Sage 50C is now called the Sage 50 Cloud
When introduced a few years ago, the “C” stood for Connector. Today Sage has announced the “C” stands for cloud. What has changed? Nothing to date. The program data still resides on your computer and you can share it outside the office once the recipient installs Sage 50 on their computer. If you want your data in a true cloud, you must host your data with a hosting company. (Best Business Strategies works with several hosting companies that have hosting experience with Sage 50. Contact us directly for more information.)
Sage 50 Cloud permits you to connect (share) your data with your Accountant or yourself at a remote location. This allows you to make entries from another location using an internet connection in real time through the Sage Drive. Your Accountant can open your company file using the Sage 50 Cloud. Any changes made will be synchronized back to the original data set. The Sage 50 software program will need to be installed on all remote computers. Your data will still be stored on your office computer or on a hosted server if you choose that option.
Your Sage 50 Cloud (Subscription) license comes with one additional download to be installed on your Accountant’s computer.
Sage 50 Cloud is only available via an auto-renewing annual subscription.
Actually the Cloud is only one of many features available with the Sage Subscription Business Care Plan. Good news! You don’t have to use the cloud feature to get the other rich subscription features. You will always be on the latest version of Sage 50, you have Sage unlimited support and you will receive updates automatically. Subscription software does mean you can only use the software license during your paid subscription period. It is just like a magazine, it will expire after one year and it must be renewed if you wish to continue using the software. If you choose to stop renewing the Sage 50 Cloud subscription, your data will become read-only. Please see our website for all of the subscription features. https://www.bestbusinessstrategies.com/releaseoverviews
How Sage 50C works
As previously mentioned, anyone sharing data through Sage Drive must have Sage 50 installed on their computer. Additionally, each user must have a unique Sage ID for the Sage Drive Management Center. These are created by the data owner. Each data owner may have four company users and one accountant access their data set.
When you want to share the company file, you back up your data to prepare it for sending. The data is sent via the Sage Drive when beckoned by the accountant or another inhouse company user. It is like loading data in the “car” and driving it to the external user’s location. Once the data arrives, it is downloaded and opened for use.
If the data is shared longer than 15 minutes, data changes will sync back to the home office computer. Once the sharing is complete and the company file is closed by the external user or one hour of inactivity occurs, the data is uploaded and returned via Sage Drive to the home office. The accountant and others can view and request the data only when the data owner has it is shared from the office computer. If the data owner does not wish to share, the data sharing may be paused or stopped. The data owner always has control.
When the data is shared, only one user can make data changes while all other users may view only. (This is subject to change to multi-users accessing and making data changes but to date only one user can make data modifications when shared.) 2/5/2018
As you can see, the data is NOT stored in the cloud, but may be sent through the cloud to an external authorized location with the use of the Sage Data Management center and Sage Drive powered by Amazon!
While Best Business Strategies does sell Sage 50Cloud with Subscription Business Care, we also sell Sage 50 3-support case and Sage 50 Traditional Perpetual Software Licenses.
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