Tuesday, Aug 14 2012
News and Analysis
Sage 500 has a limited life span as Sage committed to supporting the product for at least five years. I think the company said "at least five years" at the Sage Summit conference going on this week in Nashville Tenn. But whatever time Sage 500 has left, the product will not make the move to the next platform, such as the Web.
That was the answer given by chief technology officer Himanshu Palsule about what support means. Sage 500, he said, will get new features within the current platform but will not move to the next one. In the meantime, it is clear that X3 remains the product of choice in manufacturing. X3 is not without issues and asked about complaints that it is missing features for the United States, Joe Langner, EVP of midmarket solutions, and Christopher Letellier, CEO of X3, acknowledged the need to address what they called usability issues in the U.S. and said the needed functions will be added as soon as possible. Besides showing the estimated time left for supporting Sage 500, the company showed Sage Pro and Sage PFW on a slide without showing any estimated time for supporting. Asked if that reports that these will be supported for three to five years, Palsule said the question should be answered by general managers and that also applied to the question of the life of Sage Pro. It is expected by some that package has about three years life with little development likely.
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