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Getting the Most from Your Sage MAS 90 / 200 Investment 
July 2011, Issue 42
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Support Tip - NonFinancial Accounts
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Save the date in September -- we have training courses on the schedule!
We hope that our newsletter will spark some ideas on how you can Get More from Your Sage MAS 90 / 200 Investment.  As always, we value your feedback on our monthly newsletters.  Click here to let us know how we're doing.
Sage Summit - Jul 11 to 15

We will be attending the annual Sage Summit Partner conference from July 11-15.  We will do our best to respond to urgent support matters as quickly as we can.  Please remember to submit your support and service requests through our website at


Quote to Ponder
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you'll never cease to grow.  -  Anthony J. D'Angelo


Save the Date - It's Back to School Time!

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Gain a competitive advantage by learning how to get rapid access to the information you need, when you need it, in reports tailored to your unique business needs.  Join the us for the following classes:


Introduction to Crystal Reports for Sage MAS 90 / 200 -- Create Customized Reports from Scratch (or modify existing reports, including Standard MAS reports)

Never created your own report but interested in learning how?  Join us for a Beginners' hands-on course in Crystal Reports.  We'll teach you how to produce presentation quality reports that will save you time every month.  Learn how to use the basic formulas within your report to calculate, evaluate and manipulate data. You'll be surprised at how quickly you can create your own reports based upon your company's unique reporting requirements.

Date:  Wed and Thu, Sep 28 and 29

Duration:  2 days


Crystal Reports - Beyond the Basics

Here's your opportunity to improve your ability to create customized reports that meet your unique business needs.  This course is a quick refresher of the topics covered in the Introduction to Crystal Reports class and also introduction of new topics - sub-reports, parameters, linking tables, just to name a few.

Date:  Fri, Sep 30

Duration:  1 day


F9 - Take Your Financial Reporting to the Next Level

F9 is an easy-to-use Financial Reporting Tool that pulls your MAS GL data into Excel.  This half day class provides you with the skills to enable you to generate comprehensive financial reports.  Learn one or two new formulas and everything else is standard Excel functionality.  Save hours of time each month in generating financials!

Date:  Tue, Sep 27

Duration:  day


More details in terms of topics covered for each of these courses, registration and pricing will be provided next month.  In the meantime, mark these dates on your calendar and stay tuned!  See you in September!



Crystal Reports 3 Pack

Make better business decisions faster - Get the 3 Pack!

Many of our clients are using Crystal Reports to help them make better business decisions that drive profits.  Our Crystal Reports 3 Pack can help you do the same.  For a flat $350 (plus HST) we will email you a 3 Pack of powerful reports and assist you via telephone to add the Pack to your MAS custom reports menu system. 


This quarter's 3 Pack includes:

  • Invoice Summary Report - allows you to run the report by a range of dates, providing you with key information on customer PO's, sales staff total sales and information for posting to assist with GL reconciliation.
  • Sales by Province, Ranked by Net Invoice -  run the report sorted by either 'ship to' or 'bill to' province.  Lists top 25 customers by province.  Report can be run by invoice date range, for any time period.  Imagine . . . information at your fingers tips about your top customers.
  • Sales Analysis by Item - quickly compare this year and last year sales (or any two periods that you want) for items.  The report is sorted by product line and shows totals for each item

Click on the report title to see a sample PDF of the report.


Click here to let us know that you want to purchase this quarter's 3 Pack of Reports.


Take the next step - wouldn't it be great if you could have these reports emailed to you every day/week/month?  Click here to ask us how.

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Support Tip -   NonFinancial Accounts

From the beginning of time, MAS has had the ability to store nonfinancial information in the general ledger.  Nonfinancial accounts can be easily set up in Account Maintenance.  For example, you may want to store information such as employee head count, number of units produced, number of hours worked or square footage of retail space.  Once this data is stored in MAS, you can then generate financial reports that report based on this nonfinancial information.  For example, revenue per head count, revenue per hour worked, wages and benefits per unit produced, etc.  The benefit of storing this information in MAS is that comparisons to last month or last year will be very easy to do.


Of course, if you set up these accounts as nonfinancial (eg hours worked), you will not be able to debit hours worked and credit revenue.  The system is smarter than that - journal entries for financial and nonfinancial accounts must be separate.



We look forward to your feedback and your ideas for future issues of our newsletter.  If you would like to contribute an article or suggest an article or support tip to a future newsletter, we'd love to have your contribution.  Please let us know how we can help you Get the Most from Your Sage MAS 90 / 200 Investment.




    Shabnam and Robert