you more control and flexibility over how the software works with your specific business processes

To ensure you have full control and flexibility in your business, Sage 100 has a variety of modules that handle a wide range of tasks. From Finance and Accounting to Manufacturing and Distribution, Sage software has a module for all of your business needs.

To add customization to allow your Sage 100 to address your specific business needs, Sage offers many add-ons for managing . For example, if you wanted an upgraded payroll system due to your high number of business employees, Sage offers an add-on called Sage HRMS. With Sage HRMS, you can manage all your employee-related information and processes in a single solution and make stronger decisions faster with improved access to workforce analytics, in addition to complying with government rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.

What can Sage Business Management software do for small/medium businesses?

In a nutshell, Sage 100 is an industry leading accounting and distribution solution designed to help business owners’ better track and manage their inventory and accounting processes. Sage provides everything necessary to operate your business more efficiently by increasing inventory accuracy, automating manual processes, decreasing time to decision making, optimizing your inventory and production processes, and much more! The use of Sage software will not only help you in managing inventory, but it can also help you with accounting needs as well, through automating manual bookkeeping, tracking all of your orders and shipments, and improving financial management. Sage core accounting software consists of a general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, federal and state e-Filing and reporting, fixed assets, bank reconciliation, and many other necessary accounting resources to run your business. So to reiterate, Sage 100 can help small-medium businesses succeed by providing solutions to your businesses major pain points whether it be eliminating data silos, or automating and providing a real-time view of your business processes. Sage 100 is a business management system that can help you reduce costs and increase productivity and efficiency, which will in turn lead to a profitable and prosperous business.

Still Have Questions?

For more information about Sage software and how it can help your specific business needs, contact us at Crescent SCS by calling (562) 981-0125 or by sending an email to You can also visit us online at

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