Sage 100 ERP (MAS 90/200) Idea Site: https://www11.v1ideas.com/SageERP/MAS90and200
Maybe you’re not aware of the Idea Site run and monitored by Sage. It’s one of the resources they use to help determine which features to add to future releases.
As of this writing, the community has shared 1,740 ideas and cast 27,464 votes in hopes that Sage will give them ample consideration. (The #1 requested idea? Bring back PDF versions of user manuals: 271 votes. Seriously.)
Well, here’s some news worth noting – xkzero has a universal search app, called GetX, that can single handedly wipe out a good many of the requested features. You might even find GetX to be the single most valuable feature you could possibly add to Sage 100 ERP.
Consider this: Out of the 1,740 ideas on the site, 360 of them reference ideas related to “search,” “find,” “locate,” “look for,” “look up” and “access.”
In other words, 21% of the user ideas submitted to improve Sage 100 ERP can potentially be addressed by a universal search application.
Furthermore, those 360 search-related ideas generated 11,889 votes, representing 43% of all votes cast on Sage’s idea site.
I’m not suggesting that each and everyone of these ideas would be solved by universal search. We have not researched each request in that level of depth, but the point is, a great deal of user frustration could be resolved with one solution.
Did you know that universal search functionality is now standard in Sage ERP X3 Version 7? That’s right. Furthermore, Sage chose the same search technology (Lucene) xkzero selected for use with GetX back in 2011. We think that’s pretty cool.
Here is a quick list of 32 of those feature requests for which GetX would pretty much be a no-brainer solution:
- Enter customer PO# then directly access the sales order.
- Access contacts without first selecting the customer.
- Access ship-tos without first selecting the customer.
- Access Item Vendor Maintenance more quickly.
- Conduct an ad hoc search of UDF fields.
- Search by email address in customer masterfile.
- Speed up inquiries.
- Search within a search (multiple criteria at once).
- Access Google search engine.
- Search by serial number.
- Search vendors and customers with expanded criteria.
- Search invoice history by job number.
- Simultaneously search across all master records.
- When only alias item number is known, conduct an item code search.
- Search by check number in accounts payable (AP).
- Search by inventory item with enhanced description field.
- Search inventory item extended description fields.
- Find vendor alias item number.
- Search by vendor remit data.
- Use quick look ups (default to F2) for inventory, customers, etc.
- Look up customer check number.
- Quickly look up an item on a particular sale when you know the order number and item number.
- Find a part number based solely on the alias.
- Look up customer information by number or name.
- In accounts receivable (A/R), look up Invoices paid based on the customer check number.
- Search customer memos.
- Search customer by zip code.
- Search customer by phone number.
- Search inventory by other fields.
- Search for inventory by country (as user defined field).
- Search for comments in sales order.
- Identify duplicates (customer, vendor, or employee name).
What does this all mean?
One thing it means is there are hundreds of thousands of people that use Sage 100 ERP who spend way too much time looking for data. The good news is there is a solution that can be installed and set up in about 30 minutes that would save a lot of misery.
There is a lot of talk about the cloud and ERP, to the point that this is where most of the industry seems to be spending all of its energy and money. In our opinion, though, there are a great many areas where ERP can be improved to truly help small and mid-sized businesses grow. One of these ideas is universal search. We’re doing what we can to make that a standard feature for ERP. Mark my word, one day people will expect this from their system.
By the way, if you would like to know how many ideas meet the criteria of ‘cloud’ in the Sage site? Two. Cheers!
[This article has been updated from its original publication on April 4, 2013, and includes more current statistics.]