Sage Upgrades and Enhancements
In late December, Sage came out with version 22.3.30 for 100 Contractor. This release had the Federal tax tables and quite a few states. In late January, Sage came out with another minor release that included a few more states. The list of states that were part of the release were included with the release email they sent.
When Sage sends a release update announcement, they include highlights of things that have been changed. Not all releases need to be installed. You have some options, so here are some guidelines:
When updates are announced, we usually get a couple of panicked calls. Sage is very aggressive about getting everyone on the latest release. It’s easier for Sage to support one or two releases, rather than having to have all their support people proficient on multiple versions of the same program; completely understandable. It’s also helpful to have as many users as possible on the latest release in case there are any problems that didn’t come up in their testing; very common.
In mid-January, we had a call from a client who got the very dire-looking warning saying they had to upgrade their Sage 100 Contractor. The new warnings are large, red and black, and look very dangerous if you don’t comply. She panicked and started installing the upgrade. Unfortunately, she was installing it on her local workstation, which created some new problems that required emergency IT intervention. Don’t “Just Do It,” as the slogan goes.
If you’ve elected to install the update, there are a couple of things to keep in mind here, too:
Lastly, there is a new Product Enhancement feature. Sage indicates that this helps them learn how their user base works within the software and what modules they use. With release 22.3.30, this feature automatically opted you ‘in’ for this tracking. We noticed it because we saw a Sage “user” when we wanted Exclusive Access and traced it back to the Product Enhancement feature. It was turned on, although we did not check the box. It’s under the Home & Resources icon, then second from the bottom. You can take a look and see if you’re marked as “Opt In” and if you’d rather not participate, you can uncheck the box (which is what we did). Food for thought. – CMW