This post includes details on the compatibility of Kissinger enhancement software products with the recent Sage 100 2015, Sage 100 2014, and Sage 100 2013 product update releases. These Sage 100 product updates are very important for customers using the Sage 100 Payroll module, as they provide new fields in ACA Employer Maintenance and the ability to process and e-file 1094/1095 B and 1094/1095 C forms. The product updates also provide program fixes that are important for all Sage 100 users.
If you’ve been around the Sage 100 scene for any length of time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard EDI Advantage or “Kissinger EDI” mentioned when the topic of Sage 100 EDI integration comes up. As an early entrant in the channel, EDI Advantage was introduced in the 1990’s and the solution set a new standard for electronic data interchange integration capabilities.
Many Sage 100 users discover a need for EDI Advantage when they begin selling to retailer(s) that require the use of EDI. (Or when their existing customers begin to require EDI.) In other cases, they are already using EDI but their processing isn’t integrated—or is only lightly integrated—and they want to eliminate the hours and hours of data entry they’re doing on a daily basis.
As you know, there are a number of EDI solutions available. So why is EDI Advantage still going strong and powering the EDI operations of Sage 100 users across the country? What accounts for the attraction and staying power of EDI Advantage? We think the longevity boils down to five key reasons:
1. You can set it and forget it.
EDI Advantage is unique among EDI solutions in that users can just count on it to run, performing the tasks it is asked to perform, without requiring much (or any!) interaction from a human. This is due to two main factors: the amazing comprehensiveness of the available setup options and the sophistication of the EDI Advantage integration processing. As a result, EDI Advantage users enjoy the ability to simply manage their EDI activities by exception, rather than needing to dedicate resources to actively work with EDI data and operate the system. In fact, EDI Advantage is known for this “does more, asks less” sophistication; it’s long been considered one of the most powerful and complete EDI solutions available for Sage 100.
2. Free transactions make people happy.
It turns out people really enjoy learning that EDI Advantage helps them avoid paying per-transaction fees, which can become quite costly for companies, especially those with higher EDI transaction volumes. Some competing solutions require customers to use their proprietary EDI network, locking them in to the provider’s fee schedule, even when trading partners permit the use of direct communications methods like AS2 or FTP, which can bypass the need for a traditional Value-Added Network (VAN). And if EDI Advantage users still prefer to use a VAN, they are pleased to know that they have the ability to shop around for the best VAN deal they can find, since EDI Advantage doesn’t require a particular network.
3. It’s built for Sage 100 by Sage 100 experts.
EDI Advantage is decidedly different from a number of competing products because it isn’t a “general” EDI integration solution. What does that mean? It means that EDI Advantage is designed specifically for Sage 100 systems, so the processing options and all aspects of the solutions’ functionality are optimized for the Sage 100 environment. Also, it is written, maintained, and enhanced by Sage 100 product experts with many, many years of experience working with Sage 100. If you’ve read other pieces here on the Kissinger blog, you might be thinking, “Hey, I think I’ve heard this before.” And you’d be right. This is an idea we write about from time to time (most recently in this piece about website integration): as integrators of complex systems, it seems like a very good idea to be experts in both systems being integrated (the EDI system and the business management system), rather than just one. Our customers, especially those who have switched to EDI Advantage from other solutions, tend to agree. Customers have told us they feel much more comfortable selecting an EDI provider with deep expertise in both EDI and Sage 100. Our in-depth knowledge of Sage 100 actually translates to real benefits for their business in the form of efficiency, operational control, and cost-savings.
4. Our policies and values keep ‘em coming back.
Wait—is this a real thing? Talking about “policies” and “values” seems like something marketing types like to do. It’s often more about finding words that give people warm fuzzy feelings about a company rather than describing anything of substance. But if you visited our offices and talked to our people, I think you’d find some refreshing ideas. Or, better yet, talk to some of the resellers who recommend Kissinger solutions and let them speak for us. (Contact us for references.) When we partner with Sage 100 resellers to bring our EDI Advantage solutions to users across the US, we recognize the need to respect the importance of the reseller’s connection with their client. We follow our core values and work hard to protect each reseller’s relationship. Sage resellers trust us because we don’t just talk about it, we do it.
5. It’s all in Sage 100.
This is a biggie, so we put it at the end. Our big finish. There are a number of solid benefits for EDI Advantage users that come out of this one fact. To start with, EDI Advantage is super convenient: all EDI processing–including communications and translation–can happen totally within your Sage 100 software. I think it’s safe to say this makes for the ultimate in convenience and usability, and we find that it makes Sage 100 users feel right at home from the start. Happy users adopt the system more easily and enjoy using it because it looks, feels, and works like Sage 100. Users also benefit from having easy access to EDI info (assuming their security priviliges allow it) right inside Sage 100 so everything they need is at their fingertips. And customers who have been outsourcing EDI or using an EDI system that requires importing and exporting find that the EDI experience is seriously streamlined, with no need to maintain scripts or external databases, or to install, operate and maintain software outside of Sage 100.
Selecting an integrated EDI solution is a big deal.
Shopping for an integrated EDI solution can seem overwhelming for many customers. Figuring out what’s needed, what software is available, and which solution is best, can be challenging. For many people, purchasing an EDI solution is a huge decision on par with selecting a business management system, as the EDI software will handle mission critical day-to-day transactions with some of the company’s most important business partners. Here’s what we think matters most.
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I hope this article has given you some insights about what people like most about EDI Advantage, and the kinds of things you might consider when you’re evaluating EDI solutions. If you’d like to learn more about EDI Advantage, click here to get the EDI Advantage Overview Guide, which includes information on the available modules, integrated documents, an overview of how EDI Advantage works, and the details on five ways EDI Advantage can cut your EDI costs. Thanks for reading!
When you’re planning a new website integration project, you’re likely to have a lot of questions and concerns on your mind. You may be considering what methods to use, what your options are, and how the integration will work. You might be thinking about how your customers and prospects will use your website and what you want them to be able to do there. You’re probably wondering about the length of time and the cost required in order to accomplish your integration goals. You may also be looking at different vendors and considering the best way to go about selecting the right one.
That’s where this article comes in. We think there are some important questions to ask before you get started with a particular vendor, to make sure you’ve found a good match. Ideally, you’ll know the answers to these questions before you commit to a project. Otherwise, you may find that the realities of the project don’t quite measure up to the vision and expectations you had going in.
The answers to the following questions will give you insight into the process and methods a prospective vendor will use, which will help you evaluate the companies you are considering, and their proposed solutions, before you’ve made a commitment to a particular provider. So, without further ado, let’s get started with the first question:
If you’re looking for better solutions for integrating your website(s) with Sage 100 ERP, we have an opportunity for you to learn about leading solutions and see a demonstration featuring Sage 100 ERP integration.
On Monday, August 24th at 1:30 pm ET we’re holding a webinar to help you learn more about Web-Stor™. Sign up to learn about the details that make Web-Stor™ solutions unique. We’ll be talking about integration challenges our customers face and showing you how Web-Stor™ solutions meet those challenges and bring important advantages to your business. Learn more here about what we’ll be covering.
We’re offering this complimentary webinar to help you understand the benefits of website integration, the kinds of things to look out for when considering solutions, and what we think is most important when choosing a vendor. We’ll also present a demonstration of a Web-Stor™ solution.
Integrated Websites for Sage 100 ERP with Web-Stor™
Monday, August 24, 2015
1:30pm – 2:30pm ET
Here’s the latest on the compatibility of Kissinger enhancement products with Sage 100 ERP 2015 Product Update 2, released on June 30, 2015.
Here’s the latest on the compatibility of Kissinger enhancement products with Sage 100 ERP 2014 Product Update 6, released on June 30, 2015.
Company expands scope of web-based integration solutions for Sage 100 ERP
For Immediate Release
Centerport, PA, June 16, 2015 — Kissinger Associates today announced increased resource commitments for their Web-Stor™ Solutions Team, a project team within the company’s Professional Services department. The Web-Stor™ Solutions Team is responsible for the design, development, implementation and support of integrated website solutions for Sage 100 ERP users. Aimee Stephan, Professional Services department manager, said “This team has been forming and developing over the past several years as we took steps within our EDI and Sage 100 ERP consulting teams to meet increasing customer demand for web-based integrations. Earlier this year, Jason Madison took over as the team leader and the team has really started to come together. Now with the added commitments we’re staffed to handle more simultaneous projects.” read more…
We’re very pleased to announce that we have released EDI Advantage for compatibility with the latest release of Sage 100 ERP, within six weeks of the Sage 100 ERP 2015 release date. EDI Advantage 2015 (5.20) is now available for download by customers with a current subscription plan (and their resellers).
EDI Advantage is the only Sage 100 EDI solution that gives you:
- Free EDI transactions and other cost-savers
- Completely automatic EDI processing
- EDI that’s totally within your Sage 100 ERP system
Current EDI Advantage subscription customers can obtain the release from the Customer Portal on our website. If you contact us to let us know you’re thinking about upgrading, we’ll be happy to set up a conference call to discuss the process with you and find out how we can help. We are also available to review your maps as well as any custom modifications you may have.
Or, you can contact your Sage Reseller to install the release or ask if you can install it yourself. You’ll also want to contact any developers who customized your Sage 100 ERP modules or Kissinger enhancement products.
Sage resellers can download the release for their clients from the Business Partner Portal on our website.
If you have any questions or need additional information about your Kissinger enhancement software, please contact us.
We’re very pleased to announce that we have released another enhancement software upgrade for compatibility with Sage 100 ERP 2015.
Union Automation 2015 is now available for download by customers with a current subscription plan (and their resellers).
Sage 100 ERP 2015 is the latest Sage 100 ERP release. Union Automation 2015 (5.20) is compatible with this release. If you have a current Union Automation subscription, you can obtain the release from your Customer Portal on our website. Please contact your Sage Reseller to install the release or ask if you can install it yourself. You’ll also want to contact any developers who customized your Sage 100 ERP modules or Kissinger enhancement products.
Sage resellers can also download the release for their clients from the Business Partner Portal on our website.
If you have any questions or need additional information about your Kissinger enhancement software, please contact us.
We’re very pleased to announce that we have released our first 2015 enhancement software upgrades for compatibility with Sage 100 ERP 2015. The following Kissinger enhancement software releases are now available for download by customers with a current subscription plan (and their resellers):
- ACH Direct 2015
- AIA Job Cost Billing 2015
- Certified Payroll 2015