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Outgrown Sage 50: Where Do You Turn?
Thursday April 10, 2014

When you’ve been using the same accounting software for a number of years, it can be difficult to know where to turn for the next step as you outgrow your current solution. Small businesses that are using Sage 50 may find it slightly confusing when it comes to looking at the next step up, as they will come to find that they will not be able to get Sage Mid market software directly from Sage. Typically you will have purchased Sage 50 from Sage For Small Business Division and therefore not had any interaction with your local Sage Business Partner previously. You’ll need to track them down if you’re looking for an upgrade or a Sage 200 Demo though, as they’re a necessary part of the implementation process.


The role of the Sage Business Partner is to provide implementation guidance, as well as support throughout your Sage usage. If you’re not sure whether now is the time to step up to mid-market, you can discuss all the details with your Sage Business Partner, and they will be able to provide you with a full Sage 200 demonstration.


Once you’ve got to grips with the benefits and the key differences between Sage 50 and the mid-market solutions, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which product is right for you.


If you’re still looking for a bit more information on the key benefits of Sage 200 before you enquire about a Sage 200 demo, have a read through parts onetwo and three of our business growth series.


What Business Partners do

Sage sells mid-market solutions through specialist Business Partners as the solutions require a dedicated set up and implementation. To make sure everything runs smoothly for you, they will also make sure you have all the training and the support that you could possibly need. They’re not just there for you initially; if you need more guidance and support later down the line you can turn to your Sage Business Partner when you take out an annual support contract.


So how do you find your local Sage Business Partner?

So you’ve decided that you’re going to need a mid-market Sage solution, and that in order to get set up, and for the support you’ll need to make the transition through the process you will require the services of a local Sage Business Partner.


What’s the next step?

You’re going to need to find the company for the job. And there are a number of ways you can track down your local Sage Business Partner. It’s not totally necessary that you pick someone who’s based locally, but it can be reassuring knowing if you have any questions your business partner is only down the road.


1. Business exhibitions

There’s business exhibitions up and down the country regularly, and they attract local companies who are trying to engage with the local community. It’s a great way of connecting with local services, and discussing what you need in a casual, obligation free setting. Oakley ERP will be attending The Business Show and Kent2020, for example, which are both large shows with lots of stands as well as seminars which you’re likely to find useful.


2. Search online

There’s lots of ways to find Sage partners online, using either search engines or social media – or a combination of the two. If you’ve heard the name of a company as a recommendation, or lost a business card after an exhibition, you’ll be able to research them more thoroughly online, to make sure they provide the services you’re looking for.


Either type the name of the partner (if you know it), or ‘Sage Business Partner [your town or city]’ into Google, and you should get some local answers.


3. Speak to Sage directly

Finally, if you’re still struggling to find a partner, you can speak to Sage directly. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction, and you’ll soon be on your way to making the change from Sage 50 to a mid-market solution.


Of course, while you’re here you could just contact Oakley ERP a leading Sage Business Partner directly. Whether you’re looking for a Sage 200 demo or to find out a bit more about Sage 300, we’ve got the answers.

Written by David Weaver at 00:00