Does Sage 50 Cloud Accounts Require a Server?

While Sage 50 Cloud offers enhanced remote access features over the legacy desktop versions, it still necessitates central hosting on either a server (on premises or Azure) or a master PC. Therefore, Sage 50 Cloud is not a browser-based application. In contrast, browser-based applications can be accessed from any approved device with an internet connection, offering flexibility for use across PCs, laptops, phones, and tablets.

Upgrading Sage 50 Cloud

Sage 50 Cloud can be upgraded by accepting updates from Sage UK. However, if you use a third-party application for additional functionality, such as manufacturing, both applications will need to be upgraded simultaneously. This may involve changes to the ODBC, particularly for applications using Access databases. For instance, Qi has customers who rely on Sage 50 Cloud for accounting while running an interfacing business application, like Cim50 MRP, to meet operational needs. Coordinating upgrades for both applications is necessary to maintain compatibility and functionality.

Considering Browser-Based Alternatives to Sage 50 Cloud

For businesses using Sage 50 Cloud alongside a third-party application, it’s worth exploring browser-based accounting solutions that offer a unified approach. A single SQL database solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics Business Central, can provide a comprehensive, browser-based application that encompasses all business needs, including accounting, manufacturing, stock control, traceability, and CRM.

Consider this licensing comparison cost: an annual subscription for 2 users on Sage 50 Cloud Accounts will cost your business more than 2 users on Business Central Essentials.

Benefits of Microsoft Dynamics Business Central over Sage 50 Cloud

  1. Automatic Updates: Business Central offers automatic software updates, with two major upgrades each year, ensuring that your system is always up-to-date without manual intervention.
  2. Data Security: Your data is secured and protected in Microsoft’s data centers, significantly reducing the risk of data corruption due to its robust technical architecture.
  3. Scalability: Whether you need a solution for a single user or 99+ users, Business Central is fully scalable, making it suitable for businesses of all sizes.
  4. Browser-Based Access: Being a wholly browser-based application, Business Central can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, providing unparalleled flexibility and accessibility.

See the capability guide here

Sage 50 Cloud data Migration and Onboarding

Qi specializes in migrating data from Sage 50 Cloud to Business Central, ensuring that your data is transferred in full and intact. With extensive experience in transitioning customers from Sage 50 Cloud to Business Central, Qi ensures that your staff can onboard successfully and start leveraging the benefits of the new system with minimal disruption.

Thought for the day

By considering a move to a modern ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics Business Central, businesses can benefit from a more integrated, secure, and scalable system that supports their growth and operational efficiency. In working with Qi Ltd for your move from Sage 50 Cloud you know you will be in safe hands.