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Bringing Your Old Sage Desktop Software Up To Date

Sometimes very old indeed ...


Posted by Alison Mead on 02/12/2019 @ 8:00AM

I know there are still people doing bookkeeping on very old Sage desktop software. This week, we were asked to upgrade an old data set that had been sent to an accountant, and their software couldn't read it ...

If you have an old Sage desktop software, we can definitely bring it up to date for you!

If you have an old Sage desktop software, we can definitely bring it up to date for you!

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They thought it was a few years old so asked us to get involved. We have multiple versions of Sage available to us, so if needs be, an older version can be brought up-to-date in stages. At the time of writing in November 2019, the latest version is either 26 or 2020.

When I started working in Sage, many years ago, the version I first worked on was version 2, and I did a lot of helping people move from DOS to Windows!

So they had no idea how old this data was, and it turns out it was older than they thought! It was from Version 9, all the way back from 2003. Can you imagine? Brexit wasn't even a word back then!

Now if you take a look at Sage's conversion matrix, you will see that Sage could only jump a maximum of 5 versions in one go, although the more modern versions do allow for bigger jumps since they moved to a subscription-based service.

We were able to bring this V9 data up-to-data via 2 older versions. From V9 to V12 (2007) then to V18 (2012) to V25 which is the current version the accountant was using.

So if you are an accountant or bookkeeper or even a business owner who is still using a very old version of Sage desktop software or has clients using it then we can help you when you need to bring it up to date. I do have clients using old versions of Sage still and using a bridging solution for Making Tax Digital, but this will not always be possible.

Until next time ...



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About Alison Mead ...


Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.

She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.

Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.

You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!


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