For a couple years now, rumours have been circulating around the BusinessVision community about Sage ending support for BusinessVision. While the official response by Sage has been that they are committed to supporting BusinessVision customers for the foreseeable future, one must ask what does this mean?
Here’s what we know so far:
- Sage has made no formal announcement about retiring BusinessVision
- Sage has made it clear that they are focused on cloud and mobile solutions. Their newly redesigned website features Sage One, Sage 50, Sage 300, and X3. However, it is nearly impossible to find information about BusinessVision.
- BusinessVision 7.0 launched in 2005 and the latest version is BusinessVision 7.7 (2014). Besides minor updates, there has been few major version releases for the past nine years.
- BusinessVision uses old technology and relies on Crystal 10 and Pervasive 10. There’s been no indication to move to newer technology.
- Some BusinessVision customers have received calls from Sage partners to upgrade to Sage 300 or X3.
For now, we can only go by what Sage says and hope that they continue supporting BusinessVision.
Like other third party vendors, the future of BusinessVision will impact Essentials. In any case, we are committed to fully supporting our Essentials users.
Some of you may have heard of Spire, a new standalone business management software developed by the same team that worked on Essentials.
Spire evolved from Essentials. We started working on Spire a year ago because we were uncertain about future of BusinessVision. From the onset, we wanted to make sure Spire was developed using the latest technologies but also include familiar features so that BV and Essentials users can easily transition to Spire if Sage decided to end support for BusinessVision.
Spire will be released in Fall 2014.
We will continue to support Essentials after launching Spire, but Essentials users will have the option of upgrading to Spire.
Learn how Essentials users can get a free conversion to Spire.
Posted on August 5, 2014 by Al Romeyn | Permalink