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Please ignore the man behind the curtain.

Posted by Sue on July 11, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Years ago, when software manufacturers would telephone our clients trying to sell them something they had not originally purchased, or a new item that had just been produced, we would tell clients, “Just ignore the man behind the curtain and call us if you have questions. We know how your system is configured better than anyone else, so please call us and just ignore the man behind the curtain.” (You know, The Wizard of Oz - in which the man behind the curtain was pulling all kinds of levers and pretending to be something else - someone much more knowledgable - than he actually was?)

We were recently notified that Sage Software will be directly calling our clients who have not yet converted from Sage 100 to Sage 100cloud, letting them know that Sage 100cloud is a “superior” product and has many features that Sage 100 does not.

And so again we say to you: “Just ignore the man behind the curtain.”

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Topics: Sage 100, Sage 100Cloud

Sage 100, Sage 100Cloud, and the New Statewide Transit Tax

Posted by Sue on June 12, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Sage Software will only be updating Sage 100 version 2018 and Sage 100Cloud version 2018 to accommodate the new, statewide Oregon Transit Tax, which goes into effect on July 1 of this year. As we mentioned in our preview last month, the Transit Tax is 0.1% of each and every Employee’s Withholding Wage, is to be reported quarterly, and is reported on a separate form that is not part of the Oregon OQ Quarterly filing. For Sage Payroll clients on versions 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 (or even older versions!), we’ve had to be creative to accommodate the new tax. For clients using Sage Payroll version 2018, you’ll receive the update automatically through the new 2018 Tax Engine at month end.

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Topics: Sage 100c, Sage 100 Payroll, Sage 100, Payroll, Taxes

Connections 2018: 30 Years in Business, and More Conferences than We can Count

Posted by Sue on May 2, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Bennett/Porter turned 30 years old in February of this year, and I certainly have seen a lot of changes in the last three decades. Our first Customer Conference was in 1996, and its centerpiece was the announcement that State of The Art (the original manufacturer of MAS 90 and now Sage 100) was moving their DOS program to a Windows-based one. It was a half-day conference held at the Lloyd Center Double Tree Inn, and I remember it like it was just yesterday. (Note that I was only 12 years old at the time, which is why I remember it so well.)

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Topics: connections 2018

The 2017-2018 Mollie Calendar is Here!

Posted by Sue on August 1, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Even though it has been two years since Mollie crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we still refer to the calendar we send out each year as 'The Mollie Calendar'. And we’ve incorporated Mollie into the calendar once again this year; still as a tribute to her for the hundreds of photos she sat for to promote our business over the years.

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Topics: Mollie Calendar, Sue's Views

Where is the Connections 2017 Conference?

Posted by Sue on May 1, 2017 at 2:58 PM

“Okay, okay, okay, okay.”  (You should hear that in your head like I do in mine, said by Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny). 

Historically, we’ve presented a user conference (Connections) for our clients annually, and the last couple of years we’ve held the conference in May at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. I made the decision to not hold a Connections 2017 conference, and there is indeed a reason for that. Clients make a huge investment in our user conferences, and we always want to make sure there is a value proposition for them. Your time is valuable, and an entire day is truly an investment – if you’re going to spend a full eight hours away from your job to be with us, you’d better think it was worth it!

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Topics: Conferences, Sue's Views

The customer is right.

Posted by Sue on April 3, 2017 at 11:08 AM

My husband often tells me, “I can’t win.” He says that normally after we’ve had any kind of lively discussion when we have a difference of opinion. Not that it happens a lot. (You know, maybe four or five days a week or so.)

Here at Bennett/Porter, we recently changed service providers for one of our systems, and while I occasionally have clients that are upset with me for some reason or another (I know, I know – I’m shocked too!), I don’t think I’ve ever had a provider (a.k.a. ‘vendor’) that was upset with us. But it happened this month.

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Topics: Sue's Views

Some Serious Payroll Changes for 2017

Posted by Sue on December 1, 2016 at 1:06 PM

There are quite a few Payroll changes coming in 2017 – and you need to know about two major ones right away. The first is a fairly major change to the due date for employers to file:

  • W-2’s and their accompanying W-3 forms, and
  • 1099’s and their accompanying 1096 forms
In previous years, the deadline has been January 31 st for mailing the employee/vendor copy, and then the employer had until the end of March (if you were filing electronically) to file their copies with the Federal Government. The new due date for the employer to get their copies to the Federal Government is now January 31st – regardless of whether you’re filing electronically or not. The IRS has been proposing this change for years, and it actually does make sense. Many employees file their tax returns before the Federal Government can cross check the employee figures with the employer figures. Apparently, the historical two-month delay between the two due dates has resulted in tax fraud and identity theft.
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Topics: Sage 100 Payroll, Sue's Views

Sage 100c: Why would you rent the house you already own?

Posted by Sue on August 25, 2016 at 12:12 PM

You’ve no doubt heard of The Cloud. You know…that invisible place where companies from Apple to Oracle want you to move all your digital stuff? Unfortunately, it can be difficult to separate marketing about The Cloud from cloud computing itself, and so it’s hard to decide if using the technology will benefit your organization. So let’s start with this question: What is cloud computing?

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Topics: Sage 100c, Sue's Views

Making Your Current ERP System Work

Posted by Sue on July 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM

We started selling MAS 90 software in 1988 – when the manufacturer was State of The Art Software and before Sage Software acquired it. There was a DOS version and a Unix version, and you either purchased a single user license or a network license. We didn’t have "user licensing" in those days; you either had a network license or you didn’t. MAS 200 (which was a client/server version of MAS 90) was released in the mid-90’s, and that’s when the thought of licensing the software "by user" was introduced. And there were no annual maintenance agreements! If State of The Art came out with new features you were interested in using, you simply paid an upgrade fee to get that version.

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Topics: ERP, Sage 100, Sue's Views

Mollie's Story

Posted by Sue on July 8, 2016 at 10:10 AM

My husband (Rick) was in Alaska when one of the litters of the grandfather that was our very first Labrador Retriever became available in August of 2002. My husband had chosen our previous four Labs – usually by throwing a feather out to see which pup in the litter would go after it, so if I was going to choose a puppy, I at least knew to do that. My friends Alan and Gail (who owned the sire of the litter) called and said that I had the number two pick, right behind them. I fell in love with one particular pup the minute I saw her. I threw the feather into the grass, and she along with another pup ran after it. (Score!) Then the owners of the litter told us that they had brought the pups to Portland from Idaho, and on one of their stops there was a stream. The mother of the litter crossed the stream and one of her babies followed her – swam right across the stream after her mom. And that was the puppy I had picked. I was so afraid Alan was going to choose her as his #1 pick, but as fate would have it, he picked his Katie. That little female I was crazy about would indeed be mine! On the way home, Gail asked me what her name was, and I said, “Her name is Mollie.” There was no question – she was Mollie. And because all of our dogs have been named after rivers, I added, “Molalla River Mollie. That’s her name.”

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Topics: Mollie, Mollie Calendar, Sue's Views

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