Sage Extends Customer Usability for MAS 500 ERP

Sage expands compatibility for its enterprise resource planning and human resource management system software offerings.

Business management software and services firm Sage North America announced the integration of the latest versions of Sage MAS 500 ERP (enterprise resource planning) and Sage Abra SQL HRMS (human resource management system). The company said the integration of Sage MAS 500 with Sage Abra extends functionality to the HR back office, while improving efficiency for customers by automating HR and payroll tasks and eliminating duplicate data entry processes.

Sage Abra HRMS delivers integrated functionality across HR, payroll, benefits, time-off and training management, with reporting and analysis, and a Web workforce portal with employee self-service, company communications, benefits enrollment and applicant tracking. Sage MAS 500 is a scalable Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application for midmarket to small-enterprise businesses. Designed using Microsoft SQL Server and Visual Studio technology, Sage MAS 500 helps automate and streamline business management processes.

Integration between Sage Abra SQL HRMS and Sage MAS 500 general ledger (GL) makes it unnecessary for payroll and accounting professionals to manually prepare and enter payroll journal entries, since the preparation and transfer of information between the two products are automated, Sage argues. The company said users of both Sage Abra SQL and Sage MAS 500 would also benefit from the ability to assemble, review and prepare employee and payroll data, as well as create reports, for Sage MAS 500.

Sage MAS 500 customers can purchase a Sage Abra bundle that includes Abra HR, Abra Payroll, Abra Attendance, and the integration, the company said. "Sage MAS 500 users now have access to an integrated SQL-Server based HR, payroll, and ERP system, designed to help them achieve greater accuracy, control, and audit capabilities," said Jennifer Dungan, director of product management for Sage Abra.

Earlier this year, the company released another HR software offering aimed at small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) in the form of Simply Accounting by Sage HR Manager. The product helps small businesses manage employee information in one place by consolidating all employee information including salary, performance, absences, and training in one location. Its reporting system allows small businesses to track government regulated employee information in a secure environment and also create more personalized services, such as tracking an employee's service anniversary or date of birth.