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Sage Financials: What’s New in Sage Financials June 2018 Upgrade?

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As another month draws to a close, the latest Sage Financials (previously Sage Live) version is upon us. Version 83 brings the introduction of a Dimensions Wizard, Account Health Tiles, and further improvements to the transaction entry screen. The June release does differ slightly from the previous upgrades in that it will be a ‘pull’ upgrade. This basically means that rather than being automatically upgraded you can choose when you want to have the upgrade applied to your org. However, this will need to installed before the July release pushes through as normal in the first week of August! Here are our highlights from the the Sage Financials June Upgrade.

Dimension Wizard in Sage Financials

First up is a new wizard that Sage have created to help guide you through creating dimensions and tags for reporting & analysis. The new wizard combines creating the dimension and tags, specifying a default tag per company and creating a new tab per dimension. This displays information about each tag. As well as this, it can also updates the relevant posting rules. It does this by adding a posting rule dimension to the posting rules based on the ledger accounts that you have specified in the wizard. This is a great tool that takes some of the complexity around the configuration of dimensions & tags away.

New Account Health Tile

Whilst viewing a Customer or Supplier account, you can now see how they are doing at a glance! There is now a new account health tile which you can find on the accounts page. The tile shows some really useful information on your accounts around key performance. When opening a record you can view the information on the right-hand side. Additionally, you can click-through and see a full health report, allowing you to easily drill down and see the detail of whats happening with an account.

By default, Sage have picked some useful information to be displayed on the overview. However, you can edit the sections. Choosing which reports you want to show and even adding customised reports.

Improvements to the Home page in Sage Financials

Last month we saw the introduction of the Home Page in Sage Financials. This month Sage are introducing two new features to continue enhancing the Home page. The first feature, a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) section for Total Revenue, Available Cash and Total Expenses. The KPI sections will provide a summary of your businesses financial position. Clicking on any KPI tile leads you to a detailed report, where you can find a breakdown of the headline figure.

The second feature is Financial reports. Within this section you will find a list of common financial reports for your businesses legislation. The report titles link to a detailed, full report allowing you to see a full breakdown of the information.

Unallocate customer receipts

A new ‘Unallocate’ option has been introduced in the June update, allowing you to reverse the allocation of customer receipts. You can unallocate multiple or single receipts from the Customers Receipts list. Additionally, you can unallocate single or multiple invoices from a receipt within a Customer Receipt.

Further improvements to transaction entry

The transaction entry screens have been improved again in terms of layout. This includes the introduction of a Totals section, which shows the totals for the transactions in an easy to read grid. Each time the Items section is saved, the totals are updated. This therefore, replaces the old Values section.

Within the Tax Breakdown, in line editing is now available. Therefore, you can click to change the Tax Amount. In the past, a separate Edit form was displayed. Please note, you must set the transaction type to allow tax to be amended.

The new Sub-header section allows you to easily check out important information about your saved transactions. The transaction type determines what information is displayed in the sub-header.

Sage 50 migration to Sage Financials

The Sage Business Cloud Migration Tool allows you to export data into Sage Financials from Sage 50c Accounts. Using the migration tool you can prepare your data for export, export your chart of accounts to a JSON file and review your company settings. Once ready, you can move the data across importing the JSON file directly into Sage Financials using the existing data migration import tool.

Default tags on transaction items

In the May release, Sage introduced entering a default tag on transactions and journals. They have now extended this to include transaction items.

Sage Financials – Other improvements

  • You can now improve Sage Financials’ performance using the new Platform Cache. In order to get this set up, contact you Sage Admin
  • Create longer descriptions on journals using the reference field. Previously 100 characters, the new limit has now been extended to 255
  • Easily enter multiple items in journals with the new save and add item button
  • In the Financials template the Ledger account assigned to the BACS Payment Type has been changed from 1200 Bank Current Account to 1210 Bank Deposit Account. This prevents BACS payments from being duplicated when you import transactions from the bank

Fixes

  • Within the Mobile app you can now edit the tax treatment using the little pencil icon on a saved sales invoice
  • The Moble app used to generate an error when you tried to select the close button on purchase and sales invoice lists, this has now been fixed
  • Negative values are now included in the running total on ledger accounts
  • Tags on the header of a transaction are now updated correctly when edited
  • When the unit price or quantity is amended on an item line, revenue recognition schedules now update
  • The quantity column is now shown on the Stock Balances – All Fields report

Conclusion 

June see’s a raft of new changes to the system, particularly in the detail of how the system functions. If you have any questions about the latest Sage Financials Upgrade get in touch with a member of our team.

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