Vrakas/Blum Computer Consulting, Inc. Named #1 National JobOps Reseller for the past 12 Years 

by Vrakas Blum

Vrakas/Blum Computer Consulting, Inc. is proud to announce we have been named the number one reseller of JobOps for 2017, making us the number one reseller in the nation for the past 12 years.

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Perpetual License Pricing Change Coming in March 2018

by Vrakas Blum

While many software providers have moved solely to subscription-based licensing, Sage continues to offer both subscription and perpetual license options to customers. In order to accommodate the added cost of maintaining both options, Sage announced that they’ll be adjusting the price of Sage Business Care prices for Sage 100 perpetual licenses.

Beginning in March, Perpetual customers will see an annual increase of 20% on their renewal notification for any Sage Business Care plan renewing on or after March 1, 2018.

Sage states that pricing adjustments are determined based on an annual review across their entire solution portfolio which considers market conditions, the cost of doing business, added value delivered through major product releases, and various other factors. The price increase reflects the added personnel and resources required to support both subscription and perpetual license models.

Note: the increase does not affect Sage 100c subscription licenses which remain the same.

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2018 Sales Tax Changes 

by Avalara

2017 was a big year for sales and use tax, and 2018 promises to be even bigger. States will likely continue to creatively redefine physical presence nexus, impose use tax reporting requirements, and tax third-party (marketplace) sales. They’ll almost certainly have to adjust their sales tax laws if Congress succeeds in enacting federal tax reform. And 2018 could be the year the Supreme Court of the United States reconsiders Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), the seminal ruling that prohibits states from taxing remote businesses without an in-state presence.

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Introducing Sage 100 2018 

by Vrakas Blum

Sage 100 and 100c Version 2018 are now available. This newest version includes enhancements for Job Cost, warehouse management, bar coding, and a rollout of the long‐anticipated Payroll 2.0. Let’s take a closer look (note: some of the features covered in this article are for Sage 100c only).

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VBCC affiliate company acquires the accounting firm of Radke & Schlesner

by Vrakas Blum

We are pleased to announce that our affiliate company, Vrakas CPAs + Advisors, has acquired the accounting firm of Radke & Schlesner, S.C. effective December 1, 2017.

The combined firm will operate as Vrakas CPAs + Advisors and will have nearly 65 professionals practicing in a variety of areas including, assurance, tax, business advisory, valuations, technology, small business accounting and employee benefit plan services. Vrakas CPAs + Advisors will continue to specialize in serving closely-held and family owned businesses and their owners, along with private equity and ESOP owned companies in a variety of industries including, construction, dealerships, manufacturing/distribution, nonprofit, professional services, real estate and retail.

Additionally, Vrakas CPAs will expand its small business accounting practice with QuickBooks accounting help and assistance, general ledger and financial statement preparation, bookkeeping, accounting system setup and support, payroll processing, cash flow budgeting and forecasting.

“We are extremely excited about this growth opportunity which we believe will deliver greater value to our clients,” stated Cheryl Mayer, Shareholder at Radke & Schlesner.

“This is an exciting time for our firm,” stated Joe Jenders, President of VBCC. “This merger is a great opportunity that will expand the suite of services we offer our accounting clients.”

All employees will be located in Brookfield.
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Continuing the Charge ... 2017 User Conference Wrap

by Vrakas Blum

 

Vrakas/Blum Computer Consulting, Inc. (VBCC), hosted its annual User Conference on October 25, 2017. The event was nothing short of a giant success. Highlighting the theme, Charge Up Your Accounting Software, we were able to draw in a record number of attendees and sponsors alike. There were plenty of topics to keep our clients up-to-date on their Sage Software and ample time to browse the Sponsor Marketplace for ways to continue to charge up their Sage Software. We highly suggest you save the date for next year’s bigger and better User Conference.

Check out what our clients thought about this year’s conference:

“Lots of information for me to use and/or pass on to employees. Good Food!”

“(We received) a lot of new knowledge, and the sponsors were open and honest.”

“The conference is incredible! We are proud to be here again for the second year. We are very excited about the turn out that you have. You have great customers, great prospects. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with Vrakas/Blum.” – Rob Larsh, Sage 


Save the Date for Next Year’s Conference – Wednesday, October 24th!


Click here to see the full agenda from this year

 

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Changes In U.S. Payroll Module Pricing New Subscription‐Based Payroll Tiers

by Vrakas Blum

Sage recently announced that beginning in May 2016, Sage 100 customers running the U.S. Payroll Module will see a change in pricing. Based on newly‐structured payroll tiers, customers will only pay based on the number of paychecks processed for active employees. Read on to learn more about why Sage is making the change and how the new payroll pricing structure works.

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“What’s New” Guide for Sage 100 ERP 2015

by Vrakas Blum

If you've been holding off on an upgrade to Sage 100 ERP 2015, it’s understandable.  There hasn’t been a lot of detail about what’s included in this newest release ‐ until now!  Sage just published a 60‐page “What’s New” guide that should provide everything you need to know to determine whether an upgrade is right for your business. Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights.

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The Sage Intelligence Cheat Sheet Understanding What’s What

by Vrakas Blum

With so many Sage 100 customers that have recently begun using Sage Intelligence Reporting or plan to use it soon as a replacement for FRx, we thought it might be helpful to provide an overview of the various Sage Intelligence reporting components. This “cheat sheet” provides a quick reference to the various modules and capabilities.

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SAGE CRM Automating Sales & Service Workflows

by Vrakas Blum

When it comes to business, we all know that errors, manual processes, and redundancy waste valuable time and money. That’s why it’s important to implement pre‐defined best‐practices that everyone on your team adheres to.  

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