Softline Enterprise releases Sage Line 500 enhancement release 2
Hot on the heels of its first enhancement release, Softline Enterprise has announced the release of its Sage Line 500 V5.5 enhancement release 2.
Building on the first enhancement the second focuses on delivering the next phase of the Universal Client additions as well as incorporating a number of new and relevant features and enhancements to Sage Business Intelligence and Sage Paperless.
"Sage Line 500 v5.5 now offers an outstanding business intelligence tool. Using Microsoft Excel or a Web browser, Sage Business Intelligence is a robust, fully scalable solution that quickly delivers essential management information to your desktop. This functionality is designed to your system and is fully integrated into Sage Line 500 v5.5, eliminating the need for pre-printed stationery," says Ashley Ellington, Director: Africa at Softline Enterprise. In Sage Paperless Version 5 users are able to re-write in Microsoft .Net. "This is a new and advanced platform on which to deliver future enhancements," says Ellington.
Sage Paperless also offers an improved multi-language compatibility, which provides cover for most European languages. An in-bound archiving feature allows in-bound documents such as invoices and delivery notes to be processed and associated with the relevant Sage Line 500 options through the Paperless DocStore. These documents may then be viewed and searched using the DocStore Viewer and from within Sage Line 500 forms using the Sage TCR. An additional output format will be supported, namely XML Output. This will allow documents such as sales order, for example, to be output in a format that could be easily emailed to suppliers.
The Sage Universal Client V2.0 includes enhancements that will support in excess of 80% of the functionality of the GUI client. Enhancements include universal client copy, cut and paste; numeric pad decimal separator; insert/modify/delete attachments; support for print preview; per user configuration settings; modification of IO parameters; exiting from a drill-down to return to the menu and about Box updates.
A new graphical planning module has been built around the market-leading scheduling solutions developed by Preactor International. This is a sub-set of the production scheduling module, providing graphical planning tools for businesses with a requirement for a simpler solution. It is pre-configured and fully integrated with Sage Line 500 to provide a visual schedule of planned production.
The following functionality will be provided through the graphical planning board: forward, backward and bi-directional sequencing; scheduling constrained by resources, eg machines, process lines, customisable views, 'what if' scheduling and comparison; resource utilisation reports; "Drag and drop" capability for modifying the schedule and production schedule reports, KPIs and work-to lists.
Graphical MPS extension for production scheduling is another addition which allows the creation of an optimised Master Production Schedule (MPS) using a graphical planning tool. "This allows realistic, achievable production plans to be created against sales forecasts," says Ellington. "New functionality includes initial stock and forecast demand imported from Sage Line 500; target stock levels (days of cover or value) set-up per week in production scheduling; resource capacities set-up in production scheduling; production load (make requirement) is also easily calculated."
Softline Enterprise remains committed to provide support of Sage Line 500 V5.5 on the leading industry platforms and databases. Enhancement Release 2 extends support to include SuSE Linux V9 on Oracle 9i and Informix Dynamic Server 9.4 and Sun Solaris V9 on Oracle 9i and Informix Dynamic Server 9.4.
Platform support for both the Universal Client and Sage Line 500 V5.5 GUI client will be unchanged from the Sage Line 500 V5.5 Enhancement Release 1.