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Getting the Most from Your Sage MAS 90 / 200 Investment 
September 2011, Issue 44
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Quote to Ponder
Change in Software License Pricing Model
Support Tip - Unified Login
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Dear ,

It's back to school time!


Where did the summer go? It seems like only yesterday, we were complaining about the spring weather, and now, it's back to school time. Have you considered attending our F9 or Crystal Reports classes scheduled during the week of Sep 27 to 30? You can use these programs to access your MAS data quickly and efficiently.  You'll be amazed at what you can do with a very small amount of effort.  


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. 


Quote to Ponder
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
- Carl Rogers


Change in Software License Pricing Model
Effective with the v4.5 release of Sage MAS 90 / 200, Sage is changing the way that additional users and additional modules can be purchased.  The effective date for some of these changes is Sep 7 and Sep 30 for others.

If you've been considering adding additonal MAS or CRM users, or have been considering adding new modules (Visual Integrator, for example), you should contact us quickly so that we can help you determine whether it makes sense to buy before or after the pricing model changes.  The timing of these changes is centered around the release of v4.5.  If you'd like to see what new features are included in the v4.5 release, please refer to last month's newsletter by clicking here.


 Back To School Pencils

Crystal Reports is the most popular report writer in the world.  Join us for our Crystal Reports training class!  We will show you how to create simple or sophisticated reports, turn your data into interactive, actionable reports that outline what is happening in your business.  Register for the following Crystal Reports classes (click on the class title to register):


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

We'll teach you how to create presentation quality reports that will save you time every month.  You'll be surprised at how quickly you can create your own reports based upon your company's unique reporting requirements. By the end of the 2 day course, you will be able to: 

Navigate in Crystal Reports and understand the basics of file layouts and data sources

Create and print a simple report

Modify an existing report

Design reports to meet your specific needs

Sort, group and total result sets

Export reports and forms to other applications (Excel or PDF format)

Date:  Wed and Thur, Sep 28 & 29        Duration:  2 days

Fee - $850 plus HST.  This fee includes your reference materials


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        

Fee - $425 plus HST. This fee includes your reference materials. 


F9 is an easy-to-use financial reporting tool that dynamically links your MAS 90 / 200 general ledger data to Excel. F9 leverages the value of Excel through a dynamic link to your most current MAS data - with no exports or manual entries required!  F9 will simplify your financial statement creation, enhance your decision making and provide a high return on your investment!


Register for the following F9 class:


F9 - Take Your Financial Reporting to the Next Level

This hands-on class will give you with the skills to create your financial statements in Excel, using F9 to link the spreadsheet to your MAS 90 / 200 data.  Learn one or two new formulas and everything else is standard Excel functionality.  Save hours of time every month in generating financials!

Date:  Tue, Sep 27     Duration:  day

Fee - $200 plus HST. This fee includes your reference materials.



Click on the class title above to go to class information and registration page.


Support Tip - Unified Login

Did you know that your Sage MAS 90 / 200 system can be configured to use Unified Login?  What does this mean and what are the issues surround it?


Here's the scenario . . .


You power on your computer in the morning and enter your login name and password.  You're automatically connected to the network, and most likely, no additional user name or password is required.  Now, you click on the Sage MAS 90 / 200 icon and launch the program.  It stops and ask you for your user name and password.  MAS can be configured to automatically login to MAS without requiring a user name and password.  As long as the machine's user login has been added to the MAS security system, no additional password is required.


IT managers often prefer this Unified Login approach as it means that users have 1 less password to remember.  When the network login account has been disabled, the user can no longer access MAS.


To enable Unified Login, go to Library Master | Setup | System Configuration and enable the Use Unified Login option.


A few points to consider before enabling this option:

  • make sure the PC login account is already set up as a MAS user
  • make sure that someone can log into the server as Administrator -- this account is required to upgrade your MAS system
  • you will not be able to go to a user's PC and run MAS 90 as a different user -- the login account used for the PC is also the MAS login


It's pretty cool and worth it if you have many users and find it difficult to manage MAS user accounts. 




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