As usual I have been excited to see the latest improvements to Sage 50 accounts. This year’s version has focused on easier set up, making processes more logical, quicker and simpler ways to access your data reports.
For customers using Sage for the first time they have introduced a “Customise your company” facility which brings together all the information you need to enter to set up Sage. Useful if you’re setting up sage on your own, however Green & Co clients usually have our assistance and don’t struggle with this anyway.
Vat, month end, year-end and stock & order/invoice processing now have a process which will take you through step by step. At last you will be asked whether you want to perform the vat transfer wizard which so easily gets missed! You can also put a lock date on so once the year-end is completed you can’t enter information in the previous year!
Stock control is now much easier and there is a buy or sell icon in products which enables you to process orders without having to leaving the product’s screen.
My favourite improvements to Sage 2013 are with reporting. There is now the facility to drill down on reports. If you run a report such as a profit and loss report and click on any figure in blue, you can drill down to the activity report to see what that figure is made up of. It is also possible to see an example of the report you are about to run to ensure that it’s the report you think you want to run. You can also change the description of a report to make it more meaningful to yourself.
You can export the report to excel and it will now show the report in a clear and concise way. For those of you who have tried exporting reports in the past and seen the results, you will appreciate this amendment!
Customising reports has been simplified with a user-friendly menu. For those of us who have been reluctant to edit reports, we now have no excuse!
If you like printing on plain paper and thus saving on buying pre-printed stationery, they have improved plain paper printing. If you select this option, for example, when printing your invoices, you will have neat boxes and description headers to make your invoice clearer.
I have just received my copy of Sage 2013 and can’t wait to start using it!