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 . 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.
“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!
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.
Topics: Sue's Views
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
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?
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.
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.”
There are now four different payroll offerings through Sage Software, for Sage 100, and we'd like to let our clients and others know what those options are.
My Mom, who will be 88 years old in a few months, has always wanted to go to Nova Scotia. I decided this was the year that we could cross that off of her bucket list. My husband and I belong to one of those travel groups that you’re just supposed to be able to call and they’ll make arrangements for you. Their website shows various sights in Nova Scotia, so I filled out the form with the time-frame for our trip, which is October so we can see the autumnal colors, along with where we wanted to go in Nova Scotia. I also asked what things we should see that we didn’t know about.
Topics: Sue's Views
I did a session at our Connections Conference in May called ‘The Road Ahead for Sage 100’, and apparently I did a really bad job of trying to explain that Sage 100c is what Sage wants “The Road Ahead” to be for Sage 100.
Sage Software introduced Sage 100c at the end of 2015, and Sage 100c has only two things that Sage 100 currently does not have: The ability to change font resolution on your Sage 100 screens and the ability to use “Themes” – which is basically the ability to change screen colors– by user. It does have a modern look and feel – but if you know how to use Sage 100, you’ll know how to use