Management reporting in Sage: what are the options now?

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The demise of Sage Intelligent Reporting presents a problem for Sage 50 users who want enhanced query and reporting facilities. David Carter looks at the remaining players and adds a new one to the list, BVXL.

Sage promised great improvements in management reporting from its Intelligent Reporter product, but last month stopped all further development. Fortunately, Sage users who want better reports will find that there is still plenty of help available, much of it on AccountingWEB.

The news that Sage is abandoning Intelligent Reporting was a shock. Is this a sign that the market is contracting for business intelligence (BI) packages in the mid-range? I dont think so: people still need t...

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27th Oct 2008 17:01

Sage reports
Of course the simplest solution is to ditch Sage 50 because it is not fit for purpose.
Who else but Sage would try and sell in 2008 an accounting package that can not
* print a P&L account showing months across the page.
* Drill down
* Hide pence

I would recommend QuickBooks or MYOB over Sage 50 to anyone.

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By midtown
13th Oct 2008 17:28

Alchemex for Sage-50 in Excel is alive and well
The Sage-50 reference to Alchemex above is not correct. It is not based on Microsoft SQL Server and Analysis services technology although integrates seemlesly with both. It does ship with boxed reports, neatly presented for Sage-50 v 11 and later in Excel, with auto connectors to Sage 50 data.

It is interesting to note at a time when Alchemex is about to launch its offering to Sage-50 users in the UK that 10 000 customers of a Southern Hemishpere Sage subsidiary can't be wrong in selecting and benefitting from Integrated Business Intelligence designed and developed for the SME market.

BI for SME's delivered in Excel and automated to serve data integrity and counter "loose Excel spreadsheet use" is here to stay.

Go to and select the software menu item to see boxed solutions for various install bases, alternatively go to

for more details on Alchemex for Sage-50.

to discuss further call Charles on +27 83 788 0444, or e-mail on [email protected]

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By Anonymous
09th Oct 2008 09:16

and M$ Access .....?
Interesting, but why is it that we have ignored the capabilities of M$ Access (or SQL Server Express-free!)

 far greater power
more manageable code & process
more defined code auditing - less prone to errors
defined risk assessment
built in reporting engine
built in exports or copy/paste
direct ODBC links to Sage - by using 'link' a simple re-attach will switch Sage Db's
potentially distributable in unchangeable form (i.e. users cannot make amendments) without the whole performance of locking cells etc

Access seems to be huge blind spot within Aweb and is invariably overlooked in favour of Excel - even to the extent of using convoluted Excel processes when a single SQL statement in Access could achieve the same results in a far simpler and cleaner way

The upshot of this is that Aweb are not providing a balanced view and are overtly biased towards Excel in all circumstances even when in-appropriate

Come to think of it this would be an ideal opportunity to run Master Classes on M$ Access and its potential use with Sage etc

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03rd Jun 2016 15:03

This is a relatively old thread - but sadly still very much relevant to Sage 50 reporting.

Having qualified in practice and worked in industry using Sage 50, the lack of detailed reporting I viewed was an opportunity to resolve. Obtaining easily and quickly (and cost effectively), we have designed an online platform which takes regular Sage 50 data and brings it to life - allowing you to slice and dice as you wish, across customers, suppliers, products, nominals, departments and more. We offer a free no obligation trial for those who sign up on our website at

There is lots of pressure from cloud based solutions at the moment, but ours keeps your existing Sage where it is, and simply connects our analytics engine allowing you to view your analytics (or your clients) anywhere in the world.

Total setup time is around 20 minutes and prices start at £75 month up to £300 month for 5 users. (correct as at 3 June 2016). No training costs either.

Contact us to find out more. Views welcome please on what we are being told by our beta testers is an exciting product coming to market.

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