A Look at Future Releases

by Vrakas Blum

Here’s what Sage has in store in terms of new features expected over the next several months:

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Hard Place and a Rock

by Steve Marek

Run out of inventory and you can’t produce product to meet demand or you can’t sell that item to a customer. The customer goes somewhere else and may not return. The stuff that keeps business owners awake at night.

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LinkedIn 101

by Kelly Bergmann

Who would have thought that a job title, a headline or a photo on LinkedIn could have such an impact on how the 530 million or so users see you. Not me! That’s who. When I created my LinkedIn profile many moons ago I just answered the questions and picked a photo that didn’t make me look like I was about to sneeze. Well don’t worry folks, I attended Wayne Breitbarth's LinkedIn training session last week and now I have a profile that shines.

Wayne taught us how to make our headline catchy and creative, letting the viewer know you are the master of your field. This is the first thing anyone viewing your profile sees and if it is memorable, guess what…people remember it! Don’t be afraid to brag, that is what it is there for. I took away so many new tips on how to stand out from the crowd of millions with my same job title. I think Wayne may have boosted my ego just a tad as well, and now feel confident that I am putting my best foot forward in LinkedIn Land.

And for the sales folks, in addition to the shiny new profile did you know that LinkedIn, unlike most other social media platforms really does a great job of making the “cold call” warmer. I prefer getting a call or an email that mentions a mutual “friend” rather than the annoying email that can’t even spell your name right. Oh, let’s not forget that one guy that always calls asking for Mr. Kelly Bergmann. Yeah, he is NOT my favorite. Wayne taught us how to use our connections to gain insight into a company or person we are trying to win over in a way that makes you better informed and come highly recommended.

When it comes to social media in any form, I think we all assume it is what it is and that training is not worth the time. I will be the first in line to disagree. With my new profile and the new tips on how to navigate the search features, I truly believe that I will be an even bigger asset to the VBCC team. I might even go so far as to say, I make them look good.

For some tips and tricks, check out Wayne’s website, Power Formula and sign up for his newsletter. You won’t be sorry you did.

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Sage Intelligence Basics

by Carol Soukup

Sage 100cloud includes Sage Intelligence for free! As Sage 100 clients migrate to Sage 100cloud (formerly Sage 100c), they benefit from this additional, Excel-based reporting option. This makes it easy to quickly create accurate financial reports in Excel. Sage 100 clients who are already using Sage Intelligence have provided glowing feedback.

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Sage 100cloud FAQs 

by Vrakas Blum

Still have questions about what the Sage 100cloud (formerly Sage 100c) means to you? Well, here are the most frequently asked questions answered by VBCC. 

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Formerly Known As…

by Steve Marek

A customer recently said he was not interested in Sage 100cloud as he wanted to use on-premise software. It highlighted the misconceptions many have due to the name changes Sage 100 has been going through. Sage 100, Sage 100c and Sage 100cloud are virtually all the same products. Sage as a company introduced Sage 100c with “c” standing for connected. The difference between Sage 100 and Sage 100c is just basically how you pay for it. Sage 100 is a purchased model with annual maintenance payments; and Sage100c is a subscription model to better align with the rest of the software industry. Functionally, they are both the same product. However, to encourage migration to Sage 100c a few extras were added – free DSD Multibin, enhanced lookups, access to Sage 100c Manufacturing, access to AP automation, Sage Intelligence and exclusive 100c only future products. The “c”, (connected) means that there are add on products that Sage 100c can connect to such as Sage Inventory Advisor, AP Automation and the former Sage Payment Solutions.

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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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