The End of BusinessVision - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Q: When will Sage retire BusinessVision?
A: No one knows. Sage says they will give two years notice of the
retirement of BusinessVision. However, at the moment they claim that
BusinessVision will continue to be supported and updated.
- Q: Is BusinessVision still being enhanced and improved?
A: No, absolutely not. There were no actual enhancements or new
features in the latest
"version" (v2015), only bug fixes. Sage says they will
continue to support the product for the near future.
- Q: If Sage is not planning to retire BusinessVision in the
near future then why are they trying to push BusinessVision users to
Sage 300 Online?
A: Good question. Sage is betting their future on the Cloud, and is
investing heavily in Cloud technologies, and also in the requisite
marketing in an attempt to push users to that product. Please read
about the many serious drawbacks to
Cloud accounting software.
- Q: Can I keep using BusinessVision for the foreseeable
future, even after Sage no longer supports it?
A: Yes of course - but there are limits. Like all software, BusinessVision
relies on compatibility with Windows operating systems, and these
typically last 6-8 years. The latest release of BusinessVision
(v2015) is Windows 8.1 compatible, which is only a couple years old.
So aside from payroll, you'd probably be okay to stay with
BusinessVision for a few years. Payroll could either be outsourced
or you could use one of the payroll software packages that are
available. Tech support for BusinessVision will always be available
from Wildwood Canada.
BUT ... yes there is a "but"! ... BusinessVision uses Pervasive v10 and
Crystal Reports v10, both of which are no longer supported. And there is
NO possibility that BusinessVision will ever use newer versions of either of
these, due to (a) technical reasons and (b) licensing. Therefore,
sooner or later BusinessVision will cease to work on a new Windows
version, or even when a Windows update is released.
**There are already issues with compatibility of BusinessVision with
Windows and MS Office versions. Certain things are sometimes breaking or
are not installing or working properly.
Additionally, you will not be able to log into BusinessVision past
the year 2020 - this is a hard limit built into the software.
- Q: Can I still keep using BusinessVision even after Sage
retires it or no longer supports it?
A: Yes of course. Because you purchased BusinessVision, you don't
need the software vendor's ok to keep using the software.
BusinessVision will keep working indefinitely, subject of course to
technology limitations as outlined above. Unless of course you went
with their "a la carte" software rental scheme! Tech support for
BusinessVision will always be available from Wildwood Canada.
- Q: Is there a good replacement product for BusinessVision?
A: Yes there is. It is called Spire,
and it will be released in February of this year. It is the ONLY
product that emulates the processes of BusinessVision, and it is the
ONLY product that includes free one-click 100% data
conversion. Please read more about
Spire HERE. And please also
read the Spire FAQ.
- Q: Is Quickbooks a
good replacement for BusinessVision?
A: No. Although Quickbooks incorporates more modern software
technology than BusinessVision, it is nevertheless a step down from BusinessVision in
terms of overall functionality. It also performs very poorly
in multiuser situations, and is therefore best suited to single
user scenarios. Please read
more about why Quickbooks isn't a good fit.
- Q: Is Simply
Accounting (Sage 50) a good replacement for BusinessVision?
A: No. It was called Simply Accounting for good reason. A lot of
the functionality of BusinessVision is missing - you'd be giving up
quite a bit. For more information please
- Q: Is Sage 300 Online
a good replacement for BusinessVision?
A: No. Aside from all of the very serious drawbacks and concerns
with any online cloud accounting product, Sage 300 Online is actually Accpac
with an internet browser face stuck onto it. Sage 300 Online is a completely
different product from
BusinessVision. It is an inappropriate choice for 99% of BusinessVision
users. Please read more about
Sage 300 Online. Sage
has even gone so far as to refer to Sage 300 Online as "the next
generation of BusinessVision", and "the future of BusinessVision".
Both statements are only an expression of Sage's marketing plans, no
more, and do not at all reflect any relationship between the
Please also read The Cloud - Is
it for you? Probably Not. This article raises some very
important points if you are at all considering a move to the Cloud.
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