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Sage 100 Contractor: 2018 Updates

New for Sage 100 Contractor in 2018: An SQL database, tons of new features, and more.

Sage 100 Contractor on a Microsoft SQL Database

If you’re updating Sage 100 Contractor from a version earlier than the newest version (21) than you might not have been aware until now that Sage 100 Contractor is moving up to a better, more robust SQL server.

This new SQL server – Microsoft SQL – will serve as a much more secure version of what Sage 100 Contractor used to rely on. Besides added security, there are many benefits that come along with making the transition to Microsoft SQL.

A new database administration tool gives both the tech-savvy and the average user capabilities to backup, share, and store data in ways that open up many new doors and help to retain data even in the event of a crashing system.

New Sage 100 Contractor Features in Version 21.1 (2018)

There are many reasons that we here at Techware prefer Sage 100 Contractor to any other solution available on the market. One of those reasons is that Sage always has an eye on the future and works to constantly improve their products with the latest and greatest.

Much more important to us, however, is the dedication Sage has to delivering upon the requests that their customers make.

In this new version of Sage, all of the critical product improvements and additional features were originally recommended to the company by product users. In light of that, we’re excited to introduce some of the many new features that Sage 100 Contractor includes in version 21.

(The following bullet points are excerpted from Sage’s release notes on Sage 100 Contractor version 21.1.)

  • Administrative ability: permit (or deny) exclusive access to selected non-administrative users
  • Require users to enter a validated cost type when they record expenses to a direct cost account
  • The cost code you enter on a purchase order is used on any invoices you record against the purchase order, even if you do not choose to cost jobs automatically when you save an invoice. (Previously, the default cost code from the vendor record was used on an invoice if you did not use this function.)
  • When you enter invoices in the 4-2 Payable Invoices/Credits window, filtered lookup windows make it much easier to find the purchase order or subcontract you are looking for.
  • In the 4-3-5 Accounts Payable Check report, we have added the invoice date to AP check stubs.
  • We have also added the invoice date to 4-3-1-21, 4-3-1-31, and 4-3-1-41 Set To Pay reports.
  • You can now choose to find employees throughout the program by their last names, rather than by their first names.
  • You can view an employee’s pay raise history in the employee record.
  • In 5-5-1 Daily Payroll Entry, in the Create Timecards window, you can use a pick list to select employees for whom to create timecards
  • When you generate a direct deposit for payroll, you can easily email the pay stubs at a later date instead of the date you are running the payroll.
  • The 5-2-2 Payroll Records window provides a new Salaried Employees menu with options that make it easy to create payroll records for salaried employees.
  • We have restored the ability to create timecards in 5-5-1 Daily Payroll for users who do not have permission to use the 5-2-2 Payroll Records window directly.
  • In U.S. Payroll, sick leave is now accrued separately for federal jobs, up to a specified maximum. (DT38789)
  • Inactive, zero balance accounts no longer appear on financial reports. The Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Financial Reports automatically exclude zero balance inactive accounts, regardless of whether you select the option to exclude zero balance accounts.
  • The default period is no longer filled in automatically for most Project Management reports.
  • When you export a report to Excel, the resulting worksheet is not automatically protected, enabling Sage 100 Contractor 2018 (SQL) Version 21 Release Notes Canadian and U.S. Editions 5 you to edit it without first “unprotecting” the worksheet
  • We have increased the maximum duration for term-based fields to 60 months so, for example, you can lengthen the Service Employee Training cycle.

Just one of these features could be a game-changer in your entire process, and that’s why we’re excited about how up-to-date and relevant Sage remains throughout the years – ever since 1981!

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Sage 100 Contractor V21.1 Feature Highlights

There are so many great improvements and enhancements included in Sage 100 Contractor, but we just wanted to take moment to highlight a few of the most significant.

Viewable raise historiesĀ will be a huge asset to larger firms that are looking to improve employee retention and keep up with wage history.

Creating timecards for individual employees will help your team to get an even better grasp on the details to ensure that each individual employee’s payroll is up-to-date, accurate, and all around error-free.

The Techware Difference

Upgrading a software’s database can be intimidating, and learning to navigate new features isn’t always easy once you’ve gotten used to doing things a certain way.

But that’s why we’re here. Our team will help guide you through upgrades, tweaks, and changes so that you’re always getting the most out of Sage 100 Contractor – in 2018 and beyond.