Sage 300 hasn't always been regarded as the most customizable of ERP systems, but times have changed. The evolution of Orchid Extender and Python make now a good time to take a fresh look.
Sage 300 hasn’t always kept ahead of the competition when it comes to customizability, but times have changed. We think that warrants a close look.
As businesses grow and evolve, a constant challenge is ensuring their IT systems remain fit for purpose. Moving from one ERP system to another can be extremely disruptive, not to mention expensive, and it’s not a decision anyone would or should make lightly.
When a reputable Solution Provider sizes up the best-fit ERP solution for one of their clients, they should be asking not just “Which product best meets their current needs”, but also “As their business evolves, will this solution be capable of evolving with them?”.
Answering that question with confidence can seem fraught with danger, since it’s impossible to predict what requirements might emerge in the future. We can, however, ask the proxy question:
Does the solution I’m recommending provide a flexible and cost-effective platform for ongoing customization?
When looking for a future-proofed ERP solution for a medium-sized business with serious growth aspirations, a system targeted at larger businesses might seem like a safe bet. The logic sounds compelling, but if this is your rationale for discounting Sage 300 you may well be doing your client a disservice, as you could be introducing unnecessary complexity.
Sage 300 has evolved. Has your thinking?
Sage 300 (and Accpac before it) hasn’t always kept ahead of the competition when it comes to customizability, but times have changed.
If you’ve considered ‘customization’ a dirty word in the past, or thought Sage 300 just wasn't up to the task, it may well be time for a rethink.
- Sage 300’s object-oriented Software Development Kit (SDK) provides a great platform for 3rd party developers to produce tightly integrated add-on modules that extend the core capability of Sage 300.
- Orchid Extender is a prime example of this – perhaps the prime example when it comes to versatility and flexibility.
- Extender uses the incredibly popular Python as its scripting language. This creates another form of future-proofing: a vast and rapidly growing pool of skilled programmers, together with access to free resources contributed by some of the world’s most tech-savvy developers and organisations
- All Extender customizations are stored within the Sage 300 database, and there’s no need for recompiles when doing software updates.
What Orchid's Business Partners have been saying
Many of my clients would have long since outgrown Sage 300 if it weren’t for Orchid's products.
KEVIN GARTLY, SOLIDBIZ SOLUTIONS, EDMONTON, AB, CANADA
Very impressed with the customization platform.
KEITH SCHENKEVELD, TAIROX SOFTWARE, BURNABY, BC, CANADA
Orchid Extender just might be the most powerful 3rd party app ever. The sky's the limit.
IAN COOK, KERR CONSULTING, THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS, USA
It's great to see Orchid 3rd party products boosting Sage 300 and providing Business Partners the opportunity to deliver brand new solutions with unbelievable ROI…
MARK CARSAN (CGA,CPA), BAASS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, THORNHILL, ON, CANADA