Sage 300

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Sage 300 ERP is the name for the mid market Sage ERP line of enterprise management and accounting applications (formerly Sage ERP Accpac), primarily serving small and medium-sized businesses. Sage 300 ERP is now produced by Sage following its acquisition in 2004.[1]

As part of an extensive product re-branding campaign in 2012, Sage renamed Accpac to Sage 300.


Sage 300 ERP is a Windows based range of ERP software, available with a variety of database backends.[2] This can run under a Windows environment[3] and has an option of being hosted by Sage. Sage 300 ERP has the following modules/features:

  • Multi-Company and Global Operations Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Intelligence Reporting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Alerts and Alerts Server
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • General Ledger
  • Project and Job Costing
  • Return Material Authorization
  • Transaction Analysis and Optional Field Creator
  • US & Canadian Payroll[4]
  • Inventory Control[5]
  • Purchase Orders
  • (Sales) Order Entry
  • Intercompany Transactions [2]

It is multi-user, multi-currency and multi-language.[6] It is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).


The original product, EasyBusiness Systems, was developed for the CP/M operating system[7] in 1976 by the Basic Software Group[8] and distributed by Information Unlimited Software. This was ported to MS-DOS and the IBM-PC in 1983.[8][9]

Computer Associates acquired Information Unlimited Software in 1983[10][11][12] and ran it as an independent business unit.[13][14] Easy Business Systems added payroll processing in 1984 and supported multiuser networking at this time.[15] In 1987, it implemented a multi-window interface to allow moving between different modules.[13] Easy Business Systems was renamed Accpac Plus in 1987 with the release of version 5.[16] Accpac became popular in Canada with support of Canadian public accounting firms that would sell and support the software.[14] The name Accpac is an acronym for 'A Complete and Comprehensive Program for Accounting Control'.[17]

The first Windows version, CA-Accpac/2000, was developed in the early 1990s and released in October 1994.[18] The Windows version marked the move to client/server and was developed with all new code developed in COBOL with Computer Associates development tools. These components were eventually redeveloped in C and Visual Basic.[19] In 1996 it was known as Accpac for Windows,[20] then ACCPAC Advantage Series in 2001.[21]

Sage Software acquired Accpac from Computer Associates in 2004.[1] Sage named it Sage Accpac ERP in 2006,[22] then Sage ERP Accpac in 2009. Sage dropped the Accpac name in 2012 when it was renamed to Sage 300 ERP.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "The Sage Group plc announces agreement to acquire North American business management software vendor Accpac". 2003-12-23. Archived from the original on 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Sage Accpac ERP Review". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Accounting Software 411 - Sage Accpac ERP Software Profile
  4. ^ "Sage 300 ERP (formerly Sage ERP Accpac)". Inphinet Interactive Communications, Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Whats New in Sage 300 ERP 2014". Equation Technologies, Inc. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Sage 300 ERP (formerly Sage ERP Accpac) Accounting Software". Software Advice. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Smith, Stephen (September 1, 2012). "Sage 300 ERP 2012 RTM". Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Firra, Chris (October 2013). "A Brief Sage 300 ERP Retrospective". BTerrell Group. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Spiegelman, Lisa (July 1986). "Easy Business Systems to get enhancements". InfoWorld. 8 (28): 18. 
  10. ^ "Computer Associates International, Inc. History". 2003. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  11. ^ Baker, William (November 2008). "William T. Baker - Curriculum Vitae". Ocean Group. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Shea, Tom (July 1983). "Mainframe software firm buys Micro equivalent". InfoWorld. 5 (30): 7. 
  13. ^ a b Stewart, William (September 1987). "High Priced Bookkeepers". PC Mag. 6 (15): 198–200. 
  14. ^ a b Salmon, Alan. "The New ACCPAC". K2 Enterprise Canada. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Dauphinais, William (May 1984). "Six Easy Pieces: Accounting Packages from IUS". PC Mag. 3 (8): 223–231. 
  16. ^ "The 100 top-rated products of 1987". InfoWorld. 9 (52): 25. December 1987. 
  17. ^ Dictionary of Acronyms and Technical Abbreviations: For Information and Communication Technologies and Related Areas. 
  18. ^ Greenberg, Ilan (October 1984). "CA counts on client/server with Windows accounting line". InfoWorld. 16 (42): 24. 
  19. ^ "History, Strengths, and Weaknesses of Sage ERP ACCPAC". Data Guidance Group, Inc. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Scott, Robert W (September 1996). "CA relaunches muscled up line of Accpac for Windows". Accounting Today. 
  21. ^ "ACCPAC.(Advantage Series 5.0 financial software)". Financial Executive. 17 (7): 14. October 2001. 
  22. ^ "Sage Accpac 5.4 Just Released!" (PDF). PARAGON NEWS. Chicago. Winter 2006. p. 2. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 

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