Sage has announced that the Sage 200 Manufacturing module will be retired, with new sales ending on the 1st November 2020 and the module entering extended support from the 1st January 2021. Whilst the module is being retired, existing customers will therefore continue to be supported whilst the version of Sage 200 in use by each customer is within Sage support.
The reason for Sage’s decision is that they want to focus their development resources on the core Sage 200 solution and there was already a growing Manufacturing module from Sicon within the Sage 200 ecosystem. Sage have therefore entered into a new strategic partnership with Sicon which will see Sage provide the Sicon Manufacturing Suite as their solution of choice for Manufacturing, which can now only be ordered by Business Partners through Sage.
In addition to being easier to use and sitting within Sage’s menus, Sicon Manufacturing provides a modular approach for areas like Works orders, capacity planning, and MRP. It also opens up the capability for you to implement the integrated Shop Floor Data Capture and Barcode and Warehousing additional solutions to further enhance your business operations.
Sicon Manufacturing suite is being regularly enhanced, something that wasn’t happening with the Sage module hence the decision is not totally unexpected, and seamlessly integrates with Sage 200cloud Professional. It uses the Sage 200 Bill of Materials module at its core, and as a result, migration is a relatively simple process.