The Best Just Got Better – Announcing The Launch of Sage 50 2013
By David O’Reilly, Head Of Product Marketing at Sage
Easy, we listened to our customers. We listened to over 4000 customers when designing the release of Sage 50 2013. Then we used this feedback to make the best even better.
We implemented countless improvements to Sage 50 Accounts to produce Sage 50 2013 and every single improvement was inspired by customer feedback. Here are my top seven picks;
Seven Top Improvements In Sage 50 2013
1. Online VAT And VIES Returns Now Possible Using XML Outputs
Sage 50 2013 incorporates a simplified process for Month End, Year End and VAT returns. With online VAT submissions being mandatory from April 2012, it is even more important to get the tasks right. Sage 50 2013 guides you through the process of doing returns to help you understand the process and know when you have completed it successfully.
With Sage 50 2013, online filing of VAT returns is enabled by default. Now you can produce a VAT return (XML file) quickly that satisfies Irish legislation. Just log into the secure area of the Irish Revenue website and the XML can be uploaded, saving time and minimising the risk of mistyping information and giving you peace of mind that you are compliant.
With Sage 50 2013, XML format outputs are now available for Intrastat Arrivals, VIES and Dispatches for e-submissions on the ROS website.
2. Reporting Improvements – Report Identification And Access And Drill-Down Improvements
The Sage 50 2013 report browser includes a description of what each report shows. This is a great addition as there are over 900 reports in accounts professional so the description allows you to quickly see what each report shows. With Sage 50 2013 you can now find the report you need when you want the information quickly.
The new report browser gives accurate report descriptions and shows a quick preview of the report. The new report browser also allows you to filter quickly between details and summary reports and add reports to favourites easily. A hover over action button enables you to open or export reports quickly. More information on the report browser is available in this video.
In addition, drill down link buttons have been introduced to the Product Record details tab and other areas of the software to improve your information access.
New drillable reports like: Balance Sheet Report, Category Breakdown Period (Balance Sheet), Period Trial Balance Report, Prior Year, Prior Year Category Breakdown, Product Activity Report and Sales by Product are all drillable. For more information on drillable reports in Sage 50 2013 watch this video.
3. Exporting Data To Excel From Sage 50
From listening to our customers, we understand that Excel is still heavily used to compare and format financial information. To help you get data into Excel quickly, reporting integration with Excel has been improved in Sage 50 2013.
The “To Excel” button is now on over 100 screens throughout the program.
Additionally the format of reports has been improved so when they are exported into Excel, they are in a format that can be used without the need to manipulate the spread sheet. Reports are now in a format that does not merge cells making it easier for you to use the data. For more information on the Excel functionality in Sage 50 Accounts 2013, watch this video.
4. Simplified Report Designer Makes It Easier To Add A Logo Or Change The Font On An invoice And Add Data To Reports
The Sage 50 2013 simplified report designer allows you to make additions to invoice and reports such as text and logos, in a more effecient way than previous versions of the software. This enables you to quickly amend reports and invoices so they are personalised to your business needs. We have improved the report designer screen layout and added dynamic help to make customising reports and invoices easier.
Add a logo or change the font on an invoice and add data to reports. This means personalisation of your reports to match your business needs and that you can incorporate your business branding onto your invoices quickly and efficiently. More information about tailoring reports in the new Sage 50 2013 is available in this video.
5. Email Customers Invoices, Statements And Other Documents In Fewer Steps
With Sage 50 2013 sending invoices by email is now accessible without going into Report Designer. Just enter email settings once for all report and layouts. A new set of email defaults settings have been introduced in the software to provide you with the ability to define precisely your email program common settings, and also how you want your emails to appear to your customers and suppliers. This settings tab defines those email settings that apply to all of the different layouts that exist in the software.
It is easy to set up the mail client you use, whether it is Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, AOL or Yahoo. Changing the content of the email sent to your customer is simple. Additional email address can be added to the customer and supplier record to give greater flexibility when sending documents.
6. Improved Stock Control
Sage 50 2013 contains a new screen to allow you to quickly check what products are on order and what stock is held for an order.
In Sage 50 2013, when sales orders are created and saved, you can automatically allocate stock to the order. Similarly, purchase orders can be set to on order when you save. You no longer have to remember to allocate the stock to the order as you would have in previous versions of Sage 50 Accounts.
To speed up time recording cash sales whilst updating stock levels, this process is automatically completed at the click of a button from the invoicing module and unlike previous versions of Sage 50 no additional tasks are needed after saving the invoice. For more information on the Quick Tasks available in Sage 50 2013, watch this video.
7. Android Tablet And Smartphone Compatibility.
Previous versions of Sage 50 had an Apple and Blackberry Tablet and Smartphone app known as Sage 50 Mobile. With Sage 50 2013 we have added Android Tablet and Smartphone compatibility to Sage 50 Mobile.
Sage 50 Accounts Mobile gives you live access to your Sage 50 Accounts 2012 data via your Apple, Blackberry and now Android smartphone or tablet. The secure service is easy to use and enables access to important information remotely when and where you need it. For more information about Sage 50 Mobile including the new Android version watch this video.
Perfect for users that are constantly on the go, Sage 50 Mobile allows you to log in and complete tasks from the palm of your hand. If you are travelling, with Sage 50 Mobile you can check your business cash flow, check a suppliers contact details, see which customers have made payments and who needs chasing up.
You can also create and send quotes to customers while out of the office, allowing you to respond to potential customers promptly while on the move and remotely manage your business, wherever you are.
Interested in seeing the benefits of Sage 50 Accounts 2013 for your business? Buy Online or call 1890 88 20 40 to speak to a Sage representative and take part in a webinar to see the benefits of Sage 50 Accounts 2013 first hand.