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Sage 50 Manufacturing Software – End of Life Update

25/03/2022 By: Alison Ward

In August 2020 we announced that CIM Software had entered into an agreement with Sage that resulted in our Cim50 manufacturing solution being the recommended manufacturing software package for Sage 50 Accounts and Sage 50 Manufacturing replacement.

As a result of this agreement, Sage also announced that they would move Sage 50 Manufacturing into an end-of-life process starting from 1st October 2020, with all support and services from Sage ending on 30th September 2021.

We have put together a few answers to some expected questions below.

If you are an existing Sage 50 Manufacturing user and would like to discuss your options for replacement, please feel free to contact us at any time, using the contact us button below.

What does this mean for my business

1. Will my Sage 50 Manufacturing Software continue to work beyond 30th September 2021?

Yes, it will continue to work as it does currently beyond 30th September 2021. However, as Sage have stopped testing and supporting the integration between Sage 50 Manufacturing and Sage 50 Accounts, due to compatibility issues you will not be able to upgrade to Version 28 of Sage 50 Accounts.

Further details can be found in the following blog post here.

2. Is support still available for Sage 50 Manufacturing?

Yes, but with certain caveats.

CIM Services will continue to support you with your Sage 50 Manufacturing software for as long as needed on best endeavors basis.

Sage will no longer offer 2nd line support on the product from the 30th September 2021. As such, there may be circumstances that arise from Windows upgrades/updates or from Sage upgrades that result in an issue occurring in the software that we may be unable to rectify.

3. Can I still purchase additional users for Sage 50 Manufacturing?

Now that the product is End of Life, Sage will no longer accept any orders for this product.

4. Why should I upgrade to Cim50?

As you know, Sage 50 Manufacturing has had very little development work carried out in the last decade and is running on obsolete technology, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. Cim50 does everything that your current Sage 50 Manufacturing does, but improves on it, and includes over 100 additional features spread across each area of the software.

Cim50 is continually being developed with new features added all the time.

A recent release of Cim50 includes our carbon footprint calculator, allowing you to calculate the carbon footprint of your manufactured items, along with offering your customers the option of offsetting the carbon footprint of the items they purchase from you in local carbon offset projects in the UK and Europe.

Moreover, we have a migration tool available, allowing us to seamlessly move your data from Sage 50 Manufacturing to Cim50 with as little downtime as possible.

You can find out more reasons to consider moving to Cim50 here.

5. How much does Cim50 cost?

Cim50 is available on a monthly subscription basis, with the subscription cost varying depending on the modules and number of users you require. Please contact us and we can provide you with accurate figures.

6. Where can I get more information on Cim50?

Please click here for further information, which includes a brochure, videos, and a feature comparison document between Cim50 and Sage 50 Manufacturing.

If you are an existing Sage 50 Manufacturing user and would like to discuss your options for replacement, please feel free to contact us at any time, using the contact us button below.

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