Evolution Modules

Sage Evolution Add-On Modules

Customise your Sage Evolution software to fit your needs

Account Consolidations

Integrating with Receivables, this module allows for the separate invoicing of branches, but with the added functionality of printing one customer statement at a consolidated head office level. This is particularly useful when you wish to keep track of a group customer with a head office, or where you need to capture sales made to the individual branches, but then present a consolidated statement to your customer's head office.

Annuity Billing

Sage Evolution Annuity Billing integrates with both Receivables and Inventory and provides for repetitive or recurring invoices on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. You can specify contract periods, design recurring invoice templates or simply set up base amounts to be charged to your customers periodically. It is a flexible module that allows you to customise it according to your business’s specific requirements.

Advanced Procurement

Supply chain management can be regarded as one of the most heavily regulated and aggressively audited fields in the public sector. This requires a business software solution that caters for both operational functionality and statutory compliance. The Advanced Procurement module is a feature rich add-on module, seamlessly integrating with the Evolution core. It allows you to create and approve requisitions, request and evaluate quotations and place purchase orders with preferred suppliers. This module allows you to establish credibility in the market place with your respective suppliers and stakeholders. Care has been taken to keep abreast of the ever changing regulatory environment, ensuring compliance with PFMA, MFMA and PPPFA prescripts. Manage your requests for quotations from suppliers and allow the system to help you choose the most appropriate supplier quote based on criteria set up by you. Analyse your supply chain and manage your supplier’s performance on a rotational basis, by sector or specified supplier criteria. Fully integrated with Sage Evolution CRM Premium all movements are logged against incidents. Workflows and escalations can be configured to create efficiencies and automate purchasing processes.

Bank Statement Manager

This module allows for the cash book to be electronically populated when a bank statement is imported where large volumes of transactions are processed. Once verified, the information can be updated to a cash book batch and then to the general ledger. The bank statements are acquired by using a download facility that’s provided by each of the four major banks in South Africa (ABSA, First National Bank, Standard Bank, Nedbank). Supported formats include OFC, CSV and ASCII.

The advantages of using this module include the instant processing and coding of accounts once the initial process of assigning recurring coding has taken place; and the process of reconciliation and account coding is virtually guaranteed. Another benefit exists for transactions where the codes have been assigned as per the relevant accounts. Codes need not be assigned a second time – only new transactions have to be coded in the months to follow.

Bill of Materials

Designed for the manufacturing and assembly environment, this module allows you to create assembly sheets (or Bills as they are commonly known) detailing each component making up the completed item. Completed items can be manufactured before they are sold or you can simply invoice the completed item and Sage Evolution will manufacture the item on-the-fly, where-upon the sub-components will be drawn from stock.

You can manufacture items in a single operation or, for more complex manufacturing and for processes that occur over a significant time period, you can work on an open manufacturing process over time.

Delivery Management

Businesses that manage large items or quantities of inventory items from invoicing to on premise deliveries can now easily manage their processes from dispatch to the customer. The Delivery module seamlessly integrates into Sage Evolution’s Retail Point of Sale, Invoicing and Sales Order modules allowing for items to be flagged for collection or delivery at time of sale. All items flagged as delivery are updated electronically into the Delivery module where the warehouse manager can then control the dispatching of inventory.

Branch Accounting

Organisations which have legal entities in multiple locations may encounter difficulties in optimising operational efficiencies and control within their various branches. Branch Accounting simplifies and streamlines business processes and transactions between all of these entities.

Branch Accounting enables bi-directional synchronisation and consolidation of data. Information can now be shared, consolidated and saved on both the centralised system at the head office as well as at branch level. For example, all financial, inventory and pricing data is always up-to-date and consistent across branches. Product prices can be changed at head office level and automatically pushed to all branches.

Branch Accounting includes the ability to transact at local level even if the ADSL lines or virtual private network become unavailable. In addition, any potential loss of data due to fire or theft will be kept to a minimum, as regular consolidation and replication will house data at head office over and above any off-site backup processes. Data for a particular branch can be restored and sent to the relevant branch within hours of the loss.

Debtors Manager

Management seldom have time to focus on debtors. Meeting with staff and going through the age analysis will show the amounts outstanding, but not the reasons why the amounts are outstanding, nor will it show you the expected amounts to be collected. Collectors will try to track payment progress and the reasons for late or non-payment, and may write down cryptic clues on the age analysis which only they can interpret. If they are recording the information on a spreadsheet, they may save that spreadsheet in a place that is only known to themselves.

There is no central place for management to extract the reasons behind the late payments, and management therefore have to rely on their collectors to share the information when requested. Tracking debtors trends to establish what the common reasons are for late payment becomes difficult, and cash flow planning is then based on general payment trends rather than actual customer promises to pay.

Knowing the reasons for late or non-payment is important, as is tracking the agreed outcome and ensuring that arranged terms are adhered to. If a debtor is permitted to delay payment repeatedly, it becomes increasingly difficult to collect the amounts due. Collectors may not have an adequate manual system of their own, and can lose track of when a debtor promised to pay, or what actions they needed to take in order to collect the money, making it difficult for management to generate timeous and accurate cash flow forecasts that can be relied upon.

The Debtors Manager module solves these challenges effectively.

Credit Risk Management

Integrating with Receivables, Sage Evolution Credit Risk Management helps you manage your customer credit risk through a step-by-step process. Your customer will complete a credit risk application form in order for you to assess his/her potential credit-worthiness before granting them any credit. It will generate the credit application form and run the data through a scoring system giving you a credit-worthiness result on your potential customer. A passing score will see a new account being opened. A failing score will request guarantees or security against granting credit.

It will also generate standard legal documentation based on the type of business you are operating. The following documentation, amongst others, is included:

- Terms and conditions of sale.
- Credit application forms.
- Both ‘soft’ and ‘final’ demand letters.
- Power of attorney forms.

Sage Pastel Intelligence Reporting - Standard & Advanced

We have combined South Africa’s leading accounting software with Microsoft® Excel® and have produced a reporting tool that revolutionises the way you make decisions in your business!

Sage Pastel Intelligence Reporting is an add-on module that dynamically links to your Sage accounting data, taking your business beyond standard reporting functionality. You can generate spreadsheets by simply extracting Sage Accounting data and converting it into an easy-to-read, graphic format. Sage Pastel Intelligence Reporting retains report formats and makes them available for future use. You also have instant access to ‘live’ information and that last minute journal no longer impacts your Excel reporting. Monthly financials account for a large percentage of manual Excel labour.

Sage Pastel Intelligence Reporting offers a customisable pack which provides drill-down functionality. You can customise the standard set of reports and templates, and create new ones. It gives you flexibility with the combinations of financial data you choose to report on.

Fixed Assets

South African Company Law requires that you keep a register of your business' fixed assets as part of its accounting records. However, managing your company’s fixed assets can be tedious and time-consuming. Fixed assets are physical items such as desks, computers, cars, machinery, etc which you acquire to run your business. As you use assets, they depreciate or become obsolete. You can legally expense depreciation in your accounts for tax purposes.

The Sage Evolution Fixed Assets module automates all these processes for you. Once you provide the initial information, the system takes over and manages your assets for you. One of the realities of fixed assets processing is that companies frequently change depreciation rules as legislation allows and as company policy changes. Some changes are retroactive to when you purchased the asset. Sage Evolution Fixed Assets calculates its values dynamically from the start of each asset’s life, which makes retroactive changes simple.

Information Alerts

To cater for the move by many businesses to increase staff productivity and become more efficient, the Information Alerts module is designed to streamline key processes within the business. Information Alerts allows you to receive notifications based on a set of predefined criteria and take on a more proactive stance in dealing with exceptions in the business. Information Alerts can be configured to send out notifications to relevant users via e-mail or CRM (Contact Management) incidents.

These notifications can be setup to notify you on time based intervals, daily, weekly or monthly. It comes with a set of predefined methods, which the business can utilise to define which criteria they would like to be aware of for example a client reaching their credit limit.

An action can be for example a notification being generated and sent to the financial manager, who can then take action. The module currently supports Accounts Receivable and Payables, Inventory and Job Costing modules.

Sage Inventory Advisor

With the right inventory in the right place at the right time, growing your business has never been easier with Sage Inventory Advisor – an affordable cloud solution that helps companies to:

- Minimise stock-outs
- Release cash tied up in excess inventory
- Significantly reduce the time spent on planning, forecasting and ordering.

Sage Inventory Advisor can be implemented in just a few hours and is accessible anytime, anywhere. It requires no local hardware installation and provides worry-free updates and maintenance.

Job Costing

This add-on module lets you invoice jobs to customers. A job card is more powerful than an invoice, because you can link more types of items besides inventory items in a job. For example, you can purchase an item directly for use in a job, and you can allocate employee hours from the Payroll module into a job. You can also invoice a job on a partial basis.

You can allocate costs and measure the profitability of short to medium term jobs. Create an unlimited number of job cards, with the ability to archive these for future estimates.

You can allocate jobs to projects on a job card basis or a job line basis.

Lot Tracking

Lot Tracking allows you to track several units of a stock item using the same lot or batch number. Expiry dates and user-defined status allow you to further control stock items. Users can determine what can be purchased or sold by Lot Status. You cannot sell stock items that have expired. You can track items simultaneously by Lot Number and by Serial Number.

Manufacturing

This module is an extension of Sage Evolution Bill of Materials. It separates the manufacturing process into time periods where items being manufactured are transferred into Work In Progress and then into Finished Goods. In addition this module allows you to:

- See a full audit trail of each manufacturing process.
- Draw stock at the beginning of the manufacturing process, and reverse any unused stock once the process is complete.
- Change a Bill of Materials without affecting an ongoing manufacturing process that uses the same Bill of Materials.
- Replace one or more components in an existing process if you need to, and then continue manufacturing with the new components.
- Create by-products in addition to your main manufactured item .
- Forward plan with the material requirements feature.

Sage Evolution Mobile App by Sage Pastel

With mobility now the cornerstone for operating a cutting-edge business, Sage Evolution Mobile is the perfect tool to stay ahead of the competition. Now with an innovative suite of mobile applications, this home-grown ERP solution gives your sales force the ability to extend your business borders by transacting anywhere, anytime.

Available on Apple’s App Store and soon for Android too, Sage Evolution Mobile allows sales executives and management to view customised dashboards and real time information on customers, inventory, expenses and other key business information. The ability to check item quantities and prices with quick searches allows users to create in-the-moment quotes and orders with discounts - this means deals can be negotiated and closed in one meeting. Customers can accept terms by signing on the tablet and an e-mail confirmation follows.

Sage Evolution’s Mobile applications offers you online/offline modes, allowing the programs to operate even when users are out of 3G range and still ensure an automated and seamless integration back into Sage Evolution ERP.

Multi-Currency

With Sage Evolution Multi-Currency you can process customer and supplier transactions in their currency. It allows you to track foreign currency, customer and supplier values in both the foreign and home currency. You can view balances and transactions in either currency at any time. You can maintain separate buy and sell rates for each currency. Sage Evolution Multi-Currency maintains a history of exchange rates so that you can process transactions at earlier dates using the most accurate exchange rate. When you process customer receipts or supplier payments, Sage Evolution uses the current exchange rate to calculate any foreign exchange profit or loss, which is automatically posted. In addition Sage Evolution Multi-Currency allows you to:

- Process and print customer and supplier sales and purchase documents in foreign currency or home currency.
- Print customer and supplier statements, age analysis and transaction reports using foreign currency or home currency
- Process foreign currency cashbook transactions.

Multi-Warehousing

This add-on module allows you to keep inventory items in discrete areas, or warehouses. You can use warehouses for many types of situations:

- Physical warehouses in different geographic areas.
- Keep raw materials and/or internal parts separate from items you sell.
- Keep track of consignment stock/samples in a separate warehouse.
- Separate obsolete items into a separate warehouse.
- Track demo stock allocated to sales representatives.
- Track costs per warehouse.

Municipal Billing

The Sage Evolution Municipal Billing Solution is an affordable solution that delivers essential operational information and can create National Treasury reports. It interfaces and updates all billing data directly into Sage Evolution financials, and updates both the consumer and General Ledger accounts. Expense control with the Procurement module and Asset management allow for Municipalities to run efficiently. The system enables municipalities to improve the accuracy and timeliness of billing and, therefore, substantially improve revenue collection and consumer relationships.

Pricing Matrix

This module adds great flexibility to Sage Evolution’s standard pricing feature. With this module you can not only create volume-based or time-based price breaks you can specify discounts by customer or group of customers. In addition you can design unlimited discount variations, such as multiple discounts per customer per stock item, and discounts per stock group while having the ability to override discounts on processing invoices.

Point of Sale

Sage Evolution Point of Sale integrates with both Receivables and the Inventory add-on module, while addressing the practical issues you may encounter within the retail Point-of-Sale environment. It contains the following features which can assist you with:

- Security parameters
- Tender types (cash, voucher, credit card and cheque)
- Flexible pricing
- Discounting

It supports peripheral devices such as pole display units, cash drawers, slip printers and a bar code scanner. It is user friendly, while offering you flexibility by allowing for per-till configuration and giving you powerful reporting features.

Procurement

This module offers a three tiered process that allows you to precisely manage the numerous purchase orders in your business and keep control of purchases either for internal purposes or specific projects. The first tier is the requisition process where the purchase of an item or consumable can be requested and routed to a head of department for authorisation. The second tier allows purchase orders to be generated based on configurable rules. Different levels of authorisations can be administered and setup. The procurement process also validates all purchases against budgets setup in the general ledger. The third tier allows the purchase order to be converted into a goods received voucher to receipt the inventory items. Throughout the span of a requisition to purchase order completion, all movements or comments are logged against incidents in CRM Premium. Workflows and Escalations rules can be configured to create efficiencies and automate processes ensuring that purchase orders are actioned on time.

Sage Evolution CRM

Traditionally termed ‘CRM’ or “Contact Management”, Sage Evolution CRM is core to the Sage Evolution system’s functionality. Sage Sage Evolution CRM has taken the concept of traditional Contact Management much further by weaving it into the very fibre of the Sage Evolution accounting system, thus elevating accounting software to its next logical state allowing you to not only capture numbers, but also what we refer to as business activities. Activity data is integrated and presented together with the numbers providing a holistic view of your business instead of a numbers only view. This integration provides you with the ability to control not only your financial situation but your relationships with your customers, suppliers and employees. Any issue that takes place in a business, and is important enough to be tracked, is recorded as an Incident in Sage Evolution CRM.

Sage Evolution CRM will track all Incidents to their conclusion or until they are closed off. The Evolution system stores Incidents even after they have been closed, allowing you to track a history of events as they occurred, as far back as you wish.

There are two versions of Sage Evolution CRM:

  1. Sage Evolution CRM Standard contains basic incident tracking. This module must be purchased in conjunction with the core Sage Evolution accounting system.
  2. Sage Evolution CRM Premium contains more advanced features such as Sales Force Automation, Business Gateway, Calendar, Knowledge Base, Workflow processing, Incident Graphs, Escalations and Contract Invoicing and now also Microsoft Outlook Integration. This module can be purchased as a stand-alone product.

Retail Point of Sale

Sage Evolution Retail Point of Sale (POS) brings together a fully integrated front office POS and back office software that meets the needs of SMME retailers for an end-to-end retail management solution. It has been designed for businesses with high retail volumes and multiple branch locations that require the flexibility of offline capabilities and branch retail independence.

Easy to use, fast and robust, it is fully and seamlessly integrated with Sage Evolution Accounting and has a centralised maintenance area which is controlled from head office.

Sage Evolution Retail is an easy to use, robust, keyboard driven application. The solution offers the ability to generate sales orders, invoices and credit notes all from a single simple interface depending on user rights or security profiles.

Serial Number Tracking

Sage Evolution Serial Number Tracking allows you to individually track items. For example, if you sold an item that carries a warranty, you will need to know when you sold the item, to whom you sold the item so that you know if the item is bought in for repairs, if it is still under warranty or not.

Integrating with Sage Evolution’s Inventory module, Sage Evolution Serial Number Tracking keeps detailed information on specific inventory items. From purchase to sale, to returns, each item is tracked uniquely providing you with absolute control over individual inventory items.

Business Gateway

What is Business Gateway?

- Provide web access to Sage Evolution agents and customers
- Adds web access to Sage Evolution Resolve and certain accounting functionalities

Quote on Air

Balancing customer relations and their queries can be time-consuming. Meetings take place and then, only once back at the office can customised quotations be sent. Our Quote on Air module can assist your sales force in working smarter and more efficiently by assisting them in producing standardised, professional quotes on-the-go! The module can be used in online or offline mode which means your sales force can enjoy complete mobility without being dependent on internet connectivity.

Service Manager

If your business deals in the rental and servicing of assets, you may find it difficult to keep track of the customer letting, repair and maintenance processes involved. Let us assist in streamlining these processes so that you can work more productively. Our Service Manager module gives you full control over the scheduling and management of any service asset with the automation of service requests, tasks and timetables.