A question was recently asked about the status of Sage 100 Time and Billing and when might we see the next release. What follows is information shared by SWK Technologies about their progress with the Sage 100 and Sage 100cloud compatible version of Time and Billing as well as some changes to the existing Sage 100 Time and Billing Standard product.
You may recall that in February 2018 the developer SWK Technologies announced a renewed focus on updating their Sage 100 Time and Billing Professional to the latest Sage 100 release level.
SWK will refocus efforts on developing Time & Billing Professional in 2018, as well as additional solutions that deliver greater value to time entry, billing, and reporting functions. The relaunch of Time & Professional and Timekeeper, as well as the launch of new Time & Billing solutions, will be covered in greater detail at Meeting of the Minds 2018 hosted by 90 Minds in San Diego, California.
Since that time the development efforts have been ongoing and SWK Director of Product Management & Development Mark Janecek created this extensive update on where things stand with Time & Billing for Sage 100.
In response to customer feedback, SWK announced a renewed focus on our time and billing solutions and outlined our strategy for these products earlier this year. This renewed focus/strategy includes:
- Time and Billing Professional – We are making an investment in Time and Billing Professional and actively moving it to the Sage 100 framework. The development team has been working on this project for the lion share of this calendar year and is making great progress. We are currently on track to have Time and Billing Professional on the Sage 100 framework in the first quarter of 2019. We recently brought in more development resources to keep to this project on track.
- Timekeeper – Timekeeper is a Sage 100 framework module that integrates with Time and Billing Professional and Time and Billing Standard, it also integrates with Sage 100 A/R, Sales Order, Job Cost, and Payroll. We invested in updating Timekeeper to work with the new Sage 100 v2018 Payroll and Job Cost framework modules earlier this year. The solution can be run directly within Sage 100, from desktop workstations using Timekeeper Entry, or remotely in multiple configurations including a web client using a third-party add-on.
- Time and Billing Intelligence – Time and Billing Intelligence (TBi) Is our newest addition to our Time and Billing Solutions portfolio. When building this solution, we focused on providing the in-depth reporting needs Time and Billing Professional/Standard customers had been requesting. This solution sits outside of Sage 100 and uses Microsoft SQL Server Express to crunch the data needed to generate the dashboards and data views. We also focused on ease of deployment – specifically, the installation process which includes wizards to setup MS SQL Server Express and establishes connectivity to Time and Billing Professional and Time and Billing Standard.
Simply stated, our strategy is to update these tools and add additional features to them so users can track the time with Timekeeper, bill the time with Time and Billing Professional, and analyze the time with Time and Billing Intelligence.
If you would like more details on our portfolio of products, or if you would like to see a short demonstration of Time and Billing Intelligence, we posted a recording of a recent webinar on our newly live website (www.timeandbillingsolutions.com). A direct link to the page with the recording is below:
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With our focus on Time and Billing Professional, we also announced that we would no longer update Time and Billing Standard past the currently available Sage 100 v2018 release. Customers running Time and Billing Standard with Sage 100 v2018 and earlier can continue using Time and Billing Standard; however to upgrade to Sage 100 v2019 (once released) and beyond customers will need to migrate to Time and Billing Professional. We have outlined a migration plan – any customer on active maintenance for Time and Billing Professional or Time and Billing Standard is entitled to the new Time and Billing Professional framework edition once released. Please note, we already have a migration tool to move customers from Time and Billing Standard to Time and Billing Professional (non-framework) for customers who wish to migrate now. Additionally, we are running a maintenance amnesty till the end of the month so clients can get back on maintenance easily.
Time and Billing Professional (non-framework) and Timekeeper are available for Sage 100 v2018 and earlier now. Time and Billing Intelligence will be available very soon. If you would like to discuss your prospects time and billing needs or would like more information on maintenance amnesty or our current Timekeeper promotion, please do reach to our dedicated Time and Billing Solutions sales executive Siria Kresser. You can reach out to Siria Kresser at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-396-1741.
Based on SWK’s update it appears users of Sage 100 Time and Billing can expect an updated release in the first quarter of 2019.