It’s inevitable that eventually, a product will run its course, and a number of years ago Line 1000 was “retired” from development and support, and had now been issued with an EOL statement.
For many businesses Sage 1000 performed exactly the way you wanted it to when you first implemented it in your business; it handled your finances, customers, and supply chain within a simple and easy-to-use solution. However, as your business has grown (and the world has moved on), your business has needed more sophisticated functionality. You have required more intelligent reports on your business data, so, you have added a BI suite like Sage Enterprise Intelligence. You required a more detailed view of your inventory and stock, so, you naturally enhance this with added Sage Inventory Advisor.
This evolving landscape is normal, most companies do it; selecting a core ERP and then enhancing it with a “best of breed” approach in key areas. This can be true of Sage X3 sites too – many have SEI, SIA, and budgeting and forecasting solutions such as Prophix, to help bolster core functionality in areas that are important to the business. When moving from Sage 1000 to Sage X3 your business doesn’t need to give up these familiar tools if you are using them already today.
For many businesses today there will be a “rush” to find a new solution (or new support partner) to deal with this EOL announcement – but this doesn’t necessarily need to be a chaotic time. A number of Sage 1000 partners are offering their own “extended support” to Sage 1000 sites, which will provide a safety net and although this doesn’t remove the risks outlined below, this will help to mitigate them for a short while: